The Comic Book Direct Market Is Down 6.3% Overall In 2017 – Official

The Comic Book Direct Market Is Down 6.3% Overall In 2017 – Official

The comic book speciality market, as serviced by Diamond Comic Distributors, is down in 2017 compared to 2016.

As the above slide, shown today at the Retailer Lunch during San Diego Comic-Con, demonstrates, the spending is down 3.9% for comics and 13% for graphic novels. Interestingly, comic sales are up 2.6% in quantity, however, while graphic novels are down 13.5%; merchandise as a whole is down 3.1%.

Overall, comparing January to June 2017 to 2016, sales are down 6.3%.

The Comic Book Direct Market Is Down 6.3% Overall In 2017 – Official

While this news is hardly music to the ears of comics retailers, Dan Manser of Diamond Comic Distributors unveiled a few things to lift spirits, including a suggestion box (which I can already feel Dennis Barger itching to fill.)

The Comic Book Direct Market Is Down 6.3% Overall In 2017 – Official

First, they have upgraded their retailer site for new items, mostly merchandise, so they can be more easily ordered ahead of appearing in the Previews catalogue. The retailer word is that this looks awesome.

The Comic Book Direct Market Is Down 6.3% Overall In 2017 – Official

Diamond has also promised that Netflix's Stranger Things 2 will not just be sponsoring the upcoming Hallowe'en Comicfest free comics giveaway (taking place the weekend before Hallowe'en) but will be promoting it too.

The Comic Book Direct Market Is Down 6.3% Overall In 2017 – Official

Finally, there's a new "Comicbooks for kids" charity that retailers can plug into to get comics to children's hospitals.

The Comic Book Direct Market Is Down 6.3% Overall In 2017 – Official

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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