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Old 04-04-2019, 11:23 PM   #1326
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It irks me that to this day, DC has NEVER collected the first Green Arrow mini series that Mike Barr and Trevor Von Eeden did in the 80s. With all the stuff that DC has collected for Green Arrow, it's a crime that 4 part mini series hasn't gotten any love.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:07 PM   #1327
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Top 20 March orders at my store, not counting variant covers:

1. DCS YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1
2. DOOMSDAY CLOCK #11 (OF 12)
3. PREVIEWS #368 MAY 2019
3. PREVIEWS #368 MAY 2019 CUSTOMER ORDER FORM
5. WALKING DEAD #191
5. UNCANNY X-MEN #17
5. UNCANNY X-MEN #18
8. BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (OF 3)
8. WAR OF REALMS #3 (OF 6)
8. WAR OF REALMS #4 (OF 6)
11. GREEN LANTERN #7
11. FANTASTIC FOUR #10
13. BATMAN #70
13. BATMAN DAMNED #3 (OF 3)
15. FLASH #70
15. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20.HU
15. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21
15. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22
19. BATMAN #71
20. FLASH #71

That's a strong showing for Hal.
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My local shop this week told me GL is selling really well in their store, which surprised me. He said it was one of his best selling DC titles he has.
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:41 PM   #1329
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Look how Batman is dropping. That's the fallout from their bait and switch about Bruce marrying Selina. They sold a zillion comics with that scam, but it did damage that they'll probably never repair.
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Look how Batman is dropping. That's the fallout from their bait and switch about Bruce marrying Selina. They sold a zillion comics with that scam, but it did damage that they'll probably never repair.
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I can only speak for my store, but when I add the variant covers for GL and for Batman, Bruce narrowly wins over Hal.
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I can only speak for my store, but when I add the variant covers for GL and for Batman, Bruce narrowly wins over Hal.
That's actually encouraging. I'm glad to hear that.
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:47 PM   #1333
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And, on the last day of April, Comichron finally released the full sales info for last month.

March Comic Sales

1 1 Detective Comics 1000 $9.99 03/27/19 DC 526,941
2 2 Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight 1 $4.99 03/13/19 DC 133,656
3 3 Doomsday Clock 9 $4.99 03/06/19 DC 120,079
4 5 Batman 67 $3.99 03/20/19 DC 84,463
5 7 Batman 66 $3.99 03/06/19 DC 83,102
6 8 Heroes In Crisis 7 $3.99 03/27/19 DC 78,587
7 4 Amazing Spider-Man 17 $4.99 03/13/19 Marvel 78,464
8 9 Amazing Spider-Man 18 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 74,466
9 6 Spider-Man City At War 1 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 72,285
10 12 Justice League 20 $3.99 03/20/19 DC 64,675
11 11 Venom 12 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 61,901
12 14 Justice League 19 $3.99 03/06/19 DC 57,733
13 16 Incredible Hulk 181 Facsimile Ed. $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 56,754
14 13 Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History 1 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 54,252
15 10 Spider-Man Life Story 1 $4.99 03/20/19 Marvel 54,176
16 17 Fantastic Four 8 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 53,378
17 18 Immortal Hulk 15 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 53,120
18 19 Amazing Spider-Man 16.HU $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 52,961
19 45 Daredevil 3 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 51,268
20 20 Uncanny X-Men 13 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 50,430
21 22 Avengers 16 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 48,984
22 21 Superman 9 $3.99 03/13/19 DC 48,919
23 23 Uncanny X-Men 14 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 48,840
24 26 Avengers 17 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 47,345
25 24 Green Lantern 5 $3.99 03/06/19 DC 47,325
26 15 Star Wars Vader Dark Visions 1 $4.99 03/06/19 Marvel 46,843
27 27 Immortal Hulk 14 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 45,708
28 28 Harley Quinn 59 $3.99 03/06/19 DC 44,298
29 29 Catwoman 9 $3.99 03/13/19 DC 43,952
30 30 Walking Dead 189 $3.99 03/06/19 Image 43,061
31 31 Action Comics 1009 $3.99 03/27/19 DC 43,014
32 33 Guardians of the Galaxy 3 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 41,949
33 34 Star Wars 62 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 40,514
34 35 Thor 11 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 40,063
35 37 Conan The Barbarian 4 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 39,405
36 36 Flash 66 $3.99 03/13/19 DC 39,144
37 38 Flash 67 $3.99 03/27/19 DC 38,520
38 39 Shazam 4 $3.99 03/27/19 DC 38,420
39 25 Avengers No Road Home 6 $4.99 03/20/19 Marvel 37,972
40 40 Star Wars 63 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 37,601
41 42 Star Wars Vader Dark Visions 2 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 37,200
42 43 Wonder Woman 66 $3.99 03/13/19 DC 35,547
43 44 Domino Hotshots 1 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 34,980
44 41 Deadpool 10 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 34,227
45 50 Wolverine Infinity Watch 2 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 34,018
46 49 Young Justice 3 $3.99 03/06/19 DC 33,683
47 47 Wonder Woman 67 $3.99 03/27/19 DC 33,665
48 51 Avengers No Road Home 4 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 33,533
49 117 Invaders 3 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 33,465
50 52 Tony Stark Iron Man 9 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 33,375
51 53 Age of Conan Belit 1 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 33,258
52 55 Supergirl 28 $3.99 03/13/19 DC 32,370
53 56 Avengers No Road Home 5 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 32,296
54 57 Justice League Dark 9 $3.99 03/13/19 DC 31,648
55 58 Avengers No Road Home 7 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 31,464
56 59 Miles Morales Spider-Man 4 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 30,465
57 87 Spawn 295 $2.99 03/27/19 Image 30,391
58 60 Captain Marvel 3 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 30,282
59 61 Star Wars Aor General Grievous 1 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 30,233
60 106 Marvel Comics Presents 3 $4.99 03/27/19 Marvel 29,403
61 63 Superior Spider-Man 4 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 29,088
62 64 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man 4 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 29,028
63 65 Age of X-Man Prisoner X 1 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 29,006
64 68 Dead Man Logan 5 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 28,295
65 46 Hulkverines 2 $4.99 03/27/19 Marvel 27,970
66 70 Age of X-Man Apocalypse and X-Tracts 1 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 27,895
67 48 Uncanny X-Men Winters End 1 $4.99 03/13/19 Marvel 27,714
68 71 Magnificent Ms. Marvel 1 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 27,706
69 69 Teen Titans 28 $3.99 03/20/19 DC 27,405
70 72 Savage Sword of Conan 3 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 27,329
71 74 Star Wars Aor Padme Amidala 1 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 26,896
72 75 X-23 10 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 26,638
73 76 Doctor Strange 12 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 26,480
74 77 Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider 6 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 26,057
75 78 X-Force 4 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 25,984
76 66 Buffy The Vampire Slayer 3 $3.99 03/13/19 Boom 25,489
77 79 Nightwing 58 $3.99 03/20/19 DC 25,433
78 67 Sabrina Teenage Witch 1 $3.99 03/27/19 Archie 25,314
79 82 X-Force 5 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 24,847
80 81 Aquaman 46 $3.99 03/20/19 DC 24,566
81 83 Justice League Odyssey 7 $3.99 03/27/19 DC 24,378
82 86 Star Wars Doctor Aphra 30 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 24,321
83 85 Batgirl 33 $3.99 03/27/19 DC 24,034
84 62 Life & Death of Toyo Harada 1* $4.99 03/20/19 Valiant 23,451
85 88 Punisher 9 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 23,170
86 91 Age of X-Man Marvelous X-Men 2 $3.99 03/13/19 Marvel 22,371
87 90 Titans 35 $3.99 03/13/19 DC 22,088
88 93 Meet The Skrulls 1 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 21,973
89 92 Dial H For Hero 1 $3.99 03/27/19 DC 21,832
90 84 Transformers 1* $3.99 03/13/19 IDW 21,757
91 95 Black Panther 10 $3.99 03/27/19 Marvel 21,449
92 73 Green Arrow 50 $4.99 03/06/19 DC 21,423
93 94 Deathstroke 41 $3.99 03/06/19 DC 21,167
94 89 Little Bird 1* $3.99 03/13/19 Image 19,898
95 96 Wonder Twins 2 $3.99 03/13/19 DC 19,892
96 97 Oblivion Song By Kirkman & De Felici 13 $3.99 03/13/19 Image 19,698
97 98 Champions 3 $3.99 03/06/19 Marvel 19,552
98 100 Age of X-Man Amazing Nightcrawler 2 $3.99 03/20/19 Marvel 19,400
99 99 Martian Manhunter 4 $3.99 03/27/19 DC 19,187
100 32 Firefly Bad Company 1 $7.99 03/20/19 Boom 19,102
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491 498 Justice League 18 $3.99 02/20/19 DC 444
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That's some serious slippage for Batman, as the backlash over his "marriage" sets in.

It looks like Odyssey is plummeting toward a very predictable demise. The idea that you could print "Justice League" on the cover of a comic and use Darkseid and Jessica Cruz as protagonists was so inept and clueless that whoever thought of it should be fired.

And Geoff Johns was supposed to write Doomsday Clock in one year, but now it's going to take more than two years! Yeah, I know what his fans will say -- "But it's the art that's causing the delays!" Even though Johns has been writing comics for over 20 years and knows perfectly well how long it takes to get something written and drawn.

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2 Green Lantern 1 $4.99 DC 113,651
14 Green Lantern 2 $3.99 DC 64,127
18 Green Lantern 3 $3.99 DC 54,398
22 Green Lantern 4 $3.99 DC 50,176
25 Green Lantern 5 $3.99 DC 47,325
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2 Green Lantern 1 $4.99 DC 113,651
14 Green Lantern 2 $3.99 DC 64,127
18 Green Lantern 3 $3.99 DC 54,398
22 Green Lantern 4 $3.99 DC 50,176
25 Green Lantern 5 $3.99 DC 47,325
That's actually not bad.
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2 Green Lantern 1 $4.99 DC 113,651
14 Green Lantern 2 $3.99 DC 64,127
18 Green Lantern 3 $3.99 DC 54,398
22 Green Lantern 4 $3.99 DC 50,176
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That's actually not bad.
If it can settle in the 40K range for a few years, I'd be fine with that.
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Comics and graphic novel sales hit new high in 2018
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What's rising are sales of graphic novels. And sales from comics shops are becoming less important.
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What's rising are sales of graphic novels. And sales from comics shops are becoming less important.
It says "The increase was due to gains in book channel and digital sales, and the inclusion of an estimate for U.S. and Canada sales through crowdfunding sites for the first time" despite the fact that apparently digital sales are negligible.
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Digital sales have been hovering around 6 percent for a long time.
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I've said for years that crowdfunding graphic novels is the future of comics. I don't go to comic shops anymore. I haven't in years. What's funny is that I pass by a comic shop on my way home from work and I've NEVER been inside of it. I think to myself, "Why should I go? In terms of back issues and trades, I can't be sure the shop will have what I am looking for. Yet, I could get anything I want online, and I'm sure the internet will have what I want. Furthermore, I read single issues digitally, so there's no point in buying the floppies."

There's really no point to comic shops other than organized get-togethers for board games and card games like Magic, and "feelings" like nostalgia and loyalty. Those are nice and all, but practicality will win out sooner or later.
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I've said for years that crowdfunding graphic novels is the future of comics. I don't go to comic shops anymore. I haven't in years. What's funny is that I pass by a comic shop on my way home from work and I've NEVER been inside of it. I think to myself, "Why should I go? In terms of back issues and trades, I can't be sure the shop will have what I am looking for. Yet, I could get anything I want online, and I'm sure the internet will have what I want. Furthermore, I read single issues digitally, so there's no point in buying the floppies."

There's really no point to comic shops other than organized get-togethers for board games and card games like Magic, and "feelings" like nostalgia and loyalty. Those are nice and all, but practicality will win out sooner or later.
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I've said for years that crowdfunding graphic novels is the future of comics. I don't go to comic shops anymore. I haven't in years. What's funny is that I pass by a comic shop on my way home from work and I've NEVER been inside of it. I think to myself, "Why should I go? In terms of back issues and trades, I can't be sure the shop will have what I am looking for. Yet, I could get anything I want online, and I'm sure the internet will have what I want. Furthermore, I read single issues digitally, so there's no point in buying the floppies."

There's really no point to comic shops other than organized get-togethers for board games and card games like Magic, and "feelings" like nostalgia and loyalty. Those are nice and all, but practicality will win out sooner or later.
Well, not for me. (1) I like to read my new comics in the bathroom over the course of the week. That doesn't work so well with my iPad. (2) I want a copy that I can thumb through and also lend to people. (3) I want to pay for them in cash.

But then again, I'm a physical media kind of guy. I have hardly any music downloaded and no movies or shows.
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Well, not for me. (1) I like to read my new comics in the bathroom over the course of the week. That doesn't work so well with my iPad. (2) I want a copy that I can thumb through and also lend to people. (3) I want to pay for them in cash.

But then again, I'm a physical media kind of guy. I have hardly any music downloaded and no movies or shows.
I would think that for most people (and by that I mean everybody, not just regular patrons of comic shops), even if they prefer physical media, they would probably find it more convenient to have the trade paperback than a bunch of different pamphlet-like things. And trades can be obtained really easily online. The only downside is that you would need to wait for the story to be collected in trade versus buying it in episodic segments.

I'm of the mind that the comics publishing companies should work toward phasing the floppies out altogether and just print graphic novels. The episodic segments can be released digitally for those who want to experience things that way. Preferences have trended toward consumers binging their entertainment in large doses instead of waiting to get it in pieces over a long period of time.

I understand that people who are in the habit of buying floppies now obviously like that format, but I don't think that's a big enough market anymore, and I think few potential fans would prefer that over having actual full length graphic novel books.

Gotta' keep up with the times to survive and thrive, and the comics industry is operating like it's still the early 90s. And that's not even an exaggeration, that is literally what's happening, for the most part.

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^Maybe. The shift to trade seems possible to me, but I don't know. If manufactuers find it worth while to press vinyl records for that niche market (which probably won't surprise you is me too), the relatively cheap printing of comics seems like it will stick around for a while. Heck, even print newspapers stubbornly cling to life.
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Well, not for me. (1) I like to read my new comics in the bathroom over the course of the week. That doesn't work so well with my iPad. (2) I want a copy that I can thumb through and also lend to people. (3) I want to pay for them in cash.

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That's how I feel. I've spent large parts of my weekends reading comics on the DC Universe streaming service, but that could never replace physical comics for me. I often tell people that the "happiest place on Earth" isn't Disney World, it's your LCS.
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That's how I feel. I've spent large parts of my weekends reading comics on the DC Universe streaming service, but that could never replace physical comics for me. I often tell people that the "happiest place on Earth" isn't Disney World, it's your LCS.
That is true too. I don't stay super long at my LCS (mostly because there's no chairs and my legs aren't good), but I usually get in a chat with the manager and a couple people and I met a friend there. I also get recommendations for books, show, or cons. It's like geek central. I always look forward to the visit.
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I miss the days when going to the local comic store WAS a thrill for me. When my weekly stack really WAS a stack. I used to love it and looked forward to it all week. At my peak in the 80s and 90s I was reading 30+ titles a month. So many weeks I was taking home 10 or more comics at a time, not counting my back issue quests.

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^Maybe. The shift to trade seems possible to me, but I don't know. If manufactuers find it worth while to press vinyl records for that niche market (which probably won't surprise you is me too), the relatively cheap printing of comics seems like it will stick around for a while. Heck, even print newspapers stubbornly cling to life.
I guess it couldn't hurt to keep that system around as long as it's not the main venue for selling comics. If the publishers keep primarily operating with an early 90s mindset, they're only going to have an early 90s audience. They desperately need to find audiences outside of the comic shop, but a problem there is as long as they keep gearing their product to comic shop sensibilities with things like events, reboots, tie-ins, and crossovers, I don't see that happening. They would need good, self-contained, and complete stories, but comic shops usually respond most to stuff that's all flash and no substance that most other readers would find confusing or intimidating.

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