|Dates:||2003, 2005, 2007|
|Location:||Newark, New Jersey, USA|
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Yuricon was a fan-run convention held from 2003 to 2007 which is focused around Yuri. It also had a publishing arm, ALC Publishing, which put together yuri anthologies and some translated manga.
Yuricon was founded in 2000 by Erica Friedman as AniLesboCon, with the mission of bringing together fans of lesbian images in Japanese animation and comics. Initially, ALC was designed to be a “virtual” convention only, with real contests to foster community and creativity. This mission gathered people from all over the world; to discuss and create stories that represented an entire continuum of lesbian experience, from youthful crushes to adult relationships.
As the ALC community rapidly grew, events were planned where members could get together off-line. The name was officially changed to Yuricon in 2002, to better represent the mission: to celebrate Yuri in anime and manga. Yuricon members have since contributed programming and subject expertise to conventions, film festivals and academic programs across North America and Europe.
In 2003, Yuricon sponsored a full three-day anime and manga convention in Newark, NJ. The convention brought together fans of Yuri with panels, an academic lecture series, games, several dozen vendors of anime and manga and related items and, of course, video programming.