Niigata Comic Market

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Niigata Comic Market
Status Active
Venue Toki Messe
Location(s) Niigata, Niigata
Country Japan
Inaugurated 1983
Website http://gataket.com/

The Niigata Comic Market, commonly known as Gataket (ガタケット, gataketto), is a bimonthly dōjinshi comic book convention held in Niigata a city in Japan. It is currently held at either Toki Messe or the Niigata-shi Sangyou Shinkou Center. It was first held in 1983. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people regularly attend each event. It is the largest dōjinshi comic book market held on the Sea of Japan side of Japan.

History[edit]

After the inauguration of the Gataket secretariat in September 1982, the first Niigata Comic Market took place in January 1983. It had forty-six direct participation circles and nine consignment participation circles.

On 14 November 1999, Gataket50 took place. Radio actor Tomokazu Seki and Miki Nagasawa were invited to participate in the event, commemorating the 50th session of the event. Gataket100 took place on 31 August 2008 and featured radio actors Shūichi Ikeda and Tōru Furuya.

Comic markets relating to Niigata Comic Market[edit]

Gataket Special[edit]

Gataket section where Cosplay is prohibited.

Cosplay Gataket[edit]

Gataket section exclusively for Cosplay circles (groups).

Gataket in Nagaoka[edit]

Literary coterie magazine spot sale association held in Nagaoka City in Niigata Prefecture. Nagaoka version of Gataket. It is chiefly held in Hive Nagaoka.

Gataket & Okaket[edit]

Comic market held in Nagaoka City in Niigata Prefecture. Nagaoka version of Niigata Comic Market. It is held at Hive Nagaoka.

Niigata COMITIA[edit]

Niigata version of COMITIA[1] under direction of the Gataket secretariat. It is held inside the Toki Messe conference room or main hall twice a year, usually in April and September.

Gataket shop[edit]

The Gataket secretariat manages a dōjinshi and painting materials shop in downtown Niigata.

Niigata Manga Competition[edit]

The Niigata Manga Competition (にいがた漫画大賞, Niigata Manga Taishō) is a Manga contest held annually in Niigata City every September. It is sponsored by the Niigata Manga Competition planning committee. It is jointly sponsored by the Niigata Comic Market, the city of Niigata, and the Japan Animation and Manga College, a local vocational school in Niigata city. The competition has been held every year since 1998. It is unique due to the rarity of its sponsorship: a local municipal government sponsors the manga competition.[2]

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