UPDATED: Comics and diverse characters : where the sales are

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I don’t have a lot of time today (or any day) so this is going to be quick and dirty. But a piece by Adam Frey at a site called Pop Culture Uncovered –Comics: You’ve Got Your Diversity, So Why Don’t You Buy Them?  – has got a lot of people riled up. And I will explain why. […]

Batman and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers lead March Sales

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      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 […]

February sales numbers are out and if you’re the worrying kind, plenty of fodder

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The comics sales estimator cabal did their work yesterday and the analysis of February’s sales was not good. Via ICv2: February Comics and Graphic Novel Sales Decline After an abysmal showing in January (see “How Low Can DC Go?”), DC shipped the third issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race in February, pulling its […]

Sales Chart: Scholastic was the #1 graphic novel publisher in bookstores and more from Bookscan

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Comics Experience owner Brian Hibbs has done his annual service to the industry byanalyzing the yearly graphic novels sales charts as reported to Bookscan. This is information people normally pay thousands of dollars for so it is technically leaked info, but while it’s there let’s take advantage of it. As Hibbs points out, these numbers do not reflect comics shops, indie bookstores, book fair or libraries, to name but four huge outlets for GN sales. So they are not complete. However they are a metric , and one that’s worth studying.

Surprise! Raina Telgemeier tops indie bookstore graphic novels sales

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While researching the previous item, I cam across this every other month chart of graphic novel bestsellers in indie bookstores, via the ABA. It’s about what you’d expect, with Raina Telegemeier and Allie Brosh, Noelle Stevenson, Kate Beaton and Saga reigning supreme. In other words, the unstoppable forces of mainstream comics acceptance. A little surprised that no Walking Dead on there, but the new season hadn’t debuted when this chart was made.