Some 80,000 French Japanophiles attended a recent Asian pop culture expo it’s being reported.
The annual expo – which drew only 3,000 visitors when it launched in 1999 – was a runaway success, organiser Pierre-Yves Devroute says.
“It was a phenomenal success which surpassed all our aims,” he said, adding that between 75,000 and 80,000 people visited the three-day show which opened on Friday (local time).
“Mangas, Japanese highly stylised graphic novels,” were the big draw. “They account for more than a third of all comics sold in France today, up from only 19 per cent in 2003, according to trade publication Livre Hebdo.”
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