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Diamond has released their sales charts for the record setting month of September, but instead of offering just the Top 50 Indie Comics, they included the top 1588 comics. It’s the WHOLE list. For all you number crunchers, it’s a bonanza. I’ve posted the relevant charts in HTML form and here they are.

Top 1588 Indie Comics
Top 50 Indie GNs
Top 50 Small Publisher Comics
Top 50 Small Publisher GNs

I’ll leave the analysis to the real statisticians, but people really like Sons of Anarchy, eh?


  1. The bottom 810 comics sold less than 1% (0.00) of the benchmark number, which would appear to be, per ICv2, 107,680 — or about less than 1000 copies each.

    Of course, most of those are reorders, but still….


  2. I suspect it was released in error so I did not post the whole thing, but I did use it to support the statements I made this time out…

    …about what the rest of the charts consist of.
    #1-300: 8.15 million comics
    #301-400: about 430,000 comics
    #401-500: about 100,000 comics
    #501-600: about 40,000 comics
    #601-end: probably another 250,000 comics

    And, yes, it’s almost all reorders after an early point on the chart, since we know there were only 444 new releases this month. So the Top 300 is about 90% of the market and comics are about 2/3 of Diamond’s sales dollarwise. That’s stuff we already knew, and really, about all that I get from this list.

    While having everything every month would be helpful in building the yearlong picture, I’m not sure onesie-twosie data gives us a whole lot else beyond adding to prep time and page load issues. I tend to feel that a figure that captures most of the new releases each month is what’s needed to cover the most relevant info. 300 was doing that well enough for years; maybe 400 is becoming that number, given the record volumes we’re seeing in the 300 spot.

  3. WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #649 (Gemstone!)

    The variants are listed here, so one could make a general analysis of how many stores qualified, and how much of the “regular” sales were possibly driven/influenced by variant ordering.

    Since there are multiple alphabetical publisher groupings within the “Zero Zone”, can we assume that the lowest grouping is “one copy sold” and the second is “two copies sold” etc.?

    Wow… Femforce is still being printed.

  4. That’s a lot of reorders. I spotted a few from more than 2 years ago.

    How does that work, anyway? Diamond keeps a few on-hand for this purpose? Or every month, the publisher gets a note letting them know that retailers want another 2 or 3 issues of an issue from moons past?

  5. Never mind 2 years ago, there were more than 50 single issue EC reprints from Gemstone on there. The last of those came out in 2000 and some of those are from the early issues dating back to 1992. Of course those all had an index of 0.00 (like over half the chart), which I guess is what you get when you round down from less than 10 copies when one index point is around 1070 copies.

  6. Yes, we’re probably looking at single copies on a lot of that.

    Diamond typically only floors in its warehouse issues for a set period — say, six months — but that may vary depending on whether the publisher is a brokerage account or not. Diamond keeps the order number in its system and retailers are given later reminders to buy certain books in liquidation sales in some cases.

    In Gemstone’s case, as a sister company of Diamond, it may be that its entire stock is permanently at the Diamond warehouse, and so that’s why we see entries there. There’s no place to return it to.

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