What is ‘Comiket’?
on Nov 22 by

What is ‘Comiket’?

For those of us who have been following the Doujin scene for some time – Comiket is probably the most important event in the gaming calendar. A place where like minded fans and creators gather to show what they’ve been working on. Think of it as the Japanese indie scene’s E3 or TGC and you’ll be half way there, although Comiket is actually a much more varied beast and has a much richer history.

 

Comiket actually started back in 1975 (the name is actually a combination of Comic and Market) by a guy called Yoshihiro Yonezawa – who, in the early 1970’s became disolusioned by the state of the Japanese manga scene. He found that at the time, most published manga was becoming boring – with writers and publishers too scared to try new things. As a manga critic, he found increasingly that the best Manga were those in more underground publications – and so he founded Comiket, so that those publications could be more widely sold and read.

 

Since 1975 Comiket has grown in size to well over  500,000 attendees – and now features Anime, Manga, Games, Visual Novels as well as an army of Cosplayers.

 

 

 

It’s essentially a massive convention, where ‘Dojinshi’ – self published writers and developers of Manga and Games – converge to sell their wares over three days. It’s a great opportunity for people with great ideas and talent to get their products out there – without having to rely on traditional paths into stores.

 

Many artists and developers can be very successful by taking this route – and there are actually many stores in Japan now dedicated to selling doujin products, and many of the most prolific and talented doujin circles produce Manga and Games that can rival commercial products in terms of quality and production values.

 

The last Comiket was held back in August of this year – if you want to get an idea of the kinds of games that were on show last time around, you can check them out here!

 

The next Comiket will be held at the end of next month, from the 29th to the 31st of December – so expect us to be reporting back on some of the more exciting things to come out of that show.

 

If you’d like to know more about Comiket, there’s an English language version of their site here.



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  • Martin Findlay

    One of the great things about Comiket is that since the market for doujin games is incredibly small here in the west,by keeping up to date with Comiket from attendees, there are plenty of games which have trials that are free for the public that you can learn about by checking out the developer websites.

    It’s nowhere near as wonderful as a localised release, but it at least gives you a taste of what’s on offer.

    For example – almost a year ago, the last Comiket that aired around the Christmas period dated the release of “Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code”. However to both raise awareness of the game, and to test it’s online functionality, Type-Moon had released a trial with a good amount of content for both online, and offline. So it’s definitely worth checking out!

    Looking forward to this year! ~