Monday, October 23, 2006

Comic Sales..where are they going?

I was looking at the numbers for comics sales in Sep.

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and I was shocked that there were very few non Marvel or DC books in the top 100. There seems to be more books over the 100k mark but many books that are often talked about (Walking Dead, Invincibles) are locked into the barely 20k ghetto. Invincibles is an amazing book and it hits around 14k.

I was doing the math. At those numbers it would be very difficult to make any money off the books.

Maybe none of this is a newsflash but I still find it shocking that some of the best comics being made today are selling such low numbers.

I looked at the graphic novel sales and in the case of Walking Dead it sells exactly half what it sells in floppys in trades but at a higher price...So why not just make Walking Dead OGNs and skip the floppys.

I know Marvel and DC will always be around with their crossovers and events..but where will the indie books go?

The Web or graphic novels?

Indies used to be the minor league for Marvel and DC but as the indies get squeezed out where will new talent get a chance to shine? DA?

Any thoughts on sales trends?

Talk To Karl!

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