Born from the boys’ love-obsessed minds of YaoiCon’s management, BishounenCon is a brand new yaoi+ convention on the East Coast. What’s “yaoi+”? Pronounced “yaoi plus”, it means we’ve taken our love of yaoi to the next level and have focused on LGBT characters and romantic relationships in comics, cartoons, television, and other media from all over the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and (of course) Japan and the United States. Specifically an 18+ convention, BishounenCon delights attendees with a broad spectrum of fan-centric programming geared toward the classy and debonair.

Please also check out YaoiCon, a celebration of yaoi held every Autumn in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Want to staff at BishounenCon? Please visit the Staff Application.

What’s yaoi?

Also known as “BL” (boys’ love), yaoi is a Japanese genre of fictional media (including manga, anime, novels, and dating sims) that focuses on homoerotic, romantic, and/or sexual relationships between male characters. Usually written by women for women, the genre also attracts some male readers. (A closely-related genre is bara, also known as “ML” [men’s love], which is fictional media aimed at gay men. Despite their similarities, yaoi and bara are considered separate genres in Japan.)

The term yaoi was coined in the 1980s from the words “Yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi” (山[場]なし、落ちなし、意味なし) meaning, “No peak (climax), no fall (punch line/denouement), no meaning”. In the West, yaoi has become an umbrella term for manga or Japanese-influenced comics with male/male relationships, and it’s the term used by American manga publishers for works of this kind. In Japan, yaoi is occasionally written as 801, which can be read as “yaoi” through Japanese wordplay. The short reading of the number eight (8) is “ya”; zero (0) is read as “oh” (a Western influence); and the short reading of one (1) is “i” (ee).