John Jackson Miller has posted his April 2008 sales estimates via Diamond. Jackson relates that although several categories were down, over all backlist propelled sales over a year ago:
Overall, the comics industry fared better against last April — but only overall. Comparatives in the narrower categories remain slightly down, even considering this April had five ship weeks (versus four last year). But the backlist strength bumped the overall category up 6% this month — with the year-to-date now ahead by nearly $1 million, or 1%.