ICv2 published a short article tracking American book sales, including graphic novels. It said that graphic novel sales have gone up “dramatically,” and much of the credit goes to manga. “Q1 U.S. book channel graphic novel sales grew by 4 million units over Q1 2020 as overall book sales were exploding,” the article noted, and then went on to say, “Manga accounted for over 80% of the growth in graphic novel sales.”
This isn’t the first time ICv2 has covered the strong increase in manga sales. Last month it interviewed both VIZ Media and Yen Press about their sales records, following a report about how much manga had sold in 2020.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.