A Big Event Held Twice a Year!? What is Comiket?

A Big Event Held Twice a Year!? What is Comiket?

It is summer, mid-August  "Did the days come again this year..."  "Chief! I'll take a day off this Friday!" "Ah…the deadline is..."  Every year in August and December, people gather at Tokyo Big Sight - Tens of thousands of people standing in the queue!?  People in strange clothes?  Thin books!?  What on earth is this!?

  What is Comiket : the big festival of Dojin?

Comic Market is the world's biggest dojinshi convention, commonly known as Comiket. It is held twice a year in summer and winter, and the venue is now located at Tokyo Big Sight. Dojinshi, games made by oneself, music CDs, homemade accessories and toys, cosplay, company booths...all expressions are encouraged here, and all people who come here pull together to create this event and make it better. This is what Comiket is.
Speaking of Comiket, we have to say something about "Dojinshi" first.

Comic Market is the world's biggest dojinshi convention, commonly known as Comiket. It is held twice a year in summer and winter, and the venue is now located at Tokyo Big Sight. Dojinshi, games made by oneself, music CDs, homemade accessories and toys, cosplay, company booths...all expressions are encouraged here, and all people who come here pull together to create this event and make it better. This is what Comiket is.  Speaking of Comiket, we have to say something about "Dojinshi" first.

Dojinshi is in contrast to commercial magazines. It refers to magazines made by those “dojin” (a group of people who share an interest and aim) who are getting together. The feature of dojinshi is colorful subjects and contents. If you think that dojinshi only refers to fan fictions based on famous anime, comics and games popular in recent years, you are totally wrong!
First creation of dojinshi of original comics and novels, illustration collections, photo albums, recipe books and illustrated handbook, as well as many gourmet dojinshi (with maps attached) involving many shops serving tasty food, etc...
There are colorful contents created by various people, and the number of dojinshi is as many as stars!

You can also read this article for something about dojinshi!

Comic & Anime lovers must know! "Doujinshi"! What is that??

The “place” for distributing such dojinshi is dojinshi convention. In the past when there was no Internet, there were few opportunities for books created by Doujin Circle to be distributed. However, the first Comic Market was organized with the idea of “creating a market that allows books created by amateurs to be distributed”, and soon became a bridge between creators and readers. Since then, with the popularization of Internet and the variety of transportation/ logistics, it has become much more convenient for people to participate in dojin events and to get information about dojinshi. What’s more, mutual communication between dojinshi writers and readers was activated, and the dojin community has become more and more enthusiastic, which makes more people be able to get close to dojin culture. Now dojin events have formed one big field all over the world.
Comiket is nothing short of the Sohonzan of “dojin”.

Trivia! What is the meaning of C〇〇that we often see?  It is called C〇〇according to the total number of times that the Comiket is held. For example, the Comiket held on December 2018 is the 95th time, so it is called C95.  In addition, the Comiket held in summer and winter is called NatsuComi (Summer Comiket) and FuyuComi (Winter Comiket) respectively.

It will soon be the 100th time. Would you like to join in such an event that has a long history and is famous all over the world?
This year's (2019) NatsuComi has already been over, but the FuyuComi will start from December 28th.
However! There is something you must know before going!

  Comiket is a battleground!?

"Comiket is the world's biggest dojinshi convention, and there are more than 500,000 people coming within the 3 days when the event is held.    Trivia! Isn’t that the Comiket venue?  We can often see the Comiket venue in the photos, but the East Wing where the event is held is actually behind it!  Due to the impact of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the East Wing of Tokyo Big Sight is not available. As a countermeasure, the 2019 NatsuComi was held for 4 days. This year’s NatsuComi, Comic Market 96 (C96), is the first Comiket that lasted for 4 days, with a total of more than 730,000 people coming!    Also, the festival is basically held during the Obon festival in summer (mid-August) and before the Omisoka (Japanese New Year's Eve) in winter (from December 28th to 31st), so it may be very crowded and hot/cold.  If you only want to enjoy the atmosphere of Comiket, it is recommended that you enter around noon, when most people will have entered, but by then, many dojinshi may have been already sold out. If you want to queue several hours before entering to buy the books you are eager for, be sure to be well prepared, or you might faint because of sunstroke. Get ready to challenge the Comiket.  Please refer here for what you need to take with you!  We recommend that you make a checklist in advance so that you won't forget anything!"

Comiket is the world's biggest dojinshi convention, and there are more than 500,000 people coming within the 3 days when the event is held.

Trivia! Isn’t that the Comiket venue?  We can often see the Comiket venue in the photos, but the East Wing where the event is held is actually behind it!  Due to the impact of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the East Wing of Tokyo Big Sight is not available. As a countermeasure, the 2019 NatsuComi was held for 4 days. This year’s NatsuComi, Comic Market 96 (C96), is the first Comiket that lasted for 4 days, with a total of more than 730,000 people coming!    Also, the festival is basically held during the Obon festival in summer (mid-August) and before the Omisoka (Japanese New Year's Eve) in winter (from December 28th to 31st), so it may be very crowded and hot/cold.  If you only want to enjoy the atmosphere of Comiket, it is recommended that you enter around noon, when most people will have entered, but by then, many dojinshi may have been already sold out. If you want to queue several hours before entering to buy the books you are eager for, be sure to be well prepared, or you might faint because of sunstroke. Get ready to challenge the Comiket.  Please refer here for what you need to take with you!  We recommend that you make a checklist in advance so that you won't forget anything!

Due to the impact of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the East Wing of Tokyo Big Sight is not available. As a countermeasure, the 2019 NatsuComi was held for 4 days.
This year’s NatsuComi, Comic Market 96 (C96), is the first Comiket that lasted for 4 days, with a total of more than 730,000 people coming!

Also, the festival is basically held during the Obon festival in summer (mid-August) and before the Omisoka (Japanese New Year's Eve) in winter (from December 28th to 31st), so it may be very crowded and hot/cold.
If you only want to enjoy the atmosphere of Comiket, it is recommended that you enter around noon, when most people will have entered, but by then, many dojinshi may have been already sold out. If you want to queue several hours before entering to buy the books you are eager for, be sure to be well prepared, or you might faint because of sunstroke. Get ready to challenge the Comiket.

Please refer here for what you need to take with you!

We recommend that you make a checklist in advance so that you won't forget anything!

In addition, if it is FuyuComi, the most important thing is to keep warm! Remember to take body warmer stickers, gloves and warm clothes with you…Also, go to bed early the night before, and have a good breakfast, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated. Once you feel sick in the queue, you’d better leave immediately...Put your health first and enjoy the festival!

In addition, if it is FuyuComi, the most important thing is to keep warm! Remember to take body warmer stickers, gloves and warm clothes with you…Also, go to bed early the night before, and have a good breakfast, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated. Once you feel sick in the queue, you’d better leave immediately...Put your health first and enjoy the festival!

So how do you think? In addition to dojinshi, there are performances of cosplayers, and many company booths related to anime and games selling various goods that can only be seen at the Comiket venue. If you like anime and comics, just come and enjoy the Comiket!

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