Comics and Graphic Novels Plummet in August
Comics Down 17%
Published: 09/14/2010 12:00am
Sales of comics and graphic novels through Diamond Comic Distributors dropped substantially in August with periodical comics falling 17% and graphic novels down 21%. There wasn’t a single comic title even close to the 100,000 in August.
Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6, which topped the charts in July was the bestselling graphic novel again in August, though its August total, which amounted to just 38% of its July sales, would have put it in fifth place in July, when graphic novels posted 3% gain.
There’s no disguising the weakness on both sides of the market in August. Certainly there was equivalent on the periodical side for July’s X-Men #1, which sold over 140,000 copies, but the lack of one big title can’t account for everything. The substantial 17% drop in sales of periodical comics was the steepest year-over-year monthly decline since a 19% drop in May of 2009. The 21% fall-off in graphic novel sales was worst since a 29% crash in April of 2010.
For an overview and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in August, see "No Comic Over 100K."
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Column by Frank LeporeLepore looks at the prices paid for singles.