Doujinshi event Comiket 99 has been scheduled to be an in-person event in Tokyo for the last two days of the year.
“The two-year interval without Comic Market due to COVID-19 has been a significant obstacle to Doujinshi-related activities of participants, and also for businesses in the field such as printing companies,” Comiket said in a lengthy statement in English on their Facebook page. “During this time, we have been continuously trying to organize a ‘real’ Doujinshi event, in order to maintain this ecosystem of Doujinshi creation, publishing and circulation. Since the postponing of Comic Market 99 from May 2021, we have been discussing how to organize a safe Comic Market, in the post-Olympics Tokyo Big Sight.”
The statement continued, “While there still is a high degree of uncertainty, with infections again on the rise, we are today announcing our plans for Comic Market 99 in 2021 Winter, given the necessary time for preparations such as application by circles, looking at the effects of vaccination, and the increase in cases in recent weeks, we are trying to predict the situation a few months into the future. Therefore, we can’t deny the possibility of another postponing, in case that vaccination does not sufficiently improve the situation by the end of the year. However, if we don’t plan and start with preparations now, there will certainly be no Comic Market.”
The statement went on to note that if they do hold the event this year, it will be much smaller than usual and they will probably use a lottery system to decide who all gets allowed in. It also said that full refunds might not be possible if you pay to get in but then the event is cancelled or delayed.
Source: Comiket 99 Facebook
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.