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by Josh Crawley
Over at The Comic Chronicles, John Jackson Miller provides his normal fascinating (to me, anyways) analysis on the top Comic books of the 2000s (Estimated Sales of Comic books to North American Comics shops based on reports from diamond Comic Distributors).
While there aren’t truly any type of surprises as far as I can see, I was somewhat shocked by Eric Powell’s action by means of Twitter: Out of the top 300 books of the 2000’s- 12 were non Marvel/DC superhero, 1 was designer owned. just 1.
Stephen King’s Dark Tower
First, I disagree with his statement that just one of the books was designer owned. I’m presuming he’s referring to Spawn #100. However, Dark Tower shows up on the listing eight times, as well as is had by designer Stephen King.
Second, this listing is the top 300 single comic problems (though several printings as well as variant covers for the exact same problem may be included) for an entire decade of sales. There are a lot more than 300 single problems per month, so these are the top 300 out of over 36,000 comics.
The walking Dead
As somebody who is a proponent of creator-ownership as well as excellent comics, I see the rankings on this listing neither a surprise nor a negative. just like lots of statistics, you can skew them lots of ways. I’m sure a look at the very popular graphic novels of the decade might show a pattern opposed to this. Titles such as walking Dead may not compare in addition to single issues, however their trade paperback sales far outshine the trade paperback sales of a lot of other titles. Also, while published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint (who likewise preserve some rights), Transmetropolitan is the second very popular series in our east side retail store; not incredibly heroes, creator-owned (at least in part), as well as hasn’t had a new single problem in well over eight years.
Mind you, I’m not trying to downplay Powell’s enthusiasm for designer ownership, nor diversity. My original intent had truly just been to point out that Stephen King wasn’t being acknowledged as a creator, which I didn’t believe was as well fair when pointing out the lack of creator-owned problems on the list. (I likewise recognize systems in which statements that have to be 140 characters or less each time isn’t always the suitable circumstance for discussion.)
Well, that wasn’t rather as short as I’d expected it to be, as well as while this column isn’t as long as I’d really hoped it would be for the week, I believe that’s going to be it. next week’s column looks to be commentary on publisher scores systems, prompted by the news that DC Comics as well as Archie Comics have both foregone the Comics Code Authority process.
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