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kiratsukai
05-12-2010, 05:17 PM
Official Site: http://www.comiket.co.jp/
(English Pages: http://www.comiket.co.jp/index_e.html)

How to Get There:
By Kotsu Metro Bus - From Hamamatsu Cho Station (浜松町駅) to "東京ビッグサイト" (Tokyo Big Site) ~ about 40 minutes
By Airport Bus - From Haneda Airport (羽田空港) to "東京ビッグサイト" (Tokyo Big Site) ~ about 25 minutes
By Monorail (from JR Shinbashi Station, 新橋駅)- Take the Yurikamome (http://www.yurikamome.co.jp/) Line to "Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon" station (国際展示場正門駅).
By JR ~ "Osaki Station ---> Rinkai Line ---> Kokusai Tenjijo Station ---> Get off train ---> Follow the herd and anime posters"

(Yahoo Map (http://map.yahoo.co.jp/pl?lat=35.62788611&lon=139.800685&ei=UTF-8&type=scroll&mode=map&p=%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E3%83%93%E3%83%83%E3%82%B0%E3 %82%B5%E3%82%A4%E3%83%88&sc=5)) (Big Site Access Map (http://map.yahoo.co.jp/pl?lat=35.62788611&lon=139.800685&ei=UTF-8&type=scroll&mode=map&p=%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E3%83%93%E3%83%83%E3%82%B0%E3 %82%B5%E3%82%A4%E3%83%88&sc=5))

Fees: Entry is free, Cosplay is 800 yen.

What to expect:
*you should expect to stand in line for for 1-3 hours if you arrive before noon.
*Comiket is a bad place for casual touring or bringing children... it's one of the most crowded (and poorly air-conditioned) convention settings in the world and pornographic material is displayed openly in some of the event halls.
*If you want goods/books from famous makers, plan to line up for them early in the day or they will almost certainly be sold out when you get around to it.

Banned Items:

-Weapons and/or anything resembling any kind of weapon.
-Long props (anything over 30cm/1 foot long)
-Accessories with pointed edges.
-Projectiles/throwables (balls, frisbees, bows and arrows, etc)
-Bicycles, unicycles, skate-boards, rollerskates,etc. (even carried)
-Flammable items.
-Alcoholic beverages
-Pets
-Musical instruments, boom boxes, portable radios with speakers

Additional Rules:

-"DO NOT sit down or place luggage, books, drinks, etc. near firefighting equipment or emergency exits. These areas are demarcated by red tape on the floor.Furthermore, do not leave baggage unattended any-where within the premises."
-Use public transportation, there is no parking available.
-Photos may only be taken in the photo-area. Cosplayers should not be photographed in the regular hall. Always get permission from the cosplayer before taking their picture (and ideally, before posting it online).
-"You may only change at the designated dressing/changing rooms. If you wish to cosplay,you must register at the dressing room. (The dressing room is located at Conference Tower.) Registration will cost JPY800. Please be aware that cosplay and masquerading have yet to be widely accepted in mainstream Japanese society. Do not come to or leave the event wearing a costume."
-Do not engage in any public theatrical performances, live shows, demonstrations, or protest rallies.

Things to Bring:
-a bottle of water
-a paper fan
-sunblock
-cooling sheets, a towel
-a collapseable umbrella if it's raining
-namecards (if you want to cosplay/photograph cosplayers for a website)
-small bills and coins (if you want to buy doujinshi ~ most books are between 100-800 yen, most vendors can not make change from large bills)
-if you are a fan of Japanese PC games, you may want to bring a large sum of money to drop on the goods packages on sale in the showcase room. They aren't cheap ~ but they're event exclusive and come in large, colorful bags which can, themselves, become collectors' items. (These packages run between 4,000-12,000 yen on average.)

PLEASE WEAR DEODORANT!

Useful Tutorials/Information:
How To Make Original Cosplayer Namecards (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3342711&postcount=229)
How To Make Your Event Debut part 1 (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3424857&postcount=372) part 2 (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3425989&postcount=373)
Summer Comic Market ~ A Survival Guide (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3324318&postcount=201)
Cosplay Event Guide for Gaijin (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=77531)
Mind Your Manners part 1 (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3251263&postcount=15) part 2 (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3251279&postcount=16)
Packing and Item Transport (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3252809&postcount=27)

Quick Japanese Cheats:

shashin torasete kudasai ~ please let me take your picture
(99 times out of 100, the answer will be yes, but you're expected to ask anyway)

(place name) wa dochira desu ka? ~ where is the __________
(useful for finding toilets, cosplay sign-up, certain rooms)

misete morate ii desu ka? ~ Can I have a look at this?
(generally speaking, doujinshi are free to browse, but if you aren't sure or the artist has made eye-contact with you, it's polite to ask before looking. Always take the book on the very top or the one marked "見本" (sample) )

ikura desu ka? ~ How much is it?

Groups:

VOCALOID ~ Love is War Eager Love Revenge (13th)
Kagamine Rin - shortshiek (http://www.cosplay.com/member/195326/)
Kagamine Len - kiratsukai (http://www.cosplay.com/member/195274/)
Hatsune Miku - Natsuho
KAITO (summer version) - Shota

Looking for: Love is War (KAITO, MEIKO, Megurine Luka, Gakupo, Megpoid (http://mmm-gee.net/200912/clearfile2.jpg))

Hetalia
England - Sarmander (http://www.cosplay.com/member/200113/)
Spain - karuka ikashi (http://www.cosplay.com/member/53837/)

Photographers/Camera Kids:

kiratsukai (http://www.cosplay.com/member/195274/) (14th/afternoon, maybe the 15th)

uptil
05-13-2010, 10:54 AM
Maybe I'll be there!
Just looking for 2 jobs and maybe I'll save some money.

xtrishax
05-14-2010, 08:27 PM
Going there with a group! :D

uptil
05-15-2010, 03:01 AM
We'll, I'll need a lot of money. I want to go there's because have a summer sonic in 8... For now I really want to go to comike but maybe I'll can't(ganbaranaito naa)

Tsumanne
05-15-2010, 07:02 AM
I'll be there. Just submitted comiket to cosplay.com so they can add it to the Calender section since it wasn't listed there already. Just did the same for WF as well. It might take a while for it to get approved and show up on the calender page though.

Another easy way to get to Tokyo Big Site if you are coming from anywhere on the JR Yamanote Line (the green train that circles Tokyo) is to go to Osaki Station.
Osaki Station ---> Rinkai Line ---> Kokusai Tenjijo Station ---> Get off train ---> Follow the herd and anime posters. The Rinkai Line costs half the price of the monorail as it is part subway and lacks the scenic view.

And if you're like me and coming from Saitama or West Tokyo (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro) just hop on the Saikyo Line headed to Shinkiba. It turns into the Rinkai Line at Osaki so no transfer needed.

PS: I completely second Kiratsukai's suggestion to bring water and sunblock. You will need it.

kiratsukai
05-15-2010, 06:18 PM
Another easy way to get to Tokyo Big Site if you are coming from anywhere on the JR Yamanote Line (the green train that circles Tokyo) is to go to Osaki Station.
Osaki Station ---> Rinkai Line ---> Kokusai Tenjijo Station ---> Get off train ---> Follow the herd and anime posters. The Rinkai Line costs half the price of the monorail as it is part subway and lacks the scenic view.

Thanks for the transport info. Added it to the others.

We'll, I'll need a lot of money. I want to go there's because have a summer sonic in 8... For now I really want to go to comike but maybe I'll can't(ganbaranaito naa)

Hang in there, uptil. We'd love to see you, but don't break the bank.

Entrance to the event itself is free ~ so if you can collect the costs for transport and find someone to couch-surf with, you should be okay.

Check out ~
http://www.couchsurfing.org/

I have quite a few friends who offer spots to people from this site and use it themselves. Not many horror stories :)

uptil
05-18-2010, 08:06 AM
Thanks for the transport info. Added it to the others.



Hang in there, uptil. We'd love to see you, but don't break the bank.

Entrance to the event itself is free ~ so if you can collect the costs for transport and find someone to couch-surf with, you should be okay.

Check out ~
http://www.couchsurfing.org/

I have quite a few friends who offer spots to people from this site and use it themselves. Not many horror stories :)

Oh god, maybe I'll have to give up one of the two, and maybe I'm with a few friends so I guess We can't stay in someone's house, if We found a ryokan maybe...
Oh god, gimme some money please... :bigtu:

CelestialShadow
05-24-2010, 02:16 AM
I`ll be there too dressed as Shaina from saint seiya and maybe one other costume if I can get something made before then. I made my armor so i can stick ice packs in the chest area so i dont overheat in it and I plan to bring a small cooler with ice water and MORE ice packs to replace the ones inside my armor when they melt lol.

xtrishax
05-25-2010, 05:45 PM
I'll also be running around Comiket as Shiki from Togainu no Chi, and Princess Zelda. I'll survive the heat lolz, been to hotter places around the world :)

kiratsukai
05-25-2010, 05:50 PM
If anyone intends to line up for the dressing room ~ shall we meet somewhere before opening for gaijin solidarity (and muffins!)?

CelestialShadow
05-28-2010, 09:47 AM
That would be awesome! I guess everyone is planning on going early???? I heard the wait time is outrageous if you go in the morning though....What time are you getting there Kiratsukai?

kiratsukai
05-28-2010, 07:29 PM
That would be awesome! I guess everyone is planning on going early???? I heard the wait time is outrageous if you go in the morning though....What time are you getting there Kiratsukai?

We'll get there in the morning (around 9) and join the lineup. Reasoning being this ~ last time we got there at 11 and we still waited in line for nearly 3 hours to get in. By then, the heat was worse and the sun was brutal. I'd rather expect a 4 hour wait in slightly less brutal conditions and be able to get in line to change earlier than get there later, brave one line and then have to go stand in another :)

You can really only avoid the line completely if you go well after noon. At which point, the bulk of the excitement is over :(

PapaWolfie
06-27-2010, 12:48 PM
Thank you so much for the info!

But I do have a stupid question... I plan on going to the winter comiket since I can't go to the summer one... Are there usually different rules or is it the same (i.e., no weapons)?

Thank you so much!

kiratsukai
06-28-2010, 03:29 AM
Thank you so much for the info!

But I do have a stupid question... I plan on going to the winter comiket since I can't go to the summer one... Are there usually different rules or is it the same (i.e., no weapons)?

Thank you so much!

As far as I know, the same rules apply to both events.

Registration fees and places may change in the time between now and then, so it's a good idea to double-check.

Masonkun
06-28-2010, 06:50 AM
I wont be able to meet yall at summer comiket this year gomennnnneeee.
Will yall hopefully be at winter comiket?

TheVampireNeko
06-29-2010, 05:29 AM
I'm going to Summer Comiket this year. I'm very excited, since this is my first Japanese convention. I'll be cosplaying Mina Majikina from Samurai Shodown.

I live over in Aichi prefecture, so I'll be vacationing in Tokyo the week before the convention.

Muffins sound nice to me... >_> I love muffins.

I've also got a quick question. Not sure if you'll know the answer, but I'll try. My wig is gonna be pretty big, is it included in the whole "no props larger than 30cm" thing? It's not as crazy as say....Jesse from Pokemon, but it'll extend behind me a tad.

kiratsukai
06-29-2010, 07:39 AM
I've also got a quick question. Not sure if you'll know the answer, but I'll try. My wig is gonna be pretty big, is it included in the whole "no props larger than 30cm" thing? It's not as crazy as say....Jesse from Pokemon, but it'll extend behind me a tad.

Considering the crowd, you'll likely have trouble with a wig that extends too far, wing pieces, large armor pieces etc. They may not be explicitly banned under the long props rule ~ but I imagine you might run into trouble transporting them and might be denied entry to certain areas or be asked to remove/leave behind something significantly larger than the usual and certainly anything that is poking or bothering others. It's probably best to be a bit conservative with the size of items... it really is difficult to turn a full circle in Comiket without smacking someone with something ^^; Especially on the last day.

In any case, I have a Japanese friend checking for you :3

*He's read through the whole booklet and says that "weapons of any kind are banned and that the 30cm limit applies even to things like camera lenses." But he thinks your wig is a "soft thing" which means it probably wouldn't attract much ire.

PapaWolfie
06-29-2010, 12:05 PM
As far as I know, the same rules apply to both events.

Registration fees and places may change in the time between now and then, so it's a good idea to double-check.

Thank you so much for letting me know. I will be sure to double-check before I go! <3


I wont be able to meet yall at summer comiket this year gomennnnneeee.
Will yall hopefully be at winter comiket?

I know I'll be at winter comiket!

TheVampireNeko
06-30-2010, 06:22 AM
Wow, thanks! It's going to be a fairly long wig, but shouldn't extend behind me very far. If I have to take it off sometimes, that's okay I guess--as long as they don't confiscate it for good! I won't be there on the last day, so that won't be a problem either.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look! Please send my thanks to your friend too!

Jaseroque
06-30-2010, 09:17 AM
Oooh, how frustrating! I bought a Sakura star wand for my Comiket costume and I got a small one on purpose -- but it's still ten centimeters bigger than Comiket will allow. >_< Oh well, at least it was cheap. (And cute! So cute.)

kiratsukai
06-30-2010, 04:47 PM
I'm not sure how the logistics of everyone meeting up AT Big Site are going to work out on account of the crowd.

As it stands, there are 3 or 4 of you I'd like to meet up with, 2 Japanese group members (first timers to the event) who I need to rope in and a Japanese photographer friend (who may or may not be cosplaying). If we all band together early (catching trains around 7) it's probably easiest to meet outside the Rinkai or Yurikamome station itself between 8:30 and 9. Which does everyone think they'll be taking? I have no trouble procuring the promised muffins :)

Questions for others:

-Is there free or cheap parking anywhere within walking distance of Big Site? A Japanese friend of mine wants to drive up from Kansai and had no idea that parking wouldn't be available at the event. He also plans on sleeping in his car to save money ^^;

-Anyone who has gone through the changing-room process before: is your changing room ticket required to get into the photography area as a cosplayer? Are you given much trouble for changing outside of the changing area? I know at some large events, people skip the line and use the bathroom to change. Yeah, it's rude... but given the size of the line I can't imagine no one will do it :P I just want to make sure our KAITO isn't thrown out because he's primping in the restroom.

One last cross-plug:
Yorustar 20 is the weekend prior ~ http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=211981 From buzz at the last event, nearly half of the regulars will also be going up to Comiket. If you want to do some last minute networking or will be in Japan for Comiket anyway -- Osaka is a reasonable shinkansen ride away and might be a good way to put your JR railpass to good use.

xtrishax
07-01-2010, 05:33 AM
Things that resemble weapons are not allowed....
guess that means I can't bring my fake sword from Animate when I cosplay Shiki. D:

TheVampireNeko
07-02-2010, 05:46 AM
I'm honestly unsure of how I'll be getting there. I'm probably staying in Shibuya or something, since there are a lot of cheapish hotels there. I'd like to stay on Odaiba, but I can't read enough Japanese to make a reservation for a hotel in that area. I'll probably be there with another person, so I'm not 100% as to whether or not I can meet beforehand. But I will definitely try.

Gasei
07-02-2010, 10:26 AM
I'm honestly unsure of how I'll be getting there. I'm probably staying in Shibuya or something, since there are a lot of cheapish hotels there. I'd like to stay on Odaiba, but I can't read enough Japanese to make a reservation for a hotel in that area. I'll probably be there with another person, so I'm not 100% as to whether or not I can meet beforehand. But I will definitely try.

Nice to hear you will try first.

Actually, I doubt there is any cheap hotel in Daiba area. I think it is better to stay somewhere else.

As for the way you, and anyone who will go for the first time, get to the venue, I recommend you not to use Yurikamome. It is very crowded and expensive.
As the Comiket organizer says, it is better to use Keiyo line from Tokyo station and and change to TWR. I beliebe it is not very hard to find the route.


BTW, I will go to summer Comiket this year, but I will co-host a booth this year and I do not know how long I can stay in the cosplay area.



 

kiratsukai
07-02-2010, 09:15 PM
I'm honestly unsure of how I'll be getting there. I'm probably staying in Shibuya or something, since there are a lot of cheapish hotels there. I'd like to stay on Odaiba, but I can't read enough Japanese to make a reservation for a hotel in that area. I'll probably be there with another person, so I'm not 100% as to whether or not I can meet beforehand. But I will definitely try.

If you'd have time to meet up with s.s. and I to check in on the 12th I can help you book a hotel through jalan in Japanese (and steal your points as a result :3 ). Though there aren't really any cheap options in Daiba. Our own hotel is just land-side of Daiba and is already a bit pricey (about 5,500 -6,000 per day each) ~ but Ikebukuro and Omiya are both cheaper lodging choices if you're going to take JR. It's over obon so hotels and transport fees are hiked anyway :/ I think we did alright.

Our hotel ~ http://www.jalan.net/uw/uwp3000/uww3001.do?&rootCd=041&yadNo=318845

TheVampireNeko
07-03-2010, 08:50 AM
Wow! Thank you so much. I can actually have someone at my work do it for me. I'm a teacher, and we have a lot of Japanese staff at our school that are very helpful with this sort of thing. I'll have one of them check that hotel out.

That price isn't bad. Shibuya is around the same price actually. It'll be nice to be a bit closer to Big Site anyway.

karuka ikashi
07-03-2010, 12:39 PM
Wow, sounds so exciting! I've only been living in Japan for 3 months (teaching in Gifu), and I really miss cosplaying. A bunch of my friends are at AX right now...;_; Don't know if I'm coming for sure, but I'm definitely going to try. ><; I'd like to throw a Spain costume together in time for this if I can! But I wish I knew someone else who was going -_-

TheVampireNeko
07-05-2010, 11:51 AM
I was a little jealous of my friends that were at AX too. I know the feeling. XD

Gifu huh? How far are you from Nagoya? I live in Aichi (I teach in Okazaki). I agree, it would be nice to know some people that are going. But that's what this thread is for right? ^_^

karuka ikashi
07-06-2010, 05:40 AM
I was a little jealous of my friends that were at AX too. I know the feeling. XD

Gifu huh? How far are you from Nagoya? I live in Aichi (I teach in Okazaki). I agree, it would be nice to know some people that are going. But that's what this thread is for right? ^_^

Wish I could've been there. I went last year, the year before that, and two years before that, back when it was in Anehiem. Are you from California?

My city's called Ogaki. It takes about 37 min to get to Nagoya on a special rapid train. I think the city's in between us! Maybe we should meet up there sometime, if you like. :) I'd like to get to know more people around this area! Especially fellow cosplayers~ ^^

TheVampireNeko
07-06-2010, 08:50 AM
We should meet up at WCS. I'm too poor to go to Nagoya all that often... T-T As you know, we teachers aren't exactly rolling in dough. XD

I'm from Nevada actually. ^_^ But I was born in LA.

karuka ikashi
07-06-2010, 10:36 AM
We should meet up at WCS. I'm too poor to go to Nagoya all that often... T-T As you know, we teachers aren't exactly rolling in dough. XD

I'm from Nevada actually. ^_^ But I was born in LA.

Cool! I'm from the San Francisco bay area, but I went to school in Orange County. I've been to Nevada a couple of times too (mostly for the snow, hehe).

Yeah...money is always an issue. T_T I'm actually trying to save all I can this month since I'm going to Hong Kong for vacation, but after July's over, I should be fine. I would like to make it to WCS if I could.
I'm still confused about what I can actually do there at this point. I'd like to see the parade if nothing else. It sounds like it's going to be awesome. I wish I had my costume ready! Are there other events you were planning on going to?

karuka ikashi
07-13-2010, 08:47 AM
Oh, I heard there was a book with a map and info about Comiket in it that they're supposed to sell at Animate. Anyone seen it yet? I was looking around for it last time I was there, but I didn't really know what I was looking for. Maybe it's still too early...XD;

Gasei
07-13-2010, 09:31 AM
Oh, I heard there was a book with a map and info about Comiket in it that they're supposed to sell at Animate. Anyone seen it yet? I was looking around for it last time I was there, but I didn't really know what I was looking for. Maybe it's still too early...XD;


  I guess you are looking for "Comiket Catalog". It is the official book which shows all the rules and such.

Animate is one of the places you can find a copy; there are blanch of other stores which sells the book: mostly by some ACGN stores.
The catalog will be on market from 7/17, so you were little early.



 

kuramasan
07-14-2010, 09:33 AM
I don't know if I should go...
I will be in Tokyo at the time though. @__@ I'm staying in Okazaki but going on a trip to Tokyo from Friday-Sunday.
I've never been to a Japanese convention before and don't really know what to expect...

Most American cons I go to to cosplay and have fun meeting other people.

TheVampireNeko
07-14-2010, 02:19 PM
Okazaki? O_O OMG, I live in the next town over! And I work in Okazaki. What a small world! Do you live here?

This will be my first Japanese convention too, and I'm really excited about it! I've been to a ton of American ones, but I feel like Comiket will be very different.

kiratsukai
07-14-2010, 05:01 PM
I've never been to a Japanese convention before and don't really know what to expect...

Comiket is chiefly a comic market -- a giant artists' alley. There are 2 large halls and 1 smaller hall (actually 2 combined smaller halls) full of tables for independant artists selling their home-made comic books, postcards, stickers, and artwork. One of the halls is also devoted to doujin (fan-made) cds, games, costume pieces, accessories, beadwork, t-shirts and other crafty-goods. Most, but not all have an anime/manga bent.

You're free to browse the books on sale (just keep in mind that many are pornographic). Most of the prices are cheaper than you would pay buying them at chain stores (200-800 yen is a decent average). Many of the less popular artists will accept sketchbooks from visitors and will draw pictures and/or messages in them for free (or a very minor fee). They also seem eager to chat as long as there isn't a line and you aren't holding up traffic or blocking other guests' view of their work.

There is one large commercial hall as well, but it's used solely by small-scale PC game publishers (mostly of erotic games) and resale shops that sell otaku goods in neighborhoods like Akihabara and DenDen Town. K-Books, Nitroplus, KEY, LEAF, Gamers, Orbit, etc. all have booths. At these booths they give out information on new products and ocaisionally host celebrity guest panels or small scale shows featuring voice actresses. But most people go up there to buy event-exclusive goods packages that come in big collectable bags with game characters emblazoned on the sides. These goods sets are expensive and tend to run between 3,000-7,000 yen for one set of 4 or 5 items. Many booths offer items from the sets for sale seperately in limited amounts.

There is a decent-sized cosplay area outside. You must wait in a very long line to change into your costume in order to use it (at least legitimately). Rules on photography, props and travelling outside that area in certain costumes are stricter than other conventions on account of the huge crowds. Mostly, people in the cosplay area pose for photos and chat with other cosplayers and guests. There generally aren't any meet-ups and "performances" are prohibited (again, for crowd control reasons).

There are food and drink shops in the event hall ~ including a convenience store and some temporarily set up art supply shops.

It is extremely hot and humid (the doujin halls themselves aren't too bad) but in all other areas the people overwhelm the air conditioning. It will be about 35 degrees C in most places and the air is a little stale. If you have health problems or any kind of attacks... might want to try winter comiket instead.

The wait to get in if you arrive before noon is quite long and is often in full sun. I've waited up to 2 hours just to get into the halls.

There are a few English-speaking volunteers at the event and there is always a manned English help-desk in the main hall. The event sees quite a few foreign tourists every year and there are always at least 4 or 5 non-Japanese cosplayers using the cosplay area or wandering the halls in costume.

The event wraps up extremely early by American event standards. You're expected to begin leaving the hall around 5-5:30. Many doujinshi artists who have sold most of their stock or who aren't doing well will pack up and head home as early as 2 or 3:00

kuramasan
07-15-2010, 12:42 PM
Okazaki? O_O OMG, I live in the next town over! And I work in Okazaki. What a small world! Do you live here?

This will be my first Japanese convention too, and I'm really excited about it! I've been to a ton of American ones, but I feel like Comiket will be very different.

OMG! That's crazy!
I'm near the JR Okazaki Station.
No. I'm only here for the summer. ;p
I have to go back for college in September.

I'm just worried that Comiket will be all shopping and none of the interaction...
the interaction is what makes a convention the best for me.

kiratsukai
07-15-2010, 05:30 PM
I'm just worried that Comiket will be all shopping and none of the interaction...
the interaction is what makes a convention the best for me.

^^; If you speak Japanese, it's much easier to interact with people in a nation that speaks primarily Japanese. If you don't... you'll spend most of the event entertaining yourself. But the same would happen to a non English-speaker visiting an English-language convention...

There will be foreigners there to meet and hang out with. Likely more who share your interests than you can meet in your own local area... but if you don't set up meetings with them before going, you may never find them in the sea of people.

karuka ikashi
07-16-2010, 04:54 AM
  I guess you are looking for "Comiket Catalog". It is the official book which shows all the rules and such.

Animate is one of the places you can find a copy; there are blanch of other stores which sells the book: mostly by some ACGN stores.
The catalog will be on market from 7/17, so you were little early.



 

Oh, okay! Thanks for clearing that up! Is it a really big book? I wonder if I'll be able to recognize it...My friend really recommended getting it for the maps.


Hearing more about this con makes me so excited to go! 8D

karuka ikashi
07-16-2010, 04:57 AM
Just to clarify- it is okay to walk around in cosplay, right? As in, I can go shopping as Spain? XD

kiratsukai
07-16-2010, 06:02 AM
Just to clarify- it is okay to walk around in cosplay, right? As in, I can go shopping as Spain? XD

Yes. As long as you change in the changing area after arriving and stay within the convention center itself, you're free to roam the halls in costume. Just remember that photography in the event halls is prohibited. If someone asks you for a picture, politely refuse (or let them snap a very quick candid). Posing will only get you both scolded by staff :)

karuka ikashi
07-16-2010, 06:49 AM
Yes. As long as you change in the changing area after arriving and stay within the convention center itself, you're free to roam the halls in costume. Just remember that photography in the event halls is prohibited. If someone asks you for a picture, politely refuse (or let them snap a very quick candid). Posing will only get you both scolded by staff :)

Okay, thanks! I'll try not to block traffic. XD

Tsumanne
07-21-2010, 09:07 AM
For those who haven't been you should go at least once, even if just for a few hours. Comiket pops up in many anime/manga (Lucky☆Star references Comiket numerous times, in fact an entire episode revolves around it) so you get a better understanding of the jokes if you've actually been. If you hang out in the cosplay area you'll probably get the chance to talk to people. I met a number of my Japanese cosplay friends at Comiket. Also, if you're in costume you just might get interviewed. I've wound up being interviewed by several magazines, a Japanese TV station, and a Brazilian online news channel over the years at Comiket.

But alas, my schedule for moving back to the US got pushed forward a few weeks so I'll be missing Comiket. 2010 might turn out to be the first year since 2004 that I won't make at least one Comiket appearance. the streak is over lol. At least I can squeeze in Wonder Festival next weekend before heading back ^^

Have fun and remember to wear sun block! :)

kuramasan
07-24-2010, 04:41 PM
^^; If you speak Japanese, it's much easier to interact with people in a nation that speaks primarily Japanese. If you don't... you'll spend most of the event entertaining yourself. But the same would happen to a non English-speaker visiting an English-language convention...

There will be foreigners there to meet and hang out with. Likely more who share your interests than you can meet in your own local area... but if you don't set up meetings with them before going, you may never find them in the sea of people.

Haha. My Japanese is so shoddy. I only recently started to remember to say onegaishimasu.
>_< And to say fukuro instead of kaban at the grocery store.

I'm still on the fence though. It still seems super policed and let's put people into their nice little happy 'pockets' of 'correctness'.

Sarmander
07-24-2010, 07:12 PM
I was on holiday in Japan 2 years ago and didn't get around to going to Comiket....this time I SHALL!
And I SHALL be cosplaying! I'll be going as England (Hetalia) in his Gakuen uniform. And...did I read that you'll be doing Spain, Karuka? YAY! We need to collect more Hetalian cosplayers! (Don't worry, I'm not one of those 'Hetalia-tards' as people call them nowadays. ^_^;; )
Oh gosh, I'm SO looking forward to this now. I'm grinning like a maniac! I'm a convention and cosplay veteran but this (Or the WCS, IF I get to go!) will be my first Japanese con~! Hopefully I'll be with my friends (some fellow Brits), but I'm well up for meeting new people. ^_^V

kiratsukai
07-24-2010, 10:23 PM
I'm still on the fence though. It still seems super policed and let's put people into their nice little happy 'pockets' of 'correctness'.

Considering nearly 2 million people attend the event over three days, not having those happy little pockets can be extremely dangerous and lead to fire hazards, accidents and even death. Every year people are hauled out on stretchers from heat stroke as it is. What if ambulences couldn't get in through the crowds? What if someone decided to start smacking people with his long prop or unsheathed a real sword in the crowd? What if people pressed in without concern for the lines and caused a stampede or worse, blocked the exits in the case of an emergency inside?

Comiket only works because of its tight rules and because most people are willing to follow them. If enough people decided to disreguard them, the event wouldn't happen at all. It would be too dangerous.

Comiket is crowded, strict and uncomfortable. But until it has a larger home, more staff and better security -- we kind of need to know what we're in for and arrive willing to suffer a bit to make the event less hassle for others. At the end of each day, an announcement plays and everyone stops where they are to applaud: for the event and for each other. The sense of community in those moments makes it worth the trouble for many.

I dread the event every bit as much as I anticipate it. But every time I've attended in the past, I've enjoyed myself as much or more than I've been uncomfortable. And in the end, the positive memories stick with you over the negative ones.

unlock
07-25-2010, 09:06 AM
This thread has a TON of great information. Thanks, kiratsukai.

I'll be there on the 13th cosplaying as France from Hetalia with friends coming as England, China & Korea. On the 14th I'll be in Gino from Code Geass & a friend will be Anya.

I am so not looking forward to the crazy humidity.

kiratsukai
07-25-2010, 10:05 PM
This thread has a TON of great information. Thanks, kiratsukai.

I'll be there on the 13th cosplaying as France from Hetalia with friends coming as England, China & Korea. On the 14th I'll be in Gino from Code Geass & a friend will be Anya.

I am so not looking forward to the crazy humidity.

We'll be planclothes on the 13th if you need a photographer. I'm willing to play kameko for awhile. On the 14th is our Love is War group.

unlock
07-25-2010, 11:40 PM
We'll be planclothes on the 13th if you need a photographer. I'm willing to play kameko for awhile. On the 14th is our Love is War group.

That would be pretty awesome actually! :heart: I'd return the favor but my work won't let me take my camera equipment with me while on vacation, boo.

I'll PM you my softbank cell # so we can meet up.

kiratsukai
07-26-2010, 12:24 AM
That would be pretty awesome actually! :heart: I'd return the favor but my work won't let me take my camera equipment with me while on vacation, boo.

I'll PM you my softbank cell # so we can meet up.

Cool ~ I haven't got the most high-tech SLR in the universe, but it isn't my old point-and-shoot and I could really use the practice with it :)

unlock
07-26-2010, 03:25 AM
Cool ~ I haven't got the most high-tech SLR in the universe, but it isn't my old point-and-shoot and I could really use the practice with it :)

Awesome. ♥ If you need somebody to take shots of your group lemme know & I'll do it for you. :}

kiratsukai
07-26-2010, 03:35 AM
Awesome. ♥ If you need somebody to take shots of your group lemme know & I'll do it for you. :}

Thanks! It would great to have a few of all four of us together on our own camera rather than rely solely on the after-event photo exchange-fest.

We should all do a coscom group photo each day ~ or on whichever day the most of us will be cosplaying :P

unlock
07-26-2010, 04:03 AM
Thanks! It would great to have a few of all four of us together on our own camera rather than rely solely on the after-event photo exchange-fest.

We should all do a coscom group photo each day ~ or on whichever day the most of us will be cosplaying :P

No problem. :} I'm big on taking pictures & love Vocaloid so it'll be way fun for me.

& sounds like a plan! Looks like the 14th is the day most of us are cosplaying?

kiratsukai
07-26-2010, 08:21 AM
Finally finished buying gear for Love is War yesterday and tried putting it all on in my nice air conditioned apartment without binding... It looked really cool and I was quite proud of myself.

Then realized I was sweating profusely and needed to kneel on the floor so as not to pass out. Turned my AC down to 23 and was better... but I wasn't even bound...

Brain: uh oh! Love is War is about to turn into Comiket is Hell >.<

Help! Does anyone have ideas to cool off at Comiket beyond the usual water and paper-fans? Do those cooling gels work? Would gauze or sarashi be a cooler way to bind than my B-holder?

*edit -- small change of plans. Natsuho needs to be back in Nara on the 14th for a family engagement, so our only day to cosplay as a group will be the 13th. As a result ~ moving the VOCALOID group to the 13th.

TheVampireNeko
07-26-2010, 11:24 PM
I'll only be going on the 13th, if at all. My wig still hasn't come, and I haven't heard a word from the seller. If I don't have it by the 7th, I won't be going to Summer Comiket. T-T I'll have to wait until winter.

Does anyone know any good wig shops in Nagoya? I need a cheap wig with a single ponytail (clip on ponytails are okay). If I can find something that will work, I may still have a chance of going...

kiratsukai
07-26-2010, 11:33 PM
I'll only be going on the 13th, if at all. My wig still hasn't come, and I haven't heard a word from the seller. If I don't have it by the 7th, I won't be going to Summer Comiket. T-T I'll have to wait until winter.

Does anyone know any good wig shops in Nagoya? I need a cheap wig with a single ponytail (clip on ponytails are okay). If I can find something that will work, I may still have a chance of going...

Just buy your wig online :) Otamap ( otamap.net ) can hook you up practically overnight if an item is in stock and in under a week if it isn't. You can also use COD and pay the deliveryman directly if you don't want to navigate furikomi or have a credit card.

There should be an Animate in Nagoya as well ~ likely one with an ACOS. ACOS handles prichara wigs (though the same wigs are all 10-15% off at otamap). They may not stock things like bunces in-store though, so online is still your better bet.

HEAL ALL (http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/healall/), Etoile (http://www.etoile-wig.com/) and Bodyline (http://item.rakuten.co.jp/bodyline/c/0000000407/) may have something cheaper... though the stock is less reliable and the quality is much lower.  Nearly all offer C.O.D. and ship within a few weeks though.

shortsheik
07-27-2010, 05:19 AM
It can't be as bad as that Yorustar was, right? Right? RIGHT?!?!?!? *cue panic*

One day I will figure out why we do this to ourselves. I'm rather worried about our make-up that day, and about the heat making our faces even more red in those blonde wigs.

Neko, I second the Otamap recommendation by the way. Cheap and fast and easy, provided what you want is in stock.

Unlock, I will be sure to shower heaps of love upon your France. I suppose if you get too hot, you could strip and dance around with a rose? It would be in character!

Sarmander
07-27-2010, 08:54 AM
@shortsheik; I know how you feel. I often wonder why we put ourselves through so much pain and frustration for such fleeting pleasure. XD And when will we grow out of it? THAT'S what scares me the most. I think I might end up as a granny cosplayer!

Well, I've packed my suitcase ready for my flight to Japan tomorrow. YAY. HOLIDAY. Inside is my gakuen Hetalia England cosplay. XD I may well live to regret this choice if it's as hot as I believe it to be over there....

I have a question! I realise that cosplay on the streets of Japan is frowned upon, and that cosplayers for Comiket need to queue for the changing rooms to get changed INTO said cosplay. But if your costume is fairly casual (mine, for example, is just a school uniform; Tartan trousers, sweatervest and blue blazer) do you still need to use the changing rooms for that? Or would that be more acceptable to travel already dressed up? Also, if you don't register/sign in at the changing rooms, are you still allowed into cosplayer-allocated areas or is there some sort of conbadge/identity card that you have to obtain from registering?

Sorry for the questions! I'm normally much more laid-back but I feel a bit responsible for the others in my group, especially as I was the one pushing for us to attend! I'd hate to get to Comiket only to do all the wrong things and dissapoint my group by getting us kicked out~ XD;

kiratsukai
07-27-2010, 09:11 AM
I have a question! I realise that cosplay on the streets of Japan is frowned upon, and that cosplayers for Comiket need to queue for the changing rooms to get changed INTO said cosplay. But if your costume is fairly casual (mine, for example, is just a school uniform; Tartan trousers, sweatervest and blue blazer) do you still need to use the changing rooms for that? Or would that be more acceptable to travel already dressed up? Also, if you don't register/sign in at the changing rooms, are you still allowed into cosplayer-allocated areas or is there some sort of conbadge/identity card that you have to obtain from registering?

The honest answer: It's incredibly unlikely you'd be kicked out or even approached, especially as a foreigner. That said, it's still against the rules and it will gain you no friends among those who have spent the extra hour and 800 yen to follow the rules themselves. Every year, most of the foreign attendees skip the line and every year it causes a little bit of bad blood. That said, some Japanese attendees also skip the line ~ changing out of bags and in public restrooms. As a foreigner, your insurrection might be more obvious and annoying to those who are inclined to be annoyed. But then again, as a foreigner, you can always play the "I didn't know" card.

Whatever you do, cover up any insignias or identifying marks on your costume and don't arrive in your wig. Consider changing into your costume quickly in a restroom or covering it with other clothing for removal when you arrive.

Also be aware that in the unlikely event you are asked to provide your changing room tickets or reception has introduced another control method this year, you may be required to pay the cosplay fee anyway and/or may be denied entry to the photo area. It would be logistically impossible to keep you from wandering the event halls themselves in costume.

I'll be in the line to change. But I have no idea what will happen with my other group members. I suspect Shota might end up being a dirty bathroom-changer.

Sarmander
07-27-2010, 10:25 AM
@kiratsukai; Thanks for such a comprehensive reply. ^_^ Yes, it's all pretty much as I figured. I just really wanted to make sure since the last thing I want to do is offend or dissapoint anyone. Well then, changing room queue it is! ^_^V Thankyou~

TheVampireNeko
07-28-2010, 12:05 AM
Thanks for the advice on where to get a wig guys. I'm trying to see if I can afford to buy another wig. Unfortunately, I spent a TON of the other wig I was getting. T-T

unlock
07-28-2010, 07:40 AM
kiratsukai: Oh, maaan. Do these sell those fans that spray mist? Even if that might possible ruin our makeup they sound awful tempting. :'}

shortsheik: I will brave the heat to give you a grateful hug! & haha, oh man don't tempt me. No clothes will probably sound mighty tempting the moment we're all outdoors.

TheVampireNeko: Good luck with your wig & I hope you still make it! :C

karuka ikashi
07-29-2010, 05:31 AM
I was on holiday in Japan 2 years ago and didn't get around to going to Comiket....this time I SHALL!
And I SHALL be cosplaying! I'll be going as England (Hetalia) in his Gakuen uniform. And...did I read that you'll be doing Spain, Karuka? YAY! We need to collect more Hetalian cosplayers! (Don't worry, I'm not one of those 'Hetalia-tards' as people call them nowadays. ^_^;; )
Oh gosh, I'm SO looking forward to this now. I'm grinning like a maniac! I'm a convention and cosplay veteran but this (Or the WCS, IF I get to go!) will be my first Japanese con~! Hopefully I'll be with my friends (some fellow Brits), but I'm well up for meeting new people. ^_^V

YES! I'm so happy more Hetalia people are going. XD It's really awesome that you're an actual Brit cosplaying England too! I might have Spanish blood on my Ecuadorian side for all I know...At least I can speak Spanish? I'm still trying to get the last bits of my cosplay together. It's too hot to do most of his "official" versions, so I'm getting a little creative and doing Soccer!Spain cosplay in honor of the World Cup. I even found jerseys in Hong Kong when I went on vacation there. So lucky! I'm SOOO looking forward to this!

Sorry if this has been talked about already, but where are people meeting up? I've never been to the con, so I'll probably get confused easily. I also want to finalize my plans before travel costs get more expensive and hostels fill up. If anyone wants to travel together or share a room, let me know! I'll be coming from Ogaki in Gifu prefecture, but I might be leaving from Nagoya.

karuka ikashi
08-01-2010, 04:09 AM
Okay, so I might only be able to go a day or two...I wonder when the best time would be or if it makes a difference. XD;

Gasei
08-03-2010, 12:39 AM
Okay, so I might only be able to go a day or two...I wonder when the best time would be or if it makes a difference. XD;

I have been busy for my Dojin book (fan artists book) and for another event, and I could not answer you soon. I am hosting a table in this comiket.

 If you have specific circle (fan artists) to visit and to buy the book from, and if you think the books will be sold out quickly, you might be better to go in the morning.

Other wise, I strongly recommend you to go to the venue in the late morning or afternoon.

There are many people standing on line to get into the building. Those people go to Comiket to do some shopping. They come early because the stuff they are trying to buy are likely to be sold out quickly.
It makes the halls dangerous place for those people who are not accustomed to the event.
Also, in case you arrive too early, you might end up waiting on line for a couple of hours in front of the building. It is very tiresome.

The last thing you are supposed to do is to come to the venue during the time when the regulations say not to. It is before 6 in the morning.



No matter what others say, please beware of the rules and do not break them.
Now that I have mentioned some rules, "I did not know" excuse will make you a liar.
There are some people who spread biased information. Every one of you has to check the rules and comply with them.

http://www.comiket.co.jp/info-a/TAFO/C78TAFO/C78eng.html

kiratsukai
08-03-2010, 02:46 AM
Oh Gasei, you wound me.

*sniffle*

karuka ikashi
08-03-2010, 10:18 AM
I'll likely come after the line outside has cleared since I'm going more for cosplay than for shopping. I intend on using the changing rooms, but I have a question- is it okay to put in contacts beforehand? I have bright green ones that I'd be wearing for Spain, but I need to have clean hands to put them in. Maybe the bathrooms would be okay for that? Just wondering...

Still on the fence about whether I should attempt to go at all. Am I gonna be able to find you guys if I do? XD;

Gasei
08-03-2010, 11:46 AM
I'll likely come after the line outside has cleared since I'm going more for cosplay than for shopping. I intend on using the changing rooms, but I have a question- is it okay to put in contacts beforehand? I have bright green ones that I'd be wearing for Spain, but I need to have clean hands to put them in. Maybe the bathrooms would be okay for that? Just wondering...

Still on the fence about whether I should attempt to go at all. Am I gonna be able to find you guys if I do? XD;


It is a good question. It is as hard as to discuss if a colored wig is allowed in public or not.

To tell my personal opinion, contact lens sounds ok to be worn in public.

I could find very limited number of the source, but I found a couple of articles.
From the view point of your health, I would rather recommend you not to touch your contact lens in the changing room.
Also, there are prescribed color contact lens to be used for either medical reason and for fashion.

On the other hands, there also are some articles mentioning the use of sun glasses so that you can reduce the risk to be stopped by a police in public.

If I were in your position, I would ware the contact lens in the hotel and go to the event with some colored no-power lens.


I am not very sure. All I know is that a changing room or a public restroom is not clean enough to handle a contact lens and that some articles recommend a cosplayer to ware some colored glasses while a color contact lens is put on.

Gasei
08-03-2010, 01:05 PM
Those who are no familiar with comiket should ignore this post.
This post is little misleading if read without knowing some small things.


Oh Gasei, you wound me.

*sniffle*

I do not mean to degrade you.
I know you know some Japanese cosplay events more than the majority of other foreign cosplayers.
Your posts are good way for me to know how a foreigner cosplayer perceive Japanese events.
Also, I found you gave good explanation about photo policy outside of the cosplay area and some safety regulations in the event.
One thing I have noticed is that you sometimes mis-evaluate the importance of some rules.



I do not prevent you from telling your experience, but it seems to me that your "I did not know card" type of words can lead underestimation of some norms.

kiratsukai
08-03-2010, 05:08 PM
The example given is a bit confusing since I haven't said anything at all about tetsuya... The only lines I've mentioned standing in at all are for the changing room (as per the rules).

I plan to arrive around 9 and then, only to take advantage of a cooler time of day in which to wait.

Tsumanne
08-04-2010, 03:59 AM
Sign me up for a muffin! I've managed to weasel my way back to Japan during the weekend of Comiket ;)

Friday: Mithril SRT Member (Full Metal Panic!)
Saturday: Helvetian Soldier (So・Ra・No・Wo・To)
Sunday (TFT): Helvetian Soldier (So・Ra・No・Wo・To)

Sunday I'm going to go to TFT across the street. Comiket ends earlier on Sunday and TFT goes till like 7:00pm. Not to mention the beautiful beautiful Air Con lol.

とりあえず、 Gasei, This is my 7th Comiket and I think Kiratsukai has done an excellent job explaining (and supporting) the rules. True, Comiket has more rules than most foreign events, but after a foreign cosplayer sees Comiket they quickly understand why and agree that the rules are good. Foreign events have rules too, so people are asking to learn and be safe. I wish there was an information post like this back during my first Comiket. It's very helpful :)

Gasei
08-04-2010, 04:25 AM
The example given is a bit confusing since I haven't said anything at all about tetsuya... The only lines I've mentioned standing in at all are for the changing room (as per the rules).

I plan to arrive around 9 and then, only to take advantage of a cooler time of day in which to wait.

No, you have not mentioned Tetsuyagumi.

Since there may be more people who break Tetsuya rules than the people who break Tetsuya rules, there are many biased info in the internet.
It makes some beginners underestimate the chance to be caught and the seriousness of the result. People who have been in that kind of trouble are not likely to write their experience and other people end up finding the report written by the people who survived the event.

I just do not like to let beginners feel they do not need to comply some rules without knowing the risk.



I am saying for the rules in general; not just for the changing room rules.

Tsumanne
08-04-2010, 06:42 AM
Gasei: I know you are trying to be helpful, but you are lecturing the wrong people. The problems that you are mentioning are the ones caused by Japanese otaku, not foreign cosplayers.

The biggest mistakes foreign cosplayers make is trying to wear their costume too early, not taking off their costume when leaving, or taking pictures in the wrong area. Basically all of the things Kiratsukai warned people about. It's the Japanese otaku who go to Odaiba on first train at 5:00am, attack the doujin tables, push people, or say 「二枚いいですか」 and then take 30 pictures... not foreigners.

About weapons: The mistake a foreign cosplayer might make is bringing a fake weapon or prop, but Comiket is famous for it's "no prop" rule and the Comiket staff have always been very friendly and helpful in my experience. It's the Japanese that sneak in real knives. Plus what you are talking about is a Japanese National Law that has nothing to do with Comiket. Everyone knows carrying a weapon in a foreign country is ダメ. If anyone says "I didn't know", they are lying. Besides, you can't carry real weapons or a knife at foreign events either. I only know one large anime/manga/cosplay type event in the world that allows real weapons; Wonder Festival at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

Try and relax a little, scaring people just causes confusion. Kiratsukai has done a good job providing the information first timers need at Comiket.

unlock
08-04-2010, 05:21 PM
I'll likely come after the line outside has cleared since I'm going more for cosplay than for shopping. I intend on using the changing rooms, but I have a question- is it okay to put in contacts beforehand? I have bright green ones that I'd be wearing for Spain, but I need to have clean hands to put them in. Maybe the bathrooms would be okay for that? Just wondering...

Still on the fence about whether I should attempt to go at all. Am I gonna be able to find you guys if I do? XD;

People wear colored contact all the time in Japan. It's a fashion thing, not just a cosplay thing. I say wear it before hand. That's what I'd gonna do.

& I've been exchanging numbers through PMs if you wanted to call to meet up, as my team will be pulling off Hetalia too. :}

kiratsukai
08-04-2010, 05:28 PM
I'll likely come after the line outside has cleared since I'm going more for cosplay than for shopping. I intend on using the changing rooms, but I have a question- is it okay to put in contacts beforehand? I have bright green ones that I'd be wearing for Spain, but I need to have clean hands to put them in. Maybe the bathrooms would be okay for that? Just wondering...

People have differing opinions on the contacts. Some people find obvious costume contacts and cosplay makeup jarring and worry that they'll reflect poorly on the community if worn on public transport (since they're part of a costume) ~ other people think anything small you can do to get in/out of the changing room quicker is a kindness (binding in advance, wearing your costume stockings, socks, undergarments, applying hidden temporary tatoos, base makeup, etc).

As a foreigner, provided your eyes aren't purple, red, or affected by schlera lenses... you'll probably have your contacts mistaken for your natural eyes at a few points anyway. If you're wearing incredibly obvious lenses, how about a pair of dark glasses to cover them up?

And thanks for the support, Tsumanne! I really do appreciate it. Glad to hear you're back in the game.

CelestialShadow
08-04-2010, 11:12 PM
Personally, when i got to any cosplay event I put on my makeup and contacts before going and just wear sunglasses to subdue it. Makeup for me takes longer than putting on the costume so I do it to save time plus I see people with way weirder makeup on a day to day basis here in tokyo than anything I wear for cosplay @_@ so I could probably not even wear the sun glasses and not get noticed.

When I leave the event I usually strip all my makeup off just to save my skin, I get greasy easily and take my contacts out because they start to strain my eyes after a few hours.

karuka ikashi
08-05-2010, 12:09 AM
Thanks for the advice, everyone. My contacts are bright green with prescription. They are pretty intense, but not super obvious. I'll probably end up wearing sunglasses anyway. The weather sure seems to favor it, huh? XD

Oh, thanks, Unlock! I'll PM you. ^^

kiratsukai
08-05-2010, 12:32 AM
Hey guys!

I got a surprise costume project sprung on me and Yorustar next weekend ~ so I have an odd job to offer someone with photoshop and a color printer!

The members of our group need namecards! And none of us have time to make them ^^;; If someone would like to make a few thousand yen for designing and printing us each a hundred or so ~ please pm me!

CelestialShadow
08-05-2010, 02:42 AM
I can make them for you!

I have a printer, photoshop and a few other photo editing softwares at my disposal =), I make my own name cards as well, just tell me what photos you want on them (photos, send them to me via email if you can) and what info you want on it (cosplayer name, contact, ect) and I will print up some for you, just tell me how many you need. I will bring them to you at comiket along with the pants you ordered from me =)

kiratsukai
08-05-2010, 03:48 AM
I can make them for you!

I have a printer, photoshop and a few other photo editing softwares at my disposal =), I make my own name cards as well, just tell me what photos you want on them (photos, send them to me via email if you can) and what info you want on it (cosplayer name, contact, ect) and I will print up some for you, just tell me how many you need. I will bring them to you at comiket along with the pants you ordered from me =)

You're a Godsend ^^ The advice you gave on taking in the shirt is currently helping me dissect a men's S shirt from Muji to make a woman's XS Love is War shirt. It's actually not going too badly! Thanks for that, too. I'll ask the others about photos and get back to you on Facebook, most likely.

TheVampireNeko
08-05-2010, 04:17 AM
Well, it looks like there won't be a Summer Comiket for me. My wig still hasn't come, and I can't afford a new one. I'll be going to Winter Comiket probably. I hope I'll get to meet you guys there!

karuka ikashi
08-05-2010, 04:44 AM
Well, it looks like there won't be a Summer Comiket for me. My wig still hasn't come, and I can't afford a new one. I'll be going to Winter Comiket probably. I hope I'll get to meet you guys there!

That sucks. D: I'm sorry you couldn't get it in time. I'll probably be going home for winter break, which makes me more determined to make it to the summer one...Won't have much to spend if I do, though. :P

xtrishax
08-06-2010, 09:10 PM
Shoot. I have Italy's costume, but I do not have a wig. >>; someone point me to the nearest cospa or any stores that would sell something similar in Tokyo? I just need that wig, and I'll be golden

kiratsukai
08-06-2010, 11:57 PM
Shoot. I have Italy's costume, but I do not have a wig. >>; someone point me to the nearest cospa or any stores that would sell something similar in Tokyo? I just need that wig, and I'll be golden

Will any of these work?
http://www.mitubado.com/46_15776.html
http://www.mitubado.com/46_15831.html
http://www.mitubado.com/46_15618.html
http://www.mitubado.com/46_14942.html

If so ~ Mitsubado's brick and mortar shop is in Akihabara.

Our KAITO has now switched to Love is War. Making us a matchy-matchy group... with a very panicky leader who is busy sticking biasing tape to EVERYTHING ^^;;;

karuka ikashi
08-07-2010, 11:00 AM
So I have a question...if I'm not after any particular item, what's a good time to show up on Friday? I might've been living in the hottest prefecture in Japan for 4 months, but my body's still that of a spoiled Bay Area Californian. XD Besides, heat stroke is generally good to avoid. Then again, if groups from this thread are meeting up earlier in the day, I wouldn't mind hanging out. ^^

Toshiro-sama
08-08-2010, 04:35 AM
do anyone knows if in comiket is a cosplay contest or something like that? by the way can i go with my masamune cosplay (it has 6 katanas made of wood) i mean maybe i cant get in with those kind of things.
i will thanks for the raplay

xtrishax
08-08-2010, 05:00 AM
Will any of these work?
http://www.mitubado.com/46_15776.html
http://www.mitubado.com/46_15831.html
http://www.mitubado.com/46_15618.html
http://www.mitubado.com/46_14942.html

If so ~ Mitsubado's brick and mortar shop is in Akihabara.

Our KAITO has now switched to Love is War. Making us a matchy-matchy group... with a very panicky leader who is busy sticking biasing tape to EVERYTHING ^^;;;

OMG, those are really good prices. I gotta find that shop. o.o thank god I'll be in Tokyo a day before the big day starts! T__T Thank you so much! <3

Tsumanne
08-08-2010, 09:30 AM
do anyone knows if in comiket is a cosplay contest or something like that? by the way can i go with my masamune cosplay (it has 6 katanas made of wood)

Comiket is a comic convention that has accepted cosplay as a very successful side attraction, so there are no competitions or any cosplay specific events.

It is very very very crowded so no props greater than 30cm (11.8) inches are allowed although they usually disallow just about everything (with good reason, it's way too crowded). The only props I've seen allowed were small books, DVDs, small plushies, and a few items that were cellphone sized. Absolutely no weapons fake or real of any form or kind are allowed.

So think costume with no protruding parts. You wouldn't want to bring a prop anyway, it'd just get broken or hurt someone. It really does all make sense when you see how crowded Comiket is.

Tsumanne
08-08-2010, 09:43 AM
So I have a question...if I'm not after any particular item, what's a good time to show up on Friday?

If you want to avoid waiting in the massive line some, but still get a reasonable amount of time at Comiket then around 12:00 is about right. I've done that on lazy days and was satisfied.

To get a full day without too crazy of a wait then getting in line around 9:00 is a good time.
I'm shooting for 8:30~9:00 since I need to help the military cosplay group claim our fully shaded spot under the walkway in the cosplay area lol.

Jaseroque
08-08-2010, 11:22 AM
Is nine o'clock a good time for Saturday arrival if you want a full day cosplay too? Or is Saturday's lineup busier for longer?

Tsumanne
08-08-2010, 01:20 PM
Is nine o'clock a good time for Saturday arrival if you want a full day cosplay too? Or is Saturday's lineup busier for longer?

Friday and Saturday feel about the same to me. Getting there much earlier than 9:00 made me want a chair (feel the laziness). The doors open at 10:00, but arriving at 10:00~11:00 is painful as you are at the back of the line, get inside during the changing room rush, and still are in line for at least an hour. I've found getting in line around 8:30~9:00 gets me inside before the changing room gets overcrowded, not to mention it's not as hot. So that's when I try to get there :bigtu:

xtrishax
08-08-2010, 09:35 PM
I'm going to have to let you guys down. I can't make it to Comiket. I was really looking forward to it, but then I have to do some stupid stuff for my job...don't you just like it when things come up at work that you have to cancel plans? I was suppose to head to Tokyo tomorrow evening
Oh well...I hope you guys have fun!

kiratsukai
08-08-2010, 11:23 PM
bummer!

karuka ikashi
08-09-2010, 01:36 AM
I'm going to have to let you guys down. I can't make it to Comiket. I was really looking forward to it, but then I have to do some stupid stuff for my job...don't you just like it when things come up at work that you have to cancel plans? I was suppose to head to Tokyo tomorrow evening
Oh well...I hope you guys have fun!

Whaaat? That really sucks! T_T I was really looking forward to our Hetalianess. D: Wish there was a way for you to come. I'm so sorry!

xtrishax
08-09-2010, 02:29 AM
Please take pictures for me if someone can! D: (( Mostly any Nitro+Chiral related cosplayers will do <3 ))

DanRSL
08-09-2010, 09:52 AM
Hello all!

I will also be making it to Comiket this weekend. I'm actually going to try to do all 3 days just for the hell of it, and would love to meet up to meet some new people and mess around with.

Unfortunately, I will not be in Hetalia getup so I can't help you guys there. I will be cosplaying, though, as a FFT Chemist. I saw a Geomancer and Monk last winter and would be psyched if I saw them again!

So I gotta go back and fully read the thread, but in brief, when are people meeting up?

See you guys there!

karuka ikashi
08-09-2010, 06:19 PM
I'd also like to know when people are meeting up! I'll be there for two days, starting Friday morning. My bus gets in really early, so I can meet anytime. :3

kiratsukai
08-09-2010, 06:38 PM
I want to line up around 9 on Friday. Our hotel is on the Yurikamome Line just a few stops from Big Site, so we'll be coming from the other direction from subway/train-goers (provided we can squash into the train on our stop). We may just taxi. We did it last year and it was pretty awesome not to have to ride a stinky train :3

I'll bring the promised muffins. As for a place to meet -- the line swallows up most of the convention center grounds from 7-10... so it might be tough to find a good spot.

Two options seem prudent ~>

-Meet at the stop before or after Big Site and walk in together 30 minutes earlier.

-Shiek and I take the Yurikamome backwards (not much line) and head to a stop in the Tokyo area around 7 then meet up with folks to grab the regular train together or we can split taxi 3 or 4 people to a cab to make the bill less painful.

unlock
08-09-2010, 07:44 PM
I want to line up around 9 on Friday. Our hotel is on the Yurikamome Line just a few stops from Big Site, so we'll be coming from the other direction from subway/train-goers (provided we can squash into the train on our stop). We may just taxi. We did it last year and it was pretty awesome not to have to ride a stinky train :3

I'll bring the promised muffins. As for a place to meet -- the line swallows up most of the convention center grounds from 7-10... so it might be tough to find a good spot.

Two options seem prudent ~>

-Meet at the stop before or after Big Site and walk in together 30 minutes earlier.

-Shiek and I take the Yurikamome backwards (not much line) and head to a stop in the Tokyo area around 7 then meet up with folks to grab the regular train together or we can split taxi 3 or 4 people to a cab to make the bill less painful.

Kira! Me & a couple of my friends will be waiting in line around 9 am as well. Are you guys going straight to the changing room?

My hotel is near the Asakusabashi & Bakurocho Stations so we'll see how far that is from Big Site.

It's almost here~ how exciting!

kiratsukai
08-09-2010, 07:57 PM
Kira! Me & a couple of my friends will be waiting in line around 9 am as well. Are you guys going straight to the changing room?

Yush! Best to get the costumes on and claim a spot before the hordes descent, then go shopping in waves while in them :3

I'm not after anything particular until day 2. That day I will be cosplaying the otaku-monster version of myself :3 Ie. dumpy clothes, messy pigtails, a camera and a big old bag to fill with doujinshi and cds ^^

karuka ikashi
08-09-2010, 10:08 PM
I'm coming from Shinjuku station. I'm not exactly sure how to get there yet, but I'm up for meeting at a station before or after. ^^ Where should I go?

kiratsukai
08-09-2010, 10:21 PM
Ariake is the closest yurikamome to the rinkai line stop and is well within walking distance. How about meeting outside of Ariake station?

karuka ikashi
08-09-2010, 10:25 PM
Ariake is the closest yurikamome to the rinkai line stop and is well within walking distance. How about meeting outside of Ariake station?

Sounds good to me! What time's good? 8D

kiratsukai
08-09-2010, 10:47 PM
Sounds good to me! What time's good? 8D

Any time between 8:30 and 9 ^^ We'll have cellphones if something goes amiss. Have you got one?

karuka ikashi
08-09-2010, 11:16 PM
Any time between 8:30 and 9 ^^ We'll have cellphones if something goes amiss. Have you got one?

Yeah, I'll PM you with my number. Thanks so much! XD <3

Tsumanne
08-10-2010, 01:56 PM
I'm coming from Shinjuku station. I'm not exactly sure how to get there yet, but I'm up for meeting at a station before or after. ^^ Where should I go?

Comiket is a straight shot from Shinjuku with no transfers necessary.
JR Shinjuku Station --> Saikyo/Rinkai Line bound for Shinkiba --> get off Kokusai Tenjijo Station. It's a good couple hundred yen cheaper than the Yurikamome too ;)

And nice, looks like Ariake Station is right next door to Kokusai Tenjijo Station (never noticed lol) That ought to make things easy as I'm coming in on the Rinkai Line.

karuka ikashi
08-11-2010, 12:43 AM
Comiket is a straight shot from Shinjuku with no transfers necessary.
JR Shinjuku Station --> Saikyo/Rinkai Line bound for Shinkiba --> get off Kokusai Tenjijo Station. It's a good couple hundred yen cheaper than the Yurikamome too ;)

And nice, looks like Ariake Station is right next door to Kokusai Tenjijo Station (never noticed lol) That ought to make things easy as I'm coming in on the Rinkai Line.

Ah, thanks so much~ That's one less thing I have to worry about. So I can get off at Ariake on that line too, right? Can't wait!

CelestialShadow
08-11-2010, 02:55 AM
Not sure if you all have been checking out the weather but there is a typhoon moving in tomorrow =( I hope it doesn`t interfere with comiket. Might want to bring an umbrella just in case.

Tsumanne
08-11-2010, 07:04 AM
So I can get off at Ariake on that line too, right?
From Shinjuku if you take the Saikyo/Rinkai Line bound for Shinkiba you will want to get off at Kokusai Tenjijo Station. Ariake Station is for the Yurikamome Monorail only, but the two stations are right next door to each other so it works out quite nicely :)

Here's a useful little map of the area around Tokyo Big Site.
http://www.tokyoessentials.com/images/odaiba_map.gif

karuka ikashi
08-11-2010, 08:03 AM
From Shinjuku if you take the Saikyo/Rinkai Line bound for Shinkiba you will want to get off at Kokusai Tenjijo Station. Ariake Station is for the Yurikamome Monorail only, but the two stations are right next door to each other so it works out quite nicely :)

Here's a useful little map of the area around Tokyo Big Site.
http://www.tokyoessentials.com/images/odaiba_map.gif

That's great! Thank you. :)

kiratsukai
08-11-2010, 08:50 AM
Not sure if you all have been checking out the weather but there is a typhoon moving in tomorrow =( I hope it doesn`t interfere with comiket. Might want to bring an umbrella just in case.

My keitai GPS insists it will be clear. But it's often wrong, so I brought an umbrella anyway :)

Current forecast is for a high of 32/low of 25, partly cloudy on Friday.

DanRSL
08-11-2010, 10:09 PM
Ok, so I have a few questions and would like to tie together where people are meeting. Sorry, I intended to enter this thread earlier, but got a little sidetracked.

So first question: If cosplaying only one day, which is the better day to do so? Is the atmosphere more exciting on Friday because it's the first day, or Saturday because it's a weekend or something like that?

Number 2: How bad is it to not have a name card? I could make one today, but I don't have a printer or anything. I should have taken care of this sooner...:(

And the third: Afterward, does anyone want to go out to celebrate? I don't know how people are about the whole Maid scene, but I'd be happy to wind down in Akiba to bookend the Otaku Culture Awareness Day festivities.


And last, so when and where are people meeting? I'm going alone because a friend can't make it and would like to be able to meet up with some expats for group support.

If you want to メール me it's my username with @ezweb.ne.jp attached, I hope to see you guys!

Gasei
08-12-2010, 10:53 AM
Ok, so I have a few questions and would like to tie together where people are meeting. Sorry, I intended to enter this thread earlier, but got a little sidetracked.

So first question: If cosplaying only one day, which is the better day to do so? Is the atmosphere more exciting on Friday because it's the first day, or Saturday because it's a weekend or something like that?

Number 2: How bad is it to not have a name card? I could make one today, but I don't have a printer or anything. I should have taken care of this sooner...:(

And the third: Afterward, does anyone want to go out to celebrate? I don't know how people are about the whole Maid scene, but I'd be happy to wind down in Akiba to bookend the Otaku Culture Awareness Day festivities.


And last, so when and where are people meeting? I'm going alone because a friend can't make it and would like to be able to meet up with some expats for group support.

If you want to メール me it's my username with @ezweb.ne.jp attached, I hope to see you guys!

 I know some people looking this thread do not like to see a Japanese cosplayer post something here, but I do not like to let a post left un-replied on the day before. I think other people in this thread have gone to bed. ww

For the first question, to tell my impression, it does not matter very much in general.
It seems that people tend to cosplay on the day on which the original works (Anime, comic, game etc) is classified. For example, you will see more PRG game cosplay on day 2 because PRG game is classified on day 2. It is just a small tendency and the day on which you cosplay does not matter very much. I also will mention that I feel there are little less cospalyers on day3. It can be because of shorter period of time for changing room.

As for your name card, it is totally fine not to have your card. Many cosplayers do not have their name cards for various reasons, and it is nothing special not to have a card.
If you still want to enjoy some advantages to have card, you should make yours and bring to the event, but if not, you do not need to carry your cards with you.

I am not sure if I understand the third question correctly. If you meant to say hanging out with other Otaku friends after an event, it is totally up to you and the group you are going with. I happen to have many Otaku friends who like to go out to eat or to discuss next event, but I know some people will just go straight back to home to enjoy what they got on the day.

I have no idea for any specific things about the meeting-up plan for the people in this thread. In worst case when you ever get no contact from anyone else in this thread, you can make use of me. Only one thing I am sure is that one cosplayer in the group will come to my table (East E-54b) on day 1. That way, you can leave a message or wait there.
Also, if you decided to go on day 2 or 3 and do not mind going around late morning or noon, I will be free.

My e-mail for tomorrow is nateha@t.vodafone.ne.jp In case you need to contact me tomorrow, this address will lead you to my circle.


 

Sarmander
08-13-2010, 07:32 AM
Whelp, I went to Comiket today, my first ever. It was pretty confusing at first...ah hell, it was confusing right the way through the day! But my friends and i had a lot of fun in the cosplay area, even if we were baffled by the whole event otherwise! XD It's such a shame that I wasn't able to see anyone from here, though. I certainly kept my eyes peeled for you all but no luck. *sigh* I think a lot of the Japanese codplay photographers were quite intrigued by a Brit cosplaying as England though...seemed to be stopped for photos a heck of a lot! XD

There's a chance I might go back on sunday but I'm not sure yet whether I'll be cosplaying again.
I hope everyone here had a swell time today!

-Edo-
08-13-2010, 12:41 PM
I'll be coming down with friends from Italy, Korea and Japan Saturday. I have other friends going down but I will send Gasei a text message to see if we can hook up!

Gasei
08-13-2010, 08:31 PM
I'll be coming down with friends from Italy, Korea and Japan Saturday. I have other friends going down but I will send Gasei a text message to see if we can hook up!

Yeah, it is nice if we have a chance to see each other. I am going with a friend from the US and a Japanese cosplayer too.

-Edo-
08-14-2010, 11:15 AM
Good to see you Gasei! I think I saw Jaseroque if she was doing the same cosplay as in her profile picture. It was so hot out there I must have lost a couple kilos from loss of fluids. We'll be going to TFT tomorrow.

unlock
08-15-2010, 04:14 AM
Comiket was awesome! Aside from the sweltering heat, that is. Didn't get to see anybody from the forums there though. Maybe next time. :}

Jaseroque
08-18-2010, 06:55 AM
Hey Edo, yeah, that was me! You should have said hi! The heat made the dye on my jacket leech into my dress, so now it has red stains in the back of it. :( Curse you Comiket and your unreasonable heat!

Gasei
08-25-2010, 12:44 PM
I wish I could write on this thread sooner, but I have been busy after Comiket. w

I hope all of you had good time in Comiket.
Fortunately, is was not as hot as it usually is (it was still very hot), and I think you could enjoy cosplay without major health problem.

I enjoyed meeting many people and this comiket was the most memorable one for me.
I thank all who visited to my table or who spared some time to meet me. I will PM them later.