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Comic Sales Up in November

Graphic Novel's Slide Continues

Published: 12/07/2009, Last Updated: 12/08/2009 01:43am

Sales of periodical comic books through Diamond Comic Distributors were up 12% over sales in November of 2008, but graphic novels dropped by 26%, when compared with November of 2008 when the graphic novel category was boosted by continuing sales of Watchmen and a number of strong releases including the Heroes graphic novel, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier, and Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born.  The steep fall in graphic novel sales marked the category's 8th straight month of declines. Overall combined sales of comics and graphic novels were almost identical with those in November of 2008.

 

With Diamond having released the Top 300 graphic novel figures for 12 months, we have been able to compare sales of both the Top 100 and the Top 300.  Sales of the Top 100 graphic novel were actually down 29% versus November of 2008, but when the next 200 titles are figured in, the drop is 3% less, which indicates a slight up-tick in backlist graphic novel sales.

 

After a 17% decline in combined comic and graphic novel sales in October, the very slight gain in November represents a positive trend.  It remains to be seen if the industry will be able to finish out 2009, which has been a very tough year, on a high note and post gains in sales of comics and graphic novels.

For an overview and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in November, see "'Blackest Night's' Reign Continues."

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during November, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--November 2009."

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during November, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--November 2009."

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during October, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--October 2009."

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during October, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--October 2009."


For an overview and analysis of the actual October and "DC Sweeps Top Spots."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in October see "Comic Sales Sag in October."

For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through November 2009, see "ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 300 GNs Index."

 
 
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