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Graphic Novels, Manga, and Comic Books

We are finally wrapping up the other projects that have kept us from pursuing our Dwarf Planet Press projects. So, next week we’ll get back to our study of the publishing and book selling businesses through a close look at statistics. We’ll also be preparing the third book in the magnificent Gulf Genes trilogy for publication.

In the meantime, and because it is fitting, here’s a copy of today’s post from our MarketSize blog, a place where we post a small market size item each day charting the size of all sorts of markets and industries.


The market for what is now referred to broadly as “graphic novels” has grown strongly since 2000. Many factors are contributing to this growth. They include such things as (1) an explosive growth in the number of unique book titles published annually, (2) the resounding success of super hero movies in the last few decades, (3) technological advances that have produced amazing tools for graphic artists of all sorts, and (4) a growing influence in graphic artistry from the comic arts scenes in other countries where it is a strong cultural outlet. In terms of revenue produced by the sales of these graphic products, market share breaks down by category as follows: comic periodicals, 27.5%; Manga, 12.4%, and other graphic novels, 60.2%.

Geographic reference: United States
Year: 2009
Market size: 3,162 unique titles and $1.130 Billion sales
Source: Publishers Weekly, April 26, 2010, p. 12
Original Source: ICV2.com

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