Chinese Comic, Animation and Cosplay Site - Why?

Sat, 09/26/2009 - 08:13
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Chinese cosplay portion of website
 
Quiz: who runs the website shown in the above screenshot? (And don’t scroll down until you think about it!)
a) A Chinese news website
b) A Japanese comic book publisher
c) A municipal government from China
d) A group of Chinese comic book enthusiasts
 
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Screenshot - Naruto ComicAnd the correct answer is… C! Yes, the city of Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province has teamed up to create this 90,000+ page monster comic book, animation and cosplay website. According to their site “Comic.gov.cn is China’s official comic and animation industry website sponsored by the Wenzhou City Literary Federation, co-sponsored by Wenzhou Animation and Comic Association and operated by Chinese Comics Internet Media Company.”
 
The website contains mini-sites devoted to what seems like hundreds of different comics and cartoons. There are hundreds of full copies of Naruto comics alone. I doubt there is another government website in any country that has such a large collection of pictures of women dressed up in skimpy fantasy garb.
 
The question I don’t have the answer to is “why?”
 
Screenshot of Chinese site - Cosplay girls attack

 

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Good question. I would guess that the Chinese government (on some level) has made it a cultural priority to support these industries. But then why so many copies of foreign comics?

fascinating. let us know if you find out why!

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