Graphic Novel Sales Grow 16% in Book Market

Infographics designed by Kate Willaert

According to a joint estimate from Comichron's John Jackson Miller and ICv2's Milton Griepp, graphic novel sales in the book market have increased 16% to $405 million in 2016. The increase in sales growth of the graphic novel format continues with this latest data after growing 23% in 2015 and 16% in 2014. Comics in the graphic novel format is also the highest grossing format, beating out individual issue comic books ("floppies" or "pamphlets") and digital comics.

“It’s gratifying to see continued growth in the audience for graphic novels,” Griepp said. “This represents growth in the broadest part of the market, where increased variety of content is being found by new audiences for comics, including kids and women.”

The increase in diversity among content for kids leading to the increase in graphic novel sales was supported earlier this year by reports from the NPD group. During the ABC Children's Institute discussion "Trend and Findings in Children's Bookselling" delivered by NPD Book Client Development Speaclist Allison Risbridger, despite print sales being down by one percent year-over-year from 2010 to 2016, graphic novels have been the shining growth among print fiction. The increase has been attributed to the increase in children's and young adult categories in comics and graphic novels.

The momentum of comics and graphic novels sales in 2017 doesn't show any signs of waning as publishers such as Image Comics, Oni Press, Lion Forge, and others are publishing more children and young adult titles with diverse creators and casts. For a list of featured upcoming young adult titles from Diamond publishers, see below.

Title Publisher ISBN Price Release Date
Infinite Seven Volume 1 Action Lab 9781632292490 $14.99 6/20/2017
Kid Sherlock Volume 1 Action Lab 9781632292896 $9.99 10/11/2017
SuperZero Volume 1 Aftershock Comics 9781935002963 $17.99 8/16/2016
Blue Monday Volume 4 Image Comics 9781534301528 $14.99 8/15/2017
Descender: The Deluxe Edition Volume 1 Image Comics 9781534303461 $49.99 12/12/2017
Kid Savage Volume 1 Image Comics 9781632159380 $14.99 5/2/2017
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood Image Comics 9781534300415 $14.99 7/11/2017
Paper Girls Volume 3 Image Comics 9781534302235 $12.99 8/8/2017
Lighter Than My Shadow Lion Forge 9781941302415 $19.99 10/3/2017
Little Red Wolf Lion Forge 9781941302453 $19.99 9/13/2017
Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe for Disaster Oni Press 9781620104040 $12.99 6/21/2017
The Tea Dragon Society Oni Press 9781620104415 $17.99 10/31/2017
Ocean of Secrets Volume 1 Tokyopop 9781427857149 $10.99 5/16/2017
Ocean of Secrets Volume 2 Tokyopop 9781427857224 $10.99 9/26/2017
Dragon's Crown Vol.1 Udon  9781772940480 $12.99 10/17/2017
Persona 3 Volume 5 Udon  9781927925898 $13.99 6/13/2017
Faith Volume 3: Superstar Valiant Entertainment 9781682151990 $14.99 6/13/2016
Faith Volume 4: The Faithless Valiant Entertainment 9781682152195 $14.99 9/19/2017

Comichron is the world’s largest public repository of comic-book sales figures, featuring data from the 1930s to today about comic book and graphic novel circulation, cover prices, and market shares on its website, With data and analysis on the distant past as well as the present, Comichron serves as a trusted resource for academics studying the historical reach of the medium and for collectors seeking accurate information about how many copies of a comic book originally circulated.

ICv2 is the #1 industry source on the business of geek culture, including comics and graphic novels, hobby games, and showbiz on its Website,, and in its magazine, Internal Correspondence. For the people on the front lines of the geek culture business, staying ahead of the trends isn't something that can be left to chance-it's a basic necessity for being successful. That's why ICv2 is the #1 source of news and information for the buyers, gatekeepers, and tastemakers on the front lines. ICv2 is where trend-watching is a science.




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