Digital Comics Have Grown 10X in Last Three Years


This week, pop culture experts released an eye opening analysis of growth in the digital comics market. In their report, digital comics sales grew to $90 million in 2013.  The growth rate continues to decline from the near-tripling pace in 2012, but it’s to a still robust 29% over 2012 levels.  In dollar terms, the growth is still the second highest since the advent of digital comic sales in 2009, with a $20 million increase, second only to 2012’s $45 million increase. CEO Milton Griepp, comments “There was no way that digital comics could continue the explosive growth of the past couple years. That being said,  29% increase in any industry is still a great number.”

Digital comics sales growth is still out pacing ebook growth, which actually went negative in 2013.  Print comics and graphic novels have been growing even as digital comics sales have been growing rapidly, evidence that comics may indeed be different from other media and have the potential for growth due to the increased access that digital comics bring. Read more as to how digital comics are different at

This analysis does not include subscription-based “all-you-can-eat” offerings, such as Marvel Unlimited or Crunchyroll.  It includes English-language sales from North America-based platforms, so inevitably includes some international sales.

About Evan Henry (257 Articles)
Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
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1 Comment on Digital Comics Have Grown 10X in Last Three Years

  1. Ryan Brooks Ryan Brooks // July 19, 2014 at 3:45 am // Reply

    This is awesome news for independent comic companies.

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