That has nothing to do with newstands, late 90s and early 2000s sales were low because of the speculator boom. They payed superstar artist and only hired bad writers that would have 0 control over their stories. Buy this #1 issue by Jim Lee! It will probably cost 10000$ in the future! People who didn't buy comics started to buy dozens of them, but were artificial sales. With those comics selling millions, people who didn't read comics realized they were being fooled, and stopped, and those who used to read comics stopped due to renumbering and the low-quality stories. The industry is still healing from the early 90s. Too lazy to write a PM, I'll just write it here and hope the mods don't kill me. Blacksad, Makinavaja, El Juego Lúgubre, El Faro, Las Calles de Arena, El Regreso del Hombre Pez and 13 Rúe del Percebe (the last two are humoristic, the others are mostly slice of life).