Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is king

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It’s been a while (5 years) since we looked at Diamond’s monthly backlist chart, and now, as then, it reveals a VERY DIFFERENT ranking for publishers. In the backlist, DC is king by a wide margin, with about 30% of the market. Marvel is only a tich above Image in units, while Image books dominate the top ten with Saga, Walking Dead, and Sex Criminals. On the manga side, Attack on Titan rules, no surprise given the way it’s single handedly revitalized the category.

TGI-FOC // Adventures in Marketing

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Welcome to TGI-FOC, a weekly feature at The Beat about comics on Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) and bits of the retail process that don’t merit a full column. I changed the name, for reasons. It’s a thing now. RECOMMENDATIONS It’s come up recently, so here’s the quick rundown of how I sell and recommend comics. […]

Wednesday Pulse: The Fluctuating Prices of Batman

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If you’re picking up Batman #35 this week, do yourself a favour and check out the price point. See that $4.99 price sticker? Originally solicited at the regular $3.99 price, DC sent an e-mail to retailers last week telling them that the price of Batman #35-37 would be pumped up to the $4.99 mark in […]

The Retailer’s View // Speculative Non-Fiction

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The Death of Wolverine has gone over exceedingly well – or at least it has in my shop. Putting aside sales numbers (which were apparently great), the event has garnered quite a bit of attention in the medium and the shop in general. After putting a few copies in the window, we get a steady […]

Go FOC Yourself // The Latest

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Welcome to Go FOC Yourself, a weekly column at The Beat about comics on Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) and bits of the retail process that don’t merit a full column. This week, I’ve been diving through the back issues in our overstock and I have caught a little space madness. This will turn out quite […]

Go FOC Yourself // More Like Deathstroke the Terminated, Amirite?

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This is being written on the day that initial orders are due for my store, and with the three week vacation I took, I’m a little behind the eight ball. Should I be writing articles for the internet? Probably not, but nothing says “Important Work Needs To Get Done” quite like doing something else entirely. […]

The Retailer’s View: Eventful

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In August, I went on vacation with my girlfriend (who is now my fiancée) and took some well deserved time away from the store and the world of comics in general. Being Mr. Manager for a shop and writing about comics on the internet doesn’t allow for a lot of extracurriculars, so stepping away for […]

Image Offers Retailers Two New Incentive Programs

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by Brandon Schatz Just ahead of the next Image Expo and San Diego Comic Con, Image has announced two new retailer incentive programs that will have shop owners reaching for their calculators. First up is a line wide discount incentive that will see retailers who order 85% or more of the company’s periodicals each month […]

The Retailer’s View: Event Comics and Ordering Abuse

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by Brandon Schatz — When you spend your days breaking open comic solicitations and marketing for a living, you begin to pick out patterns. A new batch of solicitations hit the internet, and suddenly your world starts to Beautiful Mind itself with floating words and numbers that glow as you drink the information. When I’m […]

Venerable Omaha Comics Shop Damaged By Fire

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The Omaha World-Herald reports that the building housing Dragon’s Lair Comics and Treasure Mart Collectibles sustained nearly $300,000 in fire damage Sunday morning.

Demo-Graphics: Perespolis, Fun Home and Blankets Popular With Women

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How does gender break down for some of the more popular “indie” graphic novels versus mainstream graphic novels vs the average? And it’s clear, there’s a difference. Taking 17 various graphic novels (and if folks add suggestions in comments, I’ll be happy to add upon this) I looked at men and women who were fans in the United States. I tried to stick to actual graphic novels, or books that have been long out of print and thus a complete graphic novel is how it’s now consumed.

Top Shelf’s Chris Ross on DRM-Free Graphic Novels and Print-Digital Bundles [Interview]

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By Bruce Lidl Indie comics publisher Top Shelf announced yesterday that they will be selling a selection of their digital titles, without any DRM copy protection technology. Joining Image in the trend away from DRM on comics, Top Shelf will now offer eleven graphic novels from their own website in a variety of open formats, […]

Image Expo: Digital Remaining DRM-Free

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by Bruce Lidl Last week’s 2014 edition of the ImageExpo has generated a large amount of coverage for both new title announcements, and for the dearth of diversity among the presented creators. From a practical standpoint, Image Publisher Eric Stephenson and Business Development Head Ron Richards clearly got their money’s worth of publicity from the […]

Marvel edges DC as other publishers make gains in November sales charts

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Marvel edged out DC for sales, but DC had a strong 1-2 punch in the top comics for November with Batman and, surprisingly, the all-star Harley Quinn #0 issue. Marvel’s top book was Amazing X-Men #1. It was a four-week month so sales were down overall, against last month, and year to year, although graphic […]

Demographics: Wonder Woman Around the World

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With the announcement of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman by Warner Bros., I wondered just how popular is Wonder Woman around the world and more interestingly, in each country. With there being over 200 countries in the world, I narrowed the focus a bit. I picked countries in various parts of the world that I […]

Demographics: Comics Readers Almost 45% Women Now and How Publishers Stack Up

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At the beginning of each month I take a survey of all of the self-identifying comic fans on Facebook, looking at the changes from month to month. Two months (and some change) ago Facebook updated the interface I achieve this by, giving me more options in how to choose and, I suspect, expanding the algorithm […]