2015 comics sales top $1 billion; majority from trade paperbacks and graphic novels

Star Wars #1 (January 2015)

Once again, Comichron and ICv2 have released their annual joint report on the fiscal state of the comics industry. The good news is that 2015 was one of the best years in awhile; comics sales reached a record modern-era high of $1.03 billion, up 10% over 2014.

Anthony’s trade paperback and graphic novel recommendations (spring 2016)

Lumberjanes #2

I thought it might be useful to offer up a post listing my recommended trade paperbacks and graphic novels. The list is compiled from my comics solicitations posts for the period from January to March 2016. I’ve also added a few suggestions based on the New York Times’ graphic novel best seller list. Given the popularity and evergreen … Read more

DC Comics raises its newsstand books to $5

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

Bleeding Cool reported a few days ago that DC Comics is raising the price of its newsstand comics to $5. Not a rumor, but true. I saw on a trip to Barnes and Noble earlier today that their issues of “Superman/Wonder Woman,” “Batman,” and “Detective Comics” all cost $5 each. While “Looney Tunes” and “Scooby-Doo” were still $3, I’d … Read more

Comic review: Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale

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Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale Written by: Dan Parent Art by: Dan Parent “Welcome to Riverdale” is a trade paperback that collects the first first four issues of Kevin Keller’s current ongoing series. (His appearances in “Veronica” and stand-alone miniseries were collected in an earlier volume.) Archie’s first openly gay character has proven to be … Read more

Superheroes and mainstream comics addendum: Diamond sales

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Here’s an addendum to the previous post about how “mainstream” superheroes are: Diamond sales. Diamond, the monopoly distributor to comic book stores, offers general rankings for comic book store sales of both floppy single-issue comics and trade paperbacks. For 2011, the top 10 ranking single-issue comics: Justice League #1 Batman #1 Action Comics #1 Justice … Read more

Are superheroes still the “mainstream” of comics?

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There’s been a lot of words written online lately about who “real” comic fans are, spurred by comic book illustrator Tony Harris’ recent sexism-filled rant against women “cosplayers” (i.e., those who wear costumes for fun, particularly for comic book conventions) as not “true comic fans.” The sexism aside, much of the rant seemed to be … Read more

Anthony’s trade paperback picks for December 2012

Comic book shop display

Here’s what trade paperbacks of interest are coming out for December 2012. Information taken from various solicitations plus Amazon.com’s listings. DC Showcase Presents: The Justice League of America, vol. 6, on sale Jan. 23, $20 Green Lantern: The Animated Series, on sale Jan. 16, $13 Marvel Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth TPB, $25 IDW Popeye, … Read more

Anthony’s trade paperback picks for November 2012

Comic book shop display

Here’s the trade paperbacks and comic strip compilations of interest coming out for November 2012. Information taken from the separate comics posts, as well as Amazon.com (for the comic strips). Marvel Spider-Man: Trouble on the Horizon TPB, on sale Dec. 19, $17 Fantagraphics Walt Disney’s Donald Duck, vol. 2: A Christmas For Shacktown (HC), on … Read more