But individually, comics did fare all that well. August had two titles over 100K, down from July, which had three, and from August of 2013, which had four. In the Top 25, only three comic series posted gains, while 21 showed declines, and there was one #1 issue. Rocket Raccoon, which blasted into the stratosphere of sales with a total just shy of 300K in July (aided by over 100K copies sold via Loot Crate), returned to Earth with a thump as issue #2 sold 56, 597 copies, good enough to rank at #17 in August, but a long way from 293K. However, most of the other drops in circulation were very small with most titles remaining just about steady. DC Comics’ weekly series Batman Eternal continuing to suffer steady declines with the bestselling August issue of the comic down over 8% from the top July volume of the weekly.
After a strong July put 2014 sales figures in the black (see “Strong July Sales Turn Year Positive”) year-over-year dollar sales of comics and graphic novels were up again in August with comics up 7.3% and graphic novels growing by 8.31%, a performance that yielded a year-to-date growth of 2.41% for comics and a 3.81% gain for graphic novels according to figures released today by Diamond Comic Distributors.
Rocket Raccoon fell to 56,000+, down from 300,000, but it’s still at #17 overall and for a Rocket Raccoon comic that’s still an eye opening number.