Sales Charts: DC leads Marvel for the third month in a row in September


September sales figures released by Diamond Comics distributors show DC holding on to its lead in both dollars and units, down a bit from August but still 13 points over Marvel in units, up from 12 last month. Month to month comparisons from August are down, but August was a five week month compared to September’s normal […]

Diamond upgrades to ship “massive amounts of new product” and unveils fourth pick module


Sometimes the wonkiest things are the most important. Diamond sent out news of its upgrades to the Olive Branch warehouse, with photos. And if you imagined somehitng like a cross between the airport scene in Toy Story 2 and the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, you were right.  The report below is all […]

The state of the industry UPDATED AND CORRECTED


Those who think comics need to ditch the direct market right this minute had better not read the latest news about Barnes and Noble. The last big box chain had a dismal quarter, fired its CEO, and is looking to shore things up. Concern about Barnes & Noble’s Nook business gave way to worries about […]

IDW moves to Penguin Random House for book distribution


Well now, this is interesting. IDW has moved its book distribution to Penguin Random House effective April 2017. ICv2 has all the enthusiastic quotes from executives at both companies, including a sad quote from Steve Geppi who owns Diamond Book Distribution, which formerly repped IDW to the book trade. DBD will continues to sell IDW products to the mass market in the UK. But this really makes PRHPS, which also distributes DC, a powerhouse player in the GN field.

WonderCon’16: Friday Morning Preview and visit from Mayor Eric Garcetti

LA Convention Center

By Nicholas Eskey During the tail end of last year’s Wonder Con, it was announced that the convention which had spent the last three years in Anaheim would instead next be hosted by the city of Los Angeles. The change was for a simple reason; the Anaheim convention center already had another event booked for […]

Diamond Retailer Summit returns to Baltimore 8/31-9/2


Diamond’s annual Retailer Summit will once again be held in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic Con this year. The summit takes place AUgust31/September 2 with the theme “Future Vision: Building the Comic Book Shop of Tomorrow”. The event traditionally moves around, but the Baltimore location is a handy one as it’s down the road from […]

Diamond announces 12 Gold Sponsor Comics for Free Comic Book Day 2016


Diamond has just released the 12 Gold sponsor comics for next year’s Free Comic Book Day—and it’s who you would expect with one addition: Bongo, the little company that could. Bongo has been around for more than 20 years, consistently sells 100,000s of comics around the world and yet…we forget it’s there. Not this year! […]

July 2015 Sales: Marvel on top again as periodical sales slip a bit

Secret Wars #4

You know, maybe the narrative about Dark Horse losing the Star Wars license to Marvel wasn’t DH’s loss but Marvel’s gain: sales of Star Wars comics seem to be what’s propelling them to stay on  top by a comfortable margin. But Secret Wars #4 was the #1 comics of the monht—the Fables wrap up in the trade […]

The Loot Crate Effect Reaches “Cartoonish Levels” on Comics Sales


Note: The distribution numbers used below are estimates, not hard sales numbers.  They’re accurate to the trends, but take the exact unit measurements with a small grain of salt.   Recently, Comichron released Diamond distribution numbers for May 2015.  To little astonishment at the feat but some awe at the scale, Marvel’s Secret Wars #1 took the […]