|The main attractions of Comic Market itself are, of course, the awe-inspiring doujinshi halls,
which have seen steady increase in population by the thousands along the years. Official attendance for Comiket 68 was quoted at over 500,000. Whether
professional, amateur, or mere beginner, everyone had nearly equal stake of table space to sell their mangas, and the really popular artists had organized lines set
up by the staff for buyers to line up, get an autograph, and walk away happy. You could say this was like an Artist Alley in America multiplied by 1000 times.
Everyone is constantly drawing, selling their fan mangas, chatting with other artists about styles and hot trends to incorporate into stories, and buying up bags of
other favorite artists works. Every day is different, Friday you may see girls' type doujinshis, Saturday you may see boys' type, and Sunday you may see a mix
of yaoi/hardcore boys' type doujinshis. The pictures in these galleries just cannot do justice as there are multiple huge halls filled with endless rows of
artists catering to the wide tastes of the doujinshi fans. Popular doujinshis you find here: Full Metal Alchemist, Final Fantasy, Bleach, Prince of Tennis,
Evangelion, Gundam, Chobits, Naruto, and much more. Most doujinshis sells for about 300 yen to 1000 yen, depending on the quality and output of the artists.
The more popular artists (those who have a reputation for very high-quality art) have special lines set up where fans can pay upwards of 2000 yen to 4000 yen for an
autographed and exquisitely wrapped book. Artists who run out of supplies during their stay inside the halls can make an easy trip to the art supply tables
alongside the walls. These little shops have everything you need from quill pens to pencil leads, screentone sheets to rulers, and sketchbooks to publisher-spec
drawing boards. If you're looking to become a future doujinshi artist at Comic Market, then we hope this little report helps you in your quest!
Comic Market 68
[Doujinshi Halls Gallery 1] [Doujinshi Halls Gallery 2]