The most recent Comiket event saw over half a million eager fans to the Tokyo Big Sight venue in Tokyo, Japan. Comiket, often referred to as Comic Market, is the largest Dōjinshi market in the world.
Dōjinshi is the Japanese term for self-published works, which usually consists of manga, novels and so on. Though Dōjinshi is often made up of amateur’s works, some professional artists choose to release alternate pieces to be published from outside the mainstream industry. That is pretty much what Comiket is all about, allowing artists of any level to showcase their art to as many people as possible.
As for Comiket itself, the event was founded in 1975 by Yoshihiro Yonezawa, who along with a group of university friends wished to exploit the full potential of the manga platform. By 1982, the event attracted just under 10,000 attendees, which by 1989 had multiplied to over 100,000. The events tend to feature around 35,000 sellers, along with customers raising the level of attendance to 500,000 by 2004.
Given the rising numbers of Comiket, security problems have unsurprisingly arisen. Thousands of fans will often line up a day in advance in order to get their hands on works of their favourite authors or any limited edition items, so much so that it has now prohibited to turn up the day before.
Comiket has seen a huge evolution since its inception back in the 70s, now featuring other attractions including a welath of cosplayers turning up to the event. As you can see from the pictures within this article, there is a range from video games (including the fantastic Dva Overwatch cosplay), to manga and beyond to celebrate the occasion. The next Comiket event is scheduled to take place this summer, in August 2017. If you’d like to check out more highlights from the event, head over to mynavi for a closer look at what was on display.