Does anyone buy newspapers at newsstands? Who cares if comics are sold there? Despite all these superhero movies and live-action adaptations, comic book sales aren't increasing. In fact, the opposite has occurred. Just because people watch the movie doesn't mean they're going to buy comics. That's why the comic book industry has collapsed.
It's not complete, but it's coming. To find Western titles that don't cover your boobs and muscles, you should go to one of the increasingly scarce comic book stores. Schatz's solution is to turn the single-issue comic into an anthological number of several hundred pages and containing several stories supported by popular characters. Only one company, Diamond, founded in 1982, distributed almost all the comics from publishers large and small to retail stores across the country in what became known as the “direct market system”.
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. 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. Even before they had order sheets with which you could buy specific books, but once I found the comic book store 15 miles away, I never shopped anywhere else. 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.
If you're looking for something more direct than giant top-of-the-line stocks, an investment platform called Otis Funds has a fund that invests in collectibles such as art, video games, trading cards, sneakers and, you guessed it, comics. Despite all the superhero movies out there, the comic book companies themselves aren't even worth a billion. Comic book stores did not have foot traffic and therefore did not earn money and were therefore forced to close. Nearly twenty years later, the event is still going on, as is the comic book industry it helped to save.
Investing in comics as a financial strategy, on the other hand, requires knowledge, skill, experience and a lot of luck. Over the years, Diamond bought smaller and rival distributors to achieve a virtual monopoly on comic book distribution since the mid-90s. Superhero movies are certainly thriving, but those 10- and 11-figure movie franchises are based on comics that used to cost a penny. Schatz could be right, since the compiled format has dominated comic book sales in recent years.