Comic Market Sets Winter Attendance Record of 520,000

posted on by Egan Loo

Comic Market 79, Japan's largest manga event, ended at the Tokyo Big Sight center on Friday with an overall turnstile attendance of 520,000. That is a winter record for Comic Market; the summer record for the semiannual convention was set in 2009 and in 2010 at 560,000.

160,000 people came on Wednesday, 160,000 came on Thursday, and 200,000 came on Friday. Despite the recently passed amendment to the Tokyo Youth Healthy Development Ordinance, Comic Market will return to the Tokyo Big Sight event center from August 12 to 14.

Japan Expo, Europe's largest convention devoted to Japanese popular culture, estimated that 180,000 unique attendees came to last year's event. About 125,000 unique attendees went to last year's Comic-Con International, the largest popular-culture convention in North America. Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, reported a turnstile attendance of over 105,000 last year.

"Turnstile attendance" is the number of attendees on each day added together, so a person who uses a four-day pass is counted four times. "Unique attendees" is the number of attendees regardless of how many days they attend, so a person who uses a four-day pass is counted once.

Source: Mantan Web

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