Sales of both periodical comics and graphic novels through Diamond Comic Distributors continued to slide in June when compared with figures from 2010. Despite the “death” of Spider-Man in Ultimate Spider-Man #160 and top three finishes from two “event” books, Marvel’s Fear Itself and DC’s Flashpoint, sales of periodical comics were down 4.62% from June of 2010, which was certainly not a blockbuster frame since it posted a mere 1% uptick over June of 2009.
Combined comic and graphic novel sales were down 5.85% for June, which is slightly better than the full second quarter totals, which were down 6.31% versus Q2 of 2010, so there is some evidence that sales are trending in the right direction as the summer comic “events” kick into high gear leading up to this fall’s massive September changes in the DC Comics universe. For Q2 periodical comic sales were down 7.04% vs. 2010, which again demonstrates a slight improvement over the half-year numbers which show a 7.78% decline. Graphic novel sales were off 4.82% in Q2, which again marks an improvement over a year-to-date GN decline of 5.97% vs. 2010.