Desire in Subtext: Gender, Fandom, and Women's Male-Male Homoerotic Parodies in Contemporary Japan

  title={Desire in Subtext: Gender, Fandom, and Women's Male-Male Homoerotic Parodies in Contemporary Japan},
  author={Kumiko Saito},
  pages={171 - 191}
manner similar to British and American science fiction fandoms that developed through conventions. From the 1970s to the present, the Comic Market (hereafter Comiket) has been a leading venue for manga and anime fan activities in Japan. Over the three days of the convention, more than thirty-seven thousand groups participate, and their dōjinshi (self-published fan fiction) and character goods generate ¥10 billion in sales.1 Contrary to the common stereotype of anime/manga cult fans—the so… Expand
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  • East Asian Journal of Popular Culture
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  • Eureka 39,
  • 2007
I . e . Mobile Suit Gundam ( 1979 – 80 , Kidō senshi Gandamu ) and other anime series under the Gundam label
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