First comics industry Statement of Ownership with electronic-copy sales data appears

Since 1960 when the U.S. Postal Service began requiring publications that shipped Second Class (now Periodical Class) to include circulation data in their annual Statements of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, comics researchers have been collecting them; I currently have 3,854 out of a projected 4,100, with the remaining balance mostly in Charlton and Harvey titles … Read more

Digital comics: 40 million paid downloads a year?

Comichron specializes in the print comics business, not digital — and as I’ve noted many times before, the amount and quality of data about digital sales lags far behind what we know about print. Diamond releases a monthly report which can be converted into unit count estimates for print comics in the Direct Market; and … Read more

Of iPads and middlemen: 45 years of comics subscription sales data

With Apple’s iPad tablet product launching, much speculation surrounds what, if any, long-lasting impact the product and its like will have on the comic-book industry. Several efforts have been underway for some time to deliver comics electronically, and the addition of the new system has unsurprisingly generated much conversation. The old issues about hard-copy-versus-virtual-copy are … Read more