Forbidden Fruit (2014)

General Information & Sponsors

Our first convention was held at the Y Hotel Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD on the 22nd-23rd of February 2014. The life drawing night for our Premium attendees was held at The Artful Hen in Darlinghurst on the 21st of February 2014 and was a huge hit!

We planned for 80-100 attendees, and ended up with around 110 over the course of the weekend.

Our sponsors provided us with invaluable support for our inaugural event:

  • Siren Visual
  • Madman Entertainment
  • Sublime Manga
  • AarinFantasy
  • y!Gallery
  • JOY 94.9
  • Anime News Network

Guests, Panellists & Presenters

  • Aarin (Founder – AarinFantasy)
  • Dr Scott Beattie (Lawyer)
  • Mary Borsellino (Author)
  • Level4Chaos (Fanfiction Author, Fan Artist and Cosplayer)
  • Luke Miller (Game Designer – Up Multimedia)
  • Jozef Szekeres (Artist – Black Mermaid Productions)
  • Narelle Battersby
  • GB
  • Roberto Iolini
  • Khursten Santos
  • Tyr Tapir
  • zero

We were also graced with the presence of Sean Z. Maker, the organiser of Bent-Con in the USA – thank you so much for spending your weekend with us, Sean!

Traders & Artists

  • AarinFantasy
  • Gaming Cult Podcast
  • Nekochii
  • Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki
  • Bea Bravo
  • Fox Lee
  • RAE Comics
  • Amei Zhao
  • Ajadeart


Friday, 21st February 2014 – The Artful Hen, Darlinghurst

6:30pm-8:30pm – Life Drawing (Premium ticket holders only)

Saturday, 22nd February 2014 – Y Hotel Hyde Park

Main Theatre

9:00-9:45am – The World of Visual Novels (LadyLuckDoubt)

10:00-10:45am – Weird and Wonderful Smartphone Apps (Pirotess)

11:00-11:45am – AarinFantasy – Artist Showcase, SuBLime Manga and Otome’s Way (Aarin)

12:00-12:45pm – Panel: Video Games and Fandom

1:00-1:45pm – Legal Issues and Censorship (Dr Scott Beattie)

2:00-2:45pm – Rising Like a Phoenix from the Flames (Level4Chaos)

3:00-3:45pm – Kinbaku 緊縛 – the Art and Ideas of Japanese Rope Bondage (-Zero)

4:00-4:45pm – IGIARI! The Great Debate

6:00-9:00pm – Swap Meet


9:15-10:00am – Fandom Lightning Talks

10:15-11:00am – Making Video Games Without Your Head Exploding (GB)

11:15-12:00 noon – Panel: Comparing Homoerotica, Slash and Yaoi/Yuri

12:15-1:00pm – The New Wave of BL Manga (Khursten Santos)

1:15-2:00pm – S Y N C A N D I : Real Love in a Synthetic World – A Sci-fi Yuri Epic Romance (Roberto Iolini)

2:15-3:00pm – Panel: Self-Publishing Mature Comics

3:15-4:00pm – Yaoi and Yuri Fanfiction 101 (Level4Chaos and LadyLuckDoubt)

AV Club

9:00-9:30am – Black✭Rock Shooter

9:45-10:15am – Descendants of Darkness

10:30-11:00am – Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl

11:15-11:45am – Persona 4

12:00-12:30pm – Simoun

12:45-1:15pm – Number 6

1:30-2:00pm – Mirage of Blaze

2:15-2:45pm – Revolutionary Girl Utena

3:00-4:00pm – Mnemosyne

4:15-5:00pm – Loveless

Sunday, 23rd February 2014 – Y Hotel Hyde Park

Main Theatre

9:00-9:45am – Panel: Will Erotic Fiction Ever Be Taken Seriously?

10:00-10:45am – AarinFantasy – Artist Showcase, SuBLime Manga and Otome’s Way (Aarin)

11:00-11:45am – In Your Own Words (Mary Borsellino)

12:00-2:00pm – Screening: The Fragile Heart of Moé

2:15-3:00pm – Space Tyrants and Pleasure Planets: What makes a gay game gay? (Luke Miller)

3:15-4:00pm – The Art of Jozef Szekeres  (Jozef Szekeres)

4:15-5:00pm – Closing Ceremony


10:15-11:00am – Cosplay On a Budget (LadyLuckDoubt & Level4Chaos)

11:15-12:00 noon – Manga Studio Tips and Tricks (Pirotess)

12:15-1:00pm – Gaming Cult Podcast Presents: Hatoful Boyfriend

1:15-2:00pm – Legal Q&A with Scott Beattie

2:15-3:00pm – Panel: Getting Your Erotic Fiction Published

AV Club

9:00-10:15am – University of Wollongong Focus Group (Khursten Santos)

10:30-11:00am – Canaan

11:15-11:45am – Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

12:00-12:30pm – Ai no Kusabi

12:45-1:15pm – Sweet Blue Flowers

1:30-2:00pm – Gravitation

2:15-2:45pm – Princess Resurrection

3:00-4:00pm – FAKE