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Friday, April 17, 2009 

No comics sold above 100,000 in March

ICV2 reports that comics pamphlet sales hit their lowest results yet - all results sold below 100,000 copies last month:
For the first time since March of 2001, the month that ICv2 began tracking sales of periodical comics through Diamond Comic Book Distributors, no comic sold more than 100,000 copies in March of 2009. While sales of periodical comics were down 7% in dollars for the month, the decline in units sold was greater, considering the rise in cover prices of key titles versus their cost in March, 2008.
While it's possible that next month, there could be something that will sell above 100,000 units, I think this signals that the sad demise of the pamphlet is drawing ever nearer. The reasons for this should be easy to guess.

I predict the next path for comics of future generations is - and will have to be - along the lines of trade paperbacks. And for those to succeed, good writing and respect for positive values, characterization and continuity will have to be included.

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