The New York Times’ elimination of its Graphic Novel Bestseller List, the continued growth of manga sales in North America, and the launch of JY, a new middle-grade graphic novel imprint at Yen Press, were among PW’s most popular articles about graphic novel publishing in 2017. Here is a list of PW’s most-read articles on comics in ascending order of popularity.
10. Jane Eyre Moves to Brooklyn in Boom Graphic Novel Adaptation
Screenwriter and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna and artist Ramon Peres have adapted Charlotte Brontë's classic as a contemporary graphic novel.
9. Fantagraphics Has Surprise Hit in Debut My Favorite Thing is Monsters
The Seattle-based indie comics press ordered the largest second printing in its 40-year history for Emil Ferris's literary graphic novel.
8. At San Diego Comic-Con, Diversity in Content and Consumers is Key
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con International offered a window into the steady transformation of the North American comics industry and its fans.
7. NYCC 2017: As Graphic Novels Grow in Trade, Comics Shops Struggle
At this year's New York Comic Con, pop culture trade news site ICv2 presented its annual findings on the graphic novel marketplace, reporting that sales of book format comics are growing but periodical comics sales are declining.
6. Yen Press to Launch JY, a Kids’ Graphic Novel Imprint, in Fall 2017
Yen Press, a joint manga/graphic novel publishing venture between Hachette and the Japanese publishing house Kadokawa, announced plans to launch JY, a middle grade graphic novel imprint in fall 2017, named after Yen Press deputy publisher JuYoun Lee.
5. Graphic Novels Had a Strong 2016, Though Comics Sales Slowed
Comics retailers blamed the presidential campaign and post-election anxiety for the year ending on a flat note, but entering 2017 some categories were growing in the book trade and in the comics shop market.
4. Nine Reasons Manga Publishers Can Smile in 2017
U.S. manga publishers saw strong sales ahead in early 2017 thanks to more ways for readers to access their products, new subject matter, and original series.
3. Fall 2017 Announcements: Comics & Graphic Novels
Nonfiction and memoirs dominated the season’s graphic works, with stories covering various places and cultures—from New York City to Iraq. The fiction on our Fall 2017 list shined a spotlight on surviving this complicated thing called life.
2. Comics, the King of Libraries
Demand for graphic novels and comics keeps growing in libraries, as patrons are asking for graphic novels both in print as well as in digital formats.
1. New York Times Cuts a Range of Bestseller Lists
As part of an effort to revamp its coverage of publishing, the New York Times eliminated a number of bestsellers lists, among them graphic novels/manga and mass market paperback lists.