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Encyclopedia > Comiket
Comiket
Status Active
Venue Tokyo Big Sight
Location Ariake, Tokyo
Country Flag of Japan Japan
First held 1975
Attendance 550,000 in 2007 (summer)
Events Marketplace, industry floor, cosplay
Website http://www.comiket.co.jp/index_e.html

Comiket (コミケット?), otherwise known as the Comic Market (コミックマーケット?) or CM, is the world's largest comic convention, held twice a year in Tokyo, Japan. The first CM was held in December 1975, with only about 30 participating circles and an estimated 700 attendees. Attendance has since swelled to over a quarter of a million people. The convention lasts for three days. It is a grassroots, DIY effort for selling dōjinshi, self-published Japanese works. As items sold in CM are considered very rare (because dōjinshi are seldom reprinted), some items sold at CM can be found in shops or on the Internet at prices up to 10 times the item's original price. Ariake (有明町; -chou) is a town located in Soo District, Kagoshima, Japan. ... Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to) is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and, unique among the prefectures, provides certain municipal services characteristic of a city. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to) is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and, unique among the prefectures, provides certain municipal services characteristic of a city. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: DIY Network, a cable TV network. ... Dōjinshi ) are self-published Japanese works, usually manga or novels. ...


The continuing operation of CM is the responsibility of the Comic Market Preparatory Committee (CMPC).

Contents

Time, Date, and Location

CM is held twice a year for three days each; once in August and once in December. These are referred to typically as Summer Comike and Winter Comike respectively. The current convention location is the Tokyo Big Sight convention center near Ariake, Tokyo. The doors open to attendees at around 10:00 AM. Because there are large crowds, the actual time of entry into the event will more than likely be delayed. The next Comiket will be Comiket 73. The Conference Tower The Tokyo Big Sight (東京ビッグサイト) , also called the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (東京国際展示場), is a Japanese convention center that opened in April 1996. ... Ariake (有明町; -chou) is a town located in Soo District, Kagoshima, Japan. ...

The line up to a Comiket convention.
The line up to a Comiket convention.

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 325 KB) Entrance stand by row of w:comic market. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 325 KB) Entrance stand by row of w:comic market. ...

Admission

No entrance fee is required for admission to CM, however attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase the Comic Market Catalog.


Size

Approximately 35,000 sellers, known as circles, currently participate in CM. An estimated 510,000 attendees converge in the course of 3 days, but this number continues to increase. With the addition of police, guards, staff, volunteers, there are over half a million people. Because of the extreme number of people gathering in a single place, mobile phone companies set up temporary antennas that are usually employed when stationary antennas are out of service. Area hotels, trains, and bus services also make special arrangements to accommodate the large crowds.


The Comic Market Catalog

The Catalog

The CM Catalog contains information about the buyers and sellers at CM and other general event information. It is available in print and CD-ROM format. The print version is roughly the size of a small phone book. It contains lists of all the participating circles, maps of the convention layout, maps and directions to get to and from the convention, rules for the convention, and arguably the most useful, a picture or two for every participating circle. The visuals are extremely helpful, especially for non-Japanese speakers.


The catalog is not required for admittance, but without it the event is nearly impossible to navigate. Catalogs are often sold at tents in and around the event for the benefit of latecomers.


The CD-ROM edition of the catalog includes the following features:

  • Advanced search functions by day, location, circle, title, genre, etc.
  • Custom color coded checklist creation
  • Customized map and list printing with customizeable lists and fields
  • Clickable layout map for navigation
  • Importing and exporting circle and image data (presumably for new versions)
  • Saving lists as .csv files for use in a spreadsheet program

To date, there is no English edition of the catalog available.


Where the catalog can be purchased

The CM website usually has a list of stores (by prefecture) where you can order the catalog. Please be aware that not all stores have the CD-ROM version and some may not have the print version. This is also on the list of stores on the CM homepage. Catalogs can be ordered from overseas, depending on the store.


When the catalog can be purchased

The catalog typically comes out two weeks before the convention. Up until the first day of CM, large manga shops such as "Tora no Ana", "Mandarake", and "Animate" tend to still have catalogs in stock. This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Mandarake is one of Tokyos largest vendors of used anime and manga-related products. ...


General Rules

The general rules for the convention are all outlined in the CM Catalog and are fairly basic.

  • Running is forbidden, to prevent injury.
  • Lining up for hours before the convention is forbidden, as pre-convention "parties" have drawn complaints from local residents in previous years.
  • Taking pictures of cosplayers outside of the Cosplay Square is forbidden. In the past, there have been problems with unscrupulous photographers snapping unsolicited shots.
  • Do not take pictures of cosplayers without their express permission.

There are additional rules which apply to cosplayers as well. Cosplayers Cosplay ), a portmanteau of the English words costume and roleplay, is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, or Japanese pop music bands. ...


Problems related to Comiket

As the number of circles participating and number of participants increase rapidly, the event has become very crowded. In order to buy their favorite items (and especially famous items, such as dōjinshi from famous authors or special limited-edition items), thousands of people line up outside the Tokyo Big Sight convention center days before the event starts, causing serious security problems. Hence, lining up before the day Comiket is held on has been prohibited in recent years.


To relieve the congestion Russian government offered to rent an aircraft carrier to the event so that the vessel could be used as the second venue just outside the main venue, Tokyo Big Site, which is built on the seaside. However, due to the carrier's maintenance cost being around 1 million yen per day, the plan is only being considered currently. Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault carrier USS Wasp, supercarrier USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft — in effect acting as a sea...


Recently there has been a rumor spreading that cosplay photography has been completely forbidden at Comiket, beginning with Comiket 68. But, that was only a rumor. On Comiket 69, 70 and 71, cosplay photography event has been celebrated as normal as other years. The specific rules however restricts unsolicited photography only, and does not ban photography as a whole. Cosplayers Cosplay ), a portmanteau of the English words costume and roleplay, is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, or Japanese pop music bands. ...


On Comiket 72 you are required to purchase a special permit to take pictures of cosplayers but again only in the Cosplay Square. This can be reached by leaving the main site and walking towards the cafe and restaurant area on the left side of Tokyo Big Sight.


External links

  • The official Comic Market site (in English)
  • Dan Kanemitsu's Otaku Subculture Related Research Lab - Author of "The Storm Front Journal - Doujinshi, the Alternative Publishing Medium of Japan"
  • The Japan Comic Market FAQ: A Gaijin's Guide to Comike via the Internet Archive
  • How to Comiket, Part I: Intelligence at Heisei Democracy
  • How to Comiket, Part II: Strategy at Heisei Democracy

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