These were the 10 most popular stories about graphic novel and comics published on the Publishers Weekly website during 2014.
Led by book format comics with $415 million in sales, the North American comics and graphic novel marketplace generated $870 million in sales in 2013, according to a new estimate by ICV2 and Comichron, two comics industry trade news and data sources.
Graphic novels have become one of the hottest categories at U.S. libraries. It’s no surprise, then, that comics-themed events at libraries are drawing crowds.
There's also been a boom in books about comics—from examining their history to showing how to make them. Here are some new and upcoming books that should have a place on the shelf of every serious comics enthusiast.
While comics and graphic novels did not have a commanding presence at BEA, comics publishers and imprints were nevertheless spread throughout the show and the category was featured in major panels during BEA and BookCon, BEA’s relaunched consumer event.
Although sales of graphic novels and comics periodicals were down in the early months of 2014, retailers contacted for PW’s annual comics retailers survey reported a strong 2013 holiday selling season. They also cited a continuing migration of comics fans to works from indie comics publishers like Image Comics and away from the superhero genre.
In 2014, and for North American manga publishers, the digital revolution is well underway. Where there once were only a handful of publishers offering their titles online or via apps, now almost all offer at least some of their current and backlist manga via digital platforms.
Acclaimed cartoonist Alison Bechdel responds to an effort at censorship by The South Carolina House of Representatives to cut funding to the College of Charleston for assigning freshmen to read her graphic novel Fun Home because the book depicts same-sex relationships.
Scholastic released a 200,000 copy printing of Sisters, Raina Telegemier’s most recent graphic novel, in August, marking her ascent as one of the most popular cartoonists in the world. In Sisters, Telgemeier returns to her childhood, this time charting her relationship with her younger sister.
Light novels are Japanese prose works illustrated with manga-style drawings and are often adapted into manga and anime properties. Yen Press, Hachette Book Group’s graphic novel and manga line, has launched Yen On, a light novel imprint that will release at least 24 titles in 2015.
A consortium of Japanese government organizations, manga publishers and anime production and game companies, announced that they have formed the Manga-Anime Guadians Project, a combined effort to crack down on online piracy.