Diamond: Comics sales up 40% from a year ago and DC sells nearly half of them


Great scott! Diamond has been leaking word that sales in August were okay, and now we see why: Not only are they proudly announcing 10.26 million UNITS shipped  – the highest number since 1996 – but in year to year comparisons, August 2016 was up more than 40% from August 2015!  Now granted that’s five weeks […]

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.

Sales Charts: DC shrinks the gap as comics sales send mixed messages

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Diamond just released their June sales figures with quarter-to-quarter  comparisons as well as the regular month to month. June 2016 was up an insane amount over May, but June, brief as it is,  was a five week month as compared to May’s four. Year to year comparisons are also skewed as June 2015 was a four […]

Black Panther is #1 but comics sales continue to slip in April


If you were looking for signs that comics sales are getting out of their funk in 2016, April’s Diamond figures didn’t help. Black Panther #1 was the top selling comic, as expected, but a  16.19% drop in dollars and 21.49% drop in units from April 2015 was steep. Wonder Woman Earth One was the number one graphic novel; […]

Batman and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers lead March Sales


      Marvel remained the #1 publisher accoridng to sales figures just released by Diamond, but they lost some of their dollar share from February, as Boom gained a little market share. Boom’s big win was a #2 slot on the periodical chart for the first issue of their surprise hit Mighty Morphin’ Power […]

C2E2 Diamond Retailer Breakfast: Valiant to introduce major new female character and more news


Announcements from Diamond, Marvel, Action Lab, and Valiant Comics at the C2E2 Diamond Retailers Breakfast, including Civil War 2: Amazing Spider-Man #1, 300,000 in sales for Black Panther #1, and a major new female character for Valiant.

Diamond: Dark Knight III leads February sales charts but questions remain


Marvel continued its dominance of DC, although by a lesser margin than January, when DC’s dollars/units were literally half of Marvel’s. However Dark Knight  III was back on the charts, helping DC raise its numbers and leading periodical sales. Marvel led DC 42.19% to 29.01% in dollars and 40.78%  to $26.00 in units. Image Comics cruised […]

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 […]