Are comics in decline?

There is a very clear drop in sales and popularity, and I think that a single manga series sold more than many comics. So there's a real problem that comics face compared to manga and I want to know what it is.

Are comics in decline?

There is a very clear drop in sales and popularity, and I think that a single manga series sold more than many comics. So there's a real problem that comics face compared to manga and I want to know what it is. Over the years, Diamond bought smaller and rival distributors to achieve a virtual monopoly on comic book distribution since the mid-90s. Investing in comics as a financial strategy, on the other hand, requires knowledge, skill, experience and a lot of luck.

You've probably heard of comic book store owners kicking out their customers because they have a different political opinion. Comic book stores did not have foot traffic and therefore did not earn money and were therefore forced to close. The Diamond shutdown caused a virtual shutdown of the comic book market and caused cash flow problems for the distributor, delaying payments to publishers. The economic recession created by the pandemic will make it difficult for people to open comic book stores, as people have to wear masks and practice social distancing.

The list goes on, but the point is that some comic book store owners make emotional decisions and that hurts their business. A day after the New York Comic Con put an exclamation point on the media dominance that superheroes exercise over current entertainment and popular culture, data was shared at a private industry conference that indicated that a massive shift in the comic book publishing industry had reached a point of inflection. For more evidence that manga outsells comics, read the article Demon Slayer sells more than the entire comic book industry. As political tension increased in north america and Western Europe, many comic book readers grew tired of being told what to think and how to think.

For the many expert administrators who own and operate these comic book stores, their experience and backlog catalogs are second to none and can never be replaced. With the closure of its main distributor, DC Comics, the second largest comic book publisher in North America, responded by parting ways with Diamond after a quarter of a century of business together. Today, 90% of all comics are still sold in independent retail stores, and kiosks and digital services such as Amazon Kindle represent only one digit. For the first time anyone can remember, superheroes are being surpassed in their native environment (American comics and graphic novels) by other types of content, especially children's plates and Japanese (or Japanese-inspired) manga.

Nearly twenty years later, the event is still going on, as is the comic book industry it helped to save. Despite all the superhero movies out there, the comic book companies themselves aren't even worth a billion.

Will Isidro
Will Isidro

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