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Retailers and comic sales: "Trouble on the Horizon"

Discussion in 'Comic Book Culture' started by Wonder Woman, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2002
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    An interesting and frightening read about the state of the comic industry for comic retailers and how sales for the big two are essentially collapsing. Frightening stuff for fans, but a lot of it actually makes sense when you consider the actions of the two big publishers of the past few years.


    There's also a look at how the numbers from Marvel's latest relaunch are not performing that well:

  2. wonderfly

    wonderfly Shaking things up a bit
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    Mar 22, 2002
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    Well, it's nothing new, news wise, other than the sales are continuing to drop.

    It can be traced back to the late 90's, with the relaunches such as "Heroes Reborn" and "Spider-Man: Chapter One". But at least in the early 00's, they were making an attempt to keep track of where a title was in the grand scheme of the series. (Here's an example from that time period: You have the current issue number and the issue number for the ongoing history of the title).

    It really started to get out of control with "Avengers Disassembled" from 2004/2005 onward. Now they are content to just relaunch every title every 12 months. There is no such thing as an "ongoing series" anymore, just year long continuous mini-series.

    Story arcs easily designed for TPB/issue decompression/the rise of digital comics...the same issues we've been facing for 12 to 15 years now (and some of those things have been good, but the "mom and pop comic shop" market has changed irreparable).
    #2 wonderfly, Dec 22, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2015
  3. Peter Paltridge

    Peter Paltridge Knows about rock people
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    Sep 24, 2003
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