Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2013 — The Usual Suspects

Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2013 — The Usual Suspectshttp://ift.tt/1aPQoLk

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By Paul Mellerick

After an unusual couple of months things are pretty much back to normal this month, with the usual suspects of Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars and My Little Pony joined by a few new Image titles and Valiant’s best-seller yet. At the bottom end of the charts we finally see a few titles returning, although possibly quite briefly in some cases.

150 indie titles charted in the top 300, up on last month’s 135. The indie chart sold approximately 1,820,321 comics, a bit down on last month’s 2,031,509. That’s all due to the increased numbers that Walking Dead added last month. It also means that the average sales this month are 12,153, down on last month’s 15,048. Out of the 150 books, only 20 went up in sales and 112 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

Image at the top again with an 8.67% dollar share and a 9.77% market share, while IDW have a 6.68% dollar share and 6.26% market share, Dark Horse have a 6.11% dollar share and a 4.91% market share, Dynamite have a 3.20% dollar share and 3.00% market share and Boom! have a 1.90% dollar share and 1.92% market share.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to “A href = “http://ift.tt/1c8lFNL;>icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

13,14,191.The Walking Dead (Image)

11/2008: The Walking Dead #54 - 24,093
11/2009: The Walking Dead #67 - 24,666 
11/2010: The Walking Dead #79 - 28,971
11/2011: The Walking Dead #91 - 31,813
11/2012: The Walking Dead #104 - 57,456

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12/2012: The Walking Dead #105 - 57,781 (+0.6%)
01/2013: The Walking Dead #106 - 70,526 (+22.1%)
02/2013: The Walking Dead #107 - 63,575 (-9.9%)
02/2013: The Walking Dead The Governor Special - 51,355
03/2013: The Walking Dead #108 - 67,423 (+6.1%)
04/2013: The Walking Dead #109 - 90,362 (+34.0%)
05/2013: The Walking Dead #110 - 76,455 (-15.4%)
06/2013: The Walking Dead #111 - 74,857 (-2.1%)
07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 - 72,975 (-2.5%)
08/2013: The Walking Dead #113 - 70,273 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Walking Dead #114 - 70,440 (+0.2%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead #115 - 310,584 (320,608)(+340.9%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special - 40,572
10/2013: The Walking Dead #1 10th Anniversary Ed - 39,780
11/2013: The Walking Dead #116 - 69,913 (-77.5%)
11/2013: The Walking Dead #117 - 68,818 (-1.6%)

The bi-weekly All Out War event continues, and sales drop back down, maybe a little lower than I’d expected. No variants, but it’ll be a few more months until we can figure out whether this is a general downward trend. Issue #115 charts again with a further 10,024 copies sold.

21. Unity (Valiant)

11/2013: Unity #1 - 60,003

A surprisingly strong start, but then it is fully returnable. Valiant have just announced a 3D variant for retailers who keep their copies, but we’ll never know what it actually sells (unless Valiant want to tell us?). It seems to be a totally different story from the original 90s series, keeping just the name.

24. Saga (Image)

11/2012: Saga #7 - 46,971 (53,267)(+15.7%)

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12/2012: Saga #8 - 42,324 (48,965)(-9.9%)
01/2013: Saga #9 - 45,629 (+7.8%)
02/2013: Saga #10 - 48,388 (+6.0%)
03/2013: Saga #11 - 50,023 (+3.4%)
04/2013: Saga #12 - 53,339 (+6.6%)
05-07/2013: -
08/2013: Saga #13 - 55,372 (+3.8%)
09/2013: Saga #14 - 55,585 (+0.4%)
10/2013: Saga #15 - 54,816 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Saga #16 - 54,593 (-0.4%)

Holding fairly steady.

28. The Star Wars (Dark Horse)

09/2013: The Star Wars #1 - 78,467
10/2013: The Star Wars #2 - 56,165 (28.4%)
11/2013: The Star Wars #3 - 50,346 (10.4%)

Sales starting to level out.

40. Black Science (Image)

11/2013: Black Science #1 - 40,873

A new series from Rick Remender, very much in the same thematic vein to his acclaimed series, Fear Agent. Dark sci-fi, I guess.

56, 272. My Little Pony (IDW)

11/2012: My Little Pony #1 - 80,128 (95,384)

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12/2012: My Little Pony #2 - 39,841 (-50.3%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: My Little Pony #3 - 43,579 (+9.4%)
02/2013: MLP #1 & #2 Hot Topic Pack - 8,988
03/2013: My Little Pony #4 - 41,541 (-4.7%)
03/2013: My Little Pony #5 - 36,354 (-12.5%)
04/2013: My Little Pony #6 - 33,903 (-6.7%)
05/2013: My Little Pony #7 - 32,188 (-5.1%)
06/2013: My Little Pony #8 - 33,114 (+2.9%)
06/2013: My Little Pony Color Me Treasury Ed - 4,810
07/2013: My Little Pony #9 - 35,153 (41,444) (+6.2%)
08/2013: My Little Pony #10 - 24,475 (31,860) (-30.4%)
08/2013: My Little Pony Cover Gallery #1 - 6,859
09/2013: My Little Pony #11 - 32,784 (+33.9%)
10/2013: My Little Pony #12 - 23,686 (-27.7%)
10/2013: My Little Pony 2013 Annual - 18,614
11/2013: My Little Pony #13 - 35,653 (+50.5%)
11/2013: My Little Pony Art Gallery - 6,028

Another huge boost upwards for the new issue, joined by a cover gallery collection.

58. Star Wars (Dark Horse)

01/2013: Star Wars #1 - 39,663 (63,410)
02/2013: Star Wars #2 - 46,063 (+16.1%)
03/2013: Star Wars #3 - 45,522 (-1.2%)
04/2013: Star Wars #4 - 45,019 (-1.1%)
05/2013: Star Wars #5 - 44,310 (-1.6%)
06/2013: Star Wars #6 - 42,806 (-3.4%)
07/2013: Star Wars #7 - 41,611 (-2.8%)
08/2013: Star Wars #8 - 38,792 (-6.8%)
09/2013: Star Wars #9 - 37,502 (-3.3%)
10/2013: Star Wars #10 - 36,019 (-3.9%)
10/2013: 1-for-1 Star Wars #1 - 16,690 (-3.9%)
11/2013: Star Wars #11 - 34,227 (-5.0%)

Still dropping, with the expected news that the license is going to Marvel finally arriving this month.

59. All New Soulfire (Aspen)

12/2012: Soulfire Vol 4 #3 - 4,763 (-1.3%)
11/2013: All New Soulfire #1 - 33,791 (+609.4%)

This month’s Aspen dollar book, likely to drop back down to five thousand or so copies next month.

63. East of West (Image)

03/2013: East of West #1 - 49,518 (64,284)
04/2013: East of West #2 - 41,838 (-15.5%)
05/2013: -
06/2013: East of West #3 - 39,441 (-5.7%)
07/2013: East of West #4 - 43,228 (+9.6%)
08/2013: East of West #5 - 36,345 (-15.9%)
09/2013: East of West #6 - 33,381 (-8.2%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: East of West #7 - 32,889 (-1.4%)

The smallest drop yet, at an encouragingly high level.

94. Pretty Deadly (Image)

10/2013: Pretty Deadly #1 - 45,883
11/2013: Pretty Deadly #2 - 23,581 (-48.6%)

A predictable drop, maybe not quite as large as I might have expected.

109. Sex Criminals (Image)

09/2013: Sex Criminals #1 - 37,893
10/2013: Sex Criminals #2 - 22,510 (-40.6%)
11/2013: Sex Criminals #3 - 20,712 (-7.9%)

Levelling out at a good level, this really is an excellent book.

111. My Little Pony Micro Series (IDW)

02/2013: Twilight Sparkle #1 - 34,435
03/2013: Rainbow Dash #1 - 25,473 (-26.0%)
04/2013: Rarity #1 - 23,338 (-8.4%)
05/2013: Fluttershy #1 - 22,489 (-3.6%)
06/2013: Pinkie Pie #1 - 25,219 (+12.1%)
07/2013: Applejack #1 - 24,350 (-3.5%)
08/2013: Cutie Mark Crusaders #1 - 20,868 (-14.3%)
09/2013: Princess Celestia #1 - 22,656 (+8.6%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Spike #1 - 20,190 (-10.9%)

The lowest selling issue yet, but these are still great numbers.

116, 285. Afterlife with Archie (Archie)

10/2013: Afterlife With Archie #1 - 41,533 (47,195)
11/2013: Afterlife With Archie #2 - 19,188 (-53.8%)

A large drop, but it was punching above its weight to start with, and this is still their best-selling book by a mile.

122. Manifest Destiny (Image)

11/2013: Manifest Destiny #1 - 17,371

A more mid-level debut for this new alternate history book, but it’s sold out very quickly, mainly ‘cos it’s very good.

124. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW)

11/2011: TMNT #4 - 22,898
11/2012: TMNT #16 - 17,140

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12/2012: TMNT #17 - 16,703 (-2.5%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: TMNT #18 - 16,172 (-3.2%)
02/2013: TMNT #19 - 16,125 (-0.3%)
03/2013: TMNT #20 - 16,084 (-0.3%)
04/2013: TMNT #21 - 20,659 (+28.4%)
05/2013: TMNT #22 - 27,759 (+34.4%)
06/2013: TMNT #23 - 17,772 (-36.0%)
07/2013: TMNT #24 - 16,484 (-7.2%)
08/2013: TMNT #25 - 17,833 (+8.0%)
09/2013: TMNT #26 - 17,322 (-2.9%)
10/2013: TMNT #27 - 17,042 (-1.6%)
11/2013: TMNT #28 - 17,045 (0%)

Very solid this last couple of months.

126. Ten Grand (Image)

05/2013: Ten Grand #1 - 57,216
06/2013: Ten Grand #2 - 29,241 (-48.9%)
07/2013: Ten Grand #3 - 21,858 (-25.5%)
08/2013: Ten Grand #4 - 19,017 (-13.0%)
09-10/2013: -
11/2013: Ten Grand #5 - 17,020 (-10.5%)

A delay and a change of artist, as Ben Templesmith moves on. New artist CP Smith does a brilliant job, in a very different art style.

127. Adventure Time (Boom!)

11/2012: Adventure Time #10 - 23,656 (+14.6%)

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12/2012: Adventure Time Cover Showcase - 7,478
01/2013: Adventure Time #11 - 10,980 (-53.6%)
01/2013: Adventure Time #12 - 20,407 (+85.9%)
02/2013: Adventure Time #13 - 22,474 (+10.1%)
03/2013: Adventure Time #14 - 22,165 (-1.4%)
04/2013: Adventure Time #15 - 21,682 (-2.2%)
05/2013: Adventure Time #16 - 21,659 (-0.1%)
05/2013: Adventure Time Annual #1 - 20,975
06/2013: Adventure Time #17 - 20,860 (-3.7%)
07/2013: Adventure Time #18 - 21,071 (+1.0%)
07/2013: Adventure Time Summer Special 2013 - 19,182 (26,278)
08/2013: Adventure Time #19 - 19,852 (-5.8%)
09/2013: Adventure Time #20 - 18,822 (-5.2%)
10/2013: Adventure Time #21 - 18,156 (-3.5%)
10/2013: Adventure Time 2013 Spooktacular - 16,920
11/2013: Adventure Time #22 - 16,905 (-6.9%)

A bit more of a drop this month.

129. The Manhattan Projects (Image)

11/2012: The Manhattan Projects #7 - 17,543

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12/2012: The Manhattan Projects #8 - 17,028 (-2.9%)
01/2012: -
02/2013: The Manhattan Projects #9 - 17,229 (+1.2%)
03/2013: The Manhattan Projects #10 - 17,028 (-1.2%)
04/2013: The Manhattan Projects #11 - 17,517 (+2.9%)
05/2013: -
06/2013: The Manhattan Projects #12 - 17,076 (-2.5%)
07/2013: -
08/2013: The Manhattan Projects #13 - 17,556 (+2.8%)
09/2013: The Manhattan Projects #14 - 16,881 (-3.8%)
10/2013: The Manhattan Projects #15 - 16,842 (-0.2%)
11/2013: The Manhattan Projects #16 - 16,674 (-0.1%)

Very solid these last through months.

130. Protectors Inc (Image)

11/2013: Protectors Inc #1 - 16,464

A new one from JM Straczinski, with art duties from Gordon Purcell, best known for his nineties Star Trek books at DC.

133. Fatale (Image)

11/2012: Fatale #10 - 18,819

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12/2012: Fatale #11 - 18,055 (-4.1%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: Fatale #12 - 17,999 (-0.3%)
03/2013: Fatale #13 - 17,662 (-1.9%)
04/2013: Fatale #14 - 17,557 (-0.6%)
05/2013: -
06/2013: Fatale #15 - 22,373 (+28.5%)
07/2013: -
08/2013: Fatale #16 - 17,045 (-24.6%)
09/2013: Fatale #17 - 16,571 (-2.7%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Fatale #18 - 16,154 (-2.5%)

Still dropping down a bit, but there is I believe only another year of this book to come.

137. Star Wars Dawn of The Jedi (Dark Horse)

11/2012: Dawn O/T Jedi Prisoner of Bogan #1 - 16,386

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12/2012: Dawn O/T Jedi Prisoner of Bogan #2 - 14,588 (-11.0%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: Dawn O/T Jedi Prisoner of Bogan #3 - 14,145 (-3.0%)
03/2013: Dawn O/T Jedi Prisoner of Bogan #4 - 13,728 (-2.9%)
04/2013: -
05/2013: Dawn O/T Jedi Prisoner of Bogan #5 - 13,304 (-3.1%)
06-10/2013: -
11/2013: Dawn O/T Jedi Force War #1 - 15,515 (+16.6%)

Probably the last series of this book, with the license ending this year.

138. X-Files Season 10 (IDW)

06/2013: X-Files Season 10 #1 - 24,270
07/2013: X-Files Season 10 #2 - 16,729 (-31.1%)
08/2013: X-Files Season 10 #3 - 17,557 (+4.9%)
09/2013: X-Files Season 10 #4 - 16,999 (-3.2%)
10/2013: X-Files Season 10 #5 - 16,819 (-1.1%)
11/2013: X-Files Season 10 #6 - 15,289 (-9.1%)

A big drop this month, as the first arc draws to a close.

140, 142, 145. Doctor Who Prisoners of Time (IDW)

01/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #1 - 12,752
02/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #2 - 12,730 (-0.2%)
03/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #3 - 12,717 (-0.1%)
04/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #4 - 14,653 (+15.2%)
05/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #5 - 13,097 (-10.6%)
06/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #6 - 13,018 (-0.6%)
07/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #7 - 12,773 (-1.9%)
08/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #8 - 13,328 (+4.2%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #9 - 12,999 (-2.5%)
11/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #10 - 15,033 (+15.6%)
11/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #11 - 14,964 (-0.5%)
11/2013: Doctor Who Prisoners Of Time #12 - 14,534 (-2.9%)

The last three issues all ship this month, and are amongst the best selling issues of the whole series. IDW must be very happy with this performance.

141. Alex & Ada (Image)

11/2013: Alex & Ada #1 - 14,992

A new book from Jonathan Luna, his first since The Sword ended a few years back, about a boy and his sex-bot. I’m being slightly flippant, it’s actually a very decent comic.

143. God is Dead (Avatar)

09/2013: God Is Dead #1 - 26,664
10/2013: God Is Dead #2 - 15,366 (-42.4%)
11/2013: God Is Dead #3 - 14,930 (-2.8%)

Sales level out at a reasonable level, Avatar’s best-selling book at the moment.

144. Umbral (Image)

11/2013: Umbral #1 - 14,536

A new title from Wasteland creators Antony Johnson and Chris Mitten.

147. Drumhellar (Image)

11/2013: Drumhellar #1 - 14,432

Riley Rossmo returns with a new series starring a slightly loopy psychic detective.

148. Spawn (Image)

11/2008: Spawn #186 - 23,725
11/2009: -
11/2010: -
11/2011: Spawn #213 - 13,369
11/2012: Spawn #225 - 26,872

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12/2013: -
01/2013: Spawn #226 - 16,814 (-37.4%)
01/2013: Spawn #227 - 17,172 (+2.1%)
02/2013: Spawn #228 - 16,343 (-4.8%)
03/2013: Spawn #229 - 16,355 (+0.1%)
04/2013: Spawn #230 - 15,994 (-2.2%)
05/2013: Spawn #231 - 16,502 (+3.2%)
06/2013: Spawn #232 - 16,077 (-2.7%)
07/2013: Spawn #233 - 15,701 (-2.3%)
08/2013: Spawn #234 - 15,930 (+0.8%)
09/2013: Spawn #235 - 15,081 (-5.3%)
10/2013: Spawn #236 - 13,368 (-11.4%)
11/2013: Spawn #237 - 14,411 (+7.8%)

Regaining some of the sales lost last month, but still lower than it’s been for a while.

152, 256. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)

03/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #1  - 21,600
04/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #2 - 16,384 (-24.1%)
05/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #3 - 16,497 (+0.7%)
06/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #4 - 16,147 (-2.1%)
07/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #5 - 15,854 (-1.8%)
08/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #6 - 15,394 (-2.9%)
09/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #7 - 14,924 (-3.0%)
10/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #8 - 14,576 (-2.3%)
11/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #9 - 13,999 (-4.0%)
11/2013: 1 For $1 Star Wars Legacy #1 - 6,624

Still dropping a bit, and joined by a dollar reprint of the first issue.

154. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 

11/2008: Red Sonja #39 - 13,994
11/2009: -
11/2010: Red Sonja #53 - 9,060
11/2011: Red Sonja #59 - 7,759
11/2012: Red Sonja #71 - 6,048

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12/2012: Red Sonja #72 - 5,856 (-3.2%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: Red Sonja #73 - 5,546 (-5.3%)
03/2013: -
04/2013: Red Sonja #74 - 5,449 (-1.7%)
05/2013: Red Sonja #75 - 7,072 (+29.8%)
05/2013: Red Sonja #76 - 5,272 (-25.5%)
06/2013: Red Sonja #77 - 5,212 (-1.1%)
06/2013: Red Sonja #78 - ????
07/2013: Red Sonja #1 - 30,561 (+486.4%)
07/2013: Red Sonja #79 - ????
08/2013: Red Sonja #2 - 18,327 (-40.0%)
08/2013: Red Sonja #80 - 5,066 (???)
09/2013: Red Sonja #3 - 15,928 (-13.1%)
10/2013: Red Sonja #4 - 15,128 (-5.0%)
11/2013: Red Sonja #5 - 13,811 (-8.7%)

Still dropping quite quickly, but also still so far above the last series that it doesn’t matter at this point.

156. Adventure Time Candy Capers (Boom!)

07/2013: Adventure Time Candy Capers #1 - 21,587
08/2013: Adventure Time Candy Capers #2 - 17,050 (-21.0%)
09/2013: Adventure Time Candy Capers #3 - 15,587 (-8.6%)
10/2013: Adventure Time Candy Capers #4 - 14,679 (-5.8%)
11/2013: Adventure Time Candy Capers #5 - 13,339 (-9.1%)

Penultimate issue.

158. Sons of Anarchy (Boom!) 

09/2013: Sons of Anarchy #1 - 27,601
10/2013: Sons of Anarchy #2 - 14,688 (-46.8%)
11/2013: Sons of Anarchy #3 - 13,251 (-9.8%)
159. Powerpuff Girls (IDW)

09/2013: Powerpuff Girls #1 - 38,992
10/2013: Powerpuff Girls #2 - 14,749 (-62.2%)
11/2013: Powerpuff Girls #3 - 13,175 (-10.7%)

Two books on their third issues and starting to level out.

163, 181. Regular Show (Boom!)

05/2013: Regular Show #1 - 38,466
06/2013: Regular Show #2 - 19,507 (-49.3%)
07/2013: -
08/2013: Regular Show #3 - 16,000 (-18.0%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Regular Show #4 - 15,269 (-4.6%)
11/2013: Regular Show #5 - 12,677 (-17.0%)
11/2013: Regular Show #6 - 11,213 (-11.6%)

This on the other hand, shows no sign of levelling out anytime too soon.

164. Samurai Jack (IDW)

10/2013: Samurai Jack #1 - 23,661
11/2013: Samurai Jack #2 - 12,645 (-46.6%)

A big drop, but this was never going to be a huge seller.

165. Shaolin Cowboy (Dark Horse)

10/2013: Shaolin Cowboy #1 - 20,257
11/2013: Shaolin Cowboy #2 - 12,641 (-37.6%)

Despite the fact that this entire comic consisted of two panel pages of our eponymous hero swing a pole with a chainsaw on each end, whilst surrounded by zombies (literally, the entire comic), it was still one of the best looking books this month.

166. Ben 10 (IDW)

11/2013: Ben 10 #1 - 12,623

The third Cartoon Network book trails in far behind the other two. I guess it’s too new for nostalgia and too old for current kids.

168. Rocket Girl (Image)

10/2013: Rocket Girl #1 - 20,287
11/2013: Rocket Girl #2 - 12,592 (-37.9%)

The predictable Image second-issue drop, but actually not quite as bad as some, it’s still doing pretty well.

170. Wraith (IDW)

11/2013: Welcome to Christmasland #1 - 12,547

I’m a little surprised, considering the buzz around Locke & Key, that Joe Hill’s latest comic series hasn’t done a bit better. Particularly as it is excellent.

171, 191. Transformers More TMTE (IDW)

11/2012: More Than Meets Eye #11 - 10,398

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12/2012: More Than Meets Eye #12 - 10,076 (-3.1%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: More Than Meets Eye #13 - 10,051 (-0.2%)
03/2013: More Than Meets Eye #14 - 9,942 (-1.1%)
03/2013: More Than Meets Eye #15 - 9,768 (-1.8%)
04/2013: More Than Meets Eye #16 - 9,637 (-1.3%)
05/2013: More Than Meets Eye #17 - 9,523 (-1.2%)
06/2013: More Than Meets Eye #18 - 9,394 (-1.4%)
07/2013: More Than Meets Eye #19 - 9,320 (-0.8%)
08/2013: More Than Meets Eye #20 - 9,402 (+0.9%)
09/2013: More Than Meets Eye #21 - 9,258 (-1.5%)
10/2013: More Than Meets Eye #22 - 9,248 (-0.1%)
11/2013: Dark Cybertron #1 - 12,165
11/2013: More Than Meets Eye #23 - 9,579 (+3.6%)

Dark Cybertron is a crossover between the two main titles, with this bookend issue scoring decent sales, and the second part of the crossover slightly up on regular sales.

172. Grimm Fairy Tales Oz (Zenescope)

07/2013: GFT Oz #1 - 19,237
08/2013: GFT Oz #2 - 11,119 (-42.2%)
10/2013: GFT Oz #3 - 10,537 (-5.2%)
11/2013: GFT Oz #4 - 12,064 (+14.5%)

A nice little boost for Zenescope’s best-selling book. No idea why, but it’s probably something to do with variant covers.

174. Rat Queens (Image)

09/2013: Rat Queens #1 - 21,745
10/2013: Rat Queens #2 - 12,335 (-43.3%)
11/2013: Rat Queens #3 - 11,967 (-3.0%)

Levelling out very well; I’m glad, it’s a fun little book.

175. Thief of Thieves (Image)

11/2012: Thief of Thieves #10 - 16,424

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12/2012: Thief of Thieves #11 - 15,605 (-5.0%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: Thief of Thieves #12 - 14,974 (-4.0%)
03/2013: -
04/2013: Thief of Thieves #13 - 15,201 (+1.5%)
05/2013: Thief of Thieves #14 - 16,938 (+11.4%)
06/2013: -
07/2013: Thief of Thieves #15 - 14,013 (-17.3%)
08/2013: Thief of Thieves #16 - 13,182 (-5.9%)
10/2013: Thief of Thieves #17 - 12,511 (-5.1%)
11/2013: Thief of Thieves #18 - 11,809 (-5.6%)

Still falling at a pretty rapid rate.

176. Star Trek Khan (IDW)

10/2013: Star Trek Khan #1 - 13,573
11/2013: Star Trek Khan #2 - 11,757 (-13.4%)

Not a bad drop at all, this is still selling better than the ongoing series.

177. X-O Manowar (Valiant)

11/2012: X-O Manowar #7 - 14,527

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12/2012: X-O Manowar #8 - 14,462 (-0.4%)
01/2013: X-O Manowar #9 - 16,599 (+14.8%)
02/2013: X-O Manowar #10 - 13,504 (-18.6%)
03/2013: X-O Manowar #11 - 15,765 (+16.7%)
04/2013: X-O Manowar #12 - 13,216 (-16.2%)
05/2013: X-O Manowar #13 - 13,305 (+0.7%)
06/2013: X-O Manowar #14 - 13,227 (-0.6%)
07/2013: X-O Manowar #15 - 13,997 (+5.5%)
08/2013: X-O Manowar #16 - 11,019 (-21.3%)
09/2013: X-O Manowar #17 - 10,859 (-1.5%)
10/2013: X-O Manowar #18 - 11,438 (+5.3%)
11/2013: X-O Manowar #19 - 11,744 (+3.0%)

X-O is pretty solid at the moment, possibly gaining from the character’s starring role in Unity. This is pretty much the last good news for Valiant this month.

178. Legends of Red Sonja (Dynamite)

11/2013: Legends Of Red Sonja #1 - 11,734

A new anthology book, with multiple creators contributing to the story, linked by Gail Simone. Carla Speed McNeill, Nancy Collins and Devin Grayson are all in this first issue.

179. Revival (Image)

11/2012: Revival #5 - 14,098


12/2012: -
01/2013: Revival #6 - 17,396 (+23.4%)
02/2013: Revival #7 - 16,639 (-4.4%)
03/2013: Revival #8 - 17,082 (+2.7%)
04/2013: Revival #9 - 16,977 (-0.6%)
05/2013: Revival #10 - 16,314 (-3.9%)
06/2013: Revival #11 - 13,536 (-17.0%)
07/2013: Revival #12 - 13,948 (+3.0%)
08/2013: Revival #13 - 12,549 (-10.0%)
09/2013: Revival #14 - 12,254 (-2.3%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Revival #15 - 11,468 (-6.4%)

Revival has dropped off badly over the last few months

180. Conan (Dark Horse)

11/2008: The Cimmerian #5 - 23,277
11/2009: The Cimmerian #15 - 18,293
11/2010: The Cimmerian #25 - 15,421
11/2011: The Road of Kings #10 - 11,331
11/2012: Conan the Barbarian #10 - 13,822

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12/2012: Conan the Barbarian #11 - 13,436 (-2.8%)
01/2013: Conan the Barbarian #12 - 13,254 (-1.4%)
02/2013: Conan the Barbarian #13 - 13,000 (-1.9%)
03/2013: Conan the Barbarian #14 - 12,944 (-0.4%)
04/2013: Conan the Barbarian #15 - 12,845 (-0.8%)
05/2013: Conan the Barbarian #16 - 12,682 (-1.3%)
06/2013: Conan the Barbarian #17 - 12,395 (-2.3%)
07/2013: Conan the Barbarian #18 - 12,331 (-0.5%)
08/2013: Conan the Barbarian #19 - 12,105 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Conan the Barbarian #20 - 11,828 (-2.3%)
10/2013: Conan the Barbarian #21 - 11,800 (-0.2%)
11/2013: Conan the Barbarian #22 - 11,384 (-3.5%)

Brian Wood’s run on the book is nearing the end, with Fred Van Lente due to replace him.

183. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)

11/2012: -

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12/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #3 - 11,144 (+3.0%)
01/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #4 - 10,865 (-2.5%)
02/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #5 - 10,271 (-5.5%)
02/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #6 - 10,579 (+3.0%)
03/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #7 - 10,307 (-2.6%)
04/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #8 - 10,414 (+1.0%)
05/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #9 - 11,993 (+15.2%)
06/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #10 - 10,234 (-14.7%)
07/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #11 - 11,425 (+11.6%)
08/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #12 - 10,220 (-10.5%)
09/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #13 - 14,499 (+41.9%)
10/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #14 - 10,826 (-25.3%)
11/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #15 - 10,926 (+0.9%)

Holding steady, other than that upward blip a few months ago.

184. Quantum & Woody (Valiant)

07/2013: Quantum & Woody #1 - 17,622
08/2013: Quantum & Woody #2 - 12,818 (-27.3%)
09/2013: Quantum & Woody #3 - 10,734 (-16.3%)
10/2013: Quantum & Woody #4 - 11,242 (+4.7%)
11/2013: Quantum & Woody #5 - 10,816 (-3.8%)

Dropping back down after last month’s Goat-inspired increase.

185. Cryptozoic Man (Dynamite)

10/2013: Cryptozoic Man #1 - 12,635
11/2013: Cryptozoic Man #2 - 10,766 (-14.8%)

Exposure on Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men has given this book some investi-comics legs, and led to the second-issue drop being fairly small.

187. Regular Show Skips (Boom!)

11/2013: Regular Show Skips #1 - 10,378

Only a thousand or so copies behind the main book.

188. Transformers Robots In Disguise (IDW)

11/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise #11 - 10,285

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12/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise #12 - 10,161 (-1.2%)
01/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #13 - 9,935 (-2.2%)
02/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #14 - 9,874 (-0.6%)
03/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #15 - 9,707 (-1.7%)
04/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #16 - 9,700 (-0.1%)
05/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #17 - 9,540 (-1.6%)
06/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #18 - 9,495 (-0.5%)
07/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #19 - 9,564 (+0.7%)
08/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #20 - 9,218 (-3.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #21 - 9,220 (0%)
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #22 - 9,044 (-1.9%)
11/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #23 - 10,355 (+14.5%)

A nice little boost from the Dark Cybertron cross-over.

189. Voice in the Dark (Image)

11/2013: Voice in the Dark #1 - 10,230

An interesting little black & white book about a homicidal student trying very hard not to give into her darker urges. What makes the book all the more remarkable is the fact that creator Larime Taylor, who writes, draws and letters the book, has no use of his arms or legs and draws with his mouth.

190. Rocketeer/ Spirit (IDW)

11/2012: Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom #4 - 10,699

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12/2012-01/2013: -
02/2013: Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #1 - 12,488 (+16.7%)
03/2013: Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #2 - 9,907 (-20.7%)
04/2013: Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #3 - 9,212 (-7.0%)
05/2013: Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #4 - 8,885 (-3.5%)
06/2013: -
07/2013: Rocketeer/ Spirit Pulp Friction #1 - 12,091 (+36.1%)
08-09/2013: -
10/2013: Rocketeer/ Spirit Pulp Friction #2 - 10,691 (-11.6%)
11/2013: Rocketeer/ Spirit Pulp Friction #3 - 10,037 (-6.1%)

Jason Bone on art duties now, which is no bad thing, as sales start to stabilize.

192. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)

11/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #15 - 10,345

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12/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #16 - 9,990 (-3.4%)
02/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #17 - 10,321 (+3.3%)
02/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #18 - 10,210 (-1.1%)
03/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #19 - 10,412 (+2.0%)
04/2013: -
05/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #20 - 10,508 (+0.9%)
05/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #21 - 12,055 (+14.7%)
06/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #22 - 10,799 (-10.4%)
07/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #23 - 11,022 (+2.1%)
08/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #24 - 10,886 (-1.2%)
09/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #25 - 11,388 (+4.6%)
10/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #26 - 10,872 (-4.5%)
11/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #27 - 9,985 (-8.2%)

Dropping off now as the film hype recedes.

193. Sidekick (Image)

08/2013: Sidekick #1 - 27,832
09/2013: Sidekick #2 - 14,533 (-47.8%)
10/2013: Sidekick #3 - 11,371 (-21.8%)
11/2013: Sidekick #4 - 9,976 (-12.3%)

The drops are getting smaller, but a little way till it levels out I think.

195. Uber (Avatar)

04/2013: Uber #0 - 10,849
05/2013: Uber #1 - 16,109 (+32.6%)
05/2013: Uber #0 Enhanced Edition - 5,084
06/2013: Uber #2 - 16,160 (+0.3%)
07/2013: Uber #3 - 14,594 (-9.7%)
07/2013: Uber #4 - 12,030 (-17.6%)
08/2013: Uber #5 - 11,598 (-3.6%)
10/2013: Uber #6 - 10,747 (-7.3%)
11/2013: Uber #7 - 9,784 (-9.0%)

The drops are accelerating again. I’m really enjoying this book though.

196. Maxx Maxximized (IDW)

11/2013: Maxx Maxximised #1 - 9,714

A tweaked and remastered reprint for Sam Keith’s wonderful series.

198. Eternal Warrior (Valiant)

09/2013: Eternal Warrior #1 - 17,224
10/2013: Eternal Warrior #2 - 11,984 (-30.4%)
11/2013: Eternal Warrior #3 - 9,628 (-19.7%)

Quite a high third-issue drop, not looking too healthy really.

200. Three (Image)

10/2013: Three #1 - 16,347
11/2013: Three #2 - 9,497 (-41.9%)

A typical Image drop, on the high side but historical fiction rarely sells enormous amounts.

201. Sledgehammer '44 (Dark Horse)

03/2013: Sledgehammer '44 #1 - 13,446
04/2013: Sledgehammer '44 #2 - 10,049 (-25.3%)
11/2013: Lightning War #1 - 9,448 (-6.0%)

A return for Mike Mignola’s robot with a soul, sales seem to be following as if it was an ongoing series.

202. Transformers Regeneration One (IDW)

11/2012: Transformers Regeneration One #85 - 10,568

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12/2012: Transformers Regeneration One #86 - 10,037 (-5.0%)
01/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #87 - 9,861 (-1.8%)
02/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #88 - 9,782 (-0.8%)
03/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #89 - 9,623 (-1.6%)
04/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #90 - 9,478 (-1.5%)
05/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #91 - 9,332 (-1.5%)
06/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #92 - 9,206 (-1.4%)
07/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #93 - 8,990 (-2.3%)
08/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #94 - 8,541 (-5.0%)
09/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #0 - 10,249 (+20.0%)
10/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #95 - 8,663 (-15.5%)
11/2013: Transformers Regeneration One #96 - 9,438 (+8.9%)

A nice little jump as the series heads towards the final issue at #100.

205. Itty Bitty Hellboy (Dark Horse)

08/2013: Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 - 15,545
09/2013: Itty Bitty Hellboy #2 - 11,916 (-23.3%)
10/2013: Itty Bitty Hellboy #3 - 10,404 (-12.7%)
11/2013: Itty Bitty Hellboy #4 - 9,237 (-11.2%)

Penultimate issue.

207. Harbinger (Valiant)

11/2012: Harbinger #6 - 13,617

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12/2012: Harbinger #7 - 12,783 (-6.1%)
01/2013: Harbinger #8 - 12,824 (+0.3%)
02/2013: Harbinger #0 - 14,699 
02/2013: Harbinger #9 - 12,222 (-4.7%)
03/2013: Harbinger #10 - 12,196 (-0.2%)
04/2013: Harbinger #11 - 14,299 (+17.2%)
05/2013: Harbinger #12 - 12,572 (-12.1%)
06/2013: Harbinger #13 - 12,930 (+2.8%)
07/2013: Harbinger #14 - 10,709 (-17.2%)
08/2013: Harbinger #15 - 12,086 (+12.9%)
09/2013: Harbinger #16 - 10,199 (-15.6%)
10/2013: Harbinger #17 - 10,686 (+4.8%)
11/2013: Harbinger #18 - 9,203 (-13.9%)

A hefty drop this month, although looking at the last year that would seem to indicate an increase again next month?

208. Conan People of the Black Circle(Dark Horse)

10/2013: Conan People O/T Black Circle #1 - 10,213
11/2013: Conan People O/T Black Circle #2 - 9,033 (-11.6%)

A good second issue drop.

209. Archer & Armstrong (Valiant)

11/2012: Archer & Armstrong #4 - 13,478

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12/2012: Archer & Armstrong #5 - 14,544 (+7.9%)
01/2013: Archer & Armstrong #6 - 12,642 (-13.1%)
02/2013: Archer & Armstrong #7 - 11,494 (-9.1%)
03/2013: Archer & Armstrong #8 - 11,072 (-3.7%)
04/2013: Archer & Armstrong #9 - 11,125 (+0.5%)
05/2013: Archer & Armstrong #0 - 12,076 (+8.6%)
06/2013: Archer & Armstrong #10 - 13,241 (+8.6%)
07/2013: Archer & Armstrong #11 - 9,880 (-25.4%)
08/2013: Archer & Armstrong #12 - 9,971 (+0.9%)
09/2013: Archer & Armstrong #13 - 9,910 (-0.6%)
10/2013: Archer & Armstrong #14 - 10,811 (+9.1%)
11/2013: Archer & Armstrong #15 - 8,998 (-16.8%)

A very worrying drop, wiping out last month’s gain and more.

211, 213. The Shadow (Dynamite)

11/2012: The Shadow #8 - 13,778

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12/2012: The Shadow Special #1 - 9,536 
01/2013: The Shadow #9 - 12,010 (-12.8%)
02/2013: -
03/2013: The Shadow #10 - 11,682 (-2.7%)
04/2013: The Shadow #11 - 11,119 (-4.8%)
04/2013: The Shadow #12 - 10,815 (-2.7%)
05/2013: The Shadow #13 - 11,474 (+6.1%)
06/2013: The Shadow #14 - 10,071 (-12.2%)
07/2013: The Shadow #15 - 9,851 (-21.8%)
08/2013: The Shadow #16 - 9,484 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Shadow #17 - 9,880 (+4.2%)
09/2013: The Shadow Annual 2013 - 6,497
10/2013: The Shadow #18 - 10,863 (+9.9%)
11/2013: The Shadow #19 - 8,955 (-17.6%)
11/2013: The Shadow #20 - 8,805 (-1.7%)

Fairly steady this month.

212. BPRD (Dark Horse)

11/2012: Hell on Earth #101 Return o/t Master #4 - 11,208

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12/2012: Hell on Earth #102 Return o/t Master #5 - 10,169 (-9.3%)
01/2013: Hell on Earth #103 Abyss Time #1 - 10,437 (+2.6%)
02/2013: Hell on Earth #104 Abyss Time #2 - 10,172 (-2.5%)
03/2013: Hell on Earth #105 Cold Day in Hell - 10,772 (+5.9%)
04/2013: Hell on Earth #106 Cold Day in Hell - 10,419 (-3.3%)
05/2013: Hell on Earth #107 Wasteland #1 - 10,493 (+0.7%)
06/2013: Hell on Earth #108  - 10,093 (-3.8%)
07/2013: Hell on Earth #109  - 10,018 (-0.7%)
08/2013: Hell on Earth #110  - 9,842 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Hell on Earth #111  - 9,587 (-2.5%)
10/2013: Hell on Earth #112  - 9,497 (-0.9%)
11/2013: Hell on Earth #113  - 8,904 (-6.2%)

After a couple of years of relative stability, things have started falling rather badly these past few month.

215. Shadowman (Valiant)

11/2012: Shadowman #1 - 25,048

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12/2012: Shadowman #2 - 16,917 (-32.5%)
01/2013: Shadowman #3 - 13,327 (-21.2%)
02/2013: Shadowman #4 - 12,531 (-6.0%)
03/2013: Shadowman #5 - 13,145 (-4.9%)
04/2013: Shadowman #6 - 11,759 (-10.5%)
05/2013: Shadowman #0 - 12,252 (+4.2%)
06/2013: Shadowman #7 - 12,017 (-1.9%)
07/2013: Shadowman #8 - 10,089 (-16.0%)
08/2013: Shadowman #9 - 9,895 (-1.9%)
09/2013: Shadowman #10 - 10,064 (+1.7%)
10/2013: Shadowman #11 - 10,632 (+5.6%)
11/2013: Shadowman #12 - 8,735 (-17.8%)

Another very bad drop for Valiant, although Pete Milligan comes on next month to try and arrest the fall.

216. Abe Sapien (Dark Horse )
 
04/2013: Abe Sapien Dark & Terrible #1 - 11,783 (+17.2%)
05/2013: Abe Sapien Dark & Terrible #2 - 10,445 (-11.4%)
06/2013: Abe Sapien Dark & Terrible #3 - 10,250 (-1.9%)
07/2013: Abe Sapien #4 - 10,314 (+0.6%)
08/2013: Abe Sapien #5 - 9,676 (-6.2%)
10/2013: Abe Sapien #6 - 9,120 (-5.7%)
11/2013: Abe Sapien #7 - 8,709 (-4.5%)

Another Hellboys spin-off on the slide.

217. Bloodshot (Valiant)

11/2012: Bloodshot #5 - 13,156

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12/2012: Bloodshot #6 - 12,508 (-8.5%)
01/2013: Bloodshot #7 - 11,918 (-4.7%)
02/2013: Bloodshot #8 - 11,557 (-3.0%)
03/2013: Bloodshot #9 - 10,959 (-5.2%)
04/2013: Bloodshot #10 - 13,376 (+22.0%)
05/2013: Bloodshot #11 - 11,146 (-16.7%)
06/2013: Bloodshot #12 - 12,145 (+9.0%)
07/2013: Bloodshot #12 - 10,058 (-17.2%)
08/2013: Bloodshot #0 - 11,303 (+12.4%)
09/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #14 - 10,225 (-9.5%)
10/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #15 - 9,806 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #16 - 8,666 (-11.6%)

And another Valiant book losing readers hand over fist.

219. Bedlam (Image)

11/2012: Bedlam #2 - 18,583

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12/2012: -
01/2013: Bedlam #3 - 14,251 (-23.3%)
02/2013: Bedlam #4 - 13,912 (-2.4%)
03/2013: Bedlam #5 - 13,701 (-1.5%)
04/2013: Bedlam #6 - 12,607 (-8.0%)
05/2013: -
06/2013: Bedlam #7 - 10,875 (-13.7%)
07/2013: Bedlam #8 - 9,738 (-10.5%)
08-09/2013: -
10/2013: Bedlam #9 - 9,328 (-4.2%)
11/2013: Bedlam #10 - 8,474 (-9.2%)

Although it looked like sales were levelling out last issue, the drops resume this month.

221. Sonic Universe (Archie)

11/2012: Sonic Universe #46 - 7,038

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12/2012: Sonic Universe #47 - 6,837 (-1.0%)
01/2013: Sonic Universe #48 - 6,791 (-0.7%)
02/2013: Sonic Universe #49 - 6,682 (-1.6%)
03/2013: Sonic Universe #50 - 7,359 (+10.1%)
04/2013: Sonic Universe #51 - 9,912 (+34.7%)
05/2013: Sonic Universe #52 - 11,500 (+16.0%)
06/2013: Sonic Universe #53 - 11,123 (-3.3%)
07/2013: Sonic Universe #54 - 11,398 (+2.5%)
08/2013: Sonic Universe #55 - 9,239 (-18.9%)
09/2013: Sonic Universe #56 - 9,253 (+0.1%)
10/2013: Sonic Universe #57 - 8,874 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Sonic Universe #58 - 8,433 (-5.0%)

Sales continue to fall post-crossover, starting to get closer to the sales from before.

222. Five Ghosts (Image)

03/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #1 - 13,163
04/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #2 - 13,127 (-0.3%)
05/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #3 - 13,153 (+0.3%)
06/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #4 - 11,357 (-13.7%)
07/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #5 - 10,409 (-8.3%)
08-09/2013: -
10/2013: Five Ghosts #6 - 9,399 (-9.7%)
11/2013: Five Ghosts #7 - 8,417 (-10.4%)

This has lost close to a thousand copies each of the past four issues.

223. Letter 44 (Oni)

10/2013: Letter 44 #1 - ????
11/2013: Letter 44 #2 - 8,352 (+???)

The first issue was only a dollar, but missed the chart. Strong word of mouth has pushed the second issue up into the chart.

224. Zero (Image)

09/2013: Zero #1 - 20,352
10/2013: Zero #2 - 9,847 (-51.6%)
11/2013: Zero #3 - 8,340 (-15.3%)

Starting to level out, cracking book as well, Mateus Santolouco joining Ales Kot this month.

225. Army of Darkness (Dynamite)

11/2012: Army of Darkness #6 - ????

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12/2012: Army of Darkness #7 - 4,963 (???)
01/2013: Army of Darkness #8 - 4,498 (-9.4%)
01/2013: Army of Darkness #9 - 4,361 (-3.0%)
02-06/2013: -
07/2013: Army of Darkness vs Hack Slash #1 - 10,923
08/2013: -
09/2013: Army of Darkness vs Hack Slash #2 - 8,702 (-20.3%)
10/2013: Ash & The Army of Darkness #1 - 12,620
11/2013: Army of Darkness vs Hack Slash #3 - 8,145 (-6.4%)

Normal third issue behaviour for the Hack/Slash crossover.

226. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)

11/2012: Real American Hero #184 - 7,962

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12/2012: Real American Hero #185 - 7,777 (-2.3%)
01/2013: Real American Hero #186 - 7,544 (-3.0%)
02/2013: Real American Hero #187 - 7,489 (-0.7%)
03/2013: Real American Hero #188 - 7,393 (-1.3%)
04/2013: Real American Hero #189 - 7,496 (+1.4%)
05/2013: Real American Hero #190 - 7,550 (+0.7%)
06/2013: Real American Hero #191 - 7,407 (-1.9%)
07/2013: Real American Hero #192 - 7,361 (-0.6%)
08/2013: Real American Hero #193 - 7,314 (-0.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Real American Hero #194 - 7,314 (0%)
10/2013: Real American Hero #195 - 7,135 (-2.4%)
11/2013: Real American Hero #196 - 8,102 (+13.6%)

A really healthy rise, whether it’ll stick is another question.

227. Judge Dredd (IDW)

11/2012: Judge Dredd #1 - 32,266

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12/2012: Judge Dredd #2 - 13,995 (-56.6%)
01/2013: Judge Dredd #3 - 12,151 (-13.2%)
02/2013: Judge Dredd #4 - 11,512 (-5.3%)
03/2013: Judge Dredd #5 - 11,447 (-5.6%)
04/2013: Judge Dredd #6 - 10,670 (-6.8%)
05/2013: Judge Dredd #7 - 10,058 (-5.7%)
06/2013: Judge Dredd #8 - 9,469 (-5.9%)
07/2013: Judge Dredd #9 - 8,959 (-5.4%)
08/2013: Judge Dredd #10 - 8,618 (-3.8%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Judge Dredd #11 - 8,269 (-4.0%)
10/2013: Judge Dredd #12 - 7,636 (-7.7%)
11/2013: Judge Dredd #13 - 7,999 (+4.7%)

A slight upwards tick this month.

228. The Massive (Dark Horse)

11/2012: Massive #6 - 11,455

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12/2012: Massive #7 - 10,854 (-5.2%)
01/2013: Massive #8 - 10,206 (-6.0%)
02/2013: Massive #9 - 9,936 (-2.6%)
03/2013: Massive #10 - 9,795 (-1.4%)
04/2013: Massive #11 - 9,661 (-1.4%)
04/2013: 1 For $1 Massive #1 - 7,398 (-1.4%)
05/2013: Massive #12 - 9,489 (-1.8%)
06/2013: Massive #13 - 9,371 (-1.2%)
07/2013: Massive #14 - 8,983 (-4.1%)
08/2013: Massive #15 - 8,713 (-3.0%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Massive #16 - 8,345 (-4.2%)
11/2013: Massive #17 - 7,957 (-4.6%)

Just past the halfway point, and sales continue to slide.

231. The Goon (Dark Horse)

11/2012: The Goon #43 - 8,085 (-0.7%)
11/2013: The Goon #44 - 7,894 (-2.4%)

You get the impression that Eric Powell has got bored of The Goon. This issue is almost a year late, half of it was in Spanish (with no translation) and it was eminently disposable.

232. Mega Man (Archie) 

11/2012: Mega Man #19 - 5,618

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12/2012: Mega Man #20 - 6,351 (+13.0%)
01/2013: Mega Man #21 - 6,220 (-2.1%)
02/2013: Mega Man #22 - 5,373 (-13.6%)
03/2013: Mega Man #23 - 5,339 (-0.6%)
04/2013: Mega Man #24 - 11,173 (+109.3%)
05/2013: Mega Man #25 - 9,191 (-17.7%)
06/2013: Mega Man #26 - 9,290 (+1.1%)
07/2013: Mega Man #27 - 10,332 (+11.2%)
08/2013: Mega Man #28 - 8,404 (-18.7%)
09/2013: Mega Man #29 - 8,042 (-4.3%)
10/2013: Mega Man #30 - 8,086 (+0.5%)
11/2013: Mega Man #31 - 7,854 (-2.8%)

As with Sonic Universe, this is starting to head towards pre-crossover levels.

233. Rachel Rising (Abstract) 

11/2012: -

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12/2012: Rachel Rising #13 - 7,782 (-2.6%)
01/2013: Rachel Rising #14 - ???? (???)
02/2013: -
03/2013: Rachel Rising #15 - 7,612 (???)
04/2013: Rachel Rising #16 - 7,608 (-0.1%)
05/2013: -
06/2013: Rachel Rising #17 - 8,336 (+9.6%)
07/2013: Rachel Rising #18 - 8,504 (+2.0%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Rachel Rising #19 - 8,348 (-1.8%)
10/2013: Rachel Rising #20 - 8,166 (-2.2%)
11/2013: Rachel Rising #21 - 7,795 (-4.5%)

Dropping, but at almost the same sales level it was at this time last year.

234. GI Joe (IDW)

11/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #19 - 7,736

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12/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #20 - 7,575 (-2.1%)
01/2013: GI Joe Vol 2 #21 - 7,445 (-1.7%)
02/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #1 - 17,553 (+135.8%)
03/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #2 - 10,979 (-37.5%)
04/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #3 - 10,372 (-5.5%)
05/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #4 - 9,881 (-4.7%)
06/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #5 - 10,866 (+10.0%)
07/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #6 - 9,106 (-16.2%)
08/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #7 - 8,644 (-5.1%)
09/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #8 - 8,266 (-4.4%)
10/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #9 - 8,099 (-2.0%)
11/2013: GI Joe Vol 3 #10 - 7,765 (-4.1%)

Slowly dwindling.

235. Danger Girl (IDW)

11/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #4 - 10,769

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12/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #5 - 10,454 (-2.9%)
01-02/2013: -
04/2013: Danger Girl Trinity #1 - 12,063 (+15.4%)
05/2013: Danger Girl Trinity #2 - 8,167 (-32.3%)
06/2013: Danger Girl Trinity #3 - 8,144 (-0.3%)
07/2013: Danger Girl Trinity #4 - 7,790 (-4.3%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Danger Girl The Chase #1 - 10,180 (+30.7%)
10/2013: Danger Girl The Chase #2 - 8,067 (-20.8%)
11/2013: Danger Girl The Chase #3 - 7,738 (-4.1%)

Settling down nicely.

236. Mr Peabody & Sherman (IDW)

11/2013: Mr Peabody & Sherman #1 - 7,627

We never had this in the UK, so I know nothing about it. Not tremendously great sales though.

237. Ghosted (Image)

07/2013: Ghosted #1 - 17,782
08/2013: Ghosted #2 - 10,414 (-41.4%)
09/2013: Ghosted #3 - 9,373 (-10.0%)
10/2013: Ghosted #4 - 8,183 (-12.7%)
11/2013: Ghosted #5 - 7,590 (-7.2%)

Another one where the drops are getting smaller month to month.

238. Cyber Force (Image)

09/2013: Cyber Force #6 - 11,843
10/2013: -
11/2013: Cyber Force #7 - 7,479 (-36.8%)

Oh dear, this Kickstarter idea really hasn’t worked out too well for Top Cow.

240. Sheltered (Image)

07/2013: Sheltered #1 - 21,055
08/2013: Sheltered #2 - 9,836 (-53.3%)
09/2013: Sheltered #3 - 9,400 (-4.4%)
10/2013: Sheltered #4 - 8,209 (-12.7%)
11/2013: Sheltered #5 - 7,301 (-11.1%)

Dropping fast at the moment, which is a shame, I like this book a lot.

242. The Shadow Now (Dynamite)

10/2013: The Shadow Now #1 - 10,989
11/2013: The Shadow Now #2 - 7,264 (-33.9%)

About average for a Dynamite second-issue drop. Not hugely healthy though.

243. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 

11/2012: Baltimore The Play - 7,971 (0%)

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02/2013: Baltimore The Widow & The Tank - 8,071 (+1.3%)
06/2013: Baltimore The Inquisitor - 8,309 (+2.9%)
09/2013: Baltimore Infernal Train #1 - 8,280 (-0.3%)
10/2013: Baltimore Infernal Train #2 - 7,374 (-10.9%)
11/2013: Baltimore Infernal Train #3 - 7,228 (-2.0%)

Fairly solid this month.

244. TMNT New Animated Adventures (IDW)

07/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #1 - 14,397
08/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #2 - 10,304 (-28.4%)
09/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #3 - 8,744 (-15.1%)
10/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #4 - 7,905 (-9.6%)
11/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #5 - 7,112 (-10.0%)

This is not stabilizing at all.

245, 263. Ghostbusters (IDW)

11/2012: Ghostbusters #15 - 6,938

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12/2012: Ghostbusters #16 - 6,813 (-2.4%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: Ghostbusters #1 - 14,442 (+112.0%)
03/2013: Ghostbusters #2 - 8,910 (-38.3%)
04/2013: Ghostbusters #3 - 8,351 (-6.3%)
05/2013: Ghostbusters #4 - 7,876 (-5.7%)
06/2013: Ghostbusters #5 - 7,620 (-3.2%)
07/2013: Ghostbusters #6 - 7,253 (-4.8%)
09/2013: Ghostbusters #7 - 7,097 (-2.1%)
10/2013: Ghostbusters #8 - 6,875 (-3.1%)
11/2013: Ghostbusters #9 - 6,447 (-6.2%)
11/2013: Ghostbusters #10 - 7,088 (+9.9%)

An excellent increase, no idea why it’s happened though.

247, 248. Morning Glories (Image) 

11/2012: Morning Glories #23 - 8,355

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12/2012-01/2013: -
02/2013: Morning Glories #24 - 8,364 (+0.1%)
03/2013: Morning Glories #25 - 8,296 (-0.8%)
04/2013: Morning Glories #26 - 20,918 (+152.1%)
05/2013: Morning Glories #27 - 12,861 (-38.5%)
06/2013: Morning Glories #28 - 13,530 (+5.2%)
07/2013: Morning Glories #29 - 10,588 (-21.7%)
08/2013: Morning Glories #30 - 7,883 (-25.5%)
09/2013: Morning Glories #31 - 7,538 (-4.4%)
10/2013: Morning Glories #32 - 7,382 (-2.1%)
10/2013: Morning Glories #33 - 6,997 (-5.2%)
11/2013: Morning Glories #34 - 6,897 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Morning Glories #35 - 6,797 (-1.4%)

Huh, that’s weird; it drops exactly 100 copies between each of the last three issues, 2 of which ship this month.

249. Spongebob Comics (United Plankton)

11/2012: Spongebob Comics #14 - 7,629

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12/2012: Spongebob Comics #15 - 7,196 (-5.7%)
01/2013: Spongebob Comics #16 - 7,023 (-2.4%)
02/2013: Spongebob Comics #17 - 6,923 (-1.4%)
03/2013: Spongebob Comics #18 - 7,005 (+1.2%)
04/2013: Spongebob Comics #19 - 6,940 (-0.9%)
05/2013: Spongebob Comics #20 - 6,926 (-0.2%)
06/2013: Spongebob Comics #21 - 7,043 (+1.7%)
06/2013: Annual Giant Swimtacular #1 - 6,137
07/2013: Spongebob Comics #22 - 7,020 (-0.3%)
08/2013: Spongebob Comics #23 - 7,001 (-0.3%)
09/2013: Spongebob Comics #24 - 6,965 (-0.5%)
10/2013: Spongebob Comics #25 - 7,254 (+4.1%)
11/2013: Spongebob Comics #26 - 6,741 (-7.1%)

A biggish drop, and that’s the lowest it’s been in a year.

251. Wonderland (Zenescope)

11/2012: Wonderland #5 - 7,590

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12/2012: Wonderland #6 - 7,242 (-4.6%)
01/2013: Wonderland #7 - 6,779 (-6.4%)
02/2013: Wonderland #8 - 6,707 (-1.1%)
03/2013: Wonderland #9 - 6,563 (-2.1%)
04/2013: Wonderland #10 - 6,644 (+1.2%)
05/2013: Wonderland #11 - 6,342 (+1.2%)
06/2013: Wonderland #12 - 7,765 (+22.4%)
07/2013: Wonderland #13 - 7,253 (-6.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Wonderland #14 - 7,034 (-3.0%)
09/2013: Wonderland #15 - 6,558 (-6.8%)
10/2013: Wonderland #16 - 6,820 (+4.0%)
11/2013: Wonderland #17 - 6,723 (-1.4%)
252. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)

11/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #79 - 6,653

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12/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #80 - 6,508 (-2.2%)
01/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #81 - 6,150 (-5.5%)
02/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #82 - 6,483 (+5.4%)
03/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #83 - 6,221 (-4.0%)
04/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #84 - 6,284 (+1.0%)
05/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #85 - 6,499 (+3.4%)
06/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #86 - 6,231 (-4.1%)
06/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2013 - 5,396 (-12.1%)
07/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #87 - 7,201 (+15.6%)
08/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #88 - 6,023 (-16.4%)
09/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #89 - 7,423 (+23.2%)
10/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #90 - 6,779 (-8.7%)
11/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #91 - 6,697 (-1.2%)

Two books that suffer slight drop, but still remain on the higher side of the sales range.

253. The Shadow/ Green Hornet (Dynamite)

07/2013: Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #1 - 11,203
08/2013: Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #2 - 8,756 (-21.8%)
09/2013: Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #3 - 7,454 (-14.9%)
10/2013: Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #4 - 7,151 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #5 - 6,693 (-6.4%)

Last issue.

254. Godzilla (IDW)

11/2012: Godzilla #7 - 7,688

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01/2013: Godzilla #8 - 7,623 (-0.8%)
01/2013: Godzilla #9 - 7,194 (-5.6%)
02/2013: Godzilla #10 - 6,992 (-2.8%)
03/2013: -
04/2013: Godzilla #11 - 6,905 (-1.2%)
05/2013: Godzilla #12 - 6,782 (-1.8%)
06/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #1 - 9,813 (+44.7%)
07/2013: Godzilla #13 - 6,741 (-0.6%)
08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #2 - 7,483 (-23.7%)
08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #3 - 7,080 (-5.4%)
09/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #4 - 6,820 (-3.7%)
10/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #5 - 6,920 (+1.4%)
11/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #6 - 6,653 (-3.9%)

And we’ve once again dropped below the level of the last series. Film coming though, so it’ll stick around for a while I would think.

255. The Bounce (Image)

05/2013: The Bounce #1 - 24,259
06/2013: The Bounce #2 - 16,125 (-34.0%)
07/2013: The Bounce #3 - 11,436 (-29.1%)
08/2013: The Bounce #4 - 9,326 (-18.5%)
09/2013: The Bounce #5 - 7,981 (-14.4%)
10/2013: The Bounce #6 - 7,112 (-10.8%)
11/2013: The Bounce #7 - 6,634 (-6.7%)

Finally starting to approach stability.

258, 261. Crossed Badlands (Avatar)

11/2012: Crossed Badlands #17 - 8,319
11/2012: Crossed Badlands #18 - 8,150 (-2.0%)

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12/2012: Crossed Badlands #19 - 8,655 (+6.2%)
12/2012: Crossed Badlands #20 - 8,461 (-2.2%)
01/2013: Crossed Badlands #21 - 7,794 (-7.9%)
01/2013: Crossed Badlands #22 - 7,589 (-2.6%)
02/2013: Crossed Badlands Annual 2013 - 7,613
02/2013: Crossed Badlands #23 - 7,543 (-0.6%)
02/2013: Crossed Badlands #24 - 7,279 (-3.5%)
03/2013: Crossed Badlands #25 - 12,022 (+65.2%)
03/2013: Crossed Badlands #26 - 8,326 (-30.7%)
04/2013: Crossed Badlands #27 - 7,930 (-4.8%)
05/2013: Crossed Badlands #28 - 7,891 (-0.5%)
05/2013: Crossed Badlands #29 - 7,595 (-3.7%)
06/2013: Crossed Badlands #30 - 7,573 (-0.3%)
06/2013: Crossed Badlands #31 - 7,327 (-3.2%)
07/2013: Crossed Badlands #32 - 7,399 (+1.0%)
07/2013: Crossed Badlands #33 - 7,209 (-2.6%)
08/2013: Crossed Badlands #34 - 7,204 (0%)
08/2013: Crossed Badlands #35 - 6,737 (-6.5%)
09/2013: Crossed Badlands #36 - 6,990 (+3.8%)
09/2013: Crossed Special 2013 - 6,472
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #37 - 6,901 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #38 - 6,840 (-0.8%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #39 - 6,743 (-1.4%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #40 - 6,607 (-2.0%)
11/2013: Crossed Badlands #41 - 6,516 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Crossed Badlands #42 - 6,467 (-0.7%)

Standard attrition.

259. Clown Fatale (Dark Horse)

11/2013: Clown Fatale #1 - 6,488

A cheese-cakey bit of fun about female clown assassins.

260, 262. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite)

11/2012: Warlord of Mars #22 - 9,346

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12/2012-01/2013: -
02/2013: Warlord of Mars #23 - 8,768 (-6.2%)
03-04/2013: -
05/2013: Warlord of Mars #24 - 8,347 (-4.8%)
05/2013: Warlord of Mars #25 - 7,731 (-7.4%)
06/2013: -
07/2013: Warlord of Mars #26 - 7,233 (-6.4%)
07/2013: Warlord of Mars #27 - 6,876 (-4.9%)
08-09/2013: -
10/2013: Warlord of Mars #28 - 7,000 (+1.8%)
11/2013: Warlord of Mars #29 - 6,474 (-7.5%)
11/2013: Warlord of Mars #30 - 6,455 (-0.3%)

Two issues this month, one drops badly but the next is solid.

264, 271. GFT Wonderland TtLG (Zenescope)

05/2013: Down The Rabbit Hole #1 - 9,734
06/2013: Down The Rabbit Hole #2 - 7,115 (-26.9%)
08/2013: Down The Rabbit Hole #3 - 6,187 (-13.0%)
09/2013: Down The Rabbit Hole #4 - 7,299 (+18.0%)
10/2013: Down The Rabbit Hole #5 - 6,718 (-8.0%)
10/2013: Through The Looking Glass #1 - 7,028 (+5.0%)
11/2013: Through The Looking Glass #2 - 6,409 (-8.8%)
11/2013: Through The Looking Glass #3 - 6,059 (-5.5%)

The halfway point in the series, around about the same place as the last series, sales-wise.

265. Miss Fury (Dynamite)

04/2013: Miss Fury #1 - 18,441
05/2013: Miss Fury #2 - 11,306 (-38.7%)
06/2013: Miss Fury #3 - 9,834 (-13.0%)
07/2013: Miss Fury #4 - 8,547 (-13.1%)
08/2013: Miss Fury #5 - 7,639 (-10.6%)
09/2013: Miss Fury #6 - 7,029 (-8.0%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Miss Fury #7 - 6,370 (-9.4%)

Still falling fast, maybe not too much rope left here.

266. GI Joe Special Missions (IDW)

11/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #19 - 6,846

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12/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #20 - 6,663 (-2.7%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #21 - 6,659 (-0.1%)
03/2013: GI Joe Special Missions #1 - 13,104 (+97.8%)
04/2013: GI Joe Special Missions #2 - 8,818 (-32.7%)
05/2013: GI Joe Special Missions #3 - 8,492 (-3.7%)
06/2013: -
07/2013: GI Joe Special Missions #4 - 8,093 (-4.7%)
07/2013: GI Joe Special Missions #5 - 8,004 (-1.1%)
08/2013: GI Joe Special Missions #6 - 7,493 (-6.4%)
09/2013: GI Joe Special Missions #7 - 6,957 (-7.2%)
10/2013: GI Joe Special Missions #8 - 6,798 (-2.3%)
11/2013: GI Joe Special Missions #9 - 6,353 (-6.5%)

Not cancelled yet, but very close to what the cancelled Cobra Files was selling.

267. Garth Ennis' Red Team (Dynamite)

02/2013: Garth Ennis Red Team #1 - 16,724
03/2013: Garth Ennis Red Team #2 - 9,941 (-40.6%)
04-05/2013: -
06/2013: Garth Ennis Red Team #3 - 8,645 (-13.0%)
07/2013: Garth Ennis Red Team #4 - 7,562 (-12.5%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Garth Ennis Red Team #5 - 6,736 (-10.9%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Garth Ennis Red Team #6 - 6,264 (-7.0%)

Less of a drop this month, but I’m sure this will be a finite series.

268. Noir (Dynamite)

11/2013: Noir #1 - 6,261

Another team-up of Dynamite’s pulp heroes, definite diminishing returns though.

269. Dejah Thoris & Green Men of Mars (Dynamite)

02/2013: Dejah Thoris & Green Men Of Mars #1 - 8,932 
03/2013: Dejah Thoris & Green Men Of Mars #2 - 7,917 (-11.4%)
04/2013: Dejah Thoris & Green Men Of Mars #3 - 7,516 (-5.1%)
05/2013: -
06/2013: Dejah Thoris & Green Men Of Mars #4 - 7,233 (-3.7%)
07/2013: -
08/2013: Dejah Thoris & Green Men Of Mars #5 - 7,009 (-3.1%)
09/2013: Dejah Thoris & Green Men Of Mars #6 - 6,931 (-1.1%)
10/2013: Dejah Thoris & Green Men Of Mars #7 - 6,510 (-6.1%)
11/2013: Dejah Thoris & Green Men Of Mars #8 - 6,255 (-3.9%)

Last issue.

 270. Tarot Witch of the Black Rose (Broadsword)

11/2012: Tarot #77 - 7,173

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12/2012: -
01/2013: Tarot #78 - 6,777 (-5.5%)
02/2013: -
03/2013: Tarot #79 - 6,784 (+0.1%)
04/2013: -
05/2013: Tarot #80 - 6,795 (+0.2%)
06/2013: -
07/2013: Tarot #81 - 6,707 (-1.3%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Tarot #82 - ???? (???)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Tarot #83 - 6,252 (???)

The last issue missed the chart thanks to Villains Month, but it seems to be dropping off the pace a bit as well, this is the lowest selling issue Jim Balent’s had, I think.

273. Mars Attacks (IDW)

11/2012: Mars Attacks #5 - 7,321

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12/2012: Mars Attacks Popeye - 7,748 
12/2012: Mars Attacks #6 - 6,509 (-10.5%)
01/2013: Mars Attacks Transformers - 9,805 
01/2013: Mars Attacks Kiss - 8,946
01/2013: Mars Attacks Real Ghostbusters - 8,695
01/2013: Mars Attacks Zombies vs Robots - 7,024
02/2013: Mars Attacks #7 - 5,943 (-8.7%)
03/2013: Mars Attacks #8 - 5,727 (-3.6%)
04/2013: Mars Attacks #9 - 5,481 (-4.3%)
05/2013: Mars Attacks #10 - 5,048 (-7.9%)
06-08/2013: -
09/2013: Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #1 - 8,657 (+71.5%)
10/2013: Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #2 - 6,769 (-21.8%)
11/2013: Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #3 - 5,971 (-11.8%)

Penultimate issue.

274. Lords of Mars (Dynamite)

08/2013:Lords Of Mars #1 - 11,595
09/2013:Lords Of Mars #2 - 7,179 (-38.1%)
10/2013:Lords Of Mars #3 - 6,491 (-9.6%)
11/2013:Lords Of Mars #4 - 5,944 (-8.4%)

Still dropping.

275. Robocop (Dynamite)

08/2013: Robocop Last Stand #1 - 9,959
09/2013: Robocop Last Stand #2 - 7,476 (-24.9%)
10/2013: Robocop Last Stand #3 - 6,868 (-8.1%)
11/2013: Robocop Last Stand #4 - 5,923 (-13.8%)

Drops are accelerating.

276. Bravest Warriors (Boom!)

10/2012: Bravest Warriors #1 - 14,866
11/2012: Bravest Warriors #2 - 12,900 (-13.2%)
12/2012: Bravest Warriors #3 - 10,229 (-20.7%)
01/2013: Bravest Warriors #4 - 9,451 (-7.6%)
02/2013: Bravest Warriors #5 - 8,652 (-8.5%)
03/2013: Bravest Warriors #6 - 8,550 (-1.2%)
04/2013: Bravest Warriors #7 - 8,311 (-2.8%)
05/2013: Bravest Warriors #8 - 8,146 (-2.0%)
06/2013: Bravest Warriors #9 - 7,850 (-3.6%)
07/2013: Bravest Warriors #10 - 7,496 (-4.5%)
08/2013: Bravest Warriors #11 - 7,049 (-6.0%)
09/2013: Bravest Warriors #12 - 6,898 (-2.1%)
10/2013: Bravest Warriors #13 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Bravest Warriors #14 - 5,867 (???)

From here on we get a lot of books that missed the chart last month, with this excellent book starting to look under threat.

277. GI Joe Cobra Files (IDW)

11/2012: Cobra #19 - 6,668

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12/2012: Cobra #20 - 6,589 (-1.2%)
01/2012: Cobra #21 - 6,375 (-3.2%)
04/2013: Cobra Files #1 - 13,231 (+107.5%)
05/2013: Cobra Files #2 - 7,769 (-41.3%)
06/2013: Cobra Files #3 - 7,407 (-4.7%)
07/2013: Cobra Files #4 - 7,097 (-4.2%)
08/2013: Cobra Files #5 - 6,901 (-2.8%)
09/2013: Cobra Files #6 - 6,595 (-4.4%)
10/2013: Cobra Files #7 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Cobra Files #8 - 5,849 (???)

Cancelled as of #9.

278. Mark Waid's Green Hornet (Dynamite)

03/2013: Mark Waid's Green Hornet #1 - 15,114
05/2013: Mark Waid's Green Hornet #2 - 10,012 (-33.8%)
07/2013: Mark Waid's Green Hornet #3 - 8,595 (-14.15%)
07/2013: Mark Waid's Green Hornet #4 - 7,942 (-7.6%)
08/2013: Mark Waid's Green Hornet #5 - 6,843 (-13.8%)
09/2013:-
10/2013: Mark Waid's Green Hornet #6 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Mark Waid's Green Hornet #7 - 5,841 (???)

It seems like even the great Mark Waid can’t save this character, there just isn’t enough interest in him anymore.

279. Aphrodite IX (Image)

03/2013: Aphrodite IX #1 - ????
04-05/2013: -
06/2013: Aphrodite IX #2 - 9,414
07/2013: Aphrodite IX #3 - 9,339 (-0.8%)
08/2013: Aphrodite IX #4 - 9,186 (-1.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Aphrodite IX #5 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Aphrodite IX #6 - 5,830 (???)

Oh dear, this relaunch really hasn’t worked. None of Top Cow’s nineties properties seem to be working at the moment, maybe Marc Silvestri should try creating something new.

280. GFT Quest (Zenescope)

11/2013: GFT Quest #1 - 5,824

A random Grimm Fairy Tales tie-in, and sales seem to reflect that.

281. Mass Effect (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #1 - 9,291 (+27.1%)
08/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #2 - 7,310 (-21.3%)
09/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #3 - 6,849 (-6.3%)
10/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #4 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #5 - 5,820 (???)

Not doing at all well, but it’s the sort of thing that will sell much better as a book, and digitally.

282. Mocking Dead (Dynamite)

09/2013: Mocking Dead #1 - 8,208
10/2013: Mocking Dead #2 - 6,833 (-16.7%)
11/2013: Mocking Dead #3 - 5,813 (-14.9%)

Dropping.

283. Grindhouse (Dark Horse)

10/2013: Grindhouse #1 - 8,802
11/2013: Grindhouse #2 - 5,812 (-34.0%)

That’s a pretty big drop, but it’s an enormously fun book.

286. Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris (Dynamite)

11/2012: Dejah Thoris #18 - 8,967

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12/2012: Dejah Thoris #19 - 8,538 (-4.8%)
12/2012: Dejah Thoris #20 - 7,555 (-11.5%)
01/2013: Dejah Thoris #21 - 6,998 (-7.4%)
02/2013: Dejah Thoris #22 - 7,059 (+0.9%)
03/2013: Dejah Thoris #23 - 6,697 (-5.1%)
04/2013: Dejah Thoris #24 - 7,059 (+5.4%)
05/2013: Dejah Thoris #25 - 6,724 (-4.7%)
06/2013: Dejah Thoris #26 - 6,593 (-1.9%)
07/2013: Dejah Thoris #27 - 6,506 (-1.3%)
08/2013: Dejah Thoris #28 - 6,366 (-2.2%)
09/2013: Dejah Thoris #29 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Dejah Thoris #30 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Dejah Thoris #31 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Dejah Thoris #32 - 5,611 (???)

The last three issues all missed the chart, and I suspect there may not be too many more appearances to come.

287. All New Fathom (Aspen)

12/2012: Fathom Vol 4 #8 - 5,414 (+2.1%)
01-04/2013: -
05/2013: Fathom Vol 4 #9 - 5,210 (-3.8%)
06/2013: -
07/2013: All New Fathom #1 - 54,379 (+943.7%)
08/2013: All New Fathom #2 - 7,278 (-86.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: All New Fathom #3 - 6,508 (-10.6%)
11/2013: All New Fathom #4 - 5,533 (-15.0%)

The drops accelerate.

288. Other Dead (IDW)

09/2013: Other Dead #1 - 9,346
10/2013: Other Dead #2 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Other Dead #3 - 5,533 (???)

The last issue sold less than 6,491, so this isn’t too bad a drop from the last issue.

289. Grimm (Dynamite)

05/2013: Grimm #1 - 15,455
06/2013: Grimm #2 - 9,961 (-35.6%)
07/2013: Grimm #3 - 8,564 (-14.0%)
08/2013: Grimm #4 - 7,413 (-13.4%)
09/2013: Grimm #5 - 6,695 (-9.7%)
10/2013: Grimm #6 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Grimm #7 - 5,511 (???)

Another one likely to be leaving the chart for good very soon.

290. Transformers Prime (IDW)

11/2012: Rage o/t Dinobots #1 - 9,613
12/2012: Rage o/t Dinobots #2 - 8,284 (-13.8%)
01/2013: -
02/2013: Rage o/t Dinobots #3 - 7,821 (-5.6%)
02/2013: Rage o/t Dinobots #4 - 7,609 (-2.7%)
03-04/2013: -
05/2013: Beast Hunters #1 - 8,975 (+18.0%)
06/2013: Beast Hunters #2 - 7,642 (-14.9%)
07/2013: Beast Hunters #3 - 7,004 (-8.3%)
08/2013: Beast Hunters #4 - 6,691 (-4.5%)
09/2013: Beast Hunters #5 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Beast Hunters #6 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Beast Hunters #7 - 5,450 (???)

Well, whaddaya know, I thought this was a four issue miniseries? Seems it’s ongoing, for the moment at least.

291. Clone (Image)

11/2012: Clone #1 - 23,292
12/2012: Clone #2 - 11,144 (-52.2%)
01/2013: Clone #3 - 10,525 (-5.5%)
02/2013: Clone #4 - 8,589 (-18.4%)
03/2013: Clone #5 - 8,076 (-6.0%)
04/2013: Clone #6 - 7,460 (-7.6%)
05/2013: Clone #7 - 6,956 (-6.8%)
06/2013: Clone #8 - 6,343 (-8.8%)
07/2013: Clone #9 - 5,954 (-6.1%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Clone #10 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Clone #11 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Clone #12 - 5,429 (???)

Although the last couple of issues missed the chart, there’s not too bad a drop over those four issues.

292. Battlestar Galactica (Dynamite)

05/2013: Battlestar Galactica #1 - 14,356
06/2013: Battlestar Galactica #2 - 10,503 (-26.8%)
07/2013: -
08/2013: Battlestar Galactica #3 - 9,200 (-12.4%)
09/2013: Battlestar Galactica #4 - 7,955 (-13.5%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Battlestar Galactica #5 - 5,363 (-32.6%)

Plummeting.

294. Bart Simpson Comics (Bongo)

11/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #77 - 5,470

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12/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #78 - 5,376 (-1.7%)
01/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #79 - 5,199 (-3.3%)
02/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #80 - 5,235 (+0.7%)
03/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #81 - 5,235 (0%)
04/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #82 - 5,150 (-1.6%)
05/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #83 - 5,212 (+1.2%)
06/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #84 - 5,240 (+0.5%)
07/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #85 - 5,317 (+1.5%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #86 - ???? (???)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #87 - 5,213 (???)

I assume this has gone back to being bi-monthly, as opposed to running late. Otherwise, stable.

296. Pathfinder (Dynamite)

11/2012: Pathfinder #3 - 8,680

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12/2012: -
01/2013: Pathfinder #4 - 7,502 (-13.6%)
02/2013: Pathfinder #5 - 7,159 (-4.6%)
03/2013: -
04/2013: Pathfinder #6 - 6,663 (-6.9%)
05/2013: Pathfinder #7 - 6,313 (-5.2%)
06/2013: -
07/2013: Pathfinder #8 - 6,085 (-3.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Pathfinder #9 - ??? (???)
10/2013: Pathfinder #10 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Pathfinder #11 - 5,110 (???)
297. Buck Rogers (Hermes Press)

08/2013: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #1 - 7,220
09/2013: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #2 - ???? (???)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #3 - 5,065 (???)
299. Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth (Image)

01/2013: Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth #1 - 7,879
02/2013: Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth #2 - 6,177 (-21.6%)
03/2013: Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth #3 - 7,140 (+15.6%)
04/2013: Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth #4 - 7,113 (-0.4%)
09/2013: Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth #5 - 7,618 (+7.1%)
10/2013: Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth #6 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth #7 - 5,045 (???)

Another three books likely to be making final appearances in the chart. Howard Chaykin’s Buck Rogers is an odd book indeed, but it’s a shame Todd is down here, it’s always very funny and very wrong.

300. X (Dark Horse)

04/2013: X #0 - 7,502 
05/2013: X #1 - 11,071 (+47.6%)
06/2013: X #2 - 7,797 (-29.6%)
07/2013: X #3 - 7,172 (-8.0%)
08/2013: X #4 - 6,471(-9.8%)
09/2013: X #5 - ????(???)
10/2013: X #6 - ????(???)
11/2013: X #7 - 5,015 (???)

Making a, probably brief, return to the charts at number 300 is Dark Horse’s ultra-violent Batman pastiche.

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All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. 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.

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Farel Dalrymple’s The Wrenchies is coming this fall

Farel Dalrymple’s The Wrenchies is coming this fallhttp://ift.tt/1mxAMSa

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The beautiful, complex art of Farel Dalrymple has been missing from the shelves in a major way for a while. His Popgun War was exquisite, and his adaptation of Omega the Unknown with Jonathan Lethem would be a comics classic if it were kept in print.

Luckily, the Dalrymple Drought is about to end with the release of The Wrenchies this fall from First Second. IT’s set in a grim world where children must fight and kill demons, even while they know if they grow up they’ll turn into demons, too.

The LA Times has debuted the cover, and has a priview of a few pages and an interview with Dalrymple.

The idea for “The Wrenchies” came from a 15-page story I did for the “Meathaus S.O.S.” anthology about two brothers who go into an evil elf cave. Using that as a springboard and a bunch of other notes and ideas and drawings from my sketchbook I put a few pages of plot together. Then I did a bunch of color character and concept drawings for what I had in mind. I gathered inspiration from a variety of sources: “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle, “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk, “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Akira” by Otomo Katsuhiro, “Nausicaa” (the manga and movie) by Hayao Miyazaki, movies such as “Over the Edge” (1979), and movie directors like David Lynch, Werner Herzog and Wes Anderson, “The Prisoner” television program, Moebius’ “Airtight Garage” stuff, and old Heavy Metal magazines, Marvel comics from the 1980s, the cartooning work of Tom Herpich, Brandon Graham, Mike Mignola, Taiyo Matsumoto, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Dave Cooper, Paul Pope, and a whole bunch of other guys.

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Steve Orlando Dives Headfirst Into the Undertow [Interview]

Steve Orlando Dives Headfirst Into the Undertow [Interview]http://ift.tt/1aOV0Bn

Next month sees Steve Orlando launching a new #1 title at Image – a new take on the Atlantis myth called Undertow, with artist and colourist Artyom Trakhanov. This is a different take on underwater life than anything you might have been expecting, however – the creative team have revamped Atlantis as a centre for a decadent ruling class, whilst unevolved humans run wild and uncontrolled on land.

Following a band of dissident rebels as they try to forge their own path away from Atlantis, the series starts this February, and Steve was kind enough to talk me through the new book, the politics involved, the design aesthetic – and we even got to speak a little about his recent Kickstarter success, Virgil!

(This also marks my first time interviewing another Steve – so I’ve decided to be Beat (or beta) Steve here!)

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Beat Steve: Undertow is a story about characters who have escaped Atlantis and made their own path, away from the mainstream, coddled lifestyle that Atlantis brings. How did the concept of the book come together, for you? 

Steve: I wanted to bring Atlantis into the present day! It struck me that most take on Atlantis seem to show it as a king and kingdom, monarchic society with the culture and technology to go with it. But if our world evolved past swords, kings, and peasantry, why wouldn’t this one? For our characters, those worlds, the Namor and Arthur Curry worlds, are ancient history. Sure they may have happened, but that was a long time ago.

I wanted to see where those underwater worlds would be today. I wanted to invent a metropolitan world with the tech and emotions to go along with it. By taking what’s going on in our world and adapting it for underwater life, every facet of human life became fresh. Each time I took something from our world, I had to sit back and rethink it, think, “how would they do that? could they do that?”

Beat Steve: Do you start with characters or with concept, as a writer? Anshargal, the lead character of the first issue, comes across as somebody you’ve had in mind for a while before he slotted into this series?

Steve: Undertow began with the concept- a modern, fully advanced Atlantis. At the time, it was a muddier mystery, starting with the image of a dead body in the center of downtown Atlantis. Law & Order: Water, if you will. But it grew past there. When I realized it was about exploration and pioneering, Anshargal came together.

He was a modern Nemo – a criminal and terrorist to some, a liberator and freedom fighter to others. He’s the Clint Eastwood of caring – understanding and open minded in the most aggressive, granite way possible. I like the contradictions in his life- a genius, quiet, introverted soldier. The toughest love dad ever.

Beat Steve: The characters are distinctly unhuman, and yet they retain aspects of recognisable humanity in them. When you enter a story like this, with characters who aren’t human, is it difficult to have them be relatable?

Steve: I don’t think so at all! The key is that emotions are what make us human, our drives and passions. It’s not what we look like. And that’s what’s fun about a book at this. These lives are alien, but suddenly we see we can relate to our characters. Suddenly we identify with these jealous, passionate, horny, prideful, emotional alien fish people. People don’t have to look human to be human.

Look at THE ELEPHANT MAN, look at AVATAR. Or the LION KING. Stories can be human as hell, without anyone that looks, or is, human present. When you remember why we do what we do, it’s easy to throw that into anybody you like.

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Beat Steve: The most striking thing about this take on Atlantis is how developed they are. Typically we see Atlantis in stories as being this big old-fashioned place filled with palaces and court jesters and so on. Why develop Atlantis into a modern, developed world power? 

Steve: Because it gives them more problems! We’ve seen how medieval courts work with underwater life needs. But Atlantis could be so much more. It’s a murky mirror for our own society. And switching the point of view on what’s normal and what isn’t shows us just how weird we can really be. It makes the weirdness of humanity more noticeable. It’s fiction knocking on our door. After years of mimicking our past, it’s time for Atlantis to reflect our present.

Beat Steve: Do you enjoy the world-building aspects of putting together a series like this?

Steve: Absolutely. Making things layered and dirty is how it gets texture and reality. If a world is going to be real, you have to be able to answer everything anyone could ask. You will find out how Atlanteans eat, how they go to the bathroom, how they fight, how they watch television, sleep while they’re buoyant. Even how they don’t explode when they come to the surface.

The best part was adapting the actual oddities of the deep and using their amazing abilities in our characters, The line between fiction and science fiction doesn’t always fall where you’d expect, and the more I researched for this world, the more I found strange creatures that were all too real and all too amazing that I had to work into daily Atlantean life.

Beat Steve: You’ve worked often with artist Artyom Trakhanov, who brings a particularly unearthly feel to his designs and page layouts. How did you meet?

Steve: I met Artyom when I found his amazing webcomic Mad Blade, which he still works on in addition to this book, in Russian. I thought the work was amazing, and had been searching for more Russian comics for a long time. I emailed and he took pity on my Muscovite, middle school level Russian and decided to collab on some short stories.

After a cannibal angel western and a time travelling love/hate story, we decided to try something longer, and Undertow was a hit as soon as I mentioned it to him. He understands my crazy better than most!

Beat Steve: Collaboratively, how involved do you get with design? The book is filled with strange (and strangely functional) equipment and architecture and clothing. 

Steve: I give tone and scale notes in the script, along with some more specific notes on characters. BUT like the pirate’s code, they’re more guidelines than actual rules. Even actor or historical figure comparisons are more for tone, and then I let Artyom do his work.

Artyom has such powerful ideas for what the book is and what it looks like. I knew the Deliverer would be huge, but he is the one that made it like an enormous animal, with rooms like body cavities and machines like organs. I knew I wanted to use Apergy, an anti-gravity energy from an 1880s Sci Fi novel ACROSS THE ZODIAC, but when I told Artyom he was even more excited than me. He was the one that decided how it worked, how it visually flowed through the tech that uses it.

With an incredible artist like him, I just plant a small seed and he goes crazy.

Beat Steve: Politically the book is fascinating, making several subtle and overt jabs at consumerism and modern society. How did you handle the series as a political satire?

Steve: Without going too over the top, the book offered a chance to talk about the blindness that happens in a comfortable society. As long as you keep people happy, fat, and distracted by “new and improved,” it doesn’t matter what bad things are happening off-screen. We get a chance to see how dangerous a one-party system can be, and the length people go to, to escape it.

But the thing I wanted to do with all that was to be even minded. We don’t forget that despite some people who are too far gone, there are still good people in Atlantis. And maybe there are some bad people on the Deliverer. There’s no black and white, it’s just a darker grey world than ours. We don’t harp on the problems of the world, so much as use them as a backdrop.

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Beat Steve: To what extent do you push the contrast/comparison between Atlantis and, say, America – and when do you hold back?

Steve: I personally don’t think Atlantis is a specific satire of America. I built it to be a satire of more the modern globalized world, and our overall fight to stay relevant in the face of powers that want to distract or lie to us. It’s not just America. It’s a what-if, what if we push our self centrism just a bit more? What if the corruption got worse?

The specific notes we see in Atlantis come from news all across the world, because if it gets as bad as it is in Undertow, that’s the place we have to start taking back our selves, not just one country of another.

Beat Steve: Would you describe yourself as a politicised writer? Undertow certainly has elements of political satire, and your recent Kickstarter success Virgil was intentionally designed to discuss LGBT rights.

Steve: I think any writer likes to put things she or he thinks are important in a book. But I don’t set out to be political. That strikes as too hollow and tunnel-visioned. Books don’t need to be about politics, it’s a more important thing to show how those political actions touch the people, the characters. I don’t think you can have one without the other.

If it’s too on the nose, you’ve got yourself “a very special episode” and that’s no good. With VIRGIL, it certainly has political elements, but like COFFY and SHAFT, the political situation is the background. It’s the catalyst for action. And that’s what we have in Undertow. A broken system, and people so desperate to escape that they’ll tame the untamed world to be free.

Beat Steve: How do you feel about comics as a political medium? As a format, comics offer both a written and visual narrative, which would perhaps make them ideally designed for this sort of work?

Steve: I think any good book has to talk about the times. But comics do offer the advantage of combining text with a visual of the effect. It’s richer, in some ways. It also lets you control the image a reader takes from the words. So it’s a give and take.

With text, a readers mind runs in wild places, maybe not where you hoped, but that’s the beauty of plain text. With comics, you’re in the driver seat a bit more, taking the reader on a tour of your creation. And as for comics being political– I think they always have! From the start you had Superman busting slum-lords, to the Hard Travelling heroes and Roy Harper’s drug problems, to Pedro and Me.

Even action books like WANTED are morbid reflections of Millennial ennui. If you live in the world, you can’t help but speak about it when you create, even if it’s just a little bit.

Beat Steve: You’ve mentioned in interviews that you’ve spent time living in Russia. Do you think that your time living abroad has informed this story, as your own experience outside America mirrors that of your characters and Atlantis?

Steve: I would definitely say so. Living in another culture shows you there’s no one single way for people to live. And once that paradigm is broken, it’s instantly easier to build a new world from the ground up. It certainly shows how people change outside their comfort zone, and how easily we can take things for granted.

Look at today where everyone has internet in their phones – but where I lived, I had to take a 45 minute bus to check my email. Living outside your home country shows you how to truly wipe the slate clean. Which makes it easier to draw on the slate.

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Beat Steve: Undertow is a six-issue miniseries, and yet it sets up a vast world which could continue on beyond those six issues. Do you have any plans to continue with the world of Undertow once this story finishes?

Steve: The first arc of Undertow is definitely a complete story, but there are two more instalments to complete the story. In the end Undertow is about unity and hometowns. And by the end of the first storyarc, it’s obvious we have a long way to go before we get there.

Beat Steve: What else do you have coming up in future? Where can people find you online?

Steve: VIRGIL is coming in 2014 as well, just like you said! Just like Undertow is my Ray Harryhausen monster adventure, VIRGIL is my 1970s, 1980s action movie. This is my ode to badass,  beaten-to-shit leads like John McClane, with a betrayed cop fighting his way across a city to rescue his man. And there’s always more books coming up after that.

As for me, I can be found on twitter at @thesteveorlando, and my website http://ift.tt/17BEljR. I also dispense odd thoughts about wine and whiskey there from time to time.

Many thanks to Steve for his time! Undertow #1 comes out on the 19th February – pre-order now! Thanks also to Henry Barajas, who set up the interview with me. The Beat misses you, Barajas!

You can find me – I’m Steve Morris! – on twitter here, and writing on t’Vanguard, by ‘eck!

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Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2013 — The Usual Suspects

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By Paul Mellerick

 

After an unusual couple of months things are pretty much back to normal this month, with the usual suspects of Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars and My Little Pony joined by a few new Image titles and Valiant’s best-seller yet. At the bottom end of the charts we finally see a few titles returning, although possibly quite briefly in some cases.

150 indie titles charted in the top 300, up on last month’s 135. The indie chart sold approximately 1,820,321 comics, a bit down on last month’s 2,031,509. That’s all due to the increased numbers that Walking Dead added last month. It also means that the average sales this month are 12,153, down on last month’s 15,048. Out of the 150 books, only 20 went up in sales and 112 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

Image at the top again with an 8.67% dollar share and a 9.77% market share, while IDW have a 6.68% dollar share and 6.26% market share, Dark Horse have a 6.11% dollar share and a 4.91% market share, Dynamite have a 3.20% dollar share and 3.00% market share and Boom! have a 1.90% dollar share and 1.92% market share.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to “A href = “http://www.icv2.com”>icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

13,14,191.The Walking Dead (Image)

11/2008: The Walking Dead #54 - 24,093
11/2009: The Walking Dead #67 - 24,666 
11/2010: The Walking Dead #79 - 28,971
11/2011: The Walking Dead #91 - 31,813
11/2012: The Walking Dead #104 - 57,456

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12/2012: The Walking Dead #105 - 57,781 (+0.6%)
01/2013: The Walking Dead #106 - 70,526 (+22.1%)
02/2013: The Walking Dead #107 - 63,575 (-9.9%)
02/2013: The Walking Dead The Governor Special - 51,355
03/2013: The Walking Dead #108 - 67,423 (+6.1%)
04/2013: The Walking Dead #109 - 90,362 (+34.0%)
05/2013: The Walking Dead #110 - 76,455 (-15.4%)
06/2013: The Walking Dead #111 - 74,857 (-2.1%)
07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 - 72,975 (-2.5%)
08/2013: The Walking Dead #113 - 70,273 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Walking Dead #114 - 70,440 (+0.2%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead #115 - 310,584 (320,608)(+340.9%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special - 40,572
10/2013: The Walking Dead #1 10th Anniversary Ed - 39,780
11/2013: The Walking Dead #116 - 69,913 (-77.5%)
11/2013: The Walking Dead #117 - 68,818 (-1.6%)

The bi-weekly All Out War event continues, and sales drop back down, maybe a little lower than I’d expected. No variants, but it’ll be a few more months until we can figure out whether this is a general downward trend. Issue #115 charts again with a further 10,024 copies sold.
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Godzilla is back in a graphic novel from Legendary

Godzilla is back in a graphic novel from Legendaryhttp://ift.tt/KN5H0S

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This summer’s reboot of Godzilla has been getting high marks for the marketing and the trailer, and now the lizard king is coming back to the pages of the comics, where he’s had a pretty thriving career over the years. Godzilla: Awakening will be published by Legendary Comics and its co-written by Max Borenstein (screenwriter of the new Godzilla) and Greg Borenstein. Artists include Eric Battle (X-Men, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman), Yvel Guichet (Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, Superboy Annual, End of Nations), Alan Quah (Rage, The Vampire Diaries, Anywhere) and Lee Loughridge (Batman Adventures, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Marvel Zombies Return), and features cover art by Arthur Adams (Godzilla, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Uncanny X-Men). The 72-page book goes on sale May 7.

(The above art is a promo from Comic-Con 2013, not anything to do with the graphic novel but it looks nice.)

Gareth Edwards, director of the new Godzilla, piped up on YouTube to express enthusiasm for the spin-off”

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Help Wanted, Sales Chart Wrangler

Help Wanted, Sales Chart Wranglerhttp://ift.tt/KMQL33

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As you may have noticed yesterday, after a run of ten years or so, Marc-Oliver Frisch is giving up writing the monthly comparative sales charts for DC. He had a great run, but no one does this job forever — Matt High who did it previously, only did it 10 years or so himself. High started the charts back when Usenet was the only place people talked about comics, Marc-Oliver kept it up there until I offered a more stable and searchable home for him and Paul O’Brien, who did he Marvel side of things, first at The Pulse and then at The Beat.

I think I’ve found a replacement for the DC charts—a new Jedi Knight handpicked by Marc-Oliver himself.

However, in an amazing twist of fate, Paul O’Brien is also moving on from the Marvel charts! Paul recently became a dad and, you know, life moves on too. I haven’t found a Marvel scribe yet, so if you are interested in looking at a lot of Excel charts, email me at comicsbeat at gmail.com.

Paul Mellerick will be staying on the indie charts to provide the stability we all crave.

I really can’t thank Paul and Marc-Oliver enough. We’ve followed them though Final Crises and Civil Wars, through variants, events and double shipping. This has been the most scrutinized and tumultuous decade in comics history, and the sales charts, as controversial as they have been at times, have provided a metric to see how things stacked up.

Paul will be around for another column or two, and DC may have a fill-in or two before the new guy comes around. The Old Order changeth.

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Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/23/14: What this comics shop owner found in the basement was amazing; what he did next was astounding

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/23/14: What this comics shop owner found in the basement was amazing; what he did next was astoundinghttp://ift.tt/1hmEzAE

§ An appeals court has ruled against the estate of Joe Shuster in yet another of the endless legal battles over Superman and yet attorney Mark Toberoff vows it isn’t over. Maybe not, but the fat lady is warming up in the stands.

201401230303.jpg§ The NY Times chats with Indian cartoonist Vishwajyoti Ghosh about “This Side That Side: Restorying Partition,” an anthology of graphic narratives from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

§ There a big comics show coming to the British Library:

The exhibition’s curator, John Harris Dunning, told the Telegraph the display of seditious comics is intended in part to inspire the next generation to be “rebellions, troublesome and naughty”. Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK will display more than 200 comic books from 1825 to the modern day, including one 1970s work focusing on an obscenity trial.

§ Tim Hanley interviews Anne Elizabeth Moore about Wonder Woman.

§ Samantha Meier looks at anthologies of comics by women from Wimmen’s fo Womanthology in a historical context — it’s billed as an introduction so I hope there is more to come as this is a little studied area:

De Liz is right to link her project to the American feminist movement. Womanthology owes a huge debt to comics borne of nascent second-wave feminism and the burgeoning underground comix movement: It Ain’t Me Babe Comix (1969), the first American comic book created entirely by women, and Wimmen’s Comix (1972- 1993), a long-standing all-female underground comix anthology, which made a point of perpetually including new contributors. (It’s worth noting that Womanthology, It Ain’t Me Babe, and Wimmen’s Comix share an influential contributor –Trina Robbins.) Of these titles and others, sociologist Paul Lopes writes, “This first generation of female comic book rebels unquestionably laid the groundwork for future generations of women artists to intervene and attempt to transform the field of comic books.” Sound familiar?

§ Colleen Doran’s account of The Strange Case of Haven Publishing has been making the rounds, but no one does withering scorn like Colleen Doran.

§ Following up on the recent Alan Moore interview kerfuffle, Laura Sneddon has released a statement and Sequart’s Julian Darius has taken an evolving look at the matter.

§ Isabel Greenberg is interviewed on the Comics Alternative Podcast. Greenberg’s Encyclopedia of Early Earth is quite the debut novel and she deserves attention for it.

§ On a sad note, Colin Smith has shut down his old bloggeroo; hung up the old blogging pants. Hopefully we’ll still see some of his comics writing around though.

§ I forgot to link to Brian Hibb’s first report on opening a second store and this could easily be one of those novels about the guy who goes to some tropical island and builds a school so kids can learn to play the harmonica—it is an epic tale, told as only Brian Hibbs can tell it! (And if you need that for the movie blurb go right ahead.)

The former owner was burned out on comics, and he had hired several people to run the store for him, none of which, to my eyes, had any good handle on how or what to order for a modern comics store. The fundamentals of the business appeared to be solid enough — the store was long-running (nineteen years between various owners), had no debt that I would be assuming, serviced the south side of town in a pretty substantial way, and had a large subscription base. But because of the over-ordering and the general poor state the former employees had left the store in, the former owner was looking at needing to invest a whole lot of time and money to right the ship, and he was too burned out on comics to make that step. He was literally going to just close up the shop suddenly over a two week period. Within 20 minutes, we had an agreement in principle — we came up with a sum that he was happy with, and, in exchange, he’d keep the store running a few weeks longer than he wanted, while I secured the financing to make it happen. And in less than a month, on December 16th, I took over ownership and had a second store. It only took me twenty-four years!

§ Steve Englehart remembers the late Marshall Rogers on the latter’s birthday.

Think, for a moment, about the thing you most love to do. Now, if that’s the thing most people know about you, add that in. Got it? Now imagine that somebody won’t ever let you do it. That’s the problem Marshall Rogers faced at the end of his life.

§ And Janelle Asselin chats with animation and comics writerMairghread Scott.

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Farel Dalrymple’s The Wrenchies is coming this fall

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The beautiful, complex art of Farel Dalrymple has been missing from the shelves in a major way for a while. His Popgun War was exquisite, and his adaptation of Omega the Unknown with Jonathan Lethem would be a comics classic if it were kept in print.

Luckily, the Dalrymple Drought is about to end with the release of The Wrenchies this fall from First Second. IT’s set in a grim world where children must fight and kill demons, even while they know if they grow up they’ll turn into demons, too.

The LA Times has debuted the cover, and has a priview of a few pages and an interview with Dalrymple.

The idea for “The Wrenchies” came from a 15-page story I did for the “Meathaus S.O.S.” anthology about two brothers who go into an evil elf cave. Using that as a springboard and a bunch of other notes and ideas and drawings from my sketchbook I put a few pages of plot together. Then I did a bunch of color character and concept drawings for what I had in mind. I gathered inspiration from a variety of sources: “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle, “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk, “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Akira” by Otomo Katsuhiro, “Nausicaa” (the manga and movie) by Hayao Miyazaki, movies such as “Over the Edge” (1979), and movie directors like David Lynch, Werner Herzog and Wes Anderson, “The Prisoner” television program, Moebius’ “Airtight Garage” stuff, and old Heavy Metal magazines, Marvel comics from the 1980s, the cartooning work of Tom Herpich, Brandon Graham, Mike Mignola, Taiyo Matsumoto, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Dave Cooper, Paul Pope, and a whole bunch of other guys.

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Steve Orlando Dives Headfirst Into the Undertow [Interview]

Next month sees Steve Orlando launching a new #1 title at Image – a new take on the Atlantis myth called Undertow, with artist and colourist Artyom Trakhanov. This is a different take on underwater life than anything you might have been expecting, however – the creative team have revamped Atlantis as a centre for a decadent ruling class, whilst unevolved humans run wild and uncontrolled on land.

Following a band of dissident rebels as they try to forge their own path away from Atlantis, the series starts this February, and Steve was kind enough to talk me through the new book, the politics involved, the design aesthetic – and we even got to speak a little about his recent Kickstarter success, Virgil!

(This also marks my first time interviewing another Steve – so I’ve decided to be Beat (or beta) Steve here!)

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Godzilla is back in a graphic novel from Legendary

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This summer’s reboot of Godzilla has been getting high marks for the marketing and the trailer, and now the lizard king is coming back to the pages of the comics, where he’s had a pretty thriving career over the years. Godzilla: Awakening will be published by Legendary Comics and its co-written by Max Borenstein (screenwriter of the new Godzilla) and Greg Borenstein. Artists include Eric Battle (X-Men, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman), Yvel Guichet (Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, Superboy Annual, End of Nations), Alan Quah (Rage, The Vampire Diaries, Anywhere) and Lee Loughridge (Batman Adventures, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Marvel Zombies Return), and features cover art by Arthur Adams (Godzilla, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Uncanny X-Men). The 72-page book goes on sale May 7.

(The above art is a promo from Comic-Con 2013, not anything to do with the graphic novel but it looks nice.)

Gareth Edwards, director of the new Godzilla, piped up on YouTube to express enthusiasm for the spin-off”

Help Wanted, Sales Chart Wrangler — UPDATE

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UPDATE: Folks I have a bunch of fantastic candidates for this position, so no more resumes please.

As you may have noticed yesterday, after a run of ten years or so, Marc-Oliver Frisch is giving up writing the monthly comparative sales charts for DC. He had a great run, but no one does this job forever — Matt High who did it previously, only did it 10 years or so himself. High started the charts back when Usenet was the only place people talked about comics, Marc-Oliver kept it up there until I offered a more stable and searchable home for him and Paul O’Brien, who did he Marvel side of things, first at The Pulse and then at The Beat.

I think I’ve found a replacement for the DC charts—a new Jedi Knight handpicked by Marc-Oliver himself.

However, in an amazing twist of fate, Paul O’Brien is also moving on from the Marvel charts! Paul recently became a dad and, you know, life moves on too. I haven’t found a Marvel scribe yet, so if you are interested in looking at a lot of Excel charts, email me at comicsbeat at gmail.com.

Paul Mellerick will be staying on the indie charts to provide the stability we all crave.

I really can’t thank Paul and Marc-Oliver enough. We’ve followed them though Final Crises and Civil Wars, through variants, events and double shipping. This has been the most scrutinized and tumultuous decade in comics history, and the sales charts, as controversial as they have been at times, have provided a metric to see how things stacked up.

Paul will be around for another column or two, and DC may have a fill-in or two before the new guy comes around. The Old Order changeth.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/23/14: What this comics shop owner found in the basement was amazing; what he did next was astounding

§ An appeals court has ruled against the estate of Joe Shuster in yet another of the endless legal battles over Superman and yet attorney Mark Toberoff vows it isn’t over. Maybe not, but the fat lady is warming up in the stands.

201401230303.jpg§ The NY Times chats with Indian cartoonist Vishwajyoti Ghosh about “This Side That Side: Restorying Partition,” an anthology of graphic narratives from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

§ There a big comics show coming to the British Library:

The exhibition’s curator, John Harris Dunning, told the Telegraph the display of seditious comics is intended in part to inspire the next generation to be “rebellions, troublesome and naughty”. Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK will display more than 200 comic books from 1825 to the modern day, including one 1970s work focusing on an obscenity trial.

§ Tim Hanley interviews Anne Elizabeth Moore about Wonder Woman.

§ Samantha Meier looks at anthologies of comics by women from Wimmen’s fo Womanthology in a historical context — it’s billed as an introduction so I hope there is more to come as this is a little studied area:

De Liz is right to link her project to the American feminist movement. Womanthology owes a huge debt to comics borne of nascent second-wave feminism and the burgeoning underground comix movement: It Ain’t Me Babe Comix (1969), the first American comic book created entirely by women, and Wimmen’s Comix (1972- 1993), a long-standing all-female underground comix anthology, which made a point of perpetually including new contributors. (It’s worth noting that Womanthology, It Ain’t Me Babe, and Wimmen’s Comix share an influential contributor –Trina Robbins.) Of these titles and others, sociologist Paul Lopes writes, “This first generation of female comic book rebels unquestionably laid the groundwork for future generations of women artists to intervene and attempt to transform the field of comic books.” Sound familiar?

§ Colleen Doran’s account of The Strange Case of Haven Publishing has been making the rounds, but no one does withering scorn like Colleen Doran.

§ Following up on the recent Alan Moore interview kerfuffle, Laura Sneddon has released a statement and Sequart’s Julian Darius has taken an evolving look at the matter.

§ Isabel Greenberg is interviewed on the Comics Alternative Podcast. Greenberg’s Encyclopedia of Early Earth is quite the debut novel and she deserves attention for it.

§ On a sad note, Colin Smith has shut down his old bloggeroo; hung up the old blogging pants. Hopefully we’ll still see some of his comics writing around though.

§ I forgot to link to Brian Hibb’s first report on opening a second store and this could easily be one of those novels about the guy who goes to some tropical island and builds a school so kids can learn to play the harmonica—it is an epic tale, told as only Brian Hibbs can tell it! (And if you need that for the movie blurb go right ahead.)

The former owner was burned out on comics, and he had hired several people to run the store for him, none of which, to my eyes, had any good handle on how or what to order for a modern comics store. The fundamentals of the business appeared to be solid enough — the store was long-running (nineteen years between various owners), had no debt that I would be assuming, serviced the south side of town in a pretty substantial way, and had a large subscription base. But because of the over-ordering and the general poor state the former employees had left the store in, the former owner was looking at needing to invest a whole lot of time and money to right the ship, and he was too burned out on comics to make that step. He was literally going to just close up the shop suddenly over a two week period. Within 20 minutes, we had an agreement in principle — we came up with a sum that he was happy with, and, in exchange, he’d keep the store running a few weeks longer than he wanted, while I secured the financing to make it happen. And in less than a month, on December 16th, I took over ownership and had a second store. It only took me twenty-four years!

§ Steve Englehart remembers the late Marshall Rogers on the latter’s birthday.

Think, for a moment, about the thing you most love to do. Now, if that’s the thing most people know about you, add that in. Got it? Now imagine that somebody won’t ever let you do it. That’s the problem Marshall Rogers faced at the end of his life.

§ And Janelle Asselin chats with animation and comics writerMairghread Scott.