From the Chinese Anime and Comics portal Southcn comes an article analyzing France's comics market, the article goes on to look at China's own market for comics, and compares it to its European counterparts.
A Summary of France's Comic Book Market
Abstract: France's comic book market is one of the most important comic book markets in the world, with 4,313 different comic book titles (including reprints) and around 77 magazines dealing specifically with comic books published in 2007. Last year also saw comic book sales of over 40 million there, totalling around 400 million Euros. Of 2007's 3,313 new works published in France, 253 were Chinese comic books. If China were to try to expand their portion of France's comic book market they would meet with a few cultural barriers; crucially because the work of Chinese artists differs greatly from the three mainstream comic books styles of Europe, Japan, and the US, and it is hard for many vendors to categorise them. Although all readers approve of the high-quality artwork and originality of Chinese comics, many feel that the storylines are inferior to their Japanese or European counterparts.
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Anaheim, California (November 28, 2008) ‹ With the huge success of the 2008 convention, Anime Expo® blazes into the future as it launches its most visually stimulating and user-friendly site to date! More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.
Online Media Distribution Leader to Premiere Newest Publications for Men and Women
San Francisco, CA (November 25, 2008) Comic book publishing studio eigoMANGA (www.eigomanga.com), today announces a partnership with online media distribution leader and leading web portal for asian video content Crunchyroll. eigoMANGA will provide their newest publications "Rumble Pak" and "Sakura Pakk" to Crunchyroll's 4 million membered online community. More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com.
New Releases Offer A Variety Of Intriguing Fantasy/Action Adventure Tales As Well As New Shojo Titles With A Twist From Internationally Acclaimed Creators
San Francisco, CA, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced several eagerly awaited new manga series scheduled for release throughout the Fourth Quarter of 2008.
Episodes Of Two Of The Hottest Animated Series To Sweep North America Are Now Available For Download-To-Own From Leading Entertainment, Gaming And Social Networking Outlet
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The artists Chie Kutsuwada, Ryuta Osada, Mustashrik Mahbub from Julius Caesar, As you like it and Othello will be signing & sketching for people who come along.
We'll also have a small competition prize to win some artwork, and we'll be holding a portfolio review for any budding artists that come down and would like some feedback on their work.
Manga Shakespeare is a series of graphic novel adaptations of William Shakespeare using manga visuals from UK-based artists.
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The 14th Salón de Manga de Barcelona took place in Spain between October 30th – November 2th. The event featured a variety of activities such as expositions, anime, and magazines, the Spanish section of the World Cosplay Summit, and other competitions.
Artists from the Japan's entertainment industry also appeared at the event: Kaiji Kawaguchi, (Eagle's mangaka), Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Gundam: The Origin), Junko Mizuno (Cinderalla), art director Ian Lovett (the games Fable II). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japan Foundation invited Takamasa Sakurai and Michihiko Suwa as well.