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.
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’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 […]
Talk about some stunning Friday night news! At ComicsPRO tonight, Image Comics announced that they would be partnering up with Diamond to launch Image+, a monthly magazine that will ship with the long running PREVIEWS catalog. Clocking in at 64 pages each month, each of the first 12 issues of the magazine will feature four […]
Just ahead of the holidays, Diamond has announced several promotions, a hire and some changes in how the distributor deals with retailers. • Nicholas Sinisi has been hired as Sales Manager at Diamond Book Distributors, where he’ll be working with independent bookstores, Hastings, Bookazine and special sales. He will report to Emily Botica, […]
The DC empire struck back in November, with Dark Knight III issue #1 and the collected Sandman Overture leading periodicals and graphic novels sales respectively, according to November sales charts just released by Diamond. But it wasn’t enough to dislodge Marvel from the top spot in both dollars and units, despite the $5.99 price […]
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! […]
by Xavier Lancel Welcome to a new analysis of the Marvel sales. Reminder: I’m French, that’s why I’m talking funny. Please adress your complaints to my all-over-the-news country. Reminder: these sales numbers are estimates of sales to comics shops situated in North America. American comics do get sold somewhere else in their original floppy edition. […]
Marvel’s Secret Wars crushed it for periodical, while Images graphic novels crushed it in June sales just released by Diamond. Secret Wars #3 was the top over all comic, and Marvel had 7 or the top 10 slots and held a commanding 15% lead over DC in both units and dollars. DC You seems to have yet to find its footing.
The other stat that jumped out at us: GN’s were wayyyyyy up for the month — like 31.35% up. Image was the reason and normally you see this kind of leap when a new Walking Dead comics out, but this time it was Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock, along with a strong debut for Fraction and Ward’s ODY-c—and perhaps more interestingly, a month of Marvel titles, including perennial Civil War and a new Thanos GN by Jim Starlin. Could Marvel actually be shoring up their backlist?
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 […]