It was another year of amazing growth in 2016, and it brings the Top 750 to the highest numbers it has ever charted in the history of my tracking Bookscan – Now topping over ten million graphic novels sold! Amazing performance, and hopefully we can now stop talking forever about silliness like “the death of comics” or “the death of print”. Both are doing just fine!
Earlier today, we shed light on the New York Times’ decision to eliminate the comics and manga bestseller lists, among others, from their Book Review. After the report, many questions remained about their motivations and the place of comics at the Times moving forward. When asked for comment on why specific lists, including those related […]
Like the death of a warrant canary, sometimes the most notable news stories stem from absence rather than presence. Such was the case last night when literary agent Charles Olsen tweeted out this doozy: Graphic novels can no longer be @nytimes bestsellers as of February 5th. No explanation for change, I think we deserve one. Please RT! […]
OKAY one more chart. Publishers Weekly has more information on the Bookscan bookstore sales numbers, with a breakdown by genre. As we reported last week, Graphic Novels were up, although according to this piece it was only 11%, not the 12% previously reported. Probably a rounding error, or possibly dollars. This chart does give overall […]
Publishers Weekly has an overview of bookstore sales in 2016, via Bookscan, and print sales edged up 3.3%, the third year of growth. The gains came from non-fiction, up 6.9% from 2015, with growth in the arts and crafts category (yes that’s adult coloring books), self help and religion. In adult fiction, sales were down […]
PW’s annual Spring Announcements came out and give a peek at what may be the most talked about GNs of 2017.
The end of year lists are coming – Amazon has selected 20 books in an unranked order – no big surprises, all highly praised books. Nice to see a small book like Daryl Seitchik’s Exits on the list, along with blockbusters like Ghost and Black Panther – if anything this is a very mainstream greatest hits. March […]
Last month, Insight Editions announced a new graphic novel imprint, and how, courtesy of Publishers Weekly, we have more details: Insight Editions, best known for lavishly illustrated art and coffee-table books on pop culture, is launching Insight Comics, an imprint specializing in original and licensed graphic novels of all styles. The imprint will publish an […]
Is there a comics canon? Do we want a comics canon? Do we need a comics canon?
To say that Raina Telgemeier is the closest thing to a superstar in the comics industry leaves out the cardinal reason for her well-deserved popularity: her beautifully crafted stories touch on issues that affect every aspect of the soul. In her works readers tackle critical matters of inner humanity, from the tribulations of growing up, to understanding the depths of friendship, to sibling rivalry and reconciliation, and now, accepting the mysterious dimensions of love, culture, and death.