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Comic and graphic novel sales reach $1 billion in 2015

Published: July 26, 2016
According to a new estimate from ICv2 and Comichron, comic and graphic novel sales reached the $1 billion mark in 2015. ICv2’s Milton Griepp and Comichron’s John Jackson Miller estimate that $1.03 billion worth of comic books and graphic novels was sold in the U.S. in 2015. This is a 10 percent increase over sales in 2014.
 
“The audience for comics and graphic novels continues to broaden,“ Griepp said. “The increase in sales reflects not only the increased awareness of comics properties from other media, we’re also seeing rapid growth in new audiences for comics, including kids and women.”

Of those sales, $385 million worth of comic books were sold in comic stores. This is an 8 percent increase from 2014.

“Sales of comics in print formats have finally eclipsed the $850 million modern-era high from 1993,” said Miller. “That 1993 total was $1.4 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars, though, so there’s still some ways to go to reach a new inflation-adjusted high for the last 50 years.”

Graphic novels in book format showed the greatest increase, growing 23 percent to a total of $350 million, after growing 16 percent in 2014.

Digital sales, the only area to show decline, fell 10 percent in 2015, down to 2013
levels.