Milton Griepp has run his annual analysis of digital comics sales and the numbers are up again. He reports that digital was at $90 million in 2013, up $20 million from 2012. Although the percentage growth isn’t as big as in past years (Last year saw a $45 mil 180% jump from 2012) it’s still healthy. According to Griepp the number does not include “pay one price” services such as Marvel Unlimited and Crunchyroll, but does include English-language sales from North America-based platforms.
Digital comics sales growth is still outpacing ebook growth, which actually went negative in 2013 (see “Books, eBooks Decline in 2013”). And print comics and graphic novels have been growing even as digital comics sales have been growing rapidly, evidence that comics may indeed be different from other media and have the potential for growth due to the increased access that digital comics bring (see “Why Digital Comics Are Different”).
All this robust growth comes before Amazon acquired Comixology, the leaden digital comics purveyor; a move which is still sending ripples out among publishers. In fact expect some big announcements along these lines at San Diego.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.