Comiket, Japan’s largest doujinshi (self-published works like manga or novels) publishing market and anime convention has decided to cancel its 98th event due to the coronavirus pandemic that’s affecting everyone worldwide.
The cancellation of Comiket will be the first in 45 years of history since its first conception. With a little over a month before the event was planned, Comiket organizers apologized profusely with their fan base and explained their reasoning for the cancellation in an official announcement on their website.
“Comiket 98 (to be held from May 2nd to May 5th, 2020 at Tokyo Big Sight) will be cancelled in an attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection aka Coronavirus.
The government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government are attempting to prevent any and all large-scale events to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus infection due to its dangerous nature. This is reinforced via the Japan Recommendation bill that was agreed on with a panel of experts on March 19th, 2020.
For us it was very difficult decision to cancel the event but the safety of everyone attending is more important than anything else. We hope you can understand.”
Refunds & Merchandise
Comiket will be offering refunds for vendors who have already paid for parking and lottery allotted positions in the event hall.
The Comiket 98 catalog will still be sold as printing and binding has already begun, would-be attendees and fans are asked to purchase the catalog in spite of the event cancellation, to show their support for the event.