Mar 06 2009

The NYT starts compiling graphic novel sales

The New York Times has started compiling weekly best-seller lists for graphic novels (err, “graphic books”) in hardcover, paperback and manga.  (Hat-tip to the Comics Reporter). The NYT argues that “comics have finally entered the mainstream.”  Possibly.

1.  I agree that superhero stories are mainstream.  Many superhero movies and TV shows have been broadly successful.

2.  But comic books and graphic novels are not mainstream.  Primarily, that’s because they’re sold mostly in specialty stores rather than general-interest stores like supermarkets and newsstands.  These specialty stores usually strike me as kind of creepy and may well scare away low-interest fans.  Moving back into supermarkets probably isn’t feasible for the typical comic book series, but it encourages me that comic books are increasingly sold online.

[B. Mac adds: Is the endorsement of the NYT a good thing for comics?  The NYT has a soft spot for businesses that are not actually economically viable, such as solar power, US car companies, and itself.]

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2 Responses to “The NYT starts compiling graphic novel sales”

  1. illustaron 17 Apr 2009 at 4:28 pm

    You know, I seem to recall buying my first comics at the grocery store… But they were single issue books and not hardcover collections or even trade paperbacks. And technically, *I* didn’t actually buy them – I begged my mom to do it for me. In the early 90s I was too young to afford comics on my own.

  2. B. Macon 17 Apr 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I’m still too poor to afford them, if that makes you feel better. $4 for 24 pages or 32 pages is outlandish. Instead, every few months I spend $10 on a month-long subscription to Marvel.

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