After some correspondence yesterday, John Mayo at CBR has taken the info for the year and made that years to date graphic novel sales chart :
Marvel dominates the rankings in 2007 thus far, doing very well with the “Civil War” TPB and the numerous trades collecting the tie-in series. Of the currently projected top 50 graphic novels and collected editions, nearly 40% of the list was “Civil War” or related material. Outside of “Civil War,” Marvel had other strong sellers thus far in 2007 with the third “Astonishing X-Men” trade paperback and the second “Ultimates 2” trade paperback.
Here’s our yellow analysis:
Superheroes in yellow, and Marvel clearly rules this chart.
BUT — see Brian Wood’s comments:
Then this one pops up on CBR, that is supposedly the cumulative sales on graphic novels to-date this year. Sounds good, right? Well, the only number that I myself can verify is DMZ Vol.2’s, which this chart claims has sold so far this year:
I look through my emails and find the number of initial orders that DMZ v2 got back in early February:
So it seems like from February to now I have sold -1 copy of DMZ v2.
Somethings fishy, right? So I check my royalty sheets, and the most recent statement I’ve received for this book reports sales through April of this year. So three months of sales. Wanna know the number?
Year-to-date my ass. I get so sick of these charts and flawed estimates and subsequent analysis. They aren’t just off – sometimes they are WAY off.
EDIT: I’ve corrected the Marvel/52 error which was entirely my own.