Comic Party Book 1

Any fan who’s ever been to a convention will recognize the setting of Comic Party, complete with all the clichés.

When Kazuki doesn’t get into his chosen art school, his friends Mizuki (a cute girl) and Taishi (a geek) take him to an anime, manga, and gaming convention in order to help him find a focus for his creativity. Inspired, Kazuki prepares to put together a comic and debut it at a show. Taishi directs him by showing him this path, but he’s also a distraction with his toys and fannish obsessions. Other situations include guys driven crazy at the sight of a girl who shares their interests and shy artists who pour their emotions into their work.

Comic Party Book 1 cover
Comic Party Book 1
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Common experiences are treated in a slapstick fashion, whether it’s getting through the crowd of people in line to get in the doors or avoiding frothing fanboys denied their free giveaway swag. Mizuki just happens to have a nail-studded baseball bat, similar to the kind used in pro wrestling matches, that helps her control crowds of fanboys milling about. Everything here is exaggerated, jumping from emotional highs to lows.

Comic Party attempts to capture the passion of creators who draw comics out of love and need. Coming together in one location allows artists to inspire others or to engage in competition, friendly or otherwise. Through this volume, Kazuki experiences the highs and lows of trying to create a comic and bring it to a waiting audience, complete with advice on how to be a dedicated artist.

It’s nothing new or unusual, but those who can’t attend conventions may enjoy seeing one captured on paper, however quick and shallow the observations.

7 Comments

  1. This is one of the things that inspired me to start my own webcomic.

  2. Really? Could you elaborate on that? This was such a forgettable book for me that I’d like to hear more.

  3. Well, it’s not that I want to do a comic like Comic Party, it’s that I admire the enthusiasm of the characters in Comic Party and how they can throw themselves wholeheartedly into the process of making their comics. The concept of the shy artists that pour their emotions into their work really speaks to me. I think it probably helps that Sekihiko Inui got his start in doujinshi, and is still involved in them. It somehow seems sincere to me, despite the exaggeration, in a way that some other comics where the protagonist wants to excel at activity X don’t. Or maybe I’m just a sucker for simple stories.

  4. On second thought, after re-reading it, it was more the anime that I liked. The anime is much more about the process of making the comics, and the tension between wanting to reach people with your art and be popular and selling out. The comic exaggerates all the wackiness and drops all the character development and quieter moments.

  5. I read this series and I guess it really depend on what genre u like because I ditn really like it since it has no fighting action, surging romance, beautiful and magical places, slapstick humor, or interesting quests.

  6. [...] circles participating each year. It takes place at Tokyo Big Sight, which otaku will recognize from Comic Party, Genshiken, and many other anime and manga [...]

  7. [...] I wanted was a fitting conclusion to the events of books one and two. The book we get reads like a Comic Party knock-off. Wacky group of pals goes to convention, has adventures, tries to follow the creative [...]

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