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

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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! […]

Marvel Month-Month Sales October 2015: The Emptiness of Relaunches

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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. […]

June Sales: Secret Wars, Wytches top another good month

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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?

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

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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 […]

BookCon 2015: The Con Expert Gets Conned and Learns a Lesson in Management

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Last Saturday, I headed to the NYC Javits Center to spend a day at BookCon 2015, part of a five day publishing industry extravaganza.  While I consider myself a convention veteran, having attended New York Comic Con for the past four years, New York Anime Festival when that was a thing, and various other smaller […]

Dark Horse Now At Books A Million Through Diamond

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The last time we talked about Books A Million and Diamond, I told you’d I’d been advised to keep an eye on Dark Horse and, sure enough, Dark Horse had disappeared off the newsstand sections at both BAM and Barnes & Noble in my area.  I popped in again today and Dark Horse did have […]

Star Wars #1 leads Marvel to a commanding market share in January

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Diamond just released its January figures and Marvel had a pretty thorough market share dominance,  41.05% dollar share and a 45.64% unit share to DC’s 24.18% dollar share and a 27.05% unit share. Periodical sales were down a bit from December but graphic novels were way up. Perhaps in the most chipper news, January 2015 was […]

Diamond 2014 Stats: top manga, indies and small publishers

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Diamond released a bunch of year end charts yesterday including the top 1000 comics and GNs. I may load those up at some point but here are some charts that won’t make headlines. First a piece count: Title counts Publisher Comics GNs Magazines Total DC COMICS 1107 340 6 1453 MARVEL COMICS 953 387 3 1343 […]

Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Marvel top 2014 Sales in ‘up’ year

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the top selling comics of 2014, and Marvel the #1 publisher according to charts just released by Diamond Comics. And more importantly, despite early flat sales, the year ended up, with overall sales up 4.39%, comics up 4.03% and graphic novels up 5.18%. Image ruled the graphic novel charts, with 9 […]