The critics association ACBD and their secretary general Gilles Ratier have one-upped their endlessly snarky and bickering-among-themselves American cousins by releasing their fascinating and concise sales report on the state of the French-speaking comics market. You should read as good a summary as you can find, or grab it for translation, but the interesting factoids include:
* 3070 titles published in 2004, an increase of 21.5 percent over the 2526 released in 2003.
* 2120 featured original content, 610 were collections of previously published material, 254 were humor/illustration.
* 754 were manga or manwha
* 207 Publishers
There's a ton more, and I don't want to merely swipe their hard-won info as released to French news sites. You should definitely check the information out.