Led by Marvel's Civil War #2 and a host of #1 issues comic sales for June managed a 2% gain over June 2005, just enough to offset a 4% decline in graphic novel sales and provide a 1% over-all gain for the month. Thanks to an extremely strong performance in May (see 'May Comics Boffo') comics were up 17% for the quarter, more than enough to offset a 5% decline in graphic novel sales (no Sin City) and fashion a potent 13% gain for the quarter, the largest year-over-year quarterly gain since Diamond Comic Distributors began basing their reports on actual sales versus orders.
Comics, not graphic novels, remained the growth sector in June with 18 titles soaring over the 100,000 mark, the largest number of 100K titles seen by ICv2 since we began tabulating these numbers. In spite of the fact that there were no huge hits like the Family Guy collection from Devil's Due, graphic novel sales in June were almost identical to those in May.
Sales of comic periodicals have risen (on a year-over-year basis) every month so far in 2006, but the rise in June was the smallest so far.