Leaving Megalopolis tops Comixology Submit’s top books of 2014

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Comixology’s Submit portal is a way for independent and self published digital comics to get onto the largest digital comics service out there, and many people have taken advantage of it. While no one seems to have gotten rich off it, a sale is a sale. And COmixology has just released a list of the top 25 sellers for 2014, topped by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore’s Leaving Megalopolis. This superheroes with a twist story was originally Kickstarted. The impressive Testament Omnibus by Douglas Rushkoff and a bunch of awesome artists was second, and Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika was #3. Severl anthologies Kickstarted by the tireless C. Spike Trotman were also on the list…she is a powerhouse.

8,669,000 graphic novels were sold in bookstores in 2014

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Graphic novels were one of only two print fiction categories whose sales were up in 2014 (westerns were the other), according to Publishers Weekly’s Jim Milliot in a piece called The Hot and Cold Categories of 2014. GNs were up 13% according to Bookscan. The article also includes a chart of all categories, and reveals that 8,669,000 graphic novels were sold in 2014, up from 7,659,000 in 2015. For comparison, 33,524,000 general fiction books were sold in 2014.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2014: Image Rising

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By Kate Reynolds November saw a slew of new titles from Image with some pretty serious sales, most notably ODY-C from Matt Fraction and Tooth & Claw from Kurt Busiek. Wytches, the new Scott Snyder title from Image continues. It was also a good month for Dark Horse as the “Fire and Stone” event keeps […]

Comichron: Comics sales overcame stinky winter to go up this year

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BY JOHN JACKSON MILLER

[Reprinted with permission from Comichron]

With today’s release of December comics orders from Diamond Comic Distributors — and our subsequent analysis and estimates for December 2014 comics sales now posted — Comichron has drawn upon that information to project estimates for the Top Thousand Comics and the Top Thousand Graphic Novels for 2014. Click to see them.
201404AmazingSpiderManV3n1The tables are on the page just beneath the image links to individual months. As in past years, it is a large page, necessarily, so it may take a bit to load. Also as in the past, I have rounded off estimates to the nearest hundred comics.

Before launching into a discussion of what’s on the list, some more general thoughts on 2014, now that we’ve seen all the data:

Sales Charts: Marvel and DC split top shares in December 2014 sales

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Yawn. Batman and Saga led the comics and graphic nvoels charts for Decembers 2014, as they so often do, according to just released stats from Diamond. Batman #37 was the best selling comics periodical, while Saga Vol. 4 led the GNs. Marvel and DC actually split the top publisher shares, with Marvel leading in dollars […]

Loot Crate Star Wars #1 confirmed with Gabriele Dell’Otto cover

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With sales of more than a million copies and the number of confirmed variant covers at 89, Marvel’s first Star Wars #1 in nearly 40 years is already one of the best selling comics of the decade. It was assumed that a Loot Crate edition was part of what propelled the sales to the million dollar […]

Diamond 2014 Stats: top manga, indies and small publishers

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Diamond released a bunch of year end charts yesterday including the top 1000 comics and GNs. I may load those up at some point but here are some charts that won’t make headlines. First a piece count: Title counts Publisher Comics GNs Magazines Total DC COMICS 1107 340 6 1453 MARVEL COMICS 953 387 3 1343 […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: November 2014 – Where’s My LEGO Batman?!

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Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

Sales were down in November for DC as compared to October. Though October was a five-week month and more books naturally shipped that month, the average sales for DC as a whole and in each product category were down in November as well. But nothing to be too concerned about, as sales in the second two-thirds of 2014 are up roughly 10% as compared to the first third of 2014. Credit both the weekly Batman Eternal and the freely-orderable variant program for that increase.

Speaking of variant’s, this month’s was LEGO. It’s hard to see the month-to-month effects of the different variants and they’re now being somewhat subsumed by other effects like attrition, crossovers, creative changes, etc. But there were a few titles with LEGO variants that saw a slight increase in sales for no other apparent reason which may be an indicate that retailers ordered the LEGO covers at a slightly higher level than they did last month’s Monsters variants (all other things being equal). Anecdotal evidence from some retailers (e.g. Mike Sterling of Sterling City Comics) points to a definite in-store attraction to these LEGO covers, and suggests that perhaps DC is leaving money on the table by not producing a comic based on the wildly popular LEGO Batman video games. (Though perhaps licensing issues are prohibitive)

Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Marvel top 20-14 Sales in ‘up’ year

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the top selling comics of 2014, and Marvel the #1 publisher according to charts just released by Diamond Comics. And more importantly, despite early flat sales, the year ended up, with overall sales up 4.39%, comics up 4.03% and graphic novels up 5.18%. Image ruled the graphic novel charts, with 9 […]

Marvel Month to Month Sales Charts: November 2014—A Tale of Three Events

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Wow! So that is a lot of AXIS, Spider-Verse, and Death of Wolverine coming out this month. Spider-Verse topped the charts this month, with Axis and some new debuts close behind, but I can’t help but wonder if these events are starting to cannibalize each other’s sales a bit. AXIS seems to be underperforming a bit, and I wonder if people are just getting tired of event after event.

What a Year That Was! Bestselling Graphic Novels From the 2014 New York Times Bestseller Lists!

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Ah… another year draws to a close, and just like the Facebook New Years app, I analyze a year’s worth of data, run my quirky algorithms, and post it for all to see.  And just like those “here’s the great things our family did this year” holiday letters, you’ll probably look at the graphs, skim […]

Marvel leads November Diamond sales with Spider-Men

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Marvel continued to dominate the top 10 and both units and dollars according to November sales figures released today by Diamond. Sales for the four-Wednesday week were down from five week October, but comics are up for the year overall, with periodical sales statistically flat down .11%. Dolalrs are up, but so are cover prices. […]

Marvel confirms 1 million in sales for Star Wars #1

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Marvel’s svp of sales David Gabriel has  confirmed that STAR WARS #1 will sell 1 million copies.  And already my inbox is jammed with missives from Brandon Schatz and John Jackson Miller. It ddoesn’t appear that Loot Crate is part of the reason for the record sales. However, at least 38 variant covers and a switch […]

The unbelievable world of 80s comics sales

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Over the holiday I spotted something pretty eye-popping on Tumblr—this comics sales chart from Amazing Heroes #49, published in 1984 and posted by Sam Humphries.

Your jaw will drop in amazement to see a world where American Flagg!, a daring SF comic by Howard Chaykin outsold Captain America, and Groo outsold Batman, Detective and Green Lantern.

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: October 2014 – The Sweet Smell of Success

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Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

After last month’s Futures End 3D cover extravataganza, things return to normal in October. DC continued their freely-orderable variant cover program, with the theme this month being Monster covers. The comics with variant covers are still selling higher than they would have without them, but at this point the month-to-month effects are largely subsumed by regular considerations such as creative team changes, crossovers, and standard attrition.

October saw the debuts of several DCU titles, to varying effectiveness. Deathstroke by Tony Daniel and several Batman-related titles did relatively well, while a couple of supernatural-theme books (Trinity of Sin and Klarion) did less so. October was also the debut of the highly-touted revamped Batgirl, which saw the comic jump up to a top-twenty title.

DC’s third weekly title, Earth 2: World’s End, debuted in October. Here are the first month sales of all three weekly series (plus the most recent issue for BE & FE):

Marvel Month to Month Sales Charts: October 2014 Variations on Variant Themes

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BY JASON ENRIGHT — Hello Sales Chart Analyzers! In October, there were a lot of books. So to start, let’s break down the numbers a bit. An interesting trend to look at this month is how variant numbers affect the sales. Several titles benefitted from being included in one or more of Marvel’s themed variant programs this month. In October, Marvel had 3 variant themes, the Anti-Bullying variants, Deadpool 75th anniversary variants and Hasbro toy variants. Many of these issues were in the middle of an arc and normally would have suffered standard attrition of -1 to -3%, but due to these variant programs they got a nice +3 to +5% sales boost. Variants are one of many incentive programs that companies use to boost sales. Recently Marvel and DC have been doing these themed variants across multiple books and they definitely seem to be working. Whether or not, they are actually good for comic sales in the long term is another question entirely. What do you think of variants? Let’s discuss it in the comments below. For now let’s dive into the numbers.