This tour includes, in addition to three days in Tokyo, the option for guests to sell their own manga at a show in August. The company promises to help with translation and printing. Even if you don’t want to make your own manga, you’ll also meet artists. No price yet, but they’ve established a mailing list for those who are interested. The press release with more details follows.
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This August, aspiring dojinshi creators, established small press comic artists, and manga admirers alike will have an unprecedented opportunity. Pop Japan Travel’s Mind Over Manga Tour offers guests the chance to go behind the scenes of one of Japan’s most respected dojinshi events, Comitia — and if you choose, print and sell your own comic or art book directly to Japanese readers!
If you apply and qualify, Pop Japan Travel will:
- Translate your book into Japanese so that the locals can understand it
- Print your book and deliver it directly to the event at Tokyo Big Sight
- Help you sell your book and discuss it with readers at a booth at the event
Since 1984, Comitia has been one of Tokyo’s most popular dojinshi events. Run four times a year, it focuses on original, creative art rather than fan fiction. That has made it a key launchpad for new manga artists, with thousands of 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 series!
Even if you don’t choose to sell your own book, you’ll get an up-close look at the way Japan’s manga market operates. And the tour will also include the chance to meet and pick the brains of some Japan’s most important manga and dojinshi artists, plus a visit to a cutting-edge anime studio and Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli Museum.
Naturally, Mind Over Manga also includes our tried-and-true tour of Tokyo, providing a mind-blowing look at the world’s most populous urban area, plus a few excursions outside the city and an optional three-day tour of Osaka and Kyoto, Japan’s thousand-year capital.