Today, the North American comic book market is seeing increasing sales of youth and mid-grade graphic novels by authors such as Raina Telgemeier, Dav Pilkey, Jeff Kinney and Jerry Craft, authors whose books dominate the best-seller lists and sell millions of copies of graphic and non-fiction novels. With the closure of its main distributor, DC Comics, the second largest comic book publisher in North America, responded by parting ways with Diamond after a quarter of a century of business together. However, his passion has now been embraced by the mainstream audience in love with comic book movies, as evidenced by Scorsese's public mea culpa. And graphic novels can be found in many bookstores, including chains like Barnes and Noble, while individual issues are mostly sold in comic book stores.
Tseang attributes the growing popularity of graphic novels to the pandemic, as well as to the rise of comic book writers and artists from around the world. Comic book culture is now an all-encompassing amalgam of passionate fans of the world with varying degrees of fanaticism. Gone are the days when you had to keep your comics to yourself if you don't want to be called a nerd. As a result, the comic book collector market has re-emerged seeking to capitalize on the success of these recent films.
Of course, it also helps that the artists who portrayed comic book favorites did a good job. There is no better example of the success of children's comics than Dav Pilkey's Dog Man books for young readers. Comics are accessible all over the world and their success is a global phenomenon, paving the way for big and exciting events such as the Comic-Con in San Diego and the FanDome in DC. Over the middle of the previous decade, comics have started to sell more than ever in a span of 20 years.
PW arrived on the new york publishing scene a few years before Richard Outcault's Yellow Kid, the first successful comic strip in an American newspaper, arrived in 1898, with the effective release of the comic book. Schatz could be right, since the compiled format has dominated comic book sales in recent years. Nearly twenty years later, the event is still going on, as is the comic book industry it helped to save.