Manga, don’t get me going about that, there is so much rubbish out there and nobody says anything. Why should they these books have replaced Harlequin books for young girls and many parents are not even aware of the content inside. Why ring the death knell? This fast growing part in the book industry has shades of the comic boom in the 90’s. Case example, many collectors pay top buck for the Peanuts anthologies from Fantagraphics and a few months later they end up at Costco at bargain prices. Now everybody is flooding the market and these publishers don’t have a clue what’s going on. I am scared for the graphic novel, it is starting to lose luster in my opinion. It will peak in two years and from there the numbers will dwindle. How many anthologies will commit to all the volumes they promise to print?
The graphic novel has saved the alternative imprints and exposed their stable of talent to the masses and given them new venues for their artists for freelance work. I see the signs already, there are books in the graphic novel section that are not moving. Many of these volumes start at a price of 20.00 and over 100.00, that is a fair chunk of change. Recession, that word will frighten many people from buying books such as these. It remains to be seen, but there are already graphic novels in bargain bins at the big box stores already. A rare site in the past. The more that end up there, the less stores will order in the future.
" There are too many books on the market, and separating the wheat from the chaff is probably going to be one of 2008’s biggest challenges." -Brian Hibbs