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.
I wrote about this in my link round up the other day, but I wanted to give it it’s own item just as a benchmark for how far comics promo can go. Hawke joined Jimmy Fallon to talk about INDEH, the new graphic novel about the Apache Wars, which is drawn by Greg Ruth and […]
Twice a year Publishers Weekly previews the next six months of publishing and I assemble the list along with the Top Ten most interesting sounding books of the year. Usually this listing stays behind a paywall but this time its out where all can see! I’ve put together alst of 60 of the most notable […]
The audience migration from monthly comics to graphic novels (tpbs, if you prefer) has always been a fairly contentious thing. There’s not a lot of point in denying that the book format is continuing to make gains and a lot of new readers prefer it. When Paul Levitz writes about graphic novels being “a clear majority of sales,” it’s probably time for a wider range of people give up the ghost and talk about that format as an end game.
Roaming around Austin during SXSW is a perfect way to stumble into discoveries. One such find this year was the Nordic Lighthouse—a showcase of Nordic startup tech, cinema, music, food, and design. Lucky for me Simon Stålenhag, the author of Tales From The Loop, was part of that showcase. I managed to get some time where he talked about inspiration, Swedish countryside, the eighties, why his dad’s bedtime story was Alien, and poetry.