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Author Topic: Readership numbers of Prog and Meg?  (Read 315 times)

Michael Knight

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Readership numbers of Prog and Meg?
« on: 16 April, 2017, 07:13:30 pm »
Was discussing with mates the other day the sales of various American titles needed to keep those titlesw running or renewed. Was just wondering the average sales of the Prog and Meg in 2017.
I know we have a very dedicated and loyal fan base, but it must be strong to sanction partworks like the awesome Mega collection and the hopefully upcoming 2000ad Partwork which is undergoing a trial.

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Re: Readership numbers of Prog and Meg?
« Reply #1 on: 17 April, 2017, 05:37:01 am »
I think a similar thread mentions 25-30k readers;but dont quote me on that.

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Re: Readership numbers of Prog and Meg?
« Reply #2 on: 18 April, 2017, 01:12:01 pm »
I like to imagine that the Partworks are a major effort to capture readers who don't sit in that putative 25-30k bracket of loyal weekly readers. Unlike in America, the UK does somehow still have a sort-of newstand model for selling comics, so in theory any time someone wonders into a Smiths or other newsagent to buy cigarettes, a Twix and a can of Nourishment they may end up with a copy of Slaine the Horned God by mistake as well.

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Re: Readership numbers of Prog and Meg?
« Reply #3 on: 18 April, 2017, 01:33:44 pm »
I like to imagine that the Partworks are a major effort to capture readers who don't sit in that putative 25-30k bracket of loyal weekly readers.

That's my thought, too. There are far, far more lapsed readers than current ones (with the Prog shifting over 100,000 copies a week at its peak, and a notional readership of 250K) and the most common scenario outside of a comic-related event (for me, at least) when discussing the comic with a 'normal' person is: "I used to read that as a kid — I had no idea it was still going…"

If the partworks manage to monetise some of that great base of lapsed readers, it's a worthwhile effort for that alone. If it manages to entice a few of them back to the weekly, so much the better.
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Re: Readership numbers of Prog and Meg?
« Reply #4 on: 20 April, 2017, 12:41:03 am »
Plus, 30k readers is a lot more than many long running US comics. Robert Kirkman's Invincible had around 11,000 for example, the current Ninja Turtles comic has about 13,000 a month, etc. Daredevil sells around 30,000 for example.

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Re: Readership numbers of Prog and Meg?
« Reply #5 on: 20 April, 2017, 10:10:18 am »
I don't think anyone really knows. We've had all kinds of numbers and guesswork in recent years; another thread here said around 15k, for example. But on the basis of activity and output, you can only surmise that these publications are healthy, which is the important thing. And after all, it's not like the Meg's suddenly full of reprint again, like it was for so long. (And, yes, I know there's the bagged floppy, but even so you get plenty of original strip every month.)