Comiket 76

Comiket, also known as the Comic Market and sometimes referred to as Comike, is the world’s largest comic book fair, held twice a year (summer and winter versions, just like Wonderfest) in Tokyo, Japan.  Entrance is free, but you are encouraged to buy the event catalog for 2,000 yen ($20).

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Most of the comics sold are self-published works, called doujinshi in Japan, usually manga or novels created by amateurs.  Groups of doujinshi artists refer to themselves as a circle.

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The first Comiket was held in December 1975, with only about 32 participating circles and an estimated 600 attendees.

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Comiket 76 (Summer 2009) was held last weekend from August 14-16 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba

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The 3 day event drew about 560,000 attendees, a new record.  The pictures below are courtesy of Yahoo Japan taken during the first day morning when it was the busiest.

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Personally, I’m not into comics, but was curious about this event so I went on the Saturday afternoon (which was probably the least busiest time, even though there was still a lot of people).

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Comiket also draws a large number of cosplayers (costume play) so it is also quite a popular attraction.

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Below are a few cosplay pictures that I took …

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Did you get a chance to attend Comiket?

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12 thoughts on “Comiket 76

    • Thank for visiting my blog and commenting!

      Well, book your tickets to Japan now as the next one is probably at the end of the year – that would be Comiket 77 Winter 2009. Christmas/New Year in Tokyo is not too bad, not too cold.

  1. I was actually in Odaiba on the 16th, and I took a picture toward Big Sight, but I didn’t go there. I did, however, visit the Gundam, as well as the Museum of Maritime Science, which I enjoyed thoroughly. The Yurikamome Line was ridiculously packed on the way back to Shinbashi.

    • It took me about 30-40 minutes in a long lineup just to board the Yurikamome Line train.

      Along the way, I did notice a similar long lineup to the train station near the Gundam. Was there a lot of people there when you visited on Sunday?

      • There were plenty of people there. Actually, everywhere was crowded, since it was a hot, sunny day. I got on the train at Daiba station, which also had a long lineup, though it was only about a 15 minute wait.

  2. I hate events that only run over Saturday and Sunday, when I have to work. Then again, I was at the Comiket last winter and got that out of my system then, for the moment. Maybe next time.

    • Actually, this Comiket ran from Friday to Sunday, not sure about the winter version though? As I said, I am not a comic fan so I don’t think I’ll be attending another Comiket – it is also out of my system 🙂

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