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VenueHilton Newark Penn Station
Location(s)Newark, New Jersey
CountryUnited States
Most recent2007
Attendance200 in 2003
Organized byErica Friedman

Yuricon was 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—as well as 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 hosted 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[edit]

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


  • Yuri Monogatari (named for Nobuko Yoshiya's Hana Monogatari) is an annual anthology of yuri-themed short comics. In 2007, Yuri Monogatari 3 was nominated for the Lambda Book Award.[9] Five Yuri Monogatari anthologies have been published. The Advocate has called Yuri Monogatari a "must-have manga".
  • Shoujoai ni Bouken
  • Rica 'tte Kanji!?
  • WORKS[10]


  1. ^ a b Corson, Suzanne (2007). "Yuricon Celebrates Lesbian Anime and Manga". AfterEllen.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
  2. ^ a b "Yuricon 2003 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  3. ^ Erica Friedman Interview - Interview With Yuri Manga Publisher and Founder of YuriCon Archived 2016-08-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20060901145607/http://services.lang.uiuc.edu/news/Friedman.asp
  5. ^ http://web.mit.edu/annualreports/pres03/09.14.html
  6. ^ Lisa Z. "Convention Reports: Yuri Con 2003". Anipike.com. Archived from the original on 2006-01-18. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  7. ^ "Yuri Revolution 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  8. ^ "Yuricon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  9. ^ Okazu: Yuri Monogatari News
  10. ^ 100% Yuri Publications from ALC Publishing

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