Welcome to the end of the world as we know it. Walk with me into the maw of the abyss, dear friends. It’s time to talk comics retail in 2017.
DC’s sudden announcement of digital codes as a bonus in comics priced at $3.99 seems to be a clear dig at Marvel’s dropping this bonus. However, in subsequent news stories, a few updates to the story. Digital single issues will remain priced at $2.99, meaning that you can get a print + digital for $3.99 […]
Just a quick note: Diamond has an advisory up that the slipcased March trilogy edition is still available from them, although it’s sold out at Amazon. (March Book Three is still available there.) As we reported earlier, controversy has sent sales of the book soaring with sell outs in comic shops, bookstores and online but Diamond […]
Marvel’s weekly mailer to retailers went out today and buried in it was a little item that read as follows: 10% EXTRA FOR FREE ON MARVEL UNIVERSE JANUARY SHIPPING TITLES! As a thank you to Retailers, Marvel will be sending an additional 10% of FREE copies for all of January shipping Marvel Universe titles! For […]
January is a tough time in retail, as people try to pay the bills from Christmas. And as you know if you’ve been paying attention here at the Beat, it seems to be an especially tough time in comics retail, as several prominent stores are closing, and there’s been belt tightening all over. Boom! Studios […]
§ Nice Art: François Vigneault made a downloadable, printable calendar for 2017 in both French and English. I desperately need to print this out and construct it. § And another! Rx Comics, a well regard comics shop in Vancouver, is shutting down after 14 years: Yes, you read that right. Rx Comics will be closing […]
Yesterday’s piece on current retail issues in comics by Todd Allen drew a lot of attention and kicked off a lot of discussion. Some of it was in tweetthreading form, and with permission, I’ve gathered thoughts by retailers John Hendrick (Big Bang Comics) and Ryan Higgins (Comics Conspiracy), and commentator El Anderson. It’s Storified below. […]
Let’s round-up all the sale charts we can, shall we? ICv2 numbers are out and show sales slippage: Comics and graphic novel sales to North American comic stores declined 4.25% in November vs. the year ago period, according to information released today by Diamond Comic Distributors. And that understates the true decline, because November […]
T’is the season for planning for free comics! Diamond has just released information on their 2017 Free Comic Book Day offerings. As is tradition, Marvel and DC are keeping their under wraps for now, as they will be hugely exciting and startling kick-offs to events or new teams or new imprints or new worlds […]
Are comics sales slipping or stagnating as we enter 2017? Some signs point to yes, as you can see from the November sales figures released earlier today. While the sales decline earlier in the year has been reversed to a net positive thanks to the Rebirth surge, as retailers Joe Field of Flying Colors tweeted earlier this week, there is a sense of worry out there.