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New Estimate Claims Comics Sales Down 6.5% In 2017

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Postby LOLtron » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:06 pm

New Estimate Claims Comics Sales Down 6.5% In 2017

It's a $70 million difference or 100 copies of All-Star Batman #1.

Source: Comichron

Comichron, the number one authority in comic book sales numbers, has estimated that North American comic sales dropped 6.5% in 2017 over 2016. Total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in the U.S. and Canada remained over $1 billion at $1.015 billion in 2017, a $70 million decrease from sales in 2016.



Comichron's John Jackson Miller said 2017's third quarter was the worst period comparatively in year-over-year sales.

Comichron estimates that over half of the year's comic sales came from comic book stores, while nearly another whole half came from book channels. Digital downloads and newsstands made up about 10%.



To no surprise since they're more expensive, graphic novels took $570 million in sales, followed by comics at $355 million. Digital comics pulled up the rear at $90 million. Some big threat those were.


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Postby Scarecrow » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:00 pm

Looks like Marvel creators are jumpin ship to DC comics, what up wit that?



Postby zryson » Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:24 pm

Superheroes are thriving in movies and on TV — but comic books lag behind

Few people in Hollywood have more history with comic books adaptations than Michael Uslan, who began writing comic books in the 1970s and used that expertise as an executive producer on Tim Burton's "Batman," the 1989 hit that launched a new generation of superhero movies. "The biggest comic book movies now have little or zero impact on the comics sales. The movies aren't rescuing the comics; they're replacing them. So now I really worry about comics. Any entertainment medium that can't connect with new generations, doesn't it have one foot in the grave?" ... story.html



Postby zryson » Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:14 pm

If DC really want to build their fanbase they should be telling better stories

DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio on Company's Comic Book Strategy Moving Forward

Dan DiDio: Our focus is, as always, on publishing. What we’re doing is, we’re reaching out in every direction with our product and our characters, reaching out with different formats, different channels. Our goal is to reach as reach as many people as possible with our work, and if they’re not coming to find us in the direct market per se, or with graphic novels, we’re going to create the material to get them. We’re going to push our material out where we hope our fans may be; we’re going to go to our existing fanbase, and hopefully build out a new fanbase from there. ... rd-1130094

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