The homoerotic cosplay cuties of Japanese comic book culture

DVD cover art from the Korean live-action Absolute Boyfriend series
DVD cover art from the Korean live-action Absolute Boyfriend series

The geeks of SoCal hit up the Burbank Marriott Convention Center for Yaoi Expo, a celebration of man-on-man manga and anime.

For those uninitiated in Japanese comic book culture, Yaoi is a sub-genre that deals exclusively with May/December same-sex relationships. (Think cartoon versions of Brian and Justin from Queer as Folk.)

We rounded up a collection of the Expo’s cutest queer cosplayers.

1. Creature of the Night

Local go-go twunk Jayk Knight poses in Yaoi Expo’s kink-themed escape room as Night Tenjo, one of the Nightly Lover Robots from Absolute Boyfriend. 

2. Narut-HO

Prominent cosplay pro Phunamation flashes some side abs with this homoerotic take on Kakashi Hatake from the Naruto franchise.

3. Fullbustin’ Balls

Photo courtesy of Prism’s Ted Abenheim

Natuto wasn’t the only anime Phunamation was channeling this past weekend. Here he is serving up a Gray Fullbuster lewk from Fairy Tail, in front of a booth for Prism, a queer comic book organization.

4. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Harry, Sora, and Danaerys walk into an Expo…

Photo courtesy of Chris Riley

While Yaoi Expo focuses on anime and manga, the event attracted a panoply of gay geek culture, evidenced by this cosplay troika of Harry Potter, Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, and Game of Thrones’ Queen Danaerys Targaryen.

5. Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Twink

Photo courtesy of Chris Riley

IG’s @Akiradubs serves up some Maskless4Masc Miles Morales realness.

6. Let the Gaymes Begin!

Courtesy of Ted Abenheim

This cosplay eye candy is stripped down for some Overwatch awesomeness.

7. Rough Trade

Photo courtesy of Chris Riley

And last, but certainly not least, insta-hottie @Antontheanton throws down as Dead or Alive‘s Jann Lee. Damn, where do I insert my quarters?

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