Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: August 2013 INFINITY launch one of the biggest events in recent years


Crossover season is upon us again, as INFINITY launches, and the first tie-ins appear. Naturally enough, Marvel don’t want to distract from it with any other major launches, and so it’s a pretty quiet month across the rest of the line.

As usual, Marvel had the largest share of the North American direct market, though it was relatively close – they led DC by 36% to 33% in unit terms, and 34% to 30% in dollars.

Diamond Sales: Marvel tops August in 4-week month


Marvel was the winner again in August according to today’s just released figures from Diamond. Infinity #1 was the top comics and Marvel meat DC in both units and dollars. Comparative figures were WAY down, however august was a four week month as compared to both August 2012 and July 2013 which were five week […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales July 2013


A triumphant return for Fathom, albeit one backed by a price-promotion, and a full price relaunch for Red Sonja join Matt Fraction’s Satellite Sam as the big debuts this month, and East of West and Lazarus cement their places in the upper part of the chart. Elsewhere are a clutch of strong mid-level launches, and a slightly worrying series of drops for Valiant.

Sales Charts: Amazon sales rankings show some digital outselling some print


Oh yeah, speaking of Amazon, we’re been awfully inconsistent about posting the weekly Amazon sales rankings compiled by Dave Carter, but here’s last Friday’s 1 (-). Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8) * 2 (-). Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 8) (Kindle) * 3 (R). Persepolis: The Story of a […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: July 2013 – The Ring Bling


Breaking: Comics retailers will buy any old rubbish.

The direct market is a peculiar distribution channel, and it has its hang-ups. One of the more peculiar aspects of this arrangement is how at every level — publishing, retail and consumer — its users fail singularly and incessantly to exercise or even realize their ability to help shape the market in such a way as to better serve their interests, while simultaneously bemoaning the situation that results.

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales July 2013: What did Spider-Man Month reveal?


by Paul O’Brien

July is Spider-Man month, with the launch of SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN and the relaunch of AVENGING SPIDER-MAN as SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP. We’ve also got the launch of AVENGERS A.I. and the miniseries HUNGER, both spinning out of AGE OF ULTRON.

For once, DC had the largest dollar share of the North American direct market, leading Marvel by 32.5% to 32.3%. In units, Marvel edge it by 36% to 34%. Either way, a much closer month than usual, with DC placing some high-selling books at the very top of the chart.

Superman/Batman movie news spurs record setting digital comics sales


And speaking of sales, Variety reports that news of the upcoming Batman/Superman movie has spiked sales of Frank Miller’s ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns’, as the movie will reportedly be based on elements of the old, grizzled Batman Miller depicted. According to the story, digital sales of the graphic novel surged 161% in July over […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: June 2013 – In Defense of Bob Harras


DC is in a weird place right now.

You can practically watch the publisher’s retail and talent relations take a nose-dive on the Internet. Just last week, retailers Brian Hibbs and Leo McGovern called DC out on its handling of a line-wide publishing stunt in August; a “head of DC Comics” was quoted as admitting that his target audience are “45-year-olds”; popular artist Kevin Maguire announced on Twitter that he’d been “just fired” from an upcoming DC title, asked for work — and was hired, lickety-split, by a gleeful Marvel editor in chief a few hours later; and the brave souls who read the actual comics that somehow still get made, published and sold in this environment conclude that everything kinda reads the same at DC.

Comics sales up in five week July; DC rebounds


Comics sales were up in double digits in nearly every comparison in July, according to figures just released by Diamond. July was a five-week month so the totals are naturally bigger; however, sales were strong even without the extra week. Graphic novel sales were up sharply vs last year, but combined comics and GN sales […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales June 2013: Walking Dead continues to climb


It’s mostly as you were this month, Walking Dead continuing its residency in the top twenty, while Image generally have a strong showing at the top, Lazarus joining Jupiter’s Legacy, East of West and Ten Grand amongst the best-selling indies. X-Files and Fabulous Killjoys also score very good debuts for IDW and Dark Horse respectively.

Marvel Month-to-Month sales: June 2013


by Paul O’Brien The focus this time round is on the conclusion of AGE OF ULTRON; Marvel had nothing else competing with it for your attention. There’s a new creative team on SAVAGE WOLVERINE, and a new Daredevil miniseries (DARK NIGHTS), but honestly, that’s about it. Or it would have been, but for the first […]

Amazon Sales Chart: Hyperbole and a Half and the Kindle dominate


Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.

Are Comics Sales Better? They Are For IDW!

"Money Pony" by Dan Allen

There has been much talk about “corporate comics”, and the ongoing migration of notable talent deciding to explore creator-owned options. Of course, almost all comics companies are corporations; it’s a nice legal framework which protects people from bad business decisions. Some of these corporations are quite public, especially those which issue stock.  I remembered that […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales May 2013: My Little Star Wars


By Paul Mellerick   Walking Dead, Star Wars and My Little Pony are joined by JMS’ Ten Grand and the new Regular Show title near the top of the charts this month. Elsewhere there are a lot of new comics, and a few new publishers to the chart, debuting to largely impressive sales. 147 indie […]

Marvel, DC, and Image split the June sales charts


Marvel, DC, and Image split the charts in various ways in June, as comics sales continued to stay above 2012 levels, according to charts just released by Diamond. DC’s Superman Unchained #1 by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee was the Number 1 comics, while Image had the #1 graphic novel with Walking Dead #18; and […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: May 2013 – ¡Viva el Vertigo!


by Marc-Oliver Frisch In May 2013, Vertigo is back in business in a major way: The first issue of The Wake, a 10-issue miniseries by writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean G. Murphy, sold an estimated 45,000 units, the highest number for a Vertigo comic book since the year 2000. The imprint’s average comic-book sales […]