What are Doujinshis?
Doujinshis are defined in Japanese dictionaries as "magazines published as a cooperative effort by a group of individuals who share a common ideology or goals with the aim of establishing a medium through which their works can be presented." Originating from the world of literature, fine arts, and academia, doujinshis experienced unprecedented growth in Japan as a medium of self-expression for various subcultures centered around manga.
- At present, books edited and published by individuals with the aim of presenting their own material are also considered doujinshis.
- As a norm, doujinshis are not included in the commercial publishing distribution system.
> The primary goal of doujinshi publishing is that of self-expression of one¤Ô¤±¤Í¤¼ own works--Ordinarily commercial profits are not the primary rationale for doujinshis endeavors.
> Their distribution is limited in scope.
What are Doujinshi Marketplaces?
- Social functions centered around the display and distribution of doujinshis.
- Their scale and function can vary from anywhere between small gatherings taking place in regular conference spaces where only a few dozen circles (doujinshi publishing groups) attend but can be big as the Comic Market where over 35,000 circles congregate.
- Outside of Japan, similar forums are usually attached to various manga and anime related public gatherings. In Japan, doujinshi marketplaces are almost always independent public events where the focus is on the individuals and groups that publish the doujinshis.
- Excluding private industry showcases such as the Tokyo Motor Show, the Comic Market is Japan¤Ô¤±¤Í¤¼ largest indoor public gathering operated by a single private non-governmental group.
- Main attraction: Exhibition and sales of self-published publications (doujinshis) centered around manga, anime, video games, and other related genres.
- Commercial industry booths housing over 130 corporations accommodated in a separate wing of the exhibition complex.
- The event utilizes all the facilities of the Tokyo Big Sight (an international exhibition complex in Ariake, Tokyo) for three entire days each summer and winter every year.
- Often abbreviated as the Comiket and Comike.
|Show Dates||08/10/2012 - 08/12/2012|
|Venue||Tokyo Big Sight(Tokyo International Exhibition Center) Map|
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