Comics sales droop in January

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Tweet January was the cruelest month for comics sales, as the ICv2 headline starkly puts it: Only One Comic Above 100K. The one book was Batman #27 which sold 115,492 copies, according to ICv2. The site noes, perhaps ominously, that the last time we had a month with only one book over 100K copies was […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2013 — The Usual Suspects

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After an unusual couple of months things are pretty much back to normal this month, with the usual suspects of Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars and My Little Pony joined by a few new Image titles and Valiant’s best-seller yet. At the bottom end of the charts we finally see a few titles returning, although possibly quite briefly in some cases.

150 indie titles charted in the top 300, up on last month’s 135. The indie chart sold approximately 1,820,321 comics, a bit down on last month’s 2,031,509. That’s all due to the increased numbers that Walking Dead added last month. It also means that the average sales this month are 12,153, down on last month’s 15,048. Out of the 150 books, only 20 went up in sales and 112 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

Help Wanted, Sales Chart Wrangler — UPDATE

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UPDATE: Folks I have a bunch of fantastic candidates for this position, so no more resumes please.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: November 2013 – The Final Countdown

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November was more of the same for DC, basically, with the “Forever Evil” and “Zero Year” crossovers rolling on, along with a couple of smaller ones. Oh, and Harley Quinn debuted.

SNAPSHOT: What are the best selling graphic novels?

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Tweet Everyone knows you can check out a “rolling” best-seller list on Amazon in any category—including comics and graphic novels— any time you want. But did you know you can make a feed of it? If you use such things as feeds, that is. Anyway I made a little widget and check it every day […]

Who Sold What?: New York Times Graphic Novel Bestsellers 2013

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TweetIt’s a new year, and what better time to take a look back at what happened in 2013? Regular readers of The Beat know me as the comic BOOK guy.  I’m a bookseller, a librarian, a comics evangelist, and, yes, a seeker of the esoteric.  So that means while people (and websites) cover the comics […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: November 2013 — Event season rolls on

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Event season rolled on in November, as INFINITY reached its climax, while the Ultimate imprint’s CATACLYSM got under way. Meanwhile, ASTONISHING X-MEN was relaunched as AMAZING X-MEN, and the MARVEL KNIGHTS X-MEN and LONGSHOT SAVES THE MARVEL UNIVERSE minis kick off.

Though DC had four books in the top five – BATMAN, HARLEY QUINN, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED and FOREVER EVIL – Marvel still edged them in their share of the North American direct market, leading by 34% to 32% in unit terms, and 30% to 29% in dollars. As has already been pointed out on The Beat, this means Marvel and DC’s combined dollar share dips below 60% – something that hasn’t happened in a decade.

Sales Charts: The Top 1000 Periodical Comics of 2013

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TweetAnd here’s Diamond’s chart of the top 1000 comic books of the year, led by Walking Dead #115—giving Image a 2-for-2 topping the year end charts. JLA #1 was DC’s top selling book, while Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy toped their own list. According to John Jackson Miller’s preliminary analysis, the Top 1000 Comics for […]

Sales Charts: The Top 1000 Graphic Novels of 2013

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TweetDiamond has released the entire 1000-long list of GNs in 2013, and there is a lot of data mining here…like the fact that Image KILLED IT with seven of the top 10 and more from there on. Even though there are no numbers attached to this, there is still a lot of relative information to […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: October 2013 – After Before Sandman

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Most significantly, October 2013 was the month after the month in which DC mounted its most aggressive and focussed attempt yet to single-handedly destroy the comics market, by shipping millions of random comics to retailers who had not ordered them. Not surprisingly, sales snapped back to more regular levels as a result.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales October 2013: Indies rebound after that dastardly Villains Month

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Tweet By Paul Mellerick Far more indie titles this month after DC’s Villains month stunt last month, that added 52 extra DC titles into the chart. 135 indie titles charted in the top 300, up on last month’s 109. Partly, but not entirely due to this month’s Walking Dead issue, the indie chart sold approximately […]

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

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Tweet 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 […]

Marvel Month to Month Sales: October 2013; Infinity rules the roost

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Tweet by Paul O’Brien INFINITY remained the main feature of Marvel’s October schedule. Meanwhile, the X-Men continued their own “Battle of the Atom” crossover, and the Ultimate imprint marches stoically towards “Cataclysm”. As usual, the next wave of new launches will come after the event, so there’s not much in the way of new titles […]

Diamond: DC, Marvel and Image all won something in October sales charts

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TweetIt was kinda a three-way tie in October’s sale charts, according to Diamond’s just released statistics. THE WALKING DEAD #115 was the best selling comic, but DC won the units battle, 31.02% to Marvel’s 30.47%, behind The Sandman: Overture #1 and Batman #24. Marvel won the DOLLARS chart, however, 33.63% to 33.15%, thanks to strong […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales September 2013: Star Wars beat The Walking Dead

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It’s a very strange month this month. With DC producing two versions of all of their Villains Month books, there are only 109 indie titles charting in the top 300, down on last month’s 153. Lots of titles missed the top 300 this month, but will no doubt return next month.

Despite that, they sold an estimated 1,521,695 comics, only 60,000 less than last month’s 1,581,067, on 44 titles less. This was mainly due to a lot of big new titles, seven of the top 14 titles are new entries, selling over 20,000 copies each. It also means that the average sales this month are 13,960, massively up from last month’s 10,333. If it hadn’t been for Villains month, it would have been a big month for indie.

Marvel Comics Month-to-Month Sales: September 2013 — Marvel’s moral victory

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While DC’s Villains Month was the main talking point of the direct market in September, Marvel moved into their own event season. September saw the second month of INFINITY, with more tie-in books popping up across the line, while the X-Men titles began their own separate crossover, BATTLE OF THE ATOM. We also have the debut issue of MIGHTY AVENGERS, which launches as part of the big event.