|circle space, SP
|doujinshi convention, doujinshi circle, haichi
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In Japanese doujinshi fandom, "space" (スペース, supeesu) is a term for the booth that a doujinshi circle is assigned during a doujinshi convention to sell their fanworks from. A single circle space usually consists of only half of a fold-out table, although some larger circles are assigned a whole table or more, and conventions with more available room may give a whole table to every circle. Conventions generally provide one or two chairs for every space. To make it easy for fans to find a circle's space during crowded conventions, every space is identified with a number, or in the case of larger conventions like Comiket, a number and a letter.
Assigning the right spaces to the right circles (haichi) is an important task for convention organizers: circles who make doujinshi for the same source works and/or the same pairings or characters often need their spaces to be close together, and very popular circles need to get spaces that are roomy enough to accommodate a large amount of stock, the circle person or persons, assistants, and often a small or large crowd of eager fans trying to gather in front of the space. Circles may feel quite territorial about the limited amount of room they are given. It is considered bad manners to infringe upon another circle's space in any way, and circles will often admonish fans who stand in front of a neighboring circle's space while lining up.
Depending on their tastes, circles may simply place their doujinshi on the table surface, bring a nice table covering to brighten things up, or create elaborate displays of doujinshi and decorations.
- Saakuru supeesu. Doujin yougo no kisochishiki.
- Personal experience.