I’m still jetlagged and I’ve got one last vignette/observation from last weekend’s AX that Ed and I were laughing about in the halls.
Aurora launched their LuvLuv imprint at the beginning of this year, publishing teen love comics – kind of in the vein of Nana, about young people in sexually romantic situations, but boy-girl, not boy-boy.
The idea is that LuvLuv books will appeal to boys love readers and girls who want to read about sex – but aren’t feeling the Brokeback scenario.
So imagine my surprise when I walk into a full room for the LuvLuv panel, and see a mob of young men, ready to share the, uh, love.
At one point, Michael Perry (sales and marketing for Aurora), gave a short summary of one of the narratives, about a young woman in college who thinks befriending her male classmates on campus means sleeping with them.
This was met with murmurs of approval from the fellas in the audience.
Then Perry gave the spoiler: she meets a man who teaches her the true meaning of friendship.
“Asshole! Asshole!” The guys yelled.
The girls were less vocal so I can only imagine their reactions, but it sounds as though this line has a little something for everyone and will appeal to a wider demographic than just the ladies.
Mika Ogata (managing editor) mentioned that a few men thought that LuvLuv books were yuri (girl on girl). Personally, I doubt that LuvLuv not being yuri (just one girl instead of two) will stand in the way of young men buying it.