Graphic Novel Sales on the Rise
2014 marked the biggest year yet for graphic novels, with approximately $460 million in sales. Children’s comics are also gaining in popularity.
A more diverse readership has also had an impact, Griepp noted. Kids graphic novel sales are on the rise—up 35% year-to-date—behind licensed titles. Griepp added that Raina Telgemeier, author of the 2010 graphic novel Smile (Graphix), has ‘become a major superstar along the lines of Neil Gaiman or Marjane Satrapi’ whose ‘name alone will sell books.’ (Publishers Weekly)