2003-2016 US Manga Print Sales Statistics

All numbers here are via Brian Hibbs, via bookscan. He’s posted a top-750 sellers plus analysis summary of the US comics industry every year since 2003. Usually, manga makes up enough of that list to give a decent picture of the top of the market. OEL series are not included, not because of like/dislike issues but because my ultimate interest in analyzing this dataset is the potential interest of US figures on the Japanese market (with a sidebar interest in the effects of digital distribution). If you want to check how they or comics industry as a whole did, click on the link above.

A caveat: This data is for US stores only. It should be noted that this isn’t a comprehensive guide of Western taste, as it doesn’t address potential differences between the US and, say, France (where the comic culture is different and manga reportedly makes up a quarter of total comics sold). CNN reports that manga sales in Europe and the Middle East ($250 million) more than double manga sales in the US ($120 million).

Edit: Found the 2007 data here.

Edit 2: Added the 2013 data from here.

Edit 3: Added the 2003-2006 data from links found in the comments section. Note that, from 2003-2005, Tokyopop titles list “CLIENT” as the publisher.

Edit 4: Added the 2014 data from here.

2003: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ehWq1mC_dITq7DBxajNqZhO_VBx9Fwq-kjq7JWrLh4c/edit?usp=sharing

2004: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kexCexNiQ6tB0QtkJ9jiEHsF1hnWhyUPoUTRfmq_2f0/edit?usp=sharing

2005: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GUfMfVjxECztYUv0-hJnkSXlOPjjzjqBTSBBx19fKow/edit?usp=sharing

2006: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Dhj9rJ92U02GYpKWF_k3mMCDXElgd0aXVO9gBbWf9M4/edit?usp=sharing

2007: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsrLCSzBWkEvdDA5VVpqT1g1YkJ5NWtTYW9fY1UwVnc#gid=0

2008: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsrLCSzBWkEvdHpPZ3RUUHF3S20wMTdKbnBDWU0wS0E&usp=sharing

2009: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsrLCSzBWkEvdGtXbVI0VFJYMnVPZ1kxeE1pVjZVcUE&usp=sharing

2010: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsrLCSzBWkEvdEpCQWl2Uy1CakdyME1obXRzNV9XUmc&usp=sharing

2011: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsrLCSzBWkEvdEk5RzdWMXdFRzYtOTR2dUFyMGxWckE&usp=sharing

2012: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsrLCSzBWkEvdEthZnoyQ2oxYzBueGltZXc2V2diamc&usp=sharing

2013: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsrLCSzBWkEvdE5RUEJoSWNXRkxEWGVtd0g5NU95eEE#gid=0

2014: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11J68lFHKKUOgbOmkJmnfYl3f9n7OA89GU2z3x4O8JCw/edit?usp=sharing

2015: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zQCvlmYhBR6smBpzt6YP0LoOSLDa5MSHt6SRHT8bw6U/edit?usp=sharing

2016: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MbnH6Zoz0o3aSLlo-NdnZqbvLAvkczUScRDDkPv_0zM/edit?usp=sharing

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