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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 

October's double digit decline

Further signs that the industry is sadly weakening: ICV2 reports sales have dropped 14 percent since last year, and:
Sales on the top 100 graphic novels dropped 30% vs. October 2008, producing an over-all decline for the top 300 comics and top 100 graphic novels combined of 17%.

The year over-all has been near flat in comic stores, with a 1% decline in comic sales, 10% in graphic novels, and 2% over-all through the end of Q3 despite some months with significant declines.
So what were the Boston Globe and their quoted sources saying again? They'd do well to consider the crossovers and the trades published from them, which I suspect are part of the reason for the decline.

And in the main sales chart for last month, I see that Marvel has dropped considerably in sales. And, as I predicted, sales for both Titans and Teen Titans have begun to drop below 30,000 units. And they're like to drop even further with the direction the former is about to go in, if the following synopsis for issue 22 is any indication:
DC fans won’t want to miss this finale of the two-part "Fractured" story! As the remaining three members of the team are evicted from their New York City headquarters by General Lane, they wonder if there’s anywhere on Earth they can still call home. The answer will surprise you! This issue closes this chapter in the life of the classic Titans team and ushers in an exciting new era in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and March’s TITANS ANNUAL that’ll blow your mind!
What this strongly suggests is that, not only are the Titans being forced out of their own book, they're either being forced underground, or off of Earth as part of the next crossover plot that's likely to affect the entire universe! I most certainly will want to miss this nonsense.

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