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February 16, 2010

On Comics, Prose, and Print Runs


The New York Times has an article on prose authors moving into graphic novels, most notably with the huge announcement of Twilight coming from Yen Press and its staggering print run (350,000 copies). Janet Evanovich is also the focus here, as Dark Horse has just announced it will print 100,000 copies of her Motor Mouth graphic-novel series. The notion of how huge these books' print run is a big deal for comics, which normally have print runs one-tenth that size. It's an eye-opening article about how far the industry has come in recent years, and how far it still has to go (and how far it has to go to match the size of the prose publishing marketplace, which has infamously shrunk over the past decade).