The ICV2 web site reports that comics and graphic novel sales were down 5.1 per cent versus the year ago period in January, with graphic novels trailing at a 7.77 per cent decline and comics down 3.86 per cent, according to information released by Diamond Comic Distributors.
The drop off comes after a busy December for comic shops supplied by Diamond, up 21.85 per cent, so ICV2 suggest that the dip is perhaps a little post-holiday hangover.
While The Walking Dead #150 was the best-selling comic, overall Marvel dominated in January, more than doubling the sales of its nearest competitor, DC. The Disney-owned company put out 131 titles in January, compared to only 98 for DC, roughly flipping the relative number of titles from December.
Eaglemoss had a big month, hitting the #6 share.
Website ComicChron notes that despite the dip, things are a lot better than they were five years ago, because January 2011 was the pits. The Top 300 comics sold 4.4 million copies, likely the lowest sum since the 1930s.
• Full sales list: ICv2: Comic Sales Slip in January