Comic Market, or Comiket for short, is the biggest doujinshi event on Earth, and attendees can come and go for free. But because of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, its usual home at the Tokyo Big Sight is under reconstruction. And for Comiket 96 this August, they would have to move to a smaller venue. However, Comiket is known for huge crowds and long lines, and the smaller venues might not be able to hold all those people. To counter this, the staff will be implementing a wristband policy.
Each wristband is worth 500 yen, and will be changing colors for each of the four days of Comiket. This means attendees will have to pay 500 yen per day in order to get in. These wristbands will be available via participating bookstores, and will also be included in the event’s print catalog. Attendees must secure their wristbands before the event.
The good news is that this may only be a temporary measure. This will only be for this year’s summer (Comiket 96) and winter (Comiket 97) events. And because of the renovations, they are moving to two different venues. The regular doujinshi will be sold at the Tokyo Big Sight’s existing West Exhibition Hall, while the commercial companies will be selling their goods 1.5Km away, at the Aomi Exhibition Hall. The event itself will also be going on for four days now, from August 9 to August 12, 2019, and Comiket 97 will run from December 28 to December 31, 2019.
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