ICv2 (Internal Correspondence version 2), a website that provides news and information for pop culture retailers with in-depth analysis, reports, and reviews, posted today that according to their White Paper, the growth rate of digital comic sales is stalling while graphic novel and manga sales are turning around after years of decline.
Sales of graphic novels and manga are turning in a positive direction this year for the first time since 2008, with manga at the forefront. In 2012, manga sales had declined to levels in 2002. Reasons for the decline include the decrease of anime on TV, the Borders bankruptcy and a plethora of new hits. However, re-issues of Sailor Moon, the growth of manga publisher Yen Press, the strength of Viz and popularity of Seven Seas and Yen titles are cited as justification for renewed excitement.
There is still half of the final quarter left and things may change, but momentum seems positive for the holidays and 2014.