Brian Wood is the loudest critic of the various “comic book sales chart” out there (including the ones run here), and he’s always clear about why that is: the numbers aren’t accurate. In this post, he looks at the numbers again, and addresses the controversy, we think, pretty fairly all around.
Thought I would update, as I got new royalty statements in the mail.
DMZ v2: Body of A Journalist, as of June 30: 12,588
So from the end of April to the end of June, two months, that’s 2,790 additional copies (and counting, since many more have been sold in the last four months). And just to further beat you all with the point we’ve been making all this time, that these sales charts are fiction – they would tell you that this book has sold, to date, significantly less than half of the actual amount. The writer of the CBR article, John Mayo I think, had gone and amended some of the language in his article to reflect how incomplete the numbers were, but I wanted to post this info anyway. I’ve gotten many demands to “leak” numbers, since I am so vocal on this subject, but telling you my orders and sales numbers is something I have always done, not just for Vertigo, and often against the wishes of some (past) publishers.
(also, my royalty statements show that the DMZ single issues are still selling, even all the way back to #13, which is a year ago. on average, the singles sell between 1,300 and 2,000 ((and counting)) over what the reported numbers say)
I share a lot of people’s desire to see the real numbers released to the public. Well, I should say I wish there wasn’t such a public demand for them – not sure why readers feel they are OWED private information – but I do want them to be public because I think it would change, in a massive way, the perception of Vertigo as a line and maybe end a lot of this chatter and snark on the subject, OR at least change the way these information is analyzed…