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History of Bara and Geikomi

Presented by: Massachusetts BL Fans at 10:30PM in Salem

This academic panel will discuss the history of bara manga and its influences. We will trace the genre's evolution from the gay bars of postwar Japan up through the current manga-saturated society. Topics will include the influence of real world events that shaped bara, such as the sexual revolution of the 1960's, and the currently increasing gay acceptance and visibility in mainstream popular culture, as well as manga trends, like the rise of yaoi, and the gachimuchi explosion that continues into the present day.