Heidi MacDonald and Foreign Comics on NPR
NPR ran a feature on All Things Considered, the daily news program, about the solid sales of foreign graphic novels in the United States.
One interesting note was that foreign novels don’t sell, but comics do. That seems to indicate comics readers are a bit more cultured than the general public, doesn’t it?
A few big comics people are quoted in the piece, including Heidi MacDonald of The Beat.
Heidi MacDonald, who blogs about graphic novels for Publishers Weekly, says the Japanese invasion has helped pry open American markets to authors and illustrators from other parts of the world, including Marjane Satrapi.
"Marjane Satrapi … she’s definitely one who has had a huge breakthrough commercially and critically," says MacDonald.