365 Days of Manga, Day 126: Iono-sama Fanatics

 

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IONO-SAMA FANATICS (Iono-sama Fanatics) ????????????? • Miyabi Fujieda • Infinity Studios (2007) • MediaWorks (Dengeki Teioh, 2005-2007) • 1 volume, cancelled (2 volumes in Japan) • Yuri Romantic Comedy • 13+ (partial nudity, sexual situations)
For those who believe the old stereotype that “men are polygamous, women are monogamous,” Iono-sama Fanatics–a lesbian manga more or less aimed at male readers, although enjoyable by actual lesbians too–provides an amusing reversal of Boy’s Love manga with its invariably monogamous relationships. Iono, a fabulously wealthy queen of a foreign country, comes to Japan to find women for her harem of sobame (attendants), even holding a contest so ladies can compete for her affections. There’s one girl she likes best, but the queen’s collecting urge is strong. A complete fantasy with only the faintest sexual teases and a 99.9% female cast, it’s a sweet, well-drawn, often funny bit of fluff. The moral of the story, apart from big-eyed eye candy, comes in Iono’s speeches about how love transcends gender and how “she does what she wants, when she wants.”
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Today’s winner is Michael W. of Indiana! Congratulations, Michael! May you be showered with manga! I’ll help with the showering!
A couple of weeks ago I sent out manga to another daily random winner, Lindsay Cibos. It was a thrill to see her name come up in the draw, because Lindsay is not just a manga reader, but a great artist and the co-creator of Peach Fuzz, one of the most successful of the early wave of “OEL manga.” She and her collaborator Jared Hughes even placed as finalists in the Morning International Manga Contest, and she’s now working on an all-new project. So it’s an honor to give her some manga. Thanks for entering, Lindsay!
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Today is the day that my own collaborative graphic novel King of RPGs drawn by Victor Hao, hits stores. I’m posting sample pages online, so please check out the website if you’re interested in seeing what the series is like. However, today I’m pleased to announce something totally new — a special King of RPGs online event — a King of RPGs roleplaying game in live chat form!
KING OF RPGS LIVE CHAT RPG: SCOURGE OF THE SWAMP GOBLINS
A King of RPGs Live Chat Adventure
Tuesday, January 26, 2-4 PM EST (11 AM-1 PM Pacific)
http://unboundworlds.com/author-chat/live-chat-rpg/
Basically, instead of the usual author chat, we decided to run a mini-RPG online instead. If you go to the site, you can watch me and the gamers chatting it up in a live real-time adventure illustrated with plenty of artwork. But who are the players? The answer will daze, stun, blind, deafen and petrify you!
* Ari Marmell, author of The Conqueror’s Shadow, Agents of Artifice, The Tomb of Horrors 4th edition and numerous other fantasy novels and D&D/RPG books!
* Diana Rowland, author of the urban fantasy police procedurals Mark of the Demon and Blood of the Demon!
* Peter V. Brett, author of The Demon Trilogy (The Warded Man, The Desert Sword, The Daylight War)!
* and lastly, the winners of the King of RPGs Tell Me About Your Character! contest!
It’s a star-studded night of roleplaying — like the Academy Awards but in the early afternoon and with orcs.* Come join us for this epic two-hour journey of monster-fighting, intrigue and weirdness, featuring characters from the King of RPGs graphic novel series! See you on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 2-4 PM EST at UnboundWorlds author chat! Be there or be first level!
* Author reserves the right to substitute goblins for orcs.

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