Comic and graphic novel dollars were up 5% in September, despite tough comparisons with September 2003, when JLA/Avengers #1 contributed over $1 million to the month's dollar total. Comic dollars were up 5%, while graphic novels dropped 17% vs. 2003.
The strength in 2004 came below the top 25 comics, for which dollars were over $1 million less than the dollars in the top 25 comics in September 2003.
The third quarter was another solid one, with over-all sales for the category up 4% over 2003. Comics were up 4%; graphic novels were up a more modest 1%.