World's Largest Comic Convention Opens Its Doors
(October 4, 2007)
Comic Market 72 Ends with a Bang
Although increasing popularity has turned Comiket more mainstream in recent years, this summer’s event is in fact the seventy-second Comic Market, meaning the event has a surprisingly long history. Of all the things Comiket is known for, it is the colorful cosplay that tends to garner the most attention. As shown by events such as the 2007 World Cosplay Summit held in Nagoya on August 4 and 5, cosplay is now making waves the world over, which may account for the large number of people from foreign countries attending this summer’s convention.
The Comic Market originally focused on the sale of self-published manga known as dojinshi - independent, individually made works unavailable in stores. More than just indie comics, dojinshi are typically parodies of existing works, wherein self-published authors use characters from a popular manga or anime franchise or novel to write an original story or append the series with their own idea of a sequel. The most popular genre of dojinshi used to be yaoi, an acronym formed by combining the first syllable of each word in the Japanese phrase “Yamanashi, ochinashi, iminashi” (No climax, no punchline, no meaning). Yaoi was most popular for its depiction of established anime characters with alternative sexualities, especially male characters in a subgenre known as “boys’ love.”
An Event Fueled by Love
The next convention, Comic Market 73, will be held at Tokyo Big Sight on December 29 to 31, 2007, and it is a sure thing that a new slew of cosplayers will use the winter expo to broadcast their love of manga and anime across the world.
Copyright (C)2007 Web Japan. Edited by Japan Echo Inc. based on domestic Japanese news sources. Articles presented here are offered for reference purposes and do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Japanese Government.