Sales of comic periodicals and graphic novels were both up substantially in January when compared with the first month in 2005. Comic periodicals jumped an impressive 19%, while graphic novels grew by 15%. A substantial portion of the increase in periodical sales was due to year-over-year price increases, but the number of units sold also rose.
Typically January is a month when sales slow down and periodical sales did register a 17% decline from December to January, but graphic novel sales declined only 7.7% thanks to a strong list of titles debuting in January including Dark Horse's Serenity, which took the top spot.
Combined comic and graphic novel sales in the direct market were up a whopping 19% from January of 2005. Combined comic and graphic novel sales declined 15.6 % from December, but the drop was far smaller than what occurred in the first month of 2005 when sales slipped a dramatic 26.5% from December of 2004.