- Posted by Johanna on December 3, 2007 at 8:13 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
What a bizarre headline! The Comic Book Is Back, in Luxe Coffee-Table Form starts out talking about “high-end, high-priced editions” — Marvel Omnibuses, DC Absolutes, DC Omnibuses — but goes on to cover collected editions in general.
While the sales of single-issue copies are down from the boom years of the early 1990s, the comic business as a whole has been rebounding, fueled partly by the demand for high-end collections by an aging audience nostalgic for the comics of its youth.
“The publishers are doing this because the market exists now,” said Kuo-Yu Liang, a vice president for Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest distributor of English-language comics in the world. “It reflects the demographics of the consumer, who is both older and more affluent.”
This Diamond VP goes on to say that he realized the potential after Sin City sold well in bookstores in 2005. It took that long?!?
Eric Stephenson of Image says that collected edition sales doubled from 2005 to 2006 and doubled again this year. That’s the most concrete information in the piece, and the most eye-opening.