ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference - Graphic Novel Sales Surpasses Comics, TP New Rating System

According to the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference at this year's New York Comic-Con, graphic novels are outselling the traditional comic periodical format. "Based on our latest analysis, graphic novels passed comic periodicals in 2005 and held that lead in 2006," said ICv2 President Milton Griepp.

According to the ICv2 White Paper presented at the Conference, graphic novel sales through retail stores in the U.S. and Canada were around $330 million at retail last year, compared to $310 million in sales of comic periodicals. This is the first time since the origination of the comics medium that book format comics have outsold traditional comic books. The $640 million total also represents the highest sales for the comic and graphic novel market since the early 90s.

One of the main reasons cited was the growth of manga in the U.S.

Also from the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference was a discussion on the new rating system from Tokyopop.

Visit the following links For more coverage on the report:

- A Banner Year For Graphic Novels [ ICv2 ]
- ICv2 @ NYCC: Graphic novels rule, floppies drool! [ MangaBlog ]
- ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference Report [ The Beat ]
- NYCC 07 Day 01 [ MangaCast ]
- NYCC: It’s already started. [ Newsarama Blog ]
- LOCKDOWN! Reflections on the New York Comic Con, Day 0 [ comic212 ]