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

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It’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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And 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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Diamond 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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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 2,031,509 […]

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 […]

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

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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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It 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.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: September 2013 – Big 3D 10th Anniversary Collector’s Item Spectacular

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First things first: September 2013 is, by quite a margin, the most successful month ever for DC Comics since Diamond started providing data on actual comic-book sales to retailers in March 2003.

In September 2013, DC Comics sold an estimated 4.2 million new comic books to specialty retailers, for a total of $15.3 million in retail sales value. To date, the record was held by October 2011, with 3.8 million new comic books for a total retail sales value of $11.9 million, followed by September 2011, with 3.6 million new comic books for $10.9 million.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: August 2013 – Allocation Blues

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Due to unprecedented demand for the DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales Column, The Beat announces that broadcasts of the August 2013 DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales Column will be allocated. This column is now FUBAR-Late at the writer level.

Sales Charts: A massive listing of all the comics that sold in September

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Diamond has released their sales charts for the record setting month of September, but instead of offering just the Top 50 Indie Comics, they included the top 1588 comics. It’s the WHOLE list. For all you number crunchers, it’s a bonanza. I’ve posted the relevant charts in HTML form and here they are. Top 1588 […]

September sales and the catastrophic success of Villains Month

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With all the rushing around, I never got to the Top 10 charts for September. I’ve posted the relevant charts below—short version: another good month. In fact a GREAT month, especially for DC, which crushed it. DC sent out a press release announcing they sold four million comics, the most since the initial New 52 […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales August 2013: The Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars

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Kind of a quiet month this month, with only two notable debuts, JMS’s new book Sidekicks, and this month’s Aspen debut, Overtaken, amongst the usual high flyers. In fact there are only 10 new books charting all month. The return of Saga is the only other big news, going from strength to strength.

It occurred to me this month that many of Image’s new books are getting some form of returnability. However, I’ve decided that, unlike my colleague MOF on the DC column, I’m not going to adjust the figures to reflect that, I’m going to stick to the raw data.