Reading romance manga online is easy with Renta! [Sponsored Post]

This post is sponsored by Renta. We work closely with our sponsors to bring you posts that are relevant to and supportive of the Room 801 and Australian yaoi/yuri community.

Renta! website

The Renta! home page.

Renta! is an eBook rental service for romance manga, allowing you to buy digital manga and read it on a variety of devices, while keeping your purchases in the cloud so there’s no need for you to download anything! It’s great for people using shared computers or who have nosy family members—there’s no need to hide files on your computer or password-lock anything other than your account on the Renta! website.

Using Renta is very simple: just register an account (using an email address, password, and a username) then check your inbox for a registration confirmation email. Click on the link enclosed, and off you go!

Once you’ve registered and logged in, you can browse through the manga you’re interested in, which is helpfully arranged in categories such as Yaoi, Sweet Love, and Spicy Love. Each category breaks down into more specific subgenres: for example, “Yaoi” includes themes such as “salarymen,” “showbiz,” or “college.” Many manga on the site include previews so you can get a free taste of what to expect from a particular title. Note that titles in the Yaoi, Spicy Love and Hentai categories are strictly for over-18s, so if you wish to view these titles, you’ll need to set your birthdate (which can’t be changed) to confirm that you’re old enough to look at restricted material.

Manga on the Renta website

An individual manga title on the Renta! website.

Rentals are paid for with “R-tickets” which are available in a variety of denominations. Each ticket costs just over one US dollar (at the time of writing) and you can pay by Visa or Mastercard. The more tickets you buy at one time, the more you save in the long run. For example, buying 50 tickets will give you two bonus tickets; buying a pack of 100 tickets will give you five bonus tickets. Once you’ve purchased your tickets, you can then start renting manga. Simply click on the option to rent the manga for the period of time you would prefer. Depending on the title, manga can be rented for a specific period (48 hours) or indefinitely by using a few more tickets.

Renta! allows your profile to display titles you’ve viewed as well as a wishlist, so you can keep track of what you’ve looked at and manga you might wish to remember for a later date. Because you only need to log in to the website to view what’s on your “virtual bookshelf”, it’s an easy, accessible and discreet way to get your yaoi fix whenever you’re in need, provided you have access to the internet on your device.

It’s as simple as a few clicks, a credit card payment, then reading manga on demand. All Room 801: Mile High Club attendees will receive a free gift code for one ticket to try the service out; just check your showbag for the flyer and code!

This post is sponsored by Renta, a romance manga ebook rental website from Japan. Renta is a generous sponsor of our 2015 event. Visit the Renta website or follow them on Facebook or Tumblr.

Hentai comp winners and research focus group

Love is in the airThank you to everyone who entered our Love is in the Air competition! We have a bonus Hentai Collection DVD thanks to Boots, so we’re actually giving away five prizes. The winners are:

@pinkpprheart
@_GreenTea_
@arcadiagt5
@MunchlaxRegrets
momoicchi27

We’ll be contacting the winners in the next fortnight to sort out their prizes! If any of you entered unintentionally, don’t worry, we’ll just work down the list until everyone’s happy.

Some of you have noticed that we’ve listed a University of Wollongong focus group in the schedule on Sunday. This focus group discussion is being carried out as part of a postgraduate research project into fans’ awareness of online and local regulations on censorship and pornography in Australia. This research takes into consideration fandom activities such as fanfiction, fanvids, and fanart, and how said regulations affect their behaviour as fans.

The discussion will be conducted by Khursten Santos in the AV Club (Wybalena) room at 9am, so just turn up if you’d like to take part! Participation is purely voluntary and all participants will remain anonymous.

Sad news for bara fans…

We must regretfully announce that Masahiko from Japanese Gay Art is no longer able to attend Room 801, due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances. He is very sorry that he won’t be able to make it to the convention.

We deeply apologise to all of the bara fans out there, and we’re doing our best to find an alternative speaker! We’ll update the schedule and post on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr as soon as we have more news for you.

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…

The early bird deadline approaches

There’s just under a week left to register for Room 801 at our special early bird pricing! There won’t be any more extensions to the cutoff date, so if you want to save a bit on your ticket purchase then you’ll need to register by the end of November. Head over to the Tickets page for more details and to register.

We’ve been steadily announcing our special guests over the last few months, and we think their expertise will offer something for everyone! Stay tuned next month for the final guest announcements and our draft screening and activity schedules.

Room 801 will be held during the Sydney Mardi Gras 2014, so if you’re travelling from a regional area or interstate it’s a good idea to plan ahead. You can stay at the venue, and there are also several budget hotels and backpacker hostels in the vicinity. We’re working on some shopping, eating and attraction guides, just in case you want to extend your stay in Sydney!

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.