Interviewer: What looks certain is that at this rate, soon we will all be reading manga. The success of the japanese comics among the young people does not forebode anything good for European Authors.
Moebius: Manga is a plague. The invasion has been total, as shown by the portion of the market that they have achieved. It is an epidemic. It reminds me of something that happened with the Amazonian bees that travel up to North America and kills the indigenous species. In France, the shrimp have disappeared because they threw a foreign species into the water that killed them all. The new ones are good, but they are not the same... they have a horrendous accent [in relation to flavor]. The problem is that manga reaches Europe, but the European comic does not reach Japan. That is what's unfair.
Once you look past the inherently negative connotations that the word "plague" and "epidemic" carry, I think Moebius does have a valid point in regards with the "invasion". Expanding the bees analogy further, you can't really blame the "plague" for doing what comes naturally, trying to expand as much as the environment will allow, nor can you exactly blame the indigenous species for being unprepared to this kind of competition, after all, they didn't have this kind of direct competition before. What you can blame them for is their refusal to evolve, but we'll get to that later.
The Other Quote
Going back to Moebius, like I said above, while his words do sound rather negative in the way he expressed them his point of Japanese comics displacing European comics is an accurate assessment. I don't think he holds any ill will against manga, as he stated in another interview his admiration for legendary Japanese creator Naoki Urasawa (Eric reviewed the first volume of Urasawa's Pluto and 20th Century Boys recently), among others.
Moebius: First of all, Urasawa is without a doubt one of Japan’s elite manga creators whom I absolutely love. [...] He is right there with the greats like Otomo [creator of Akira] and Jiro Taniguchi. I really like his light, flowing style of art. There is a comfort, and conscious simplicity in his pictures, don’t you think? [...] The feelings like flight and floating are superb, and there is elegance. It’s great.