Monday, July 01, 2013

Is the Comic Book Industry Dying?

Short answer - no.

From a piece in ComicsBeat...

Comics are not dying. There are new publishers, new creators, new distribution channels, new social media—new everything. 

Now, I understand where the “dying industry” trope comes from—part of it is The Beat’s own monthly sales charts with “standard attrition” and the appearance of declining sales every month. Periodical sales tend to go down every month. I think it’s safe to say that just about every publisher is dealing with this by creating new products and repackaging old ones every month as well. So even if the top books don’t include ten titles selling more than 250,000 every month, sales have been in good shape overall. 

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