Numlock News: July 29, 2021 • Fossils, Invas…

By Walt Hickey Manga France rolled out an app that grants €300 to every 18 year old in the country to be used for cultural purposes, an attempt to both juice a slammed cultural sector as well as push teens to explore their country’s vast artistic offerings. While many have certainly availed themselves of the vaunted French performance arts scene, the big winner is Japanese comic books. As of July, books are 75 percent of all purchases made through the app since it rolled out in May, and two-thirds of those book purchases are manga. Part of that may come from constrictions on other purchases: they can spend up to €100 on online media subscriptions, which are limited to French companies, and all video games purchased with the app must be from French publishers. Given that one of the most recent movies I’ve seen — M. Night Shyamalan’s

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