Comics reversed a rare decline in sales in November by rising 3% in December while graphic novels shot up 11%, which yielded a 4% gain for the month in combined comics and graphic novel sales. For the fourth quarter comics sales were up 3% and graphic novels rose by 15% with combined sales up 5%. The rise in combined sales in Q4 was the lowest of the year. Combined comic and graphic novel sales were up 13% in each of the first two quarters of 2007 before slowing down to 6% in Q3.
It is clear that overall 2007 was a very strong year for comic sales (up 7% compared with 2006), graphic novels (up 18%), and combined sales (up 9%), though the increases in comic and combined sales not quite as strong as in 2006, during which comics (when compared with 2005) sales rose 14%, while graphic novels were up 8% and the combined total was up 13%.