Hoping the Good Times in Comics Last
Published: 03/27/2013, Last Updated: 03/29/2013 05:21am
Comic retailers interviewed by ICv2 about 2013 felt there was still plenty of room for growth in sales of both comics and graphic novels, according to a report in Internal Correspondence #81. Consumers are expanding their range of content (for example from one of the Big Two to both), Marvel NOW! is still in the early stages of its impact, Before Watchmen and Marvel NOW! collections will hit this year, and TV and movies are positive drivers (there are 12 comic-based movies in 2012!).
There are also some threats to comics and graphic novel sales in 2013, including the over-use of marketing gimmicks such as variant covers, and the nation’s last remaining national book chain with uncertain prospects.
But the biggest driver of sales may be public attitudes toward comics and comic book shops, which continue to move in more positive directions.
Here are ICv2's top graphic novel properties across eight categories for the full year 2012:
Top 10 Genre Graphic Novel Properties--Full Year 2012
Top 10 Fiction & Reality Graphic Novel Properties--Full Year 2012
Top 10 Superhero Graphic Novel Properties--Full Year 2012
Top 5 Comic Strip Properties--Full Year 2012
Top 10 Kids & Tweens Graphic Novel Properties--Full Year 2012
Top 25 Manga Properties--Full Year 2012
Top 10 Shojo Properties--Full Year 2012
Top 10 Shonen Properties--Full Year 2012
For info on how to get your copy of ICv2's Internal Correspondence #81 with the full market reports, Pick Hits of the best upcoming releases, and reviews, see "ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #81."
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