The world of comics has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with the rise of comic book movies, graphic novels, and comic book stores. Jessica Tseang, international comic book historian, noted that while television productions were shut down, the increase in reading, books and comics increased. To find Western titles that don't cover your boobs and muscles, you should go to one of the increasingly scarce comic book stores. The French manga market not only surpassed the Franco-Belgian market of bande dessinée in sales, but also transformed the local comic scene, giving rise to forms inspired by manga, such as the manfra and the nouvelle syncretic manga.
Even before they had order sheets with which you could buy specific books, when local independent comic book stores opened, there were still comics on the supermarket checkout line. The obscure gadget called Walk-Man had a big effect on the way people spent their free time that they would otherwise have spent with their faces buried in newspapers, print magazines and comics. Once people found comic book stores 15 miles away, they never shopped anywhere else. Gerry Conway, the creator of comedic characters like The Punisher, told Business Insider earlier this year that the business model of the comic book industry is totally unsustainable. 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.
For the many expert administrators who own and operate these comic book stores, their experience and backlog catalogs are second to none and can never be replaced. Rather than being a one-day event, many stores around the world now consider Free Comic Book Day as a holiday that lasts a weekend. The compiled format has dominated comic book sales in recent years. Kelly Sue DeConnick's message to comic book fans is quite famous: Periodic comics and graphic novels for children are distributed through a very different business model, and comic book stores struggle to balance both. Overall, the comic book industry has benefited from the massive successes (and sometimes failures) of the big popular franchises, drawing new audiences to their world and encouraging avid fans to welcome Comic Book culture. Comic Book culture is now an all-encompassing amalgam of passionate fans of the world with varying degrees of fanaticism.
It is clear that comics have become more popular than ever before.