December Comic Dollars Up 7%
Q4 Down, 2004 Up
Published: 01/18/2005 12:00am
Comic dollar sales were up 7% vs. the year-ago numbers in December, with a 5% increase in comic periodicals and a 29% increase in graphic novel sales. This follows a 2% increase in November and a 16% decline in October.
Over-all, sales were still down in Q4 vs. 2003, booking a 3% decline year over year. Comic sales were down 4% and graphic novel sales up 2% for the quarter.
Because Diamond changed its reporting method for its sales indexes from pre-orders to actual sales in March, 2003, we are unable to compare the full year 2004 vs. the full year 2003. We can, however, compare ten months for a reasonable approximation.
Using March through December as a proxy for full year numbers, 2004 was up 5% over 2005 despite the Q4 decline. Comics sales were up 5%, while graphic novel sales were up only 1% over 2003.
For the top 300 comics in December, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--December 2004.'
For the top 100 graphics novels in December, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--December 2004.'
For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in November, see 'Sales Still Sliding on Top Comics.'
For the top 300 comics in November, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--November 2004.'
For the top 100 graphics novels in November, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--November 2004.'
For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in November, see 'Sales Still Sliding on Top Comics.' For an analysis of the dollar trends in November, see 'Comics Sales Up 2% in November.'
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through December 2004, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'
|Rolling for Initiative--GAMA Goals and How They Would Benefit Me (And You)|
|DVD Round-Up: 'Parker,' Arnold, 'True Blood,' & 'Tenchi'|
|Confessions of a Comic Book Guy--'Jupiter's Legacy' Revisited|
|Rolling for Initiative--The Power of Curiosity and the Frustration of Surprise|
|DVD Round-Up: 'Cloud Atlas,' 'Doctor Who,' & 'Fraggle Rock'|
|Ted Yee of T&N Games on 'M:TG-Dragon's Maze' Prerelease|
|Ron Catapano of Ron's Comic World 'Man of Steel' Movie Tickets|
|Greg Angel of The Dragon's Keep on 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Movie|
|Charles Brownstein of the CBLDF on 'Saga' #12|
|Peter DeFelice of Pyramid Comics and Cards on 'Saga' #12|
|James Robinson Ankles DC Comics
'Earth 2' #16 Will Be His Last IssueRobinson is the latest high profile scribe to leave DC.