Steve Wozniak’s ego is big. Well thats the impression I got when I saw his face emblazoned on the back of every Tokyo Comic Con bag this year. And the bags were HUGE, like bike messenger/Uber eats big. Here’s a photograph of the ‘WOZ’ bag in a scene reminscent of a slightly fatter Aphex Twin in his video Window Licker. (NSFW/+18 only!).
Jokes aside it was a good show. They’ve doubled the floor space on last year so they now occupy halls 9 and 10. They’ve seriously outreached the super hero universe cosplay circles in Japan and made it a central part of the show. Cosplay was abound. And cosplay gets the boys and gets out to play. It was really cute to see all the couples out and dressed up in complimentary outfits (none of which I took pictures of,lol).
Artist Alley was expanded. I saw a few faces from Kaigai Manga Festival and Comic Art Tokyo tabling icluding TCAF, and the McGarry’s, and J.L Mast.
I spoke to Artist Alley participants and some said the correspondence had been a little disjointed with the organizors in the build up to the show but the actual show and sales had been good.
Highlight for me were two signings I attended - Kim Jung Gi on the Movie Plus stand, and Rockin’Jelly Bean on a stand whose name escapes me (sorry).
I attended with manga artist Nathan Chowdry. Highlights for him were all the cute and sexy cosplay ladies and some of the boys, and a joint manga reading he did performing an excerpt of Barefoot Gen with a Japanese actress.
The show runs from Friday 1st Dec - 3rd December.
Tickets are 3,500 yen at the door. It’s about 1 hour by train from central Tokyo.
It looks like this will become a permanent fixture on the Tokyo international comic convention scene.
Website is http://tokyocomiccon.jp/english/index.html
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