warren ellis was right – part 4587
ICv2 News – Graphic Novels Outsell Comics
Pop culture trend tracker ICv2 released its latest size estimates for the comic and graphic novel markets at the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference at New York Comic Con on Thursday, and revealed that graphic novels now outsell the traditional comic periodical format. “Based on our latest analysis, graphic novels passed comic periodicals in 2005 and held that lead in 2006,” ICv2 President Milton Griepp said at the Conference.
According to the ICv2 White Paper presented at the Conference, graphic novel sales through retail stores in the U.S. and Canada were around $330 million at retail last year, compared to $310 million in sales of comic periodicals. This is the first time since the origination of the comics medium that book format comics have outsold traditional comic books. The $640 million total also represents the highest sales for the comic and graphic novel market since the early 90s.