Thursday, June 21, 2007
by John Jackson Miller
And now the May charts are online, he said redundantly.
Many, many records broken or matched this month. One resource I'll try to get up here one day is a record book of the highs and lows that I've observed. For example, the lowest unit sales ever recorded for the Top 300 comics were in April 2001 -- 4.8 million copies. (Compare that with this May's 7.77 million copies.)
On second thought, that might not be too fun to revisit. I remember that May of 2001 when the dollar value of the Top 300 comics hit their bottom -- just barely $13 million -- there didn't seem to be a lot of hope. Now, in May 2007, the same list of comics had sales of $24.51 million -- and that was sales to retailers, to boot, not just preorders, which the 2001 figure was. And cover prices didn't double to make that happen -- nowhere near close to it.
Suffice it to say that the last six years were more relaxing to report than the previous six!