"ComicVket 1," a doujinshi event held in a virtual reality space between August 13 and 16, 2020, attracted 104,546 visitors from all over Japan and the world. In the "Virtual Akihabara," a VR recreation of the real Akihabara town, participants were able to check the latest doujinshi, limited-edition merchandise, and interact with each other. Hit the jump for more details.
Tokyo-based company HIKKY will hold a doujinshi event "ComicVket 1" in a virtual reality space between August 13 and 16, 2020. During the four-day period, the Akihabara town in Tokyo, often called a Mecca for otaku, will be recreated in a virtual world as "Virtual Akihabara." Check out its image visuals after the jump.
This weekend, hundreds of thousands of otaku will crowd into Tokyo Big Sight to see tens of thousands of doujinshi circles (amateur publishing groups) present their work. As in recent years Meiji University Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subculture Comiket researcher myrmecoleon has crunched the numbers. Check out the results after the jump.
This weekend, over half-a-million otaku will crowd into Tokyo Big Sight to see almost 40,000 doujinshi circles (publishing groups) exhibit their latest creations. As in recent years Meiji University Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subculture Comiket researcher myrmecoleon has crunched the numbers. See who topped the list after the jump.
While the Japanese doujinshi scene isn't quite as freewheeling as remote, international observers might see it, it has a relative lack of restriction that even notable industry insiders see as important. On the other hand, fan art and American IP has had a more tenuous relationship. With a major event coming up, that tension seems to be coming to a head at least as far as sales of fan art at conventions goes.
Move over, Touhou Project! While the doujin bishoujo bullet hell shooter with a ton of cute girl characters from various varieties of supernatural distinction is still very well represented at Japan's largest doujinshi event, the ship girls of KanColle held their position as Comiket champions at last weekend's 88th fan-manga mega-event. More after the jump.
Happy 44th birthday to Yoshitoshi ABe, the graffiti artist turned Serial Experiments Lain character designer and author of Square Enix's nine volume ongoing everyday life of an imaginative young girl manga Ryushika Ryushika. Last week he previewed the doujinshi that he will be bringing to August 14-16's Comiket 88, which includes his latest seasonal look at the everyday life of KanColle's Kitakami.
Not only was there an event dedicated to showcasing fan-manga, inspired by Nintendo's adorable Splatoon, there's already a second scheduled! Following a moderate sized Splaket (Splatoon Market) with a half dozen circles held at Sunshine City July 12th, a second will be held for fall equinox at Ota City Industrial Plaza in Tokyo on September 23rd. Get a look after the jump.
TPP is a free trade deal between the U.S., Canada, and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific to eliminate tariffs and synchronize regulations. Potent consequences for lower environmental regulations and higher medicine costs have been very controversial. Its copyright agreements' potential effect on creative fan endeavors like doujinshi and cosplay has also been a concern, with manga author Ken Akamatsu being among the prominent voices raising the issue.
Oyari Ashito, an artist on doujinshi as well as ecchi tactical RPG Eiyuu Senki, has moved to a new Twitter account and called attention to that fact that the social media service has suspended the accounts of a number of noted illustrators including Fatal Pulse, whose safe-for-work fan art tributes to works like Shirobako were broadly popular, but whose doujnshi you probably don't want to get caught reading.