- Who Sold What? New York Times Graphic Novel Bestsellers 2013 by Torsten Adair (The Beat)
So why aren’t more of the comics media talking about this?
This resulted in a long and interesting conversation on Twitter yesterday!
Food for thought!
At SPX, Ms. Telgemeier did a Q&A panel with Gene Luen Yang of American Born Chinese fame. These are two wildly great comic creators, who have had books that won numerous prestigious awards, have topped bestsellers far long than TPBs of floppy material, and are published by very large companies and their subsidiaries.
SPX stands for Small Press Expo.
A woman who’s graphic novel has been at the top of the list of over a year, who has cotnracts and advances from Scholastic Books, and she was working “small press”. The author of American Born Chinese, a book which won Young People’s Lit in the National Book Awards, is “small press” expo material.
The American Comics Industry is so radically confused about itself that Marvel and DC, the “big two” whose publishing arms and profit margins shrink and shrink, who struggle to keep a book selling copies equal to even match one-tenth the population of the state of Montana, and they’re the “mainstream”.
Remember, if you’re not Captain America, Batman, and that gang, (statistically, if you’re not white, heterosexual middle-class male and a giant hopeless capes fanboy), your comic is not “mainstream”.
"Small press", indeed.