With the COVID-19 outbreak in Japan cancelling events and concerts left and right, The Comic Market Committee has released a statement regarding Comiket 98. In that statement, they said that they are now considering to cancel the event in its entirety. However, as they deliberate whether or not to cancel the event in May, the committee is stillpreparing to hold the event as is.

image via official Comic market Facebook Page

Their official Facebook Page also released a statement, and it reads:

We have sent out notifications to participating circles (amateur publishing groups) about their acceptance to Comic Market 98. Currently we are preparing to have Comic Market 98 (May 2-5, 2020) as planned.

However, due to the concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, and the government requests for refraining from holding large-scale events issued on February 26 and March 10, and other similar requests or orders that may be issued, there is a possibility that Comic Market 98 may be canceled, postponed or held in a irregular manner.

Comic Market defines itself as a “space” that functions to expand the possibilities of self expression, where the aim is to accept creators of doujinshi and all other types of creative endeavors and maintain continuity. We will continue with our best efforts towards holding Comic Market 98. Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated.

The situation surrounding COVID-19 is unstable and fluid. Any developments will be addressed here. Please check back here for any updates.

If the event pushes through though, it will happen from 2nd-5th May at the Tokyo Big Sight. The first Comiket of the year usually happens every July, but because of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which is also in danger of being cancelled, they moved it to May.

Source: Comiket Official Facebook Page