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PostSubject: Floppies are back?   Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:42 pm

12 consecutive months of growth for periodical comics, Comic Retailers Cautiously Ecstatic...

http://icv2.com/articles/news/24240.html
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PostSubject: Re: Floppies are back?   Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:40 am

Interesting and encouraging.

It doesn't really fill me with optimism for the future, but we'll take any good news we can get.

A decade ago, I thought that the manga boom would lead to a new generation of comics readers lifting the whole industry. That turned out to be wrong, I think. There are still encouraging signs, such as continuing interest in graphic novels among the general public, but it's mostly still niche interest rather than real mass market appeal.

Reading on paper is generally endangered or at least struggling, and comics are a tiny subset of that. I don't see that changing anytime soon. But I also don't see the industry collapsing entirely, which did seem a possibility at various times in the last few decades. So, muddling along...
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PostSubject: Re: Floppies are back?   Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:31 pm

This makes me feel guardedly euphoric. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Floppies are back?   Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:35 am

Lots of good news for reading in general happening...

http://www.npr.org/2012/10/23/163414069/americas-facebook-generation-is-reading-strong
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PostSubject: Re: Floppies are back?   Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:34 pm

My son got me a Kindle I gave it to a kid down the block who just started community college. E reading makes sense to save money on text books, but it just seems like a waste of electricity to me, but I guess it helps save the trees. I can read news on line, or some things, but I like to read books. I like the heft of the things.
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PostSubject: Re: Floppies are back?   Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:01 pm

Some new numbers and some colorful charts...

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=42631
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PostSubject: Re: Floppies are back?   Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:18 pm

Good article!

"The overall sales of the New 52 titles have been reasonably stable after the initial honeymoon period. The effectiveness of crossover storylines is clear. What isn't immediately obvious from those charts is that the New 52 can be judged a success, with the average monthly sales for the New 52 is around 2,356,624 units. Prior to the New 52, the DC Universe had been averaging 2,283,613 estimated units each month during the final order era which began in March 2003. The bottom line is the reboot increased sales. While it was a major gamble, it worked."

Good luck to them!

At this point, I'm still reading Grant Morrison's Action, and his Batman Inc. I was reading OMAC before that was cancelled, and I tried Swamp Thing for a while but eventually dropped it. I'm getting Joe Kubert Presents, and a few random issues of other titles now and then.

I've also been getting some of the Before Watchmen titles by artists that I like, such as Darwyn Cooke, Joe Kubert, and Adam Hughes.

I've never been one of the readers who would buy every single DC title and keep them in business, so I'm probably not a good indicator of their sales as a whole.
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PostSubject: Re: Floppies are back?   Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:11 pm

Peter Urkowitz wrote:
I've also been getting some of the Before Watchmen titles by artists that I like, such as Darwyn Cooke, Joe Kubert, and Adam Hughes.
I was sad to see Nite Owl end, I was enjoying that book quite a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Floppies are back?   Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:14 am

Ditko Fan TPM wrote:
Peter Urkowitz wrote:
I've also been getting some of the Before Watchmen titles by artists that I like, such as Darwyn Cooke, Joe Kubert, and Adam Hughes.
I was sad to see Nite Owl end, I was enjoying that book quite a bit.

I think the last issue (#4) of Nite Owl will be coming out this week (12/26/2012), with inks by Bill Sienkiewicz. I will probably get it, despite not enjoying the story much. Kubert's art was great, and Sienkiewicz's art is a worthy-enough replacement.
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PostSubject: Re: Floppies are back?   Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:04 pm

The trend is getting better, but don't tell Blue Beetle.

Comics sales are up. "The total year-over-year gain for both comics and graphic novels in January was a very robust 27.16%." (comics sales up by 22%, graphic novel sales up 37.89%) http://icv2.com/articles/news/25001.html

DC cancels 6 more monthly comics in May, 2 more in April, and 4 had just been cancelled in January. "Does the high mortality rate among the replacement books serve as an indication that "52" may be a few books too many for DC to sustain at profitable levels?" http://icv2.com/articles/news/25003.html

Or is it more involved than that?
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