Twice a year in mid-August and late December, Tokyo Big Sight is bombarded with over half a million doujinshi fans, cosplayers, and kinda-creepy cosplay photographers attending Comiket, the premier event for self-published comics in Japan and one of the biggest comic events in the world.
The three-day markets feature over 30,000 independent creators selling their wares, which are mostly comics inspired by popular anime or manga series.
With Comiket 93 taking place this coming weekend from December 29th through 31st, you might be wondering why there’s already talk about Comiket 98, which would fall in 2020.
The answer of course has to do with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games, which will run from July 24th to August 9th and from August 25th to September 6th respectively. Tokyo Big Sight is set to serve as the media center and international broadcaster center for the duration of the Games, and much of the venue’s exhibition space will be partially or completely unavailable as the competition approaches.
So what will happen to Comiket 98? According to an announcement from the Comic Market Committee, the event will be shifted from August to the Golden Week holiday period, which will likely mean the first weekend of May.
The announcement also reveals that Comiket will join forces with six other doujinshi-related events to host the tentatively-named DOUJIN JAPAN 2020, a two-year effort to promote doujinshi and otaku culture to both local fans and what is expected to be a bumper crop of overseas visitors.
From the announcement:
In order to promote doujinshi and otaku culture to the many expected foreign visitors to Japan, we want to create a unique space capable of sharing Japan’s unique subcultures.
The tentatively-titled DOUJIN JAPAN 2020 won’t just be held over Golden Week in Tokyo. In 2019 and 2020 will seek to coordinate groups and organizations who hold similar events to promote Japanese doujinshi and create a new wave of activity for manga, anime, and video game fans.
Comiket are one of the first pop culture festivals in Tokyo to make an announcement on their 2020 plans.