Yes…The grand event for all things Doujin..! One of the most memorable and renowned events in otaku history. THIS. IS. COMIKET!!!
For the unfamiliars, I’ll explain. ComiKet is a twice-a-year event that takes place in Tokyo at the Tokyo Big Site. It is the biggest get-together for Circles (I’ll explain in a minute) selling doujinshi to Anime companies giving away goodies and showing off trailers. I’ll start with doujinshi first, Doujinshi (also called Doujin) is what fan-made comics are called. Basically, it’s manga…no..a comic made by a fan (or fans) of a certain title that they like. Just that the story goes in the way they want it to. The groups of fans that come together and make these masterpieces are known as circles. Now, you’d probably expect that if they are making these comics based off of licensed titles (not always licensed) they’d be doing it illegally. Yes, that much is true but , actually, the companies like having the circles and such there. They have no problem with them (evidently if they’re willing to show up at an event dedicated to their comics). Doujin isn’t always based off of a title (licensed or not) sometimes they’re original and this comes to , what I think, is the true heart of doujinshi. Making original stories and characters. Although parody doujin is nice to start out with it’s a great achievement to move up to your own original work.
About 2 weeks before a ComiKet event goes down (winter or summer) you can find the ComiKet catalog in just about any store in Akihabara or Nipponbashi. Today, they have two different versions fitting your tastes either A. ComiKet catalog Book form! or B. ComiKet catalog CD form! If you are planning on attending ComiKet it is mandatory to get a catalog and plan out your routes and what has low stock and high stock. The advantage ,though, of the CD form is that it allows you to color code the items you plan on picking up. So you can grade it , for example, Dark blue being your first stop to light green being your last stop. It also gives you a variety of maps to choose from. It also has a search feature built into it if your too lazy to find some circle websites over the web and find out if they will be at ComiKet. Your catalog , in ComiKet, is your best , closest, friend. Remember that. It’s ‘Mandatory’. xD
There are three different days that ComiKet runs. The first two days have nothing really special to them other than just typical ComiKet days but the third day is the 18+ day where all the hentai products get busted out. There also , as said before, two different events during a year Winter ComiKet and Summer ComiKet. The upcoming ComiKet will be The Summer ComiKet 72. (www.heiseidemocracy.com will be covering the event for all three days)
If your a foreigner planning on going or a first timer altogether then I would strongly suggest checking out the ComiKet official website to scan their rules. Just so you can have the most enjoyable time in Japan possible. ^_~
ComiKet will probably be a blast. Some of you people who are attending will have to post a comment (It’s MANDATORY).
That wraps things up. Bai bai.