North American Comics Market Hits $1.085 Billion in 2016

From Publishers Weekly:

Combined graphic novel and comics sales in North America grew 5% to $1.085 billion in 2016, a $55 million increase over the $1.03 billion reported last year.

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Led by the continuing sales growth of book-format graphic novels (which rose to $590 million, from $350 million in 2015), the $1.085 billion figure represents the combined sales of book-format graphic novels, traditional comics periodicals ($405 million), and digital download-to-own comics ($90 million).

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Milton Griepp, CEO of pop culture new site, cited the ongoing growth of graphic novels as key to the increase: “This represents growth in the broadest part of the market, where increased variety of content is being found by new audiences for comics, including kids and women.”

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4 thoughts on “North American Comics Market Hits $1.085 Billion in 2016”

  1. I couldn’t find a hint in the OP, but I’m curious if any attempt was made to measure the internet based comic market — the artists who work online and sell collections directly from their sites. There are quite a few of them, and some sell a lot of books. This side of the industry got a big boost in the 90s when distributors (notably Diamond) decided they weren’t going to carry anything that wasn’t a big seller. The little guys decided to look into this new internet thing people were talking about.

    I was unsuccessful trying to trace the reports mentioned in the OP — strange how often that happens — but I did come across this:

    YTD Down 6.77%
    Posted by ICv2 on July 14, 2017 @ 1:43 pm CT

    Direct market (comic store channel) sales of comics and graphic novels dropped 21.34% in June compared to the same month in 2016, according to numbers released by Diamond Comic Distributors today.

    • I think those are the brick and mortar numbers, right? Which would be different than overall market?

      Graphic novels are all I get anymore. I don’t go for the singles. I wait to see if something is decent, then get the trade collection (which counts as a graphic novel).

  2. Yeah, the real reason revenues are so high is because graphic novels are so expensive that I think the major sales are to libraries.

    Sarcasm aside, there is a fairly large selection of graphic novels in my county. I’ve read a fair few graphic novels that I would otherwise never have purchased.

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