Yuricon is an anime convention geared toward fans of yuri anime and manga.[1] The first Yuricon event was held in 2003 in Newark, New Jersey with about 200 attending,[2] although Yuricon has existed as an online entity since 2000.[3] The event was organized by Yuricon, LLC., which continues to run Yuri-focused events of its own and to collaborate with other organizations to hold unique events. In 2005, Yuricon hosted an event in Tokyo and co-sponsored Onna!, together with the Shoujo Arts Society, which focused on women's roles in animation and comics. In 2007, Yuricon ran a small one-day event to recreate the feel of the Tokyo event from 2005. Admission to convention events is restricted to people over the age of 18.

Yuricon has a publishing arm, ALC Publishing, which is the only all-yuri publisher in the world.[1] Publications include translations from the Japanese, such as "Rica 'tte Kanji!?" and "WORKS," and the original English-language anthology series Yuri Monogatari.

Friedman has run guest lectures about yuri at the University of Illinois and MIT.[4][5]


Like other anime conventions, Yuricon hosts several panels, cosplay events, anime music video contests, and other competitions. Yuricon also maintains a library of yuri manga for attendees to read.[6]


Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
June 13–15, 2003 Gateway Hilton
Newark, New Jersey
200 Dr. Sarah Frederick, Gaijin-a-gogo, Mike Hayes, Eriko Tadeno, Rica Takashima, and Kathryn Williams.[2]
April 16, 2005 Tokyo, Japan 30 Akiko Mizoguchi, Natsuko Mori, Eriko Tadeno, and Rica Takashima.[7]
September 29, 2007 Hilton Newark Penn Station
Newark, New Jersey
Rica Takashima.[8]



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