AMOG: ''Here in the U.S., comics are now big business. But, despite the mainstream success, they are still frowned upon if you’re a grown man reading them. That’s not the case in Japan.
Manga, a Japanese term meaning both comics and cartooning, are so vital to the country’s culture and history that people of all ages enjoy manga series. What else would you expect from an art form that can be traced back to 1798 with Santō Kyōden’s picture-book Shiji no yukikai?
Today, manga has become approximately a $5.5 billion dollar business in Japan. And, it’s becoming increasingly popular across all corners of the world. For example, in the U.S. and Canada, the manga market was valued at $175 million in 2008.''