In America, the the late summer holds many great conventions. Between San Diego Comicon, PAX Prime, and Otakon there is something for everyone, however, none of them hold a candle to a certain convention from Japan, that makes even these huge events look like a meet-up at your local comic book store. Since 1975 devout fans of anime, manga, and gaming have been turning out in mass for the bi-annual event known as Comiket. While the majority of the convention focuses on the distribution of fan made content known as dojinshi. As of late this event has seen turnouts of more than 35,000 vendors, and numbers far exceeding over 500,000 con goers, and this number doesn’t show any chance of slimming any time soon.
Even though many of the works have been inspired elsewhere, many game efforts such as the Touhou series, and the Melty Blood fighting series have gone on to see commercial release, and in the case of the later example, an arcade release. It is for that reason that many gamers wait patiently for each Comiket in hopes that the next big indie game from Japan may trickle out. With a Convention guide the size of a phone book, and a language barrier sure to stop even the most committed, but have no fear Substance-ites (or perhaps Substancees)! One of the more resourceful Youtube users Endelweiss has put together an amazing 1+ hour collection of both the good (and I mean really good) and bad, that Comiket vendors have been toiling away on in preparation for the event. You can check out the video just below. Be sure to give some shout outs for some of the game that made an impression (either good or bad), and we will try to do a more in depth look as the games become available.
Comiket 82 take place August 10 – 12
Shawn Murphy is currently the Director of Media for Substance TV. Gaming has always represented more than just a hobby, and his devotion to gaming as a culture is just what you can expect from his unique and personal content. He also owns all 97 NES games, so you just better back off!