One month to go!

fragile_heart_of_moe_poster-01-sRoom 801 is just a month away and the schedule is just about complete, so we have some exciting event announcements to make!

Firstly, we’ll be running an official screening of The Fragile Heart of Moe during the convention. This NHK-commissioned, Indian-produced documentary directed by Bharath Murthy focuses on female doujinshi artists, Comiket and fujoshi.

Jake and Zac from the offbeat and hilarious Gaming Cult Podcast will also be joining us on the weekend; they’ll be playing through the classic pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend for your entertainment. The GCP boys will also be in the trader area with AarinFantasy, Japanese Gay Art, Fox Lee, Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki, Bea Bravo and Y Labs. For more info about any of our traders and artists, visit the Traders page.

Premium ticket sales close at the end of the Australia Day long weekend (midnight on the 27th of January), so if you’re planning to get a premium ticket then make sure you get in before the deadline. We’ll also be sending reminders to our mailing list, so sign up if you need a reminder and stay up to date with what’s happening at the convention.

We’re still taking suggestions for our Swap Meet video playlist, and here’s a really obvious poll for January!

Some guest news and a new poll

We have some big news to share! Aarin from Aarinfantasy (the world’s largest yaoi community) will be attending Room 801 and bringing art and merchandise by Black Monkey Pro, PenguinFrontier, Otome’s Way and Aphin123 to sell at the convention. She’s currently taking donations to cover the table fee, so if you’re an AF forum member you can help promote these artists and earn forum points at the same time.

Our games guest Luke Miller is a few thousand votes away from getting his game My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant! into the top 100 on Steam Greenlight. Unfortunately it’s suffering from an unusual imbalance of negative votes, which are most likely due to Steam users disliking the subject matter rather than the game itself. If you’d like to see a light-hearted gay sci-fi adventure game on Steam and you have an account, head over and vote.

And here’s this month’s poll. This is an honest question, because we’re working out how to run a certain giveaway…

Supanova Brisbane and the return of the poll

This weekend one of the Room 801 organisers is taking a little road trip up to Brisbane! Pirotess will be sharing a table with Alisha Jade and Escape Velocity (by Ms.Rosek and Mamath) in the artist alley at table 212. It’s right near the cosplay registration/information desk.

Supanova Brisbane 2013

You can buy tickets for Room 801 at our table, plus Pirotess will be selling the latest issue of Noble Rot and the usual collection of yaoi comics and artbooks. A little birdie tells us that our guest author Mary Borsellino will be wandering around the convention, too.

We’re still taking suggestions for activities and panels, and we’re accepting applications for the artist alley via our trader form – so if you’re interested in any of that, get in touch!

Things were a bit crazy last month so we didn’t have a poll, but here’s a new one for November.

Early bird extended, guests and new poll

Supanova Sydney Artist Alley

Photo courtesy of Tim McEwen

Room 801 will be visiting the Brisbane Supanova Artist Alley in November! We’re sharing a table with the excellent Escape Velocity and Alisha Jade. Drop by and say hi to Pirotess, ask any questions you have about the convention or buy a ticket in person. To celebrate, we’re extending the early bird deadline until the end of November. Premium tickets are particularly limited and we’ve sold a few already, so if you want the full experience then get in early and buy your ticket online.

Speaking of Artist Alleys, if you’re an artist and want to sell your art at the convention, fill out the trader form and we’ll send you a trader pack. We know being an artist (especially a yaoi or yuri one) is a labour of love, so we’ve tried to keep things as artist-friendly as possible.

If you’ve been hanging out for panels and presentations, we can now confirm our first group of incredibly talented guests. Artist Jozef Szekeres, game designer Luke Miller, writer Mary Borsellino and censorship lawyer Dr Scott Beattie will be attending Room 801 and sharing their knowledge and experience with you over the weekend. We’ll be introducing each of our guests in the coming weeks, as well as announcing a few more, so stay tuned!

Finally, we’ve got another new poll.

Registration, July Poll and website updates

Registration for Room 801 is now open! Register before the end of September and save up to $15 on your ticket. We’ve also updated the website with some venue information and FAQs, with lots more to come.

To the volunteers and traders who have expressed their interest so far: thank you so much, and we’ll be in touch with specific information by the end of this month.

This month’s poll is either inspiring or faintly embarrassing, depending on how you look at it…