Comitia is…amazing. I mean, yes, it looks like every other comic event in Japan, with various circles seated at little tables, that you find by navigating rows with letters and numbers, but…but…at Comitia all the work is original.
Comitia fills East Halls 1-3, which doesn’t sound like much, but we were there for a chunk of the day and made it through maybe 2/3rds of the tables. I have a weirdly chopped up foot, with blisters on blisters and am walking with a cane this week, so hobbling 2/3rds of the show was just fine with me. ^_^
We were joined in our perambulations with Okazu Superhero Jye N and what a lovely person he was! (Of course. I expected no less as he is a Guest Reviewer and Superhero here. ^_^) What a pleasure that was!
We had a lovely conversation about the unwritten rules one comes up with as one shops. Mine include things like if no one looks happy on the cover, I’m not buying it. ^_^
The Yuri section was pretty substantial, especially when you remember that this show is all original work. No parody stuff. We picked up some work by UKOZ, a number of circles I’ve never seen before (!) and had to pass by dozens of tables exploring schoolgirls and love. Of course I stopped by BQ to say hi to Kitao Taki-sensei and was also glad to catch up with Takemiya Jin-sensei. Both looked really glad to be there.
My fave pickup of the show was a little book called “Silver Love”, a Yuri story that included an older woman. We still need Senior Yuri and a sports series we can call our own.
I know I missed a few friends in the adult Yuri section, and I’m sorry about that. /waving at Mizuki-sensei/ and we wrapped up with a quick trip to Atelier Miyabi’s table to pick up some of Fujieda Miyabi-sensei’s work.
The crowd at Comitia is a bit less…otakuish…than at Comiket. Much less frenzied buying of everything. Plenty of women, even in the Yuri section and a few times my gaydar pinged at some of the buyers. ^_^ Again, I chalk that up to the fact that the content is original, not parody.
There was a lot of beautiful art, not just doujinshi. There was a retrospective of an artist, Belne, whose old school, elegant BL was quite lovely. I kind of pine for the days of elegant Belle Artes manga, like Applause.
All in all a satisfying day with lovely people. Thanks Jye, Bruce and all you hard-working doujinshi artists!