In recent years, Marvel Comics has made a considerable effort to diversify its characters. We just covered how America Chavez, a queer Latina woman, was getting her own solo-series a couple of weeks ago. Coincidentally, that’s around the same time that the publisher started to get hit hard in the sales department.
When famous artists pass on, the perceived value of their work sometimes triples. But when icons pass away, their art goes up nearly tenfold. So it’s no surprise that Prince’s catalog would sell so much after his unexpected passing last Thursday.
As of this Monday, Prince has sold 2.8 million songs and more than 650,000 albums, both physically and digitally, since news of his death broke. In the three days before his passing, he only sold 1,400 copies, according to USA Today.
The 2015 shopping season usually peaks in November as stores mark down items for Thanksgiving and the day after, aptly called ‘Black Friday.’ But, for the past few years, the crowds storming malls and storefronts for these deals have decreased significantly. Some credit new trends in consumer behavior. But, it might also be linked to concerted efforts from Black and Brown activist groups who have urged larger communities to abstain from buying at all.
Najah Lorde, of Queens, New York has a reason to be proud. The 12-year-old girl scout sold 2,833 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, making her the top seller in the city.
Lorde, who sold 1,111 boxes last year, pushed the cookies to school pals, church members and family.