Diamond Comics announced strong sales and added three publishers to their FOC program.
Source: Publishers Weekly
Despite the growth of digital comics over the past year, Diamond Comics has not been driven out of business as the direct market collapsed around it. In fact, at the Diamond Retailer Summit at New York Comic Con, a special opening night ceremony where executives from Diamond, top comic book publishers, and corporate fluff sites like ComicBookResources engage in devil worship and moonlit orgies (allegedly), Diamond announced that they are adding three publishers to their Final Order Cut Off program. The program will allow Dynamite Entertainment, Boom! Studios, and Valiant to take advantage of the prestigious status, as well as for retailers to adjust orders of books from those companies closer to the ship date. Hopefully, it will increase the confidence retailers have in these books, leading to greater availability on store shelves.
Diamond also increased an overall sales increase of 20% in comics and 17% in graphic novels, indicating that, despite more people reading books on digital devices, readers have not held mass burnings of their physical comic books and abandoned their local shops. This is shocking and confusing to most industry analysts, who have been proclaiming that success for comics in the digital market would bring about the end of the industry as we know it. Discouraged by the news, many analysts are changing the focus of their predictions from comic book sales to whether or not the sky is falling. "It is," most of them believe.