Indie Month-to-Month Sales: June 2010

By Matthew Murray

Buffy may be on a break, but that doesn’t mean that a Joss Whedon book isn’t the top selling “indie” comic this month as Serenity takes the top spot. Further down the list we have lots of Red Sonja comics, a Goon spin-off by Eric Powell, and yet more adaptations of movies and TV shows.

Dark Horse had a 3.53% unit share and a 5.30% dollar share, Image had a 3.38% unit share and a 3.88% dollar share, and IDW had a 3.07% unit share and a 3.67% dollar share.

I’ve listed every “indie” title in the top 200, every title from Image, Darkhorse, and IDW (ie. “the front of Previews”), and a selection of others.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

50. Serenity (Dark Horse)

06/2010: Serenity Float Out one shot - 35,266

Buffy may not have shipped this month, but that doesn’t mean a Joss Whedon series doesn’t get the top indie slot. The last series ended in May 2008 with sales of 52,428.

79. The Walking Dead (Image)

06/2005: The Walking Dead #20 - 16,915
06/2006: The Walking Dead #28 - 20,118
06/2007: The Walking Dead #38 - 22,193
06/2008: -
06/2009: The Walking Dead #62 - 23,910

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07/2009: The Walking Dead #63 - 24,001 (+0.3%)
08/2009: The Walking Dead #64 - 24,393 (+1.6%)
09/2009: The Walking Dead #65 - 24,892 (+2.0%)
10/2009: The Walking Dead #66 - 24,944 (+0.2%)
11/2009: The Walking Dead #67 - 24,666 (-1.1%)
12/2009: The Walking Dead #68 - 24,230 (-1.8%)
01/2010: The Walking Dead #69 - 23,695 (-2.2)
02/2010: The Walking Dead #70 - 23,999 (+1.3%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: The Walking Dead #71 - 24,567 (+2.4%)
05/2010: The Walking Dead #72 - 25,182 (+2.5%)
06/2010: The Walking Dead #73 - 25,645 (+1.8%)
                               6 month (+5.8%)
                               1 year (+7.3%)
                               2 year (n.a.)
                               3 year (+15.6%)
                               4 year (+27.5%)
                               5 year (+51.6%)

It climbs ever higher.

88. Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet (Dynamite)

03/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1 - 54,122
03/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #2 - 32,866 (-39.3%) [36,004]
04/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #3 - 29,552 (-17.9%)
05/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #4 - 26,292 (-11.0%)
06/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #5 - 23,841 (-9.3%)

There’re still at least six covers here, so the drops are very big for this point.

96. The Boys (Dynamite)

06/2007: The Boys #8 - 30,639
06/2008: The Boys #19 - 27,576
06/2009: The Boys #31 - 25,460

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07/2009: The Boys #32 - 25,231 (-0.8%)
08/2009: The Boys #33 - 24,684 (-2.1%)
09/2009: The Boys #34 - 24,502 (-0.7%)
10/2009: The Boys #35 - 24,841 (+1.4%)
11/2009: The Boys #36 - 23,471 (-5.5%)
12/2009: The Boys #37 - 24,025 (+2.4%)
01/2010: The Boys #38 - 22,203 (-7.6%)
02/2010: The Boys #39 - 21,905 (-1.3%)
03/2010: The Boys #40 - 22,022 (+0.5%)
04/2010: The Boys #41 - 21,552 (-2.1%)
05/2010: The Boys #42 - 21,479 (-0.3%)
06/2010: The Boys #43 - 21,390 (-0.4%)
                               6 month (-11,0%)
                               1 year (-16.0%)
                               2 year (-22.4%)
                               3 year (-30.2%)

Holding steady again. There’s another spinoff miniseries coming up.

101. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)

06/2006: Star Wars Legacy #1 - 34,758
06/2007: Star Wars Legacy #13 - 32,149
06/2008: Star Wars Legacy #25 - 29,548
06/2009: Star Wars Legacy #37 - 23,704

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07/2009: Star Wars Legacy #38 - 23,162 (-2.3%)
08/2009: Star Wars Legacy #39 - 22,888 (-1.2%)
09/2009: Star Wars Legacy #40 - 22,555 (-1.5%)
10/2009: Star Wars Legacy #41 - 22,109 (-2.0%)
11/2009: Star Wars Legacy #42 - 21,659 (-2.0%)
12/2009: Star Wars Legacy #43 - 20,983 (-3.1%)
01/2010: Star Wars Legacy #44 - 20,341 (-3.1%)
02/2010: Star Wars Legacy #45 - 20,100 (-1.2%)
03/2010: Star Wars Legacy #46 - 19,790 (-1.5%)
04/2010: Star Wars Legacy #47 - 20,022 (+1.2%)
05/2010: Star Wars Legacy #48 - 19,954 (-0.3%)
06/2010: Star Wars Legacy #49 - 19,911 (-0.2%)
                               6 month (-5.1%)
                               1 year (-16.0%)
                               2 year (-32.6%)
                               3 year (-38.1%)
                               4 year (-42.7%)

The final storyarc has been very steady.

111. Angel (IDW)

06/2005: The Curse #2 14,657
06/2006: Spotlight: Wesley - 9,673
06/2007: -
06/2008: After the Fall #8 - 47,888
06/2009: Angel #22 - 27,496

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07/2009: Angel: After the Fall – Epilogue #23 - 24,003 (-12.7%)
08/2009: Angel #24 - 22,795 (-5.0%)
09/2009: Angel #25 - 23,815 (+4.5%)
10/2009: Angel #26 - 22,886 (-3.9%)
11/2009: Angel #27 - 20,731 (-9.4%)
12/2009: Angel #28 - 21,301 (+2.7%)
12/2009: Angel Annual #1 - 16,616 (-22.0%)
01/2010: Angel #29 - 20,280 (+22.5%)
02/2010: Angel #30 - 11,044 [19,394] (-4.4%)
03/2010: Angel #31 - 18,538 (-4.4%)
04/2010: Angel #32 - 17,942 (-3.2%)
05/2010: Angel #33 - 17,521 (-2.3%)
06/2010: Angel #34 - 17,467 (-0.3%)                             
                               6 month (-18.0%)
                               1 year (-36.5%)
                               2 year (-63.5%)
                               3 year (n.a.)
                               4 year (+80.6)
                               5 year (+19.2)

Another book that’s quite stable this month.

115. Conan the Cimmerian (Dark Horse)

06/2005: Conan #18 - 36,323
06/2006: Conan #29 - 32,049
06/2007: Conan #41 - 24,720
06/2008: -
06/2009: The Cimmerian #11 - 20,041

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07/2009: The Cimmerian #12 - 19,268 (-3.9%)
08/2009: The Cimmerian #13 - 18,881 (-2.0%)
09/2009: The Cimmerian #14 - 18,643 (-1.3%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: The Cimmerian #15 - 18,293 (-1.9%)
11/2009: The Cimmerian #16 - 17,778 (-2.8%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: Weight of Crown One Shot - 17,571 (-1.2%)
01/2010: The Cimmerian #17 - 17,356 (-1.2%)
02/2010: The Cimmerian #18 - 17,074 (-1.6%)
03/2010: The Cimmerian #19 - 18,131 (+6.2%)
04/2010: The Cimmerian #20 - 16,393 (-9.6%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: The Cimmerian #21 - 16,421 (+0.2%)
                6 month (n.a.)
                1 year (-18.1%)
                2 year (n.a.)
                3 year (-33.6%)
                4 year (-48.8%)
                5 year (-54.8%)

Conan is running a few months late. I’m not sure why there was the increase here, though there was a Cary Nord cover this month.

116. Kevin Smith's Kato (Dynamite)
05/2010: Kevin Smith's Kato #1 – 19,720
06/2010: Kevin Smith's Kato #2 - 16,361 (-17.0%)

Smaller drop than I expected. I guess all these Green Hornet comics are going to sell fairly well.

121. Star Wars Invasion (Dark Horse)

07/2009: Invasion #1 (of 5) - 24,548
08/2009: Invasion #2 (of 5) - 21,004 (-14.4%)
09/2009: Invasion #3 (of 5) - 19,798 (-5.7%)
10/2009: Invasion #0 - 19,714 (-0.4%)
10/2009: Invasion #4 - 19,138 (-2.9%)
11/2009: Invasion #5 - 18,315 (-4.3%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #1 - 17,911(-2.2%)
06/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #2 - 16,098 (-10.1%)

That’s a good second issue drop, not a good drop for what is basically issue 7 of the series though.

123. Star Wars Dark Times (Dark Horse)

06/2008: Dark Times #12 - 23,888
06/2009: -

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07/2009: -
08/2009: Blue Harvest #0 - 18,601 (-3.4%)
08/2009: Dark Times #14 Blue Harvest pt 2 (of 5) – 18,477 (-0.7%)
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: -
01/2010: Dark Times #15 - 17,485 (-5.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: Dark Times #16 - 17,173 (-1.8%)
05/2010:  -
06/2010: Dark Times #17 - 16,041 (-6.6%)
                6 months (n.a.)
                1 year (n.a.)
                2 year (-32.8%)

Final issue.

125, 127. Invincible (Image)

06/2005: Invincible #24 - 11,818
06/2006: Invincible #33 - 12,940
06/2007: Invincible #42 - 15,955
06/2008: Invincible #50 - 16,731
06/2009: Invincible #63 - 15,226

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07/2009: Invincible #64 - 15,535 (+2.0%)
08/2009: Invincible #65 - 15,621 (+0.6%)
09/2009: Invincible #66 - 15,931 (+2.0%)
10/2009: Invincible #67 - 15,831 (-0.6%)
11/2009: Invincible #68 - 15,542 (-1.8%)
12/2009: Invincible #69 - 15,161 (-2.5%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Invincible #70 - 14,953 (-1.4%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Invincible Returns #1 - 19,933 (+33.3%)
04/2010: Invincible #71 - 18,996 (-4.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Invincible #72 - 15,689 (-17.4%)
06/2010: Invincible #73 - 15,340 (-2.2%)
                6 month (+1.2%)
                1 year (+0.7%)
                2 year (-8.3%)
                3 year (-3.9%)
                4 year (+18.5%)
                5 year (+29.8%)

Two issues this month as it tries to get back on schedule. I really expected this series to keep more of the sales from the huge bump a few months back.

139. Chew (Image)

06/2009: Chew #1 - 5,248 [13,517]

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07/2009: Chew #2 - 6,735 (-24.6%)
08/2009: Chew #3 - 13,762 (+104.3%)
09/2009: Chew #4 - 12,294 (-10.7%)
10/2009: Chew #5 - 13,498 (+9.8%)
11/2009: Chew #6 - 13,139 (-2.7%)
12/2009: Chew #7 - 12,902 (-1.8%)
01/2010: Chew #8 - 12,727 (-1.4%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Chew #9 - 12,866 (+1.1%)
04/2010: Chew #10 - 13,335 (+3.6%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Chew #11 - 13,204  (-1.0%)
                6 month (+2.3%)
                1 year (-2.3%)

Small decrease for the beginning of the third arc. The trade of the second arc is the second best selling graphic novel of the month, selling 6,549 copies. Meanwhile, sales of volume one have reached 16,019 copies.

142, 179, 202. Red Sonja (Dynamite)

06/2005: Red Sonja #1 - 80,603
06/2006: Red Sonja #11 - 31,176
06/2007: Red Sonja #23 - 20,641
06/2008: Red Sonja #34 - 15,307
06/2009: Red Sonja #45 - 12,030

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07/2009: Red Sonja #46 - 11,993 (-0.3%)
08/2009: Red Sonja #47 - 11,709 (-2.4%)
09/2009: Red Sonja #48 - 11,815 (+0.9%)
10/2009: Red Sonja #49 - 11,487 (-2.8%)
10/2009:
11/2009:
12/2009: -
01/2010:
02/2010:
03/2010:
04/2010:
05/2010: -
06/2010: Red Sonja #50 - 13,017 (+13.3%)
06/2010: Red Sonja Annual #3 - 8,098 (-37.8%)
                6 month (n.a.)
                1 year (-32.7%)
                2 year (-47.1%)
                3 year (-60.8%)
                4 year (-74.0%)
                5 year (-90.0%)

10/2009: Queen Sonja #1 - 13,849
11/2009: Queen Sonja #2 - 12,024 (-13.2%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: Queen Sonja #3 - 10,768 (-10.4%)
02/2010: Queen Sonja #4 - 10,766 (-0.0%)
03/2010: Queen Sonja #5 - 10,393 (-3.5%)
04/2010: Queen Sonja #6 - 9,800 (-5.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Queen Sonja #7 - 9,879 (+0.8%)

Red Sonja 50? Yeah, I’m a bit confused by that showing up now too. Apparently Dynamite are going to be continuing that series as well as Queen Sonja, plus other miniseries. Does the market really need that many Red Sonja titles? I can’t imagine it can support them all.

143. BPRD (Dark Horse)

06/2006: Universal Machine #3 - 16,040
06/2007: Garden of Souls #4 - 15,858
06/2008: War on Frongs #1 - 16,799
06/2009: War on Frogs #3 (of 4) - 13,828

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07/2009: 1947 #1 (of 5) - 15,845 (+14.6%)
08/2009: 1947 #2 (of 5) - 14,893 (-6.0%)
09/2009: 1947 #3 (of 5) - 14,810 (-0.6%)
10/2009: 1947 #4 (of 5) - 14,505 (-2.0%)
11/2009: 1947 #5 (of 5) - 13,977 (-3.6%)
12/2009: War on Frogs #4 (of 4) - 12,904 (-7.7%)
01/2010: King of Fear #1 - 14,081 (+9.1%)
02/2010: King of Fear #2 - 13,123 (-6.8%)
03/2010: King of Fear #3 - 12,874 (-1.9%)
04/2010: King of Fear #4 - 12,480 (-3.1%)
05/2010: King of Fear #5 - 12,519 (+0.3%)
06/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #1 - 13,010 (+3.9%)
                               6 month (+0.8%)
                               1 year (-5.9%)
                               2 year (-22.6%)
                               3 year (-18.0%)
                               4 year (-18.9%)

I wasn’t sure if I should compare these to the previous Abe Sapien series (15,193 for a one shot last October), but as BPRD is on a skip month I thought it better to include it here.

Volume 10 of Hellboy has first month sales of 5,776.

144. GI Joe (IDW)

06/2006: America’s Elite #12 (Devil’s Due) - 17,777
06/2007: America’s Elite #24 (Devil’s Due) - 15,073
06/2008: -
06/2009: GI Joe #6 - 20,809

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07/2009: GI Joe #7 – 20,319 (-2.4%)
08/2009: GI Joe #8 – 18,750 (-7.7%)
09/2009: GI Joe #9 – 17,436 (-7.0%)
10/2009: GI Joe #10 – 16,264 (-6.7%)
11/2009: GI Joe #11 – 15,527 (-4.5%)
12/2009: GI Joe #12 – 14,824 (-4.5%)
12/2009: GI Joe #13 – 15,759 (+6.3%)
01/2010: GI Joe #14 – 14,030 (-11.0%)
02/2010: –
03/2010: GI Joe #15 – 13,607 (-3.0%)
03/2010: GI Joe #16 – 13,288 (-2.3%)
04/2010: GI Joe #17 – 13,129 (-1.2%)
05/2010: GI Joe #18 – 12,776 (-2.7%)
06/2010: GI Joe #19 – 12,849 (+0.6%)
6 month (-18.5%)
1 year (-38.3%)
2 year (n.a.)
3 year (-14.8%)
4 year (-27.7%)

Slight increase.

146. Irredeemable (Boom)

06/2009: Irredeemable #3 - 12,838

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07/2009: Irredeemable #4 - 13,623 (+6.1%)
08/2009: Irredeemable #5 - ??? (???)
09/2009: Irredeemable #6 - 14,128 (+3.7%)
10/2009: Irredeemable #7 - 14,282 (+1.1%)
11/2009: Irredeemable #8 - 13,688 (-4.2%)
12/2009: Irredeemable #9 - 13,515 (-1.3%)
01/2010: Irredeemable #10 - 13,106 (-3.0%)
02/2010: Irredeemable #11 - 12,912 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Irredeemable #12 - 13,058 (+1.1%)
04/2010: Irredeemable Special #1 - 12,411 (-5.0%)
05/2010: Irredeemable #13 - 12,784 (+3.0)
06/2010: Irredeemable #14 - 12,608 (-1.4%)
                               6 month (-6.7%)
                               1 year (-1.8%)

Drops a little. Volume three of the collections has first month sales of 3,493.

147. Transformers Ongoing (IDW)

06/2009: All Hail Megatron #12 - 12,124

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07/2009: All Hail Megatron #13 - 11,892 (-1.9%)
08/2009: All Hail Megatron #14 - 11,736 (-1.3%)
09/2009: All Hail Megatron #15 - 11,634 (-0.9%)
10/2009: All Hail Megatron #16 - 11,281 (-3.0%)
11/2009: Transformers Ongoing #1 - 15,220 (+34.9%)
12/2009: Transformers Ongoing #2 - 12,516 (-17.8%)
01/2010: Transformers Ongoing #3 - 12,609 (+0.7%)
02/2010: Transformers Ongoing #4 - 12,221 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Transformers Ongoing #5 - 11,994 (-1.9%)
04/2010: Transformers Ongoing #6 - 12,171 (+1.5%)
05/2010: Transformers Ongoing #7 - 11,932 (-2.0%)
06/2010: Transformers Ongoing #8 - 12,360 (+3.6%)
                               6 month (-1.3%)
                               1 year (+1.9%)

Bouncing up and down like the Megatron series.

148, 158, 164, 169. Predators (Dark Horse)

06/2010: Predators #1 - 12,283
06/2010: Predators #2 - 11,237 (-8.5%)
06/2010: Predators #3 - 10,811 (-3.8%)
06/2010: Predators #4 - 10,390 (-3.9%)

Weekly prequel to the movie. The Aliens vs. Predator series is running late.

151. Spike (IDW)

06/2007: Shadow Puppets 1 - 7,834
06/2008: -
06/2009: -

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06/2010: Spike The Devil You Know #1 - 12,057

                               3 year (+53.9%)

The Spike After the Fall miniseries ended with sales of about 30,000 a few years ago. Interest in this franchise has really dropped off since then.

159. Incorruptible (Boom)

12/2009: Incorruptible #1 - 15,710
01/2010: Incorruptible #2 - 12,635 (-19.6%)
02/2010: Incorruptible #3 - 11,860 (-6.1%)
03/2010: Incorruptible #4 - 11,749 (-0.9%)
04/2010: Incorruptible #5 - 3,642 [11,542] (-1.8%)
05/2010: Incorruptible #6 - 11,517 (-0.2%)
06/2010: Incorruptible #7 - 11,091 (-3.7%)

                               6 month (-29.4%)

Standard drop.

161, 187. Mouse Guard (Archaia)

06/2010: Legends of the Guard #1 - 10,918
06/2010: Legends of the Guard #2 - 9,113 (-16.5%)

Spin off anthology featuring stories by various writers.

163. Buzzard (Dark Horse)

06/2010: Buzzard #1 - 10,888

Spinoff from The Goon, written and drawn by Eric Powell.

165. Kato Origins (Dynamite)

04/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #1 - 13,172
05/2010: -
06/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #2 - 10,668 (-19.0%)

Average drop.

171. Green Hornet Parallel Lives (Dynamite)

06/2010: Parallel Lives #1 - 10,322

This one is apparently based on the movie continuity.

173. Crossed (Avatar)

06/2009: -

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07/2009: Crossed #6 (of 9) - 13,382 (+9.3%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: Crossed #7 - 14,238 (+6.4%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Crossed #8 - 12,757 (-10.4%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Crossed #9 - 12,374 (-3.0%)
04/2010: Crossed Family Values #1 - 10,704 (-13.5%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Crossed Family Values #2 - 10,165 (-5.0%)
                6 month (-20.3%)

That’s a good second issue drop.

174. GI Joe Cobra II (IDW)

06/2009: GI Joe Cobra #4 - 16,739 (-6.4%)

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07/2009: -
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: -
01/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #1 - 12,062 (-27.9%)
02/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #2 - 11,121 (-7.8%)
03/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #3 - 10,562 (-5.0%)
04/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #4 - 10,384 (-1.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #5 - 10,136 (-2.4%)
                6 month (n.a.)
                1 year (-39.9%)

First issue as an ongoing.

176, 194. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)

06/2006: Grimm Fairy Tales #6 - 5,234
06/2007: Grimm Fairy Tales #15 - 7,158
06/2008: Grimm Fairy Tales #27 - 9,667
06/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #39 - 10,099

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07/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #40 - 9,616 (-4.8%)
08/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #41 - 10,600 (+10.2%)
09/2009: -
10/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #42 - 9,070 (-14.4%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #43 - 10,246 (+13.0%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: -
03/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #44 - 8,824 (-13.9%)
03/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #45 - 8,916 (+1.0%)
04/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #46 - 8,694 (-2.5%)
05/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales Annual Las Vegas - 8,462 (-2.7%)
06/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #47 - 8,721 (+3.2%)
06/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #48 - 10,011 (+14.8%)
                               6 month (-2.3)
                               1 year (-0.9)
                               2 year (+3.6)
                               3 year (+39.9%)
                               4 year (+91.3%)

Two issues this month. Zenescope really seem to have upped their output this year.

178. Project Superpowers (Dynamite)

06/2008: Project Superpowers #4 (of 7) - 33,124
06/2009: Chapter Two #0 - 31,828

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07/2009: Chapter Two #1 - 22,282 (-30.0%)
08/2009: Chapter Two #2 - 17,377 (-22.0%)
09/2009: Chapter Two #3 - 15,717 (-9.6%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Chapter Two #4 - 14,980 (-3.2%)
12/2009: Chapter Two #5 - 12,794 (-14.6%)
01/2010: Chapter Two #6 - 11,923 (-6.8%)
02/2010: Chapter Two #7 - 21,688 (+81.9%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Chapter Two #8 - 10,724 (-50.6%)
05/2010: Chapter Two #9 - 10,132 (-5.5%)
06/2010: Chapter Two #10 - 9,892 (-2.4%)
                               6 month (-22.7%)
                               1 year (-68.9%)
                               2 year (-70.1%)

Ends with issue 12.

182. Turf (Image)

04/2010: Turf #1 - 14,033
05/2010: -
06/2010: Turf #2 - 9,668  (-31.1%)

Issue one apparently sold out of its initial print run of 20,000 copies (though that would have included high sales in the UK not included here), so this drop off seems a bit on the steep side.

185. Terry Moore’s Echo (Abstract)

07/2009: Echo #13 - 10,783 (-2.8%)
08/2009: Echo #14 - 10,663 (-1.1%)
09/2009: Echo #15 - 10,529 (-1.3%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Echo #16 - 10,234 (-2.8)
12/2009: Echo #17 - 10,282 (+0.5%)
01/2010: Echo #18 - 10,137 (-1.4%)
01/2010: Echo #19 - 4,978 [9,787] (-3.5%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Echo #20 - 9,378 (-4.2%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Echo #21 - 6,611 (-29.5%)
06/2010: Echo #22 - 9,277 (+40.3%)

The missing copies from last month failed to chart.

186. Hack Slash (Image)

06/2007: Hack Slash #2 (Devil’s Due) - 6,081
06/2008: Hack Slash #12 (Devil’s Due) - 6,135
06/2009: Hack Slash #23 (Devil’s Due) - 6,022

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07/2009: -
08/2009: Hack Slash #24 - 5,069 (-15.8%)
08/2009: Hack Slash #25 - 5,326 (+5.1%)
09/2009: Hack Slash #26 - 5,400 (+1.4%)
10/2009: Hack Slash #27 - 6,005 (+11.2%)
11/2009: -
12/2009: Hack Slash #28 - 6,260  (+4.2%)
01/2010: Hack Slash #29 - 5,935 (-5.2%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Hack Slash #30 - 5,647  (-4.9%)
04/2010: Hack Slash #31 - 5,566 (-1.4%)
04/2010: Hack Slash #32 - 5,344  (-4.0%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #1 - 9,270 (+66.5%)

                6 month (+48.1%)
                1 year (+53.9%)
                2 year (+51.1%)
                3 year (+52.4%)

Hack Slash has been pretty stable over the last few years, and the move to Image has an immediate affect. It’ll be interesting to see if it manages to hold onto these sales or if they drop down to previous levels.

188. Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island (Avatar)

02/2010: Captain Swing #1 - 10,167
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Captain Swing #2 - 9,063 (-10.9%)

Warren Ellis comic that is running late. Shipping books this randomly can’t help readers to come back for the next issue.

190. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Neverland (Zenescope)

03/2010: Neverland #1 - 10,401
04/2010: Neverland #2 - 7,961 (-23.5%)
05/2010: -
06/ 2010: Neverland #3 - 9,006 (+13.1%)

More interest than expected or just a really hot cover?

191. Jurassic Park (IDW)

06/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #1 - 8,941

IDW are also releasing this (and lots, if not all, of their other comics) digitally, so must be hoping to attract fans of the movie. Features a cover by Frank Miller.

196. GI Joe Hearts and Minds (IDW)

05/2010: Hearts and Minds #1 - 11,039
06/2010: Hearts and Minds #2 - 8,592 (-22.2%)

Standard second issue drop.

197. Transformers Ironhide (IDW)

05/2010: Ironhide #1 - 9,019
06/2010: Ironhide #2 - 8,546 (-5.2%)

Tiny second issue drop, a good sign.

198. Magdalena (Image)

04/2010: Magdalena #1 - 10,648
05/2010: -
06/2010: Magdalena #2 - 8,327 (-21.8%)

Standard second issue drop.

200. Velocity (Image)

06/2010: Velocity #1 - 8,172

The winner of one of the previous Pilot Seasons finally gets a miniseries.

205. GI Joe Operation Hiss (IDW)

02/2010: Operation Hiss #1 - 10,140
03/2010: Operation Hiss #2 - 8,818 (-13.0%)
04/2010: Operation Hiss #3 - 8,581 (-2.7%)
05/2010: Operation Hiss #4 - 8,118 (-5.4%)
06/2010: Operation Hiss #5 - 7,947 (-2.1%)

Movie sequel.

206, 207. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

06/2005: Sonic #151 - 8,258
06/2006: Sonic #163 - 7,469
06/2007: Sonic #176 - 7,082
06/2008: Sonic #189 - 7,074
06/2009: Sonic #201 - 8,001

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07/2009: Sonic #202 - 8,193 (+2.4%)
08/2009: Sonic #203 - 8,166 (-0.3%)
09/2009: Sonic #204 - 8,171 (0%)
10/2009: Sonic #205 - 8,263 (+1.1%)
11/2009: Sonic #206 - 8,353 (+1.1%)
12/2009: Sonic #207 - 8,198 (-1.9%)
01/2010: Sonic #208 - 8,006 (-2.3%)
02/2010: Sonic #209 - 7,819 (-2.3%)
03/2010: Sonic #210 - 7,925 (+1.4%)
03/2010: Sonic #211 - 7,786 (-1.8%)
04/2010: Sonic #212 - 7,973 (+2.4%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Sonic #213 - 7,893 (-1.0%)
06/2010: Sonic #214 - 7,936 (+0.5%)

                6 month (-3.2%)
                1 year (-0.8%)
                2 year (+12.2%)
                3 year (+12.1%)
                4 year (+6.3%)
                5 year (-3.9%)

Two issues this month with sales staying fairly stable.

211. Angel Barbary Coast (IDW)

04/2010: Barbary Coast #1 - 8,335
05/2010: Barbary Coast #2 - 7,844 (-5.9%)
06/2010: Barbary Coast #3 - 7,741 (-1.3%)

Small drop.

212. Yours Truly Jack the Ripper (IDW)

06/2010: Yours Truly Jack the Ripper #1 - 7,730

Adaptation of a Robert Bloch story.

218. Transformers Nefarious (IDW)

03/2010: Nefarious #1 - 8,810
04/2010: Nefarious #2 - 8,002 (-9.2%)
05/2010: Nefarious #3 - 7,354 (-8.1%)
06/2010: Nefarious #4 - 7,194 (-2.2%)

Standard drop.

221. Star Trek McCoy (IDW)

04/2010: McCoy #1 - 7,292
05/2010: McCoy #2 - 6,450 (-11.5%)
06/2010: McCoy #3 - 6,800 (+5.4%)

More interest in this one than retailers first thought. It’s written and drawn by John Byrne.

223. Star Trek Burden of Knowledge (IDW)

06/2010: Star Trek Burden of Knowledge  #1 - 6,757

Based on the original Star Trek characters.

224. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)

07/2009: Doctor Who #1 - 10,949
08/2009: Doctor Who #2 - 8,908 (-18.6%)
09/2009: Doctor Who #3 - 8,711 (-2.2%)
10/2009: Doctor Who #4 - 8,354 (-4.1%)
11/2009: Doctor Who #5 - 7,958 (-4.7%)
12/2009: Doctor Who #6 - 7,448 (-6.4%)
01/2010: Doctor Who #7 - 7,239 (-2.8%)
02/2010: Doctor Who #8 - 7,014 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Doctor Who #9 - 6,991 (-0.3%)
04/2010: Doctor Who #10 - 6,784 (-3.0%)
05/2010: Doctor Who #11 - 6,743 (-0.6%)
06/2010: Doctor Who #12 - 6,754 (+0.2%)

I can’t figure out any reason for this slight increase.

228. Chronicles of Wormwood (Avatar)

06/2007: Chronicles of Wormwood #4 - 7,796
06/2008: -
06/2009: -

10/2009: Last Battle #1 - 8,526
11/2009: Last Battle #2 - 7,433 (-12.8%)
12/2010: -
01/2010: -
02/2010: Last Battle #3 - 6,925 (-6.8%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Last Battle #4 - 6,700 (-3.2%)

            3 year (-14.1%)

I am really just confused at how Avatar releases their books.

229. Red Sonja Wrath of the Gods (Dynamite)

02/2010: Wrath of the Gods #1 - 8,941
03/2010: Wrath of the Gods #2 - 8,155 (-8.8%)
04/2010: Wrath of the Gods #3 - 7,626 (-6.5%)
05/2010: Wrath of the Gods #4 - 7,150 (-6.2%)
06/2010: Wrath of the Gods #5 - 6,695 (-6.4%)

The fourth Red Sonja title this month.

230. Solomon Kane (Dark Horse)

01/2010: Deaths Black Riders #1 - 8,266 (-16.0%)
02/2010: Deaths Black Riders #2 - 7,320 (-11.4%)
03/2010: Deaths Black Riders #3 - 6,899 (-5.8%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Deaths Black Riders #4 - 6,663 (-3.4%)

Running late.

234. Angelus (Image)

12/2009: Angelus #1 - 9,781
01/2010: -
02/2010: Angelus #2 - 7,277 (-25.6%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Angelus #3 - 6,933 (-4.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Angelus #4 - 6,565 (-5.3%)

Leading in to some big Top Cow event.

237. Ghostbusters (IDW)

10/2009: Displaced Aggression #1 - 8,756
10/2009: Displaced Aggression #2 - 7,113 (-18.8%)
11/2009: Displaced Aggression #3 - 6,674 (-6.2%)
12/2009: Ghostbusters Past Present Future - 6,868 (+2.9%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Ghostbusters Holiday Special Tainted Love - 5,817 (-15.3%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Ghostbusters Holiday Special Convolution #1 - 6,407 (+10.1%)

They go to a comic convention. Has art by Josh Howard who does Dead@17.

240. Darkwing Duck (Boom!)

06/2010: Darkwing Duck #1 - 6,300

Around upper middle of Boom’s recent Disney lauches.

263. Savage Dragon (Image)

06/2006: Savage Dragon #127 - 6,880
06/2007: -
06/2008: -
06/2009: Savage Dragon #149 - 6,060

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07/2009: Savage Dragon #150 - 6,619 (+9.2%)
08/2009: Savage Dragon #151 - 6,034 (-8.8%)
09/2009: Savage Dragon #152 - 5,993 (-0.7%)
10/2009: Savage Dragon #153 - 6,571 (+9.6%)
11/2009: Savage Dragon #154 - 5,885 (-10.4%)
12/2009: Savage Dragon #155 - 5,736 (-2.5%)
01/2010: Savage Dragon #156 - 6,152 (+7.3%)
02/2010: Savage Dragon #157 - 5,617 (-8.7%)
03/2010: Savage Dragon #158 - 5,578 (-0.7%)
04/2010: Savage Dragon #159 - 5,359 (-3.9%)
05/2010: Savage Dragon #160 - 5,411 (+1.0%)
06/2010: Savage Dragon #161 - 5,544 (+2.5%)
                              6 month (-3.3%)
                              1 year (-8.5%)
                              2 year (n.a.)
                              3 year (n.a.)
                              4 year (-19.4%)

Features Daredevil (the public domain one).

264. Battlefields (Dynamite)

06/2009: -

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07/2009: Tankies #3 - 6,834 (-3.0%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: -
12/2009: Happy Valley #1 - 7,193 (+5.3%)
01/2010: Happy Valley #2 - 6,038 (-16.1%)
02/2010: Happy Valley #3 - 5,840 (-3.3%)
03/2010: Battlefields #4 - 5,805 (-0.6%)
04/2010: Battlefields #5 - 5,582 (-3.8%)
05/2010: Battlefields #6 - 5,444 (-2.4%)
06/2010: Battlefields #7 - 5,484 (+0.7%)
                              6 months (-23.8%)
                              1 year (n.a.)

Tiny increase for the first part of a new story. I can’t imagine why Dynamite thought it would be a good idea to number this as a continuing series.

265, 275. Sam & Twitch (Image)

06/2005: Casefiles #18 - 5,372
06/2006: -
06/2007: -
06/2008: -
06/2009: -

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05/2010: Sam & Twitch: Writer #1 - 7,667
05/2010: Sam & Twitch: Writer #2 - 6,775 (-11.6%)
06/2010: Sam & Twitch: Writer #3 - 5,427 (-19.9%)
06/2010: Sam & Twitch: Writer #4 - 5,206 (-4.1%)

Two issues as the biweekly miniseries draws to a conclusion

270. Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? (Image)

05/2010: Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? #1 - 6,534
06/2010: Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? #2 - 5,253 (-19.6%)

Rob Zombie comic.

274. Dust Wars (Image)

06/2010: Dust Wars #1 - 5,212

Spinoff of a strategy RPG of some kind.

276. Robert E. Howard’s Hawks of Outremer (Boom!)

06/2010: Hawks of Outremer #1 - 5,199

Four issue miniseries.

278. Archie (Archie)

06/2006: Archie #567 - 2,893
06/2007: Archie #576 - 2,830
06/2008: Archie #586 - 2,774
06/2009: -
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07/2009: -
08/2009: Archie #600 - 54,170 [58,408] (+2,178.9%)
09/2009: Archie #601 - 37,871 (-35.2%)
10/2009: Archie #602 - 28,211 (-25.5%)
11/2009: Archie #603 - 25,799 (-8.5%)
12/2009: Archie #604 - 25,058 (-2.9%)
01/2010: Archie #605 - 24,803 (-1.0%)
02/2010: Archie #606 - 15,127 (-39.0%)
03/2010: Archie #607 - 5,013 (-66.9%)
04/2010: Archie #608 - 5,224 (+4.2%)
05/2010: Archie #609 - 4,848 (-7.2%)
06/2010: Archie #610 - 5,180 (+6.8%)
                              6 month (-%)
                              1 year (+79.4%)
                              2 year (n.a.)
                              3 year (+86.7%)
                              4 year (+83.0%)
                              5 year (+79.1%)

First part of The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. a spy story considerably more action oriented than most Archie comics. Written by Tom DeFalco.

279. Amory Wars (Boom)

06/2007: Amory Wars #1 (Image) - 10,669
06/2008: Amory Wars II #1 (Image) - 9,402  
06/2009: -

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05/2010: Keeping Secrets of Earth 3 #1 - 6,909
06/2010: Keeping Secrets of Earth 3 #2 - 5,178 (-25.1%)
                1 year (n.a.)
                2 year (-44.9%)
                3 year (-51.5%)

Comics based on Coheed and Cambria’s music. Cowritten by Peter David.

282. Cowboy Ninja Viking (Image)

10/2009: Cowboy Ninja Viking #1 - 8,380
11/2009: Cowboy Ninja Viking #2 - 6,394 (-23.7%)
12/2009: -
01/2010: Cowboy Ninja Viking #3 - 6,062 (-5.2%)
02/2010: Cowboy Ninja Viking #4 - 5,651 (-6.8%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: Cowboy Ninja Viking #5 - 3,928 (-30.5%)
05/2010: Cowboy Ninja Viking #6 - 5,100 (+29.8%)

Last month’s missing issues fail to chart, but sales overall are down.

288. Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark (Image)

06/2010:  Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark #1 - 4,932

One shot by the artists of Invincible and the Astounding Wolf-Man, so I thought it would have done a bit better. It did sell out and went to a second printing.

291. Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

06/2005: Usagi Yojimbo #85 - 6,432
06/2006: Usagi Yojimbo #94 - 4,308
06/2007: -
06/2008: -
06/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #121 - 5,171

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07/2009: -
08/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #122 - 5,077 (-1.8%)
09/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #123 - 5,051 (-0.5%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #124 - 4,992 (-1.2%)
12/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #125 – 4,980 (-0.2%)
01/2010: -
02/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #126 - 4,909 (-1.4%)
03/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #127 - 4,893 (-0.3%)
04/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #128 - 4,855 (-0.8%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #129 - 4,863 (+0.2%)
                6 month (-2.3%)
                1 year (-6.0%)
                2 year (n.a.)
                3 year (n.a.)
                4 year (+12.9%)
                5 year (-24.4%)

Fairly stable.

296. Dragon Age (IDW)

03/2010: Dragon Age #1 - 4,987
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Dragon Age #2 - 4,760 (-4.6%)

Video game spinoff produced by EA Comics.

300. Last Unicorn (IDW)

04/2010: Last Unicorn #1 - 5,366
05/2010: -
06/2010: Last Unicorn #2 - 4,528 (-15.6%)

Adaptation of the novel.

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Yeah, there’s some formatting errors. I don’t get them either.

Just a reminder, all numbers on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to the direct market. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month. These numbers don’t include sales through Diamond UK. They are low.

Matthew Murray really likes (vegetarian) cooking and zines and comics. Now if only he could somehow combine them.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the work and the numbers. :)

  2. This might have been asked in previous posts, but where are King City and Orc Stain? Are they failing to chart?

  3. I’m happy to see that good old fashioned T and A (Grimm Fairy Tales ) will outsell the vast majority of indie comics being published in the US.

    And by “happy” I mean “threw up in my mouth”.

    …and I’m not just saying that because those books outsold my Ghostbusters Holiday Special: Tainted Love ;-)

  4. Green Hornet… dropped 50% over five issues. I’m thinking Dynamite is pushing this now, so that the GNs will be ready in time for the movie. However, I don’t see the nostalgic or general interest in this property. Will GH be another hero who gets loved-to-death by a director/movie star, and thus bombs at the box office?

    Star Trek: McCoy is a nice mini-series of done-in-one issues. It’s set in the time right before the first motion picture, and McCoy’s a frontier doctor, with a crew of two. There was a retailer incentive for some (all?) of the issues.

  5. Looks like you missed a couple. Where’s Tales from Wonderland at 210, Bart Simpson Comics at 245, Do Androids Dream… at 253, etc.?

  6. No comparison for Float Out and the older Serenity comics?

    Jake:

    “I’ve listed every “indie” title in the top 200, every title from Image, Darkhorse, and IDW (ie. “the front of Previews”), and a selection of others.”

  7. And as I correct someone else on missing something, I realize I missed something myself. Never mind on the Serenity thing.

  8. Huh…the highest ranking Star Wars title is outside of the top 100? That’s rare, isn’t it?

    Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet: Funnily, Dynamite’s insistence on having so many variant covers has actually pushed me to trade wait. Why buy the issues every month and only get one cover when I can wait for the trade and get a nice bookshelf piece that has all of them? The cover gallery in the back of the first Red Sonja hardcover was worth the price of admission by itself.

    A one year drop of 1.8% on Irredeemable? That’s AWESOME.

    “Warren Ellis comic that is running late. Shipping books this randomly can’t help readers to come back for the next issue.”

    It’d made me switch to trades on all of Ellis’ Avatar output. Still waiting on Anna Mercury 2 and Supergod…

    Dr. Who: “I can’t figure out any reason for this slight increase.”

    Dude, it’s ELEVEN COPIES. That’s just statistical noise.

    Thanks for the work, as always!

  9. comicsatemybrain says:

    The 40 copy increase for Battlefields may also be statistical noise. It’s one thing to say that Battlefields and Dr. Who are stable from last month to this month, it’s another thing entirely to say that they had increases.

    Just because a number can be calculated out to a certain number of decimal places doesn’t mean that your measuring device is accurate to the same extent. (Something that all three sales chart columnists need to be reminded of every once in a while :)

  10. brandon says:

    @Sandy

    Orc Stain didnt ship in June.

  11. Jesse Post says:

    Wait, is that Serenity comic a standalone Wash-focused story?

    [runs to comic store]

  12. I was interested to see what ranking Age of Bronze #30 had, but even though it says that every Image title is listed, I can’t find Age of Bronze.

  13. Eric,

    These numbers only go as deep as the Diamond list goes, which is the top 300 titles for the month. Looks like Age of Bronze missed the list this month because of the volume of Marvel and DC releases: the #300 title for June sold 4528 copies. Compare that with March of ’09, the month AoB #28 made it on the chart at #291: the #300 book then sold only 1962 copies. Over 60 of the books that made the March ’09 chart sold less than the the lowest book on the June ’10 chart.

    Here’s an interesting chart on where that cutoff point is every month. Kind of surprising how much it fluctuates.

    http://www.comichron.com/vitalstatistics/300thplace.html

  14. Synsidar says:

    Synsidar, that is a party foul! Have you never read. . .

    No, I haven’t. Sorry.

    SRS

  15. Doctor Who Ongoing: I can’t figure out any reason for this slight increase.”

    Look at the trend of the numbers. There’s a decline of roughly 3+ percent every month, starting from 10k down to 7k, then in April the book hits a level and subsequent issues are ordered at the same numbers.

    What happened with Doctor Who in April? That’s easy — the new season debuted on BBC America. I’d expect that the numbers during the broadcast run would stay relatively stable, which as we can see they did.

  16. Wow… you left out 18 titles which charted! (Including the Simpsons comics from Bongo!)

    I’m not asking for analysis or even historical data (unless those lower titles keep popping up on the sales chart), just the rank, the title, and the sales.

    Considering that independent titles get less notice than Marvel/DC, it would be nice to at least see the titles.

    My only other suggestion… since ICV2 supplies cover prices on their Top 300 list, why not add it to these postings? Then us comicologists can hypothesize if price increases affect sales.

    Otherwise, thanks for the list!

  17. Leeway says:

    Of course the “Around upper middle of Boom’s recent Disney lauches” for Darkwing Duck doesn’t account for the Comic Con exclusive sellout for the first issue or the second printing of the regular sold out first issue

  18. Wow, super informative. Hard to get decent numbers on comics, even if you’re published in them.

  19. Sandy: I only have the data for the top 300 books that Diamond US ship each month. King City #1 (one of my favourite books) shipped 3,120 copies last august. It has not charted since then. The bottom book this month sold 4,528 copies so issue one would not even have charted if it came out this month. Similarly the last issue of Orc Stain I (or ICV2) have a number for is issue 3 which sold 3,151 copies last month.

    Dara: It makes me really sad. There was a discussion last month about how some of these books can come out and sometimes I really do not know.

    Torsten: Thank you for the info on the Star Trek McCoy series. I usually do not know about retailer incentives and the like.

    Jake: I have not listed any of the Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep or Bart Simpson comics, I can start next month though. I did not list the other because I do not list every comic Zenescope puts out.

    Jason: All of the Star Wars titles have been drifting down for quite a while. We will have to see if the new launches reignite interest in the series. And an 11 copy increase is nott he important part, the important part is that the book did not drop this month.

    Eric: Sorry, I should have been more accurate and said that every Image, etc. title in the top 300 is listed. It looks like the last issue to chart was 28 in March 2009 which ICV2 claims sold 2,176 copies.

    Allyn: You are right, it has more or less stayed stable at that number. Thanks for the information.

    Torsten: I left off loads of titles that charted. It is quite a lot of work to do this, and I have been traveling in Europe for a couple of months working on this when I could get some time. I am not paid to write this, so I do it because I find it interesting. I do list prices when I think they are relevant.

    Leeway: You are right, it also does not include newstand sales, but then neither dhttp://www.comicsbeat.com/2010/08/04/indie-month-to-month-sales-june-2010/#commentso any of the other titles listed on these charts.

    Just a reminder: These are some of the titles listed in Diamonds (I have no idea where the apostrophe on this keyboard is, sorry) top 300 chart. Lots of comics do not make this chart so I do not have numbers for them.

    These numbers are estimate only for the US (and Canada) and based on what I have heard they are _low_. Not just because of sales through Diamond UK and other distributors, but because they are inaccurate. However they seem to be consistantly inaccurate so you can follow trends.

    Part of the inaccuracies are due to reorders that do not chart. You could have a single issue of a comic sell 3000 copies a month and we might see it show up in the top 300 once or twice. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #1 has sold over 100,000 copies by consistantly selling copies every month for years (it occasionally scrapes onto the bottom of these charts).

    Thank you all for your feedback.

  20. Stu Harris says:

    I’d expect the DOCTOR WHO ongoing to do better once they start doing stories with Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor

  21. Bob Oldman says:

    “I’d expect the DOCTOR WHO ongoing to do better once they start doing stories with Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor”

    Really? As popular as David Tennant was (and still is), I would think sales would go down a little.

  22. Snikt Snakt says:

    Another great column, thanks for all the hard work!

  23. Matthew – Thanks for the response. I was particularly interested to see if King City’s numbers had actually gone up after issue 7, since that is the first issue of previously-unpublished material. But it sounds like both King City and Orc Stain’s numbers will be too low to show up. Too bad — they are both fantastic!

  24. Matthew, thanks for the clarification.

  25. Anonymous says:

    disappointing to see those “Echo” numbers. That’s possibly one the best comics that I’ve read in 30 years. Hopefully it’s due to the trades coming out so quickly after every 5 issues.

  26. PeterCSM says:

    I dropped Echo after giving it a try for 12 issues. I found it kinda boring. But I’d be surprised though if it didn’t stay steady for the remainder of it’s run.

    @Sandy: I have a bad feeling about King City. I too was hoping for a sales boost when the new material began but based on the ordering habits of all the comicshops I’ve visited (low orders if any) I’ve begun to wonder if Image is waiting to see what the trades sales will be (probably for issues 7-12) and based on that decide to cancel or, at least, not renew the series. I thought the art alone would attract more than 3,000 people. Guess it needs more naked babes with big boobs on the cover and maybe have some J. Scott Campbell variants.

  27. PeterCSM: King City is only twelve issues long. The first six were reprints of material from a Tokyopop graphic novel from several years ago, the second six were the planned second volume which never came out.
    As far as I know Image only has the rights to publish the series as single issues, no collection is guaranteed.
    Brandon should have new Multiple Warheadz stuff out this fall from Oni though.

  28. PeterCSM says:

    Thanks Matthew! That makes me feel better; like I’m not missing out on anything.

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