There sure are a lot of fans out there interested in the Japanese self-published manga market. Known as dojinshi, or fan works, in Japanese, these independent works are treasured by manga mega fans. Comic Market (or Comiket, as it is lovingly abbreviated) is the biggest event that celebrates this underground industry. This year’s Comiket 94 drew in a whopping 210,000 attendees on the third day of the event on Sunday, August 13th.
This ties the record set last summer at Comiket 93 when the same number of attendees turned out for the third and final day of the event. The number is the biggest one-day attendance record of all time for the convention. All in all, at this year’s event — which took place from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12th — 530,000 attendees were recorded across three days.
The Comiket events happen twice a year in the summer and winter, typically August and December, and it usually takes place at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center near Tokyo Bay. Both gatherings typically boast huge numbers of attendees. Comiket 84, which took place in the summer of 2013 holds the record for highest ever attendance at 590,000 visitors across all three days.
The next Comic Market, Comiket 95, will take place from December 29th to December 31st of this year. In 2019, the organizers plan to expand to a four-day exhibition for both summer and winter. And in 2020, the summer event will be held in the spring during Japan’s annual Golden Week holiday season. This is to make way for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will utilize the Tokyo Big Sight location for related events during August.
Check back for our own Comiket coverage soon!