Tweet 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 […]
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.
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.
Tweet 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 […]
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.
TweetComics 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 […]
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.
Tweet 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 […]
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.
TweetThere 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 […]
Tweet 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; […]
Tweet 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 […]
Tweet If there’s one phrase that frosts my scuppers these days it’s variations on the “comics are a dying industry” or “failing medium” or some other rote expression of gloom. This attitude goes back to the historic low self-esteem which many comics industry creators and professionals hold. It’s one of those deeply held beliefs that […]