Are comics on the decline?

The good news is that you can invest in comics indirectly, even if you don't know the difference between Atom and Ant-Man. Superhero movies are certainly thriving, but those 10- and 11-figure movie franchises are based on comics that used to cost a penny.

Are comics on the decline?

The good news is that you can invest in comics indirectly, even if you don't know the difference between Atom and Ant-Man. Superhero movies are certainly thriving, but those 10- and 11-figure movie franchises are based on comics that used to cost a penny. Rather than being a one-day event, many stores around the world now consider Free Comic Book Day as a holiday that lasts a weekend. However, superheroes have been the dominant genre in American comics since the 1960s and are still the first thing many people think of when they think of comics.

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. Western comic artists and companies must stop pushing political agendas altogether and focus on telling good stories that people can identify with. 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. For more evidence that manga outsells comics, read the article Demon Slayer sells more than the entire comic book industry.

Nearly twenty years later, the event is still going on, as is the comic book industry it helped to save. The Diamond shutdown caused a virtual shutdown of the comic book market and caused cash flow problems for the distributor, delaying payments to publishers. 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. Even though comics are so accessible on the Internet, people still prefer to buy them in-store to enjoy the experience.

Over the years, Diamond bought smaller and rival distributors to achieve a virtual monopoly on comic book distribution since the mid-90s. Despite all the superhero movies out there, the comic book companies themselves aren't even worth a billion. If you say you read both, then you know that comic book readers are very fragmented, with plans for singles, TPB, OHC, Omnibuses, a digital day and a digital buffet, which means that there are several ways for someone to read a single issue that isn't as easily tabulated as looking at the print run of a single book. According to Forbes, two companies drive the vast majority of the global market: DC and Marvel, which together account for 80% of all direct market comic book sales.

Will Isidro
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