DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: January 2016 – The Adjustment Bureau

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

Things were bad for DC in January. How bad? With records going back to March 2003, DC had its second worst average sales on record of 21,845, just barely beating the March 2009 low point of 21,792. The Vertigo line had its lowest average sales on record by far: 6,832, beating the previous average low of 7,055 in March 2015. And the median sales for both lines was even lower: 24,624 & 5,802 respectively.

DC shipped twenty fewer comics in January as compared to December (74 versus 94). Two titles not shipping in January were two of DC’s top sellers, Dark Knight III and Justice League. They moved a total estimated 1,616,524 comic units in January, compared to 2,640,519 in December, a difference of over a million units!

Survey of Italian comics retailers reveals a similar Indie/Big Two split

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Federico Salvan of the Italian comics news site Manga Forever dropped me a line to alert me to a retailer survey on the state of Italian comics . It’s in Italian, of course, but they surveyed 31 local comics shops out of about 380 180 in Italy, so it’s a somewhat statistically significant survey. UPDATE: […]

If you like Amazon sales charts, you’ll love this link

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Oh speaking of Amazon, I didn’t realize that they have sub categories in all their best seller list now. Thus you can not only see what’s selling in the main graphic novel category (answer: coloring books) but in more than a dozen subcategories, such as Manga, Romance Manga, Superheroes and How to Create Comics and Manga.And when you click on some of them, like Publishers, you get sales charts for the top 7 or 8 publishers in one click. (Can you feel teh excitement??!!??)

When you click on Graphic novels you get a Russian nested doll of genre categories, all the way down to zombies.

Will 2016 be bleh, meh, or somewhere in between for comics sales?

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2015 was a great year for comics, but comics sales were generally up in single digits, which is not a bad thing, but less growth than before. There have been many “storm on the horizon” type analyses, with Todd Allen summing up many of the existing risk factors. Recently retailer Brian Hibbs served up a heaping […]