Event Report: Comic Market 72, day 3

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Those who’ve been reading HD event reports for awhile now will be familiar with the flow of the day. A four o’clock alarm call followed by a drive into Tokyo, punctuated by breakfast at Sukiya; we parked in Akihabara this time around and took the Yurikamome monorail line to the Big Sight, arriving at around nine. The time ’til the event opened at ten was spent making the rounds of acquaintances’ circles and staying out of Xia’s way as he set up.
Being rather short on funds I did my own shopping pretty quickly and headed back to the Futanaya table where I hung out through the early afternoon hours. Over the course of the day I met up with Animaestro, 3pyon, Phil, and the Hendane fellows, and around three we packed up and called it a day. I made it home rather earlier than usual.
Points of interest included Akiba before and after the event, the Moetan sign in the JR station, and the only unguarded itasha I could find (there was a great Lucky Star one in the parking garage but it was being zealously guarded). The event was incredibly crowded, though for me the biggest difference was an increased cognizance of the number of foreigners there; the parts of the hall I traversed on the third day didn’t feel much worse than usual.
By far the most weighty issue at the event among doujin artists was talk of the recently instituted stricter printing policies governing the labeling of adult material. My friend Xiarobo was issued his first ever “yellow card” (notice of suspension of sales pending review) on one of his books, which was happily cleared up before the event opened, but it seems both doujin printing companies and event organizers are really stepping up the consistency of their rules enforcement.
I should clarify from Zepy’s post that the proper labeling of adult material has been an enforced standard for at least the five years that I’ve been on the doujin scene. I’ve had friends in the past who’ve found themselves applying “18+” stickers to their books before Comiket or drawing black bars over naughty bits with magic marker. The difference this time seems to be that printers were actually refusing to print books that didn’t meet the standard, and the Comiket staff were checking a bit more assertively than usual for the blatant display of adult content (posters put on flagpoles to stick above the crowd and advertise circles’ books have gone from full upper body nudity to nippless in the past couple of years).
I think all of this is fine, and indeed overdue – tightening controls over adult material to keep it away from children, or at least making a vague fig-leaf pretense of doing so, is vital to the continued existence of the hobby in the face of increased agitation against it in the political classes. What bothers me though is the news that the inner content of books itself may be threatened by these tightened restrictions; no concrete evidence to this effect has yet emerged, but myself and a lot of other people are watching very closely. The threat against the right to free adult speech in Japan is a real and present danger that as fans I think we would all be wise to acknowledge.
I may have the opportunity to test the limits of free speech myself come Comiket 73, provided my circle application isn’t thrown out on a technicality and I make the lottery (which seemed stacked against maniac circles this summer, so I’m not incredibly optimistic…). I’ll be documenting the application process as it proceeds, as well as any further news on the potential abrogation of free speech in Japan as it affects the rights of law-abiding citizens to draw bizarre erotic cartoons.
Finally, the obligatory [NOT WORK SAFE] day three loot pic:

Heisei Democracy Event Report: Comiket 72 day 3 loots

This just about ends our coverage of Comiket 72, unless KoF2000 feels like writing up something on his doujin music quest when he gets back from vacation. C73 is just around the corner (December 29-31st, 2007) and we’ll be bringing you the latest developments on the event as they happen, so stay tuned!

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0 Responses to Event Report: Comic Market 72, day 3

  1. Shipon August 22, 2007 at 8:37 am #

    There were quite a number of ‘blue carded’ tables over all three days. They’re definitely tightening up.

  2. Shingo August 22, 2007 at 8:50 am #

    From a glance at the blue cards I think they were just notifications that the circle wouldn’t be present to sell that day, though I didn’t look closely enough to make it out. Do you know where a picture of one might be?

  3. Richard "Pocky" Kim August 22, 2007 at 3:11 pm #

    Good report, as always. After reading your report, and Shipon’s, and talking to the HDN guys, I always have this urge to go back to Japan and hit the events again.
    Then I remember I have bills to pay. OTL
    However, I will go back some day. It calls to me. That, and I really should say hi to some of the staff that may still be there. >.>

  4. Shingo August 22, 2007 at 3:52 pm #

    >>Richard “Pocky” Kim
    I hope you get the chance to come back soon! I’d offer you a place to stay but I don’t think anyone would want to bunk in Gunma for a Comiket trip… ^^;;

  5. Nirodha August 22, 2007 at 9:56 pm #

    Heeej Shingo,
    see you bought the one and only funny English course (Ero Crown). Wondering about that. How many pages has it got? About the “stricter printing rules”: hope you keep fighting against them otherwise you end up like Vatican City ;). Still…you get away with more than 99% of the rest of the world! And LETS KEEP IT THAT WAY!

  6. Shinikenshi August 23, 2007 at 1:51 am #

    It is has always been my perception that the how the public views adult content has been to an extent more tolerant (perhaps that should be read as ignored?) here than back home in the States and that is why such…gratuitous displays at Comiket aren’t that weird. Hence, I am surprised about this whole bit about even printing companies getting antsy about people following the rules. Learn something new every time I come to Comiket.
    Shingo, it was certainly enjoyable hanging out with you and other HD readers/staff for the event. I’m hoping to make it for the winter event so I’m sure there will be more chaos in store. That and I am very curious about your Comiket application. Do keep us all informed of how that goes. :D
    Rich, you know you want to come back to the Comiket. At the very least, Andrew and I will bankrupt you with the stuff we brought back. ^^

  7. unangbangkay August 23, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    Thanks for the report! I see a highly interesting Odin Sphere ero-doujinshi in your loot picture, under “Nippon We Like These”. Who was the circle?

  8. Shingo August 23, 2007 at 2:48 pm #

    My pleasure! The Odin Sphere book is by circle Doku Pepper, a favorite of mine. :3

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