I take a look at the question of how to get new readers interested in comics, and offer some suggestions (TLDR: push graphic novels, not singles.)
I take a look at whether or not the “Big Two” nickname for DC Comics and Marvel still actually fits, based on direct market and book channel sales information.
Comics overall have done quite well in the 2010s. I take a look back over the decade’s high points in comics, graphic novels, and webcomics.
My thoughts on several interesting news stories from this week, including July 2019 direct market comic sales, plus Spotify and Stitcher’s podcast plans.
2018 comic sales grew 7.9% over 2017, thanks almost entirely to the increase in graphic novel sales and non-direct market sales venues.
A look at 2017’s comic sales figures, as reported by Comichron and ICv2. While sales are down overall, the medium’s main strength is in graphic novel sales.
A look at the top-selling comics, trade paperbacks, and graphic novels in February 2018, including “Dark Knights Rising,” “Saga,” and “My Hero Academia.”
A look at the top selling comics and trade paperbacks/graphic novels in the direct market and (as of now) bookstores, including “Doomsday Clock,” “Saga,” and “The Legend of Korra.”
Comic sales in December 2017 were led by “Doomsday Clock” and “Saga.” For the year, direct market sales were down about 10% from 2016.
Batman and “Star Wars” took up much of the top 10 graphic novels and single-issue direct market comic sales for November 2017.