When the comics industry gets discussed, I usually hear that sales get lower and lower and that it's dwindling over time. But, when looking into it, isn't that not the case, and comics have actually bounced back a bit, and are doing better than than were ten years ago?
For example, one of the sites I was checking out had this data estimated from Diamonds top 300 comics of the month. http://www.comichron.com/yearlycomicssales.html
1997 100.32 million copies $244.39 million
1998 84.45 million copies $210.65 million
1999 78.08 million copies $202.54 million
2000 69.26 million copies $190.75 million
2001 66.92 million copies $186.98 million
2002 70.27 million copies $196.65 million
2003 73.02 million copies $207.19 million
2004 74.14 million copies $213.24 million
2005 76.13 million copies $221.73 million
2006 81.85 million copies $252.18 million
2007 85.27 million copies $270.00 million
2008 81.34 million copies $263.00 million
2009 74.88 million copies $257.88 million
2010 69.20 million copies $245.72 million
2011 72.13 million copies $248.44 million
Looks like the lowest years for sales and money there were 2000 and 2001, and there's been a pretty decent climb since then. At the very least, not any dropping like people often say there's been. Plus with the new 52 and everything, monthly reports for 2012 we're doing way better than last year as well. Granted, it looks like 2007 and 2008 were especially solid years for sales and cash, so we've been going down a little the past couple years, but in the bigger picture comics have gained a lot more so than they've lost in the last decade or so.
Plus that's just the Diamond Top 300 stuff, there are other various charts estimating overall market size stuff where it appears to have just gotten bigger every year more or less.
What do you think folks? At the very least, it looks like comics will remains steady in the 70-something million sold range for years to come.