This is going to be blogging-lite since I was tired going into the event, and exhausted half way through the first day. Attendance was a slow trickle so the show really picked up speed around 5pm and after the dealers room closed.
Some fun news is that Vertical is launching a line of cookbooks in the spring! Just straight Japanese cookbooks – donburi, noodles, bento, and two others including one from Chef Chen Kenichi’s iron kitchen. Chen Kenichi was the Iron Chef of Chinese food, and my favorite battle that he did back in the day, was the one where he battled some French chef in Kitchen Stadium – and the chosen ingredient was fois gras.
Other news from Vertical – sad news – is that sexpert Adam Tokunaga, author of Slow Sex Secrets, has cancelled his New York visit due to illness. Or, as Yanni succinctly put it, “He almost died.” Which is a shame since I was looking forward to interviewing Tokunaga and seeing a demonstration of his technique. I should make it clear that Vertical IS NOT marketing Slow Sex at this show given the demographic. Although I think it’s a shame since this post-adolescent audience is kinda the perfect audience for the book.
More sexy news is that MediaBlasters’ yuri mook (magazine/book) Maka Maka is full-color sexy. Frank Panone was on hand to give a little preview of the detail that has gone into it. The book has a bellybelt and a dustcover, and with each unwrapping, it gets racier and racier. Suprisingly, Maka Maka was getting quite a bit of enthusiastic murmurrings from the girls in the audience. When Frank showed the book again at the yaoi panel, there were all-out cheers.
I would have never thought, but is yuri the next niche in manga?