Thursday, January 05, 2012

Alison Bechdel's New Book Gets 100,000 Print Run

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel's new graphic novel from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ARE YOU MY MOTHER: A COMIC DRAMA gets a print run of 100,000. This is darn huge for a graphic novel. The book, which comes out on May 1, 2012, is a follow up to her FUN HOME memoir, which Time Magazine called the book of the year.

Digital Spy's Hugh Armitage adds the below figure regarding DC's comic book relaunch campaign.

Comics sales were boosted in the latter half of 2011 by DC Comics' September relaunch, with the year's top-selling issue Justice League #1 shifting more than 361,138 copies.

Now, this is apple and oranges, and I hope he means no comparison.

I am, so far as I know, one of the few people that has both Justice League #1 and FUN HOME on the bookshelf. This is because I am a comics omnivore. Of course you know that while comic books and graphic novels may both have similar storytelling methods, the audiences are not the same. Not the same at all.


Colin Tedford said...

Not only are the audiences different, the format is different, too - a floppy comic has a lower price point than a hardcover book.

I'm actually surprised DC managed to sell that many copies, even of a big-name special-event title.

Colin Tedford said...

Also, hooray for A.B.!