State of the Industry

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Mr. Dwyer, You Are Evil, And You Are Disrespectful

Larry Dwyer and his magical bag of popcorn return to the show. We discuss a ton of stuff, such as Larry’s own version of Sophie’s Choice…Remain in the up and coming hardcore band Hatebreed or continue to make hot muffins in an industrial cafeteria. Also find out just how he made an awesome exit from Read More

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The State of the Industry, August 2017

The market of comic books has always been volatile. One month may show a massive increase in sales across the board, another might show a huge drop. August sales were one of those drops, with a reported 20% fall from July. What is causing such a stunning fluctuation, so soon after great strides from DC’s Read More

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The State of the Industry, July 2017

It’s been nearly a year since the last sales recap of State of the Industry, an unintentionally long respite between From the Hip and Pint O’ Comics. Your humble archivist apologizes, as these missives have become such an important part of at least one of you readers’ lives. Many changes have occurred during the year, Read More

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State of the Industry – February 2016

February sales in the comic book market are traditionally slow, with 2016 continuing that (trend) as numbers dipped to lows not seen in nearly a year. Only three titles topped 100k for the month, though a fourth came so close it may as well be considered an even 100 thousand. Marvel dominated the top ten Read More

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State of the Industry – January 2016

A topsy-turvy tail end of 2015 showed that comic books are an extremely volatile medium, nearly as much as the commodities market. Hoping for a strong opening to the New Year, the top 300 list from Diamond Comics gave the impression of increases, though sales dipped overall. The top ten saw an increase to eight Read More

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State of the Industry – December 2015

The final month of 2015 had sales of comics settle down somewhat, as the Xmas shopping season drove to a conclusion. Comic titles with sales of 100k or more dropped from 13 in November to six for this month. DC and Marvel split the top six with three each, with Marvel taking six of the Read More

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State of the Industry — November 2015

Comic sales changed little in the month since October, yet so, so much. In October, an unprecedented number of fourteen titles (unprecedented by current distribution standards) sold over 100k issues each to retailers in the North American market. For November, the trend continued, dropping slightly to only a lucky thirteen titles selling over 100k. DC Read More

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