Diamond released a bunch of year end charts yesterday including the top 1000 comics and GNs. I may load those up at some point but here are some charts that won’t make headlines. First a piece count: Title counts Publisher Comics GNs Magazines Total DC COMICS 1107 340 6 1453 MARVEL COMICS 953 387 3 1343 […]
Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the top selling comics of 2014, and Marvel the #1 publisher according to charts just released by Diamond Comics. And more importantly, despite early flat sales, the year ended up, with overall sales up 4.39%, comics up 4.03% and graphic novels up 5.18%. Image ruled the graphic novel charts, with 9 […]
Over the holiday I spotted something pretty eye-popping on Tumblr—this comics sales chart from Amazing Heroes #49, published in 1984 and posted by Sam Humphries.
Your jaw will drop in amazement to see a world where American Flagg!, a daring SF comic by Howard Chaykin outsold Captain America, and Groo outsold Batman, Detective and Green Lantern.
The Walking Dead #132 topped the October charts, helping Image lands a 9.77% dollar share and impressive 12.28% unit share, according to figures just released by Diamond. While the zombie book led the charts before, it was for the milestone 100th issue. I believe this is the first time a regular issue led the charts, most likely buoyed […]
I’ll post John Jackson Miller’s analysis when it comes in, but sales for the year inched up, although down from Five Wednesday July. Image had more than 10% of unit sales, always a good mark for them. And sales analyst Miller weighs in pointing out this was the first “Normal” month in a while. After […]
by John Jackson Miller Comics sales months in the mirror may be smaller than they appear. That’s one of the lessons of the data released today byDiamond Comic Distributors about comics sales in March 2014, as analyzed by Comichron. Click to see the comics sales estimates for March 2014. March’s sales to comics shops overall only represented […]
Comics sales continued to look anemic in March, with sales down 4.40% in dollars and 9.85% in units over a year ago for year to date. The one positive number was graphic novel sales for the quarter, which were up from last year, although still down from Q4 ‘2013. Batman once again led the periodicals, […]
It’s hard to remember those timid days when digital comics were a threat to civilization as we know it and not a solid revenue stream, but one of the artifacts of that era, Diamond Digital, has been laid to rest. This was a program whereby retailers, instead of licking ‘em could join ‘em by setting up their own digital storefronts via Diamond. It never really worked out, for various reasons including a long, protracted roll-out, and at one point Brian Hibbs reported he had made a grand total, net, of $22.89 in a year from the program.
It’s a rite of Spring. Every May people race to the comics shop for the annual comic book holiday—Free Comics Book Day. In 2014, the free comcis are set loose on Saturday, May 3rd, and Diamond has just released information on the Gold Level Sponsor books, including the debut of DC’s Futures Past, and a […]
by John Jackson Miller [Reprinted with permission from Comichron] The comics industry’s momentum showed few signs of dissipating in October, as Direct Market shops in North America ordered more than $50 million worth of comic books and graphic novels for the first time in the 16 years that Diamond Comic Distributors has been the exclusive sales agent […]
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 […]
Diamond, the the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, is making a few more tinkers with the top exec structure. Former Lone Star Comics/mycomicshop.com retailer Chris Powell, who joined Diamond last year, has been promoted from Executive Director of Business Development to the new position of Vice President of Retailer Services. Powell will report to COO Chuck Parker and oversee Diamond’s Customer Service and Technical Support, which were formerly under VP Sales & Marketing Roger Fletcher. He’ll also continued his role in setting up programs to get new stores started.
A big change at Diamond executive team as VP of Purchasing Bill Schanes is stepping down after 27 years. He’ll be replaced by Jon Wurzer, who as Executive Director of Purchasing has been responsible for day to day purchasing decisions for the last 12 years. Schanes will remain in an advisory capacity through 2013.