Hi! I’m Lara Yokoshima!

Lara working

I’m a professional illustrator and mangaka (or Japanese comic artist) from Mexico, and my goal is to become an established creator of Western BL. I’m the author of a comic/manga series called “Tango,” available in Mexico, Germany and the United States.

My main style influences are Wolfina, Shushushu Sakurai, Kazusa Takashima, Tada Yumi, Rae and Sawauchi Sachiyo, but I also admire Yoji Shinkawa, Takehiko Inoue, Tetsuya Nomura, as well as western artists like Artgerm, Wesley Burt and Ilya Kuvshinov.

This website

The main purpose of this website is to share my love for Japanese BL/yaoi manga, but also anime, and videogames –  things that heavily influenced me during my teenage years. This website has gone through many iterations and designs, but it’s all about one thing: the love and admiration I have for BL stories and beautiful art.

The first version of this website dates back to the early 90s, but I did not focus on yaoi as a main subject until 2000. I figured that the word “Aphrodisiac” was an appropriate title for my site given my passion for the genre. Now I simply call it my art portoflio.

How can you support me?

Right now, drawing it’s my main source of income, and I’m super grateful to my fans! Here’s how you can help:

Request a commission

Yup. As simple as that.

Buy my comic books & other merch

“Tango” is currently my only published comic (but there will be more!). It’s available in Spanish, English and German.

I also have an art print shop.

Donations and monthly support

Thank you in advance!