News Comic Market Received Threat Letter on October 29
posted on 2012-11-11 01:45 EST
The Comic Market Preparations Committee, the group responsible for organizing the largest dōjinshi event in the world, announced on Sunday that the event was sent a threat letter on October 29. The committee notified the Kitazawa Police (which has jurisdiction in this case) on October 30 and has been communicating with the Tokyo Big Sight event complex, the host of the semiannual event.
The committee is also now considering its options for Comic Market (Comiket) 83, which is scheduled to run from December 29-31.
If the situation changes for Comic Market, it will notify the participants on the official website of anything that would require their cooperation.
Since last month, more than 20 locations linked to Kuroko's Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki have received threat letters with powdered and liquid substances. A source in the investigation of Kuroko's Basketball threat letters said there is a high possibility that the liquid sent to Sophia University on October 12 could emit a lethal dose of hydrogen sulfide if vaporized. Comic Market 83 is scheduled to host many Kuroko's Basketball dōjin circles, but the event has not stated that the threat it received is linked to these earlier Kuroko's Basketball threats.
Two Kuroko's Basketball dōjinshi events, "Shadow Trickster Osaka" and "Miracle Quarter" in Sapporo, were canceled this month. Tokyo Big Sight received a threat earlier last month, but the "Shadow Trickster 3" event proceeded without incident there on October 20. The official "Kuroko no Basuke produced by Namco Namja Town" event in Tokyo did end 19 days early as a result of the threats.
Update: A man was arrested in 2008 for threatening Comic Market 74, which was held from August 15 to August 17, 2008 at Tokyo Big Sight. The man allegedly wrote 2channel web forum on July 16, 2008, "I'll toss a hand grenade at the Comiket site."
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