May 25, 2022

Digital Comics: Sales Triple in 2011 & Yale U. Classics Scholar Adds New Content to Comic Series

From ICv2:

ICv2 has released its estimate for the digital comics market in 2011: $25 million.  That’s over triple the sales in the channel in 2010, when ICv2 estimated the digital comics market at $8 million.  That’s a total for the English language market, as sales are not restricted by territory and a significant percentage of those sales are from consumers outside North America.

The growth rate accelerated in the second half of the year. ICv2 had estimated that the growth rate at mid-year 2011 was roughly twice 2010 but by the end of the year, growth was significantly faster.

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and on a somewhat related note, news of a Yale U. classics scholar adding new content to series of digital comics.

Via the Yale Daily News (“Newly digitized comics teach Trojan War”):

Thomas Beasley GRD ’09 said in a Tuesday talk at Sterling Memorial Library that he hopes to put a modern twist on the study of ancient Greek history with the publication of a reader’s guide to a comic book series about the Trojan War, “Age of Bronze.

“The digital media publisher Throwaway Horse is currently adapting creator Eric Shanower’s 31-issue comic series into a digital format. In reconfiguring the comic, Throwaway Horse brought in Beasley, a classics scholar, to write an embedded page-by-page reader’s guide for each issue, which acts as a didactic extension of the comics describing the Greek mythological figures referenced in the material and providing historical context for each story. Since the project’s inception in October 2011, three issues of the newly digitized comic have been made available for the iPad.”

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