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April comics sales up behind Star Wars and Convergence

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DC scored with Convergence and Marvel scored with Star Wars in the April sales figures just released by Diamond Comic Distributors. Star Wars #4 was the biggest comic of the month, but all five of DC’s nü-DC kicking off Convergence mini made the top 10. This led the way to DC’s best performance in a while, but they still trailed Marvel in both dollars and units.

April was a five Wednesday month so direct comparisons were not useful—periodical sales were up a gaudy 40% in both dollars and units—however comics remain up in double digits for the year, up 12% in dollars and, perhaps more significantly, 14.47% in units, although that has to be laid at the feet of variants.

Image was #3 with a 10.23% dollar share and a 11.18% unit share, staying in double digits. This was perhaps buoyed by a new Walking Dead trade, the #1 GN of the month. Marvel’s Avengers: Rage of Ultron was #2, a pretty good showing for a movie sort of tie-in. The first collection of Lumberjanes comics also cracked the top ten.

Jeffrey Brown’s latest all-ages Star Wars book, Star Wars: Darth Vader & Friends, from Chronicle Books was April’s best-selling book.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

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MARVEL COMICS 34.15% 36.33%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.91% 33.90%
IMAGE COMICS 10.23% 11.18%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.00% 4.78%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.65% 2.92%
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 2.17% 1.98%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.05% 1.78%
TITAN PUBLISHING 0.95% 0.90%
AVATAR PRESS 0.94% 0.73%
ONI PRESS 0.89% 0.54%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.05% 4.97%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

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MARVEL COMICS 88 40 1 129
DC ENTERTAINMENT 88 33 1 122
IDW PUBLISHING 61 31 0 92
IMAGE COMICS 74 15 0 89
DARK HORSE COMICS 32 24 0 56
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 39 11 0 50
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 35 4 0 39
AVATAR PRESS 12 2 1 15
TITAN PUBLISHING 7 3 4 14
ONI PRESS 8 5 0 13
OTHER NON-TOP 10 101 146 37 284


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
APRIL 2015 VS. MARCH 2014
COMICS 32.70% 27.45%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 41.29% 41.25%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 35.22% 28.45%
APRIL 2015 VS. APRIL 2014
COMICS 19.75% 22.50%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 13.45% 10.03%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 17.75% 21.40%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014
COMICS 15.58% 16.22%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 4.37% -3.63%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.00% 14.47%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS #4 $3.99 FEB150684-M MAR
2 CONVERGENCE #0 [*] $4.99 JAN150218-M DC
3 CONVERGENCE #1 [*] $4.99 FEB150137-M DC
4 BATMAN #40 $4.99 JAN150306-M DC
5 DARTH VADER #4 $3.99 FEB150682-M MAR
6 CONVERGENCE #2 [*] $3.99 FEB150142-M DC
7 CONVERGENCE #3 [*] $3.99 FEB150146-M DC
8 KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN #1 $3.99 FEB150675-M MAR
9 CONVERGENCE #4 [*] $3.99 FEB150150-M DC
10 PRINCESS LEIA #3 $3.99 FEB150680-M MAR

 


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 23 TP $14.99 FEB150545 IMA
2 AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON HC $24.99 DEC140948 MAR
3 FABLES VOLUME 21: HAPPILY EVER AFTER TP (MR) $17.99 JAN150397 DC
4 BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR: DARK CITY TP (N52) $16.99 JAN150363 DC
5 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
6 JUPITER’S LEGACY VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 FEB150526 IMA
7 HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: HOT IN THE CITY TP (N52) $16.99 JAN150369 DC
8 BATMAN VOLUME 6: THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT HC (N52) $24.99 DEC140379 DC
9 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
10 LUMBERJANES VOLUME 1 TP $14.99 FEB151172 BOO

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER & FRIENDS HC $14.95 FEB151837 CHR
2 THE ART OF HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HC $39.99 DEC140098 DAR
3 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS: FORSOOTH, THE PHANTOM MENACE HC $14.95 FEB151839 RAN
4 JOHN ROMITA’S AMAZING SPIDER MAN ARTIFACT EDITION $112.50 OCT140523 IDW
5 DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF GIRL POWER BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148145 POC
6 STARLING: ASHLEY WOOD BOOK 1 HC $17.99 OCT140520 IDW
7 NEIL GAIMAN’S CHU’S DAY AT BEACH HC $17.99 FEB151829 HAR
8 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 94 SC $14.95 FEB151834 SAN
9 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 95 SC $14.95 MAR151764 SAN
10 GAME OF THRONES: HAND OF THE KING WAX SEAL KIT $12.95 DEC141885 RUN

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN ANIMATED: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: THE JOKER FIGURE JUL140292 DC
2 STAR TREK: USS ENTERPRISE NCC-1701-A SHIP AUG142285 DST
3 MARVEL: CAPTAIN AMERICA 8-INCH RETRO ACTION FIGURE SET SEP142256 DST
4 DC COMICS: BATWOMAN BISHOUJO STATUE SEP142327 KOT
5 BACK TO THE FUTURE: FLUX CAPACITOR UNLIMITED EDITION OCT088076 DST
6 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE SEP140356 DC
7 AVENGERS INFINITE LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES FEB152176 HAS
8 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE SEP140357 DC
9 ONE:12 COLLECTIVE: BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS FIGURE AUG148295 MEZ
10 ARROW: ARROW ACTION FIGURE OCT140411 DC


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON FOIL PACKS FEB152705 NEC
2 DC DICE MASTERS: JUSTICE LEAGUE FOIL PACKS JAN152660 NEC
3 MARVEL HEROCLIX AVENGERS QUICK START KIT SEP140018 NEC
4 THE WALKING DEAD PRISON BOARD GAME JUN142630 MEG
5 STAR WARS: ARMADA BOARD GAME DEC142545 FAN
6 MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON STARTER SET FEB152706 NEC
7 JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY DEC142209 DIA
8 DC DICE MASTERS: JUSTICE LEAGUE STARTER SET JAN152664 NEC
9 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
10 DC HEROCLIX: JUSTICE LEAGUE TRINITY WAR BOOSTER BRICK DEC142573 NEC

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  1. Noticed that all 10 of the top ten comics have a price of $3.99 and up. No $2.99s in the lot. Will be interesting to see April’s individual sales charts to see what and where the highest-ranking $2.99 title stands. The last holdout, DC, has raised a lot of their titles to $3.99 starting in June. Looks like that’s the new starting price point in the comics world. Oh, well. With DC’s “soft” relaunch and Marvel’s (reportedly bigger) post Secret Wars relaunch, it seems like a great time to modify (i.e. “shrink”) my pull list in order to meet my monthly comics budget (which, unfortunately, is at the highest ceiling possible and cannot be raised).

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