Comiket 74 (コミケット); 17th August – Conclusion
**Warning: Sexual content (cartoon nudity) on this page. Do not proceed if you’re not of legal age or don’t want to be.
As if nature itself had taken pity on the 180,000+ Comiket attendees (a good proportion of them returning again for the 3rd time), the weather today was cool, windy and cloudy. For once, I did not sweat until I got inside.
Comiket day 3 is of course the most crowded, with the gender demographics finally matching up (women dominate day 1 and 2). Reason? Hentai! Queues were of course much much longer, but at the end of it all, it was well worth it. Though the doujins of popular circles will eventually be scanned and placed online, nothing beats the experience of going there and personally buying the artist’s work.
Itinerary for Day 3:
07.00AM – Got up 1 hour before the alarm rang. Couldn’t sleep again. (I’m a habitual early riser)
08.30AM – Subway train ride to Tokyo Big Sight
09.00AM – Arrive; join the queue and wait. More men than women today. Its Hentai day!
10.00AM – Comiket opens. Applause from the attendees. Front rows start to move in.
10.45AM – My queue’s turn at last; I head straight into the East halls.
12.00PM – Completed my sweep of the 9 priority-visit circles. Shoulders sore and greasy
01.30PM – Visited Range Murata and Tony’s (T2 Works) tables. Very fast queue this year
02.45PM – More browsing, visited mid-priority circles, legs getting tired
03.15PM – Crowd starting to thin; many works have been sold out already
03.30PM – Head back to the hotel. Burned US$45 on a Taxi ‘coz my legs couldn’t take it anymore
This is half the raid loot from Day 3. Bed wasn’t big enough for the rest, and I was really sleepy when I got back. (Click to enlarge)
Avid doujinshi readers should be familiar with these works below. These were being sold by Saigado Publishing, famous for the very well-drawn KOF “Yuri & Friends” comic series. Most of these are/will be scanned and available online, but I just had to show my support for the artist (yes, its a 1-man show). His table was selling plenty of old works (as far back as 2003 I estimate), but the queues were thin. Guess he’s been hit by online piracy.
I have no idea who this girl is, but she’s featured EVERYWHERE, literally. For all 3 days. Getting creamed, reamed and subjected to various unspeakable sexual horrors, along with her 2 (or was it 3?) female friends. I don’t know whats so appealing about her to be honest. She looks rather generic. Still, I succumbed to peer pressure, and bought a couple of books about her.
And then there’s of course 09Factory, the third table I visited, and just about the only artist in the catalog who mentioned doing BS6 fan work on day 3. His table was just as simple as the one at Comiket 73 – having just two neat stacks of his comics (with Mutio on the cover) for sale. I counted less than 50 copies, but to be honest, the comic was very disappointing, as was the one he sold at Comiket 73. The front and back cover pictures can be found on his site. Perhaps I was expecting too much. The pricetag? 100 Yen or US$1. See the staples also? That should give you a hint as to the number of pages in this ‘comic’. 😦 Still, any BS6 fan work is better than none! Despite being one of the ‘smaller’ circles tucked away in an obscure row, all copies of his comic were sold out when I took a peek again at 2PM. There is a ninja BS6/Mutio fanbase around I tell you 😛
I also did the unthinkable this year – I lined up for Tony and Range Murata’s works, for the first time since 2004 I think. This was after I had completed my priority visits. I figured I had some time to burn, so I joined the crowd queuing outside the halls. To my amazement, I managed to obtain their works in less than 30 mins each. A far cry from the 1.5 hours I spent queuing for each of them, many years back. Those guys also came prepared it seems. Their stuff usually runs out by 12PM, but I could still see stacks of their doujinshis when I was queuing at 1.30PM. Neither artists were around though. What a pity.
The famous AZASUKE was also there, selling a CG collection on “Black Lagoon”. It wasn’t to my interest, so I skipped him. Other notable artists were Fakestar, Black Dog and the whole Type-Moon/Fate parody doujin brigade.
So that concludes Comiket 74. Its Akihabara tommorow for my final round of Doujinshi hunting. I’m starting to get too old for this…