Heisei Democracy will be out in force through the coming weeks, bringing you the latest news from the twin Meccas around which the otakudom of Japan circumambulate in the hot month of August: Comic Market and Wonder Festival. We will have multiple pairs of boots on the ground at both events, so coverage will be more thorough than ever! Watch this space for further developments coming very soon. :3

We’ve created two new post categories for purposes of keeping event info straight:

Comic Market News

Wonder Festival News

What are these events, anyway?

Comic Market 72 catalog cover image

Comic Market (official site) is the world’s largest amateur comics (“doujinshi”) convention, occurring twice a year in mid-August and late December. It attracts over 450,000 attendees during its three days as well as over 10,000 artist groups (“circles”). It is known as the birthplace of cosplay, and thousands of cosplayers attend the event as well. It is primarily a sales event for doujinshi, although various anime, game and hobby-related industry groups have a presence as well. This year’s summer Comiket is the event’s 72nd iteration, and will take place from August 17th through the 19th.

Wonder Festival 2007 Summer logo

Wonder Festival (official site) is Japan’s premiere garage kit (amateur homebrew unpainted / unassembled plastic resin model) and figure convention. Tens of thousands of visitors attend to view the newest figures from major manufacturers, purchase special limited edition items, find great buys at second-hand dealer booths and buy garage kits via the event’s one-day limited license system. Many cosplayers attend as well, as unlike Comiket they are allowed to bring props such as replica guns and swords. Wonder Festival 2007 Summer will occur on August 12th.