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.
The French association of comics, critics and journalists, Association des Critiques et des journalistes de Bande Dessinée, has released its annual report on the state of the comics industry in France. Below is a partial translation of the report by guest translator Loup Solitaire:
2007, VITALITY AND DIVERSITY
by Gilles Ratier, secretary-general of the ACBD
I. Production: growth continues for the 12th consecutive year: 4,313 comic books were published in 2007 (of which 3,312 strict novelties), a growth of 4.4 %.
From BdZoom comes the top 15 "Bandes Dessinées" (French-style comic books) for the week ending 2/20:
From BdZoom comes the top 15 "Bandes Dessinées" (French-style comic books) for the week ending 2/13:
From BdZoom comes the top 15 "Bandes Dessinées" (French-style comic books) for the week ending 1/27:
From BdZoom comes the top 15 "Bandes Dessinées" (French-style comic books) for the week ending 1/20: