The comic book industry has reached a new milestone, as according to Comichron’s John Jackson Miller and ICv2’s Milton Griepp, comic and graphic novel sales in the United States and Canada brought in $1.21 billion in 2019 — an 11% increase over the previous year.
“Print comics sales had never before topped $1 billion in current dollars, and one has to go back to the boom of the early 1990s to find sales at or above that level when adjusted for inflation.” Miller said.
Griepp added, “the massive shift to graphic novels as the preferred format for comics continued in 2019, bringing sales in the book channel above the comic store channel in North America for the first time in the history of the medium.”
While 2020’s comic sales are much less certain due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Miller remains optimistic thanks to the great 2019 the industry enjoyed. “The comics industry has displayed resilience during many difficult times over the decades. While the pandemic may prove its biggest test yet, 2019 provided the business with a strong base.”