Walking Dead 152

By David Carter

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at Image Comics’s sales figures.

Just a reminder that I’m not doing this as a permanent gig; just filling in until Heidi finds someone to take on the indy month-to-month chart. Although that keeps looking less and less likely with each passing month, so y’all might be stuck with me for a while…

Please refer to July’s column for a preamble and explanation as to why sales standards for Image books are likely to be different than those for DC or Marvel.

Image shipped 52 comics in March, compared to 50 comics in February, 56 comics in January, 67 comics in December, 62 in November, 55 in October and 73 in September. Of those 52 comics, 20 did not place in Diamond’s Top 300, and another 19 placed below the 10K mark.

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller’s excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier this month over at Comichron!

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com’s estimates can be found here.

(Note that the percentage comparisons are done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders.)


12 - THE WALKING DEAD ($2.99)
03/2006: The Walking Dead #26  --  19,385
03/2011: The Walking Dead #82  --  31,174 
03/2011: The Walking Dead #83  --  33,686  [39,938] 
03/2012: The Walking Dead #95  --  33,916
03/2013: The Walking Dead #108 --  67,426 
03/2014: The Walking Dead #123 --  64,460  [64,691]
03/2014: The Walking Dead #124 --  64,659  [64,712]
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03/2015: The Walking Dead #138 --  66,778 (+  2.0%) [67,008]
03/2015: The Walking Dead #139 --  67,349 (+  3.9%) [69,652]
04/2015: The Walking Dead #140 --  66,553 (-  3.9%) [66,944]
05/2015: The Walking Dead #141 --  68,931 (+  4.5%) [69,970]
06/2015: The Walking Dead #142 --  68,221 (-  1.3%) [69,079]
06/2015: The Walking Dead #143 --  67,989 (+  0.4%) [69,325]
07/2015: The Walking Dead #144 --  79,496 (+ 15.2%) [79,882]
08/2015: The Walking Dead #145 --  82,792 (+  4.7%) [83,671]
09/2015: The Walking Dead #146 --  69,006 (- 16.6%) [69,799]
10/2015: The Walking Dead #147 --  67,056 (-  2.6%) [68,007]
11/2015: The Walking Dead #148 --  65,526 (-  2.3%) [66,446]
12/2015: The Walking Dead #149 --  65,406 (-  1.6%) 
01/2016: The Walking Dead #150 -- 156,166 (+138.8%) 
02/2016: The Walking Dead #151 --  67,381 (- 59.6%) 
03/2016: The Walking Dead #152 --  67,258 (-  0.2%) 
-----------------
6 months: -  3.6%
1 year  : -  1.6%
2 years : +  4.0%
5 years : + 89.2%
10 years: +247.0%

No surprise that The Walking Dead is the top-selling Image book in March, with sales nearly identical to last month. Sales of individual issues seem to have plateaued (with the occasional spike for variant stunts or special issues), but if so that’s an excellent number to plateau at.

28 - SAGA ($2.99)
03/2013: Saga #11 -- 50,023 
03/2014: --
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03/2015: Saga #26 -- 54,892 (-  3.5%) [54,876]
04/2015: Saga #27 -- 54,897 (-  0.0%) [54,868]
05/2015: Saga #28 -- 55,239 (+  2.6%) [56,275]
06/2015: Saga #29 -- 55,131 (-  0.9%) [55,752]
07/2015: Saga #30 -- 60,937 (+  3.1%) [57,501]
08/2015: -- 
09/2015: -- 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: Saga #31 -- 53,980 (-  5.0%) [54,650]
12/2015: Saga #32 -- 51,850 (-  5.1%) 
01/2016: Saga #33 -- 50,415 (-  2.8%) 
02/2016: Saga #34 -- 49,363 (-  2.1%) 
03/2016: Saga #35 -- 48,845 (-  1.0%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 11.0%
2 years :    n.a.

Things aren’t quite as settled yet for Saga, though the last few months have looked an awful lot like standard attrition.

86 - MONSTRESS ($3.99)
11/2015: Monstress #1 -- 33,045           [36,876]
12/2015: Monstress #2 -- 23,367 (- 36.6%) 
01/2016: Monstress #3 -- 22,945 (-  1.8%) 
02/2016: --
01/2016: Monstress #4 -- 22,406 (-  2.3%)

The first three issues were returnable, but this one was not. Note the nice, sensible sales curve.

With a few of Image’s better-selling titles taking the month off (e.g. Paper Girls & I Hate Fairyland) there’s quite a gap on the chart between their #2 & #3 books.

90 - OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA ($2.99)
03/2015: Outcast #7  -- 38,077 (+  6.1%) [38,574]
04/2015: Outcast #8  -- 36,188 (- 14.4%) [33,012]
05/2015: Outcast #9  -- 28,961 (-  8.8%) [30,104]
06/2015: -- 
07/2015: Outcast #10 -- 28,012 (-  6.9%) 
08/2015: Outcast #11 -- 27,087 (-  3.3%) 
09/2015: Outcast #12 -- 26,115 (-  3.6%) 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: Outcast #13 -- 24,051 (-  7.9%) 
12/2015: Outcast #14 -- 23,319 (-  3.0%) 
01/2016: Outcast #15 -- 22,195 (-  4.8%) 
02/2016: Outcast #16 -- 21,801 (-  1.8%) 
03/2016: Outcast #17 -- 21,426 (-  1.7%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 18.0%
1 year  : - 44.5%

The television series starts in early June.

97 - THE DISCIPLINE ($2.99)
03/2016: Discipline #1  -- 20,221

The new erotic horror title from Peter Milligan & Leandro Fernandez is the top debut for Image in March. 20K seems like a good number, but that’s where Cry Havoc debuted a couple of months ago and that book is already below 8K. You might expect a book from name creators to debut higher, but this book’s subject is likely to be a tougher sell.

100 - HUCK ($3.50)
11/2015: Huck #1 -- 35,299           [37,775]
12/2015: Huck #2 -- 22,937 (- 39.3%)
01/2016: Huck #3 -- 20,986 (-  8.5%)
02/2016: Huck #4 -- 20,183 (-  3.8%)
03/2016: Huck #5 -- 19,917 (-  1.3%)

103 - DESCENDER ($2.99)
03/2015: Descender #1  -- 61,910           [71,989]
04/2015: Descender #2  -- 43,946 (- 41.9%) [41,853]
05/2015: Descender #3  -- 29,717 (- 22.7%) [32,343]
06/2015: Descender #4  -- 27,163 (- 10.2%) [29,046]
07/2015: Descender #5  -- 26,039 (- 10.4%) 
08/2015: Descender #6  -- 24,615 (-  5.5%) 
09/2015: -- 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: Descender #7  -- 23,684 (-  3.8%) 
12/2015: Descender #8  -- 20,999 (- 11.3%) 
01/2015: Descender #9  -- 20,017 (-  4.7%) 
02/2015: Descender #10 -- 19,642 (-  3.4%) 
03/2015: Descender #11 -- 18,842 (-  2.6%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 73.8%

133 - LOW ($3.99)
03/2015: --
04/2015: -- 
05/2015: --
06/2015: Low #7  -- 24,317 (+ 22.6%) 
07/2015: Low #8  -- 16,169 (- 33.5%) 
08/2015: Low #9  -- 15,717 (-  2.8%) 
09/2015: --
10/2015: Low #10 -- 15,351 (-  2.3%) 
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: -- 
01/2016: -- 
02/2016: Low #11 -- 14,939 (-  2.7%) 
03/2016: Low #12 -- 14,494 (-  3.0%) 
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.

139 - JUPITER'S CIRCLE ($3.50)
03/2014: Jupiter's Legacy #4 -- 36,918  [37,125]
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03/2015: --
04/2015: Jupiter's Circle #1 -- 32,542 (+ 12.0%)
05/2015: Jupiter's Circle #2 -- 24,499 (- 24.7%)
06/2015: Jupiter's Circle #3 -- 21,287 (- 13.1%) 
07/2015: Jupiter's Circle #4 -- 19,522 (-  8.3%) 
08/2015: Jupiter's Circle #5 -- 18,889 (-  3.2%) 
09/2015: Jupiter's Circle #6 -- 18,732 (-  0.8%) 
10/2015: --
11/2015: Jupiter's Crc v2 #1 -- 18,175 (-  3.0%)
12/2015: Jupiter's Crc v2 #2 -- 15,719 (- 13.5%)
01/2016: Jupiter's Crc v2 #3 -- 14,631 (-  6.9%)
02/2016: -- 
03/2016: Jupiter's Crc v2 #4 -- 13,726 (-  6.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.7%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 63.0%

148 - BLACK SCIENCE ($3.99)
03/2014: -- 
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03/2015: Black Science #12 -- 26,112 (+ 32.6%)
04/2015: Black Science #13 -- 17,876 (- 31.5%) 
05/2015: Black Science #14 -- 17,090 (-  4.4%)
06/2015: Black Science #15 -- 17,932 (+  4.9%) 
07/2015: Black Science #16 -- 18,298 (+  2.0%) 
08/2015: -- 
09/2015: -- 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: Black Science #17 -- 15,094 (- 17.5%) 
12/2015: Black Science #18 -- 14,465 (-  4.2%) 
01/2016: Black Science #19 -- 13,966 (-  3.4%) 
02/2016: Black Science #20 -- 13,251 (-  5.1%) 
03/2016: Black Science #21 -- 13,092 (-  1.2%) 
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 49.9%
2 years :    n.a.

162 - RAT QUEENS ($3.99)
03/2014: --
---------------------------------
03/2015: Rat Queens #9  -- 14,425 (-  2.0%)
04/2015: Rat Queens #10 -- 14,228 (-  1.4%) 
05/2015: --
06/2015: -- 
07/2015: -- 
08/2015: Rat Queens #11 -- 14,271 (+  0.3%) 
09/2015: Rat Queens #12 -- 13,615 (-  4.6%) 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: Rat Queens #13 -- 13,075 (-  4.0%) 
12/2015: Rat Queens #14 -- 12,468 (-  4.6%) 
01/2016: --
02/2016: --
03/2016: Rat Queens #15 -- 11,997 (-  3.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 11.9%
1 year  : - 16.8%
2 years :    n.a.

Going on hiatus after issue #16.

165 - INJECTION ($2.99)
05/2015: Injection #1  -- 41,648           [43,733]
06/2015: Injection #2  -- 23,484 (- 43.6%) 
07/2015: Injection #3  -- 19,754 (- 15.9%) 
08/2015: Injection #4  -- 17,113 (- 13.4%) 
09/2015: Injection #5  -- 16,020 (-  6.4%) 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: -- 
01/2016: Injection #6  -- 13,153 (- 17.9%) 
02/2016: Injection #7  -- 12,459 (-  5.3%) 
03/2016: Injection #8  -- 11,855 (-  4.8%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 26.0%

169 - DEADLY CLASS ($3.99)
03/2015: --
04/2015: Deadly Class #12 -- 13,780 (+  7.6%)
05/2015: Deadly Class #13 -- 12,299 (- 10.7%)
06/2015: -- 
07/2015: Deadly Class #14 -- 11,798 (-  4.1%) 
08/2015: Deadly Class #15 -- 11,779 (-  0.2%) 
09/2015: Deadly Class #16 -- 11,394 (-  3.3%) 
10/2015: --
11/2015: --
12/2015: Deadly Class #17 -- 11,035 (-  3.2%) 
01/2016: Deadly Class #18 -- 10,485 (-  5.0%) 
02/2016: --
03/2016: Deadly Class #19 -- 10,440 (-  0.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: -  8.4%
1 year  :    n.a.

179 - BIRTHRIGHT ($2.99)
03/2015: --
04/2015: Birthright #6  -- 14,081 (+  6.5%)
05/2015: Birthright #7  -- 12,561 (- 10.8%)
06/2015: Birthright #8  -- 12,058 (-  4.0%) 
07/2015: Birthright #9  -- 11,496 (-  4.7%) 
08/2015: Birthright #10 -- 11,072 (-  3.7%) 
09/2015: --
10/2015: --
11/2015: Birthright #11 -- 10,989 (-  0.7%) 
12/2015: Birthright #12 -- 10,633 (-  3.2%) 
01/2016: Birthright #13 --  9,931 (-  6.6%) 
02/2016: Birthright #14 --  9,519 (-  4.1%) 
03/2016: Birthright #14 --  9,344 (-  1.8%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.

192 - CIRCUIT BREAKER ($2.99)
03/2016: Circuit Breaker #1 of 5 -- 8,326

Not an auspicious start for the mini-series.

201 - CRY HAVOC ($3.99)
01/2016: Cry Havoc #1 -- 20,677 
02/2016: Cry Havoc #2 --  9,692 (- 53.1%) 
03/2016: Cry Havoc #3 --  7,813 (- 19.4%)

204 - SNOWFALL ($3.99)
02/2016: Snowfall #1  -- 17,195 
03/2016: Snowfall #2  --  7,595 (- 55.8%)

207 - HEAD LOPPER ($5.99)
09/2015: Head Lopper #1 of 4 -- 11,337 
10/2015: --
11/2015: --
12/2015: Head Lopper #2 of 4 --  8,755 (- 22.8%) 
01/2016: --
02/2016: --
03/2016: Head Lopper #3 of 4 --  7,494 (- 14.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 33.9%

This is an oversized quarterly comic, so the regular economics may not apply.

225 - ODY-C ($3.99)
03/2015: --
04/2015: ODY-C #4  -- 14,086 (- 23.9%)
05/2015: ODY-C #5  -- 12,557 (- 10.9%)
06/2015: -- 
07/2015: -- 
08/2015: ODY-C #6  --  9,679 (- 22.9%) 
09/2015: ODY-C #7  --  8,882 (-  8.2%) 
10/2015: ODY-C #8  --  7,959 (- 10.4%) 
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: -- 
01/2016: ODY-C #9  --  7,165 (- 10.0%)
02/2016: --
03/2016: ODY-C #10 --  6,665 (-  7.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.0%
1 year  :    n.a.

232 - MIRROR ($2.99)
02/2016: Mirror #1  -- 14,884 
03/2016: Mirror #2  --  6,269 (- 57.9%)

236 - WAYWARD ($3.50)
03/2015: Wayward #6  -- 12,247 (+ 22.4%)
04/2015: Wayward #7  --  8,389 (- 31.5%)
05/2015: Wayward #8  --  8,073 (-  3.8%)
06/2015: Wayward #9  --  7,913 (-  2.0%) 
07/2015: Wayward #10 --  7,859 (-  0.7%) 
08/2015: -- 
09/2015: -- 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: Wayward #11 --  8,024 (+  4.4%) 
12/2015: Wayward #12 --  7,015 (- 14.5%) 
01/2016: Wayward #13 --  6,589 (-  6.1%) 
02/2016: Wayward #14 --  6,397 (-  2.9%) 
03/2016: Wayward #15 --  6,089 (-  4.8%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 50.3%

241, 246 - REVIVAL ($3.99)
03/2013: Revival #8  -- 17,082 
03/2014: Revival #18 -- 10,456 
------------------------------
03/2015: Revival #28 --  7,913 (-  1.8%)
04/2015: Revival #29 --  7,786 (-  1.6%)
05/2015: --
06/2015: Revival #30 --  7,545 (-  3.1%) 
07/2015: Revival #31 --  7,337 (-  2.8%) 
08/2015: Revival #32 --  7,019 (-  4.3%) 
09/2015: Revival #33 --  6,824 (-  2.8%) 
10/2015: Revival #34 --  6,921 (+  1.4%) 
11/2015: --
12/2015: Revival #35 --  6,510 (-  5.9%) 
01/2016: Revival #36 --  6,182 (-  5.0%) 
02/2016: --
03/2016: Revival #37 --  5,987 (-  3.2%) 
03/2016: Revival #38 --  5,826 (-  2.7%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 14.6%
1 year  : - 26.4%
2 years : - 44.3%

242 - POWER LINES ($3.50)
03/2016: Power Lines #1  -- 5,978

New series by Jimmie Robinson.

247 - NOWHERE MEN ($2.99)
03/2013: Nowhere Men #4  -- 13,368 
03/2014: --
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03/2015: --
04/2015: --
05/2015: --
06/2015: -- 
07/2015: -- 
08/2015: -- 
09/2015: -- 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: -- 
01/2016: Nowhere Men #7  --  7,498 (- 41.0%) 
02/2016: Nowhere Men #8  --  6,317 (- 15.8%) 
03/2016: Nowhere Men #9  --  5,731 (-  9.3%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years :    n.a.

260 - THE VIOLENT ($2.99)
12/2015: The Violent #1 -- 11,751 
01/2016: The Violent #2 --  6,474 (- 44.9%) 
02/2016: --
03/2016: The Violent #3 --  5,372 (- 17.0%)

261 - THEY'RE NOT LIKE US ($2.99)
03/2015: They're Not Like Us #4  --  9,255 (-  1.8%)
04/2015: They're Not Like Us #5  --  8,903 (-  3.8%)
05/2015: They're Not Like Us #6  --  8,368 (-  6.0%)
06/2015: -- 
07/2015: -- 
08/2015: They're Not Like Us #7  --  7,599 (-  9.2%) 
09/2015: They're Not Like Us #8  --  6,988 (-  8.0%) 
10/2015: They're Not Like Us #9  --  6,780 (-  3.0%) 
11/2015: --
12/2015: They're Not Like Us #10 --  6,294 (-  7.2%) 
01/2016: -- 
02/2016: They're Not Like Us #11 --  5,813 (-  7.6%) 
03/2016: They're Not Like Us #12 --  5,341 (-  8.1%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 23.6%
1 year  : - 42.3%

No further issues have been solicited.

262 - THE LEGACY OF LUTHER STRODE ($3.50)
04/2015: Legacy #1 -- 11,084
05/2015: --
06/2015: Legacy #2 --  7,601 (- 31.4%)
07/2015: -- 
08/2015: -- 
09/2015: Legacy #3 --  6,919 (-  9.0%)
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: -- 
01/2016: Legacy #4 --  5,467 (- 21.0%)
02/2016: --
03/2016: Legacy #5 --  5,290 (-  3.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.5%

270 - STARVE ($3.99)
06/2015: Starve #1  -- 24,847  
07/2015: Starve #2  -- 10,646 (- 57.2%)  
08/2015: Starve #3  --  8,379 (- 21.3%)  
09/2015: Starve #4  --  7,050 (- 15.9%)  
10/2015: Starve #5  --  6,416 (-  9.0%)  
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: -- 
01/2016: -- 
02/2015: Starve #6  --  5,422 (- 15.5%)  
03/2015: Starve #7  --  4,942 (-  8.9%)  
-----------------
6 months: - 29.9%

285 - SYMMETRY ($3.99)
12/2015: Symmetry #1 -- 19,274 
01/2016: Symmetry #2 --  7,893 (- 59.1%)
02/2016: Symmetry #3 --  5,907 (- 25.2%)
03/2016: Symmetry #4 --  4,649 (- 21.3%)

The previous three issues were returnable, though this one was not.

287 - SONS OF THE DEVIL ($2.99)
05/2015: Sons of the Devil #1  -- 21,331 
06/2015: Sons of the Devil #2  -- 11,959 (- 43.9%) 
07/2015: Sons of the Devil #3  --  9,805 (- 18.0%) 
08/2015: Sons of the Devil #4  --  7,373 (- 24.8%) 
09/2015: Sons of the Devil #5  --  6,935 (-  5.9%) 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: -- 
01/2016: --
02/2016: --
03/2016: Sons of the Devil #6  --  4,618 (- 33.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 33.4%

The long hiatus didn’t do the devil any favors.

295 - PROPHET: EARTH WAR ($3.99)
03/2012: Prophet #23               -- 6,289 
03/2013: -- 
03/2014: Prophet #43               -- 4,840 
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01/2016: Prophet Earth War #1 of 6 -- 6,015 
02/2016: --
03/2016: Prophet Earth War #2 of 6 -- 4,426 (- 26.4%) 
-----------------
2 years : -  8.6%

299 - THE 13TH ARTIFACT ($3.99)
03/2016: 13th Artifact one-shot -- 4,325

One-shot from the 2015 Top Cow Talent hunt winners.

Image titles shipping but not making the Top 300 in February include: Astronauts in Trouble, Black Jack Ketchum, Codename Baboushka: Conclave of Death, Dream Police, Elephantmen, Empty Zone, Four Eyes, The Fuse, IXth Generation, Limbo, No Mercy, Pencil Head, Postal, Ringside, Roche Limit, Saints, Savage Dragon, Shutter, Stray Bullets, Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief.

Note that this doesn’t necessarily mean that any of them are in danger of being cancelled; there are many reasons that the creators of these books may desire to keep them going.


The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com’s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it’s a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.

Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, or my former neighbor’s dog Miles.

The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).

As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

Comments

  1. says

    Not a lot of series managing to stay over 10K…
    God, Prophet War is so late…. I probably ordered it something like one year ago, and it was probably cancelled and had to be preordered again, which I missed…. Anyway, better now to wait for the final trade, which could be a long time coming…

  2. V Wiley says

    Image books seem to run fine in their first arc, but keeping the momentum as well as a regular schedule seems to be a regular problem. Regardless, any of these books that are not doing great are still miles ahead of the big two in terms of inspiration , originality, and depth. I hope folks will be more willing to try something new rather than the same old stuff, but an act of faith seems to be a scarcity among many comic book fans.

    It would be nice also to have a stronger editorial influence among many of the newer creators, as they could be instrumental in getting some of these books in tighter shape before they’re ” ready for prime time”. Alas, great editors are an even scarcer commodity in the comics field than great creators.

  3. comicfiend says

    I believe Image’s new policy of having multiple issues done before soliciting start of an arc is geared towards ‘managing’ the resultant damage of breaks between issues of an arc. However, it of course also means large gaps between arcs, but even more so having some series die or never start as creators must work months out of their own pocket. As as consumer I support said new policy as delays are quite frustrating.

    In terms of my Image pulls, they’ve dwindled as the prices have largely crept to $3.99. Titles I used to pull that I’ll now trade wait (either due to price increases or delays): Beauty ($3.50>4), Black Science ($3.50>4), East of West ($3.50>4), Goddamned (delays in arc 1!), Jupiter’s Circle/Legacy ($3>3.50>4), Low ($3.50>4), Monstress ($3.50>4), Rat Queens ($3.50>4, and Wiebe has now cancelled…his third series that he’s left in limbo), Revival $3>4), Sex ($4>3), Sons of the Devil ($3>4)

    Titles I’d have pulled if weren’t $3.99 (I’ll trade wait instead): Black Road, Fix, Hunt, Ringside, She Wolf

    Only titles I’m pulling at $3.99 all have backmatter: Bitch Planet ($3.50>4, though delays w/ arc 2 may result in me trade waiting going forward),Black Magick (hiatus until April 2017), Lazarus ($3>3.50>4), Ody-C, Shutter ($3.50>4)

  4. says

    With the exception of just a handful of Image titles, the floppies just don’t move in any kind of quantity at our store. Image trades on the other hand fly off our shelves and have to be constantly restocked. That is the dilemma for Image and other Indie publishers of quality books. How do they keep afloat with this business model. I really hope they can figure it out. I think Image needs to rethink the Saga publishing model. What works for Saga just does not work for other Image titles. Taking a hiatus after each story arc really hurts sales.

  5. Dan says

    It’s always a shame when one of your favourites(such as postal for me) doesn’t hit the heights you wish for it. From a weekly comic buyers perspective in the habit of picking up a few random titles a month to “road test” the scattershot approach to scheduling makes it hard to follow some books, most of them quality

  6. Ron Thibodeau says

    V Wiley, above, stated “Image books seem to run fine in their first arc, but keeping the momentum as well as a regular schedule seems to be a regular problem. ”

    I came back to comics after years off thanks to Wytches. Read the first arc…the final issue of that first story arc came out on May 20th 2015. The creators said they were taking a few months off in the letter page, which I wasn’t happy about, but I figured ‘its just a few months’…. Well, its been a year now… Do I bother buying the next issue (if it ever comes out?)

    Southern Bastards ended up being one of my favorite debuts. The story was different, and like a gut punch.. but then the 2 to 3 month delays started between some of the issues.

    Delays cause me to lose interest. And when I lost interest, Image loses a sale.

  7. Les Hamilton says

    At what point does Image give books with low numbers the axe? Is there any threshold? There’s no way these books are making money if they’re selling under $20K/mo.

  8. Rand says

    What a shame that Limbo remains outside the Top 300… I really want to see more from first-time penciller (and inker *and colorist*) Caspar Wijngaard: such a distinctive and imaginative style!

  9. says

    Les Hamilton: FYI: If an Image book is selling 19,999 copies a month, the creative team is making double their Marvel/DC rates or a lot more.

    For the most part, “Image” makes the same amount of money on single issue sales of 5,000 or 50,000 copies. They take a standard flat rate.

    “Les Hamilton says: At what point does Image give books with low numbers the axe? Is there any threshold? There’s no way these books are making money if they’re selling under $20K/mo.”

  10. Les Hamilton says

    Brandon,

    Nineteen of the 32 books on this list are selling under 10k/mo., which would mean then that the majority of creators on Image books are making on par or less than Marvel/DC creators, correct? Thus, implying that you could potentially get paid just as much at Marvel/DC for a book that would sell at least 3-4 times as well relying on their core audience?

    I know Image offers a completely different publishing model, but the audience just doesn’t seem to be there for the majority of Image books, even if they don’t fall under the same risk of cancellation as a Marvel/DC book would.

    I don’t see what the real advantage is beyond the personal satisfaction of generating something creator owned and saying you’ve done a book with Image.

  11. says

    Les,

    you forgot the important point of “creator-owned” meaning that creators can do what they want and get any money from TV / movie / video-game adaptation. Even sell it to foreign countries without asking for any permission.

    So if it’s the same as working for Marvel/DC, it might be a good deal after all. :)

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