Black Cat #1.jpgJune sales charts reveal a sorta blah month after a sorta blah May meaning  were in a sorta blah period.

Marvel whupped DC – with its new stripped down output – and Black Cat #1 by journeymen Jed MacKay and Travel Foreman was the #1 book of the month. Marvel had four books in the Top Ten, DC had five and Image Comics had one: The Walking Dead. We’ll miss you when you’re gone.

Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker was the top GN seller but after that the list is…frankly shocking. Diamond goes by dollars when they say who won but I’m going to use the unit list because it shows raw number of copies that are being potentially sold to customers – remember these represent only order from retailers, NOT sell through.

1 – DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)

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2- DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 DELUXE EDITION HC

3 – DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU TP

4 – DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP

5 – DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 2 TP (TokyoPop)

6 – DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 1 TP (TokyoPop)

7 -TEEN TITANS: RAVEN TP (DC INK)

8 -BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON TP

9 – MIRACULOUS TALES: LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR SEASON 2 VOL. 4 TP (Action Labs)

10 MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 19 GN (Viz)

No fewer than HALF of the chart (more than half if you count My Hero Academia) is material for young readers. TokyoPop has more books than Image. Action Labs is on the list and Dark Horse, IDW and Marvel aren’t. And these are books ordered by comics retailers, not bookstores. And they are kiddie books.

And one of the remaining books is an art poster book and not a comic at all.

What is happening?

At any rate these softened offerings explain the painful 16% drop in GN units sales from this quarter last year. The softening of the GN market in comics shops and bookstores is a real problem at this point, one that isn’t getting much attention outside publishers meetings perhaps.

Die Volume 1

John Jackson Miller has his analysis here and with his permission, here’s the opening:

We can say two things for sure about the first half of 2019: DC released a lot fewer comic books, and Marvel came close to taking every shelf space its rival vacated. The result was that Marvel beat its own dollar sales performance from the first half of 2018, though not by as much as all those new releases would suggest — whereas DC’s total dollar volume slipped during that period, but not by as much as its fewer new releases would suggest.

The upshot? A Direct Market almost completely flat at midyear, down less than one-half of one percent in dollars. It’s a slight improvement from the trajectory seen in 2018, which was down a whole percentage point; that year’s sales wound up being strongly up once channels outside comics shops were included.

Also, JJM is a friend and I often kid him about being the glass half full to my long time half empty stance. Between us you get…some water. But this month he’s out of control with the headline “June comics sales slightly up, led by Black Cat #1; DC released 24% fewer new comics in first half of 2019.”

It’s true, sales are up – by a statistically insignificant 0.36% – in total comics/gn sales June 2019 vs 2018.

In every other comparison except one they are down!!!! Sometimes by double digits. The exception is Q2 19 v Q1 19, but in June to May, year to year and Q2 19 v Q2 18 sales are down, down, down. Down even. UPDATE: May was a five week month and June only foue, so those are not significant.

Anyway, JJM I love you, but that title is, if not incorrect, misleading.

Please note this is a not a “we’re doomed we’re doomed” post, just noting facts. The softening of the GN market is a problem – I’ll be interested to see Milton and JJM’s analysis of the whole charts later because I’d like to see is possibly the long tail is making up for this in some way. 

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

43.38%

48.93%

DC

26.71%

26.44%

IMAGE COMICS

7.58%

8.01%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.23%

2.16%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.08%

2.83%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.43%

2.31%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.15%

2.02%

VIZ MEDIA

1.61%

0.59%

ONI PRESS

0.74%

0.53%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.57%

0.60%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.52%

5.59%

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2019 VS. MAY 2019

COMICS

-6.44%

-6.55%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-18.39%

-15.92%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-10.09%

-7.26%

TOYS

-2.86%

-15.02%

JUNE 2019 VS. JUNE 2018

COMICS

3.56%

-4.63%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.11%

-13.13%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.36%

-5.27%

TOYS

35.23%

14.34%

YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018

COMICS

0.21%

-5.03%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-2.25%

-7.19%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.49%

-5.19%

TOYS

24.92%

27.33%

SECOND QUARTER 2019 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2019

COMICS

3.15%

6.51%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.01%

-3.86%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

3.11%

5.72%

TOYS

-9.68%

-11.18%

SECOND QUARTER 2019 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2018

COMICS

-6.71%

-7.62%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.72%

-16.49%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-7.28%

-8.29%

TOYS

30.69%

24.68%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

104

43

0

147

DC

50

20

1

71

IMAGE COMICS

46

11

0

57

IDW PUBLISHING

30

17

0

47

DARK HORSE COMICS

19

22

0

41

BOOM! STUDIOS

20

11

0

31

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

18

7

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

23

0

23

ARCHIE COMICS

11

2

0

13

ONI PRESS

5

5

0

10

OTHER NON-TOP 10

121

184

18

323

TOTAL

424

345

19

788

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BLACK CAT #1

$4.99

APR190773-M MAR

2

DCEASED #2

$3.99

APR190459-M DC

3

SILVER SURFER: BLACK #1

$3.99

APR190783-M MAR

4

BATMAN: DAMNED #3 (MR)

$6.99

MAR190493-M DC

5

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #6

$4.99

APR190454-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24

$3.99

APR190824-M MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #19

$3.99

APR190792-M MAR

8

THE WALKING DEAD #192 (MR)

$3.99

APR190202-M IMA

9

BATMAN #73

$3.99

APR190448-M DC

10

BATMAN #72

$3.99

APR190446-M DC

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BLACK CAT #1

$4.99

APR190773-M MAR

2

BATMAN: DAMNED #3 (MR)

$6.99

MAR190493-M DC

3

SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE #1 (MR) [*]

$7.99

APR190432-M DC

4

DCEASED #2

$3.99

APR190459-M DC

5

SILVER SURFER: BLACK #1

$3.99

APR190783-M MAR

6

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #6

$4.99

APR190454-M DC

7

WAR OF THE REALMS #6

$5.99

APR190726-M MAR

8

THE IMMORTAL HULK #19

$3.99

APR190792-M MAR

9

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24

$3.99

APR190824-M MAR

10

THE WALKING DEAD #192 (MR)

$3.99

APR190202-M IMA

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)

$9.99

MAR190080 IMA

2

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 DELUXE EDITION HC

$19.99

MAR190576 DC

3

DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU TP

$24.99

OCT180551 DC

4

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP

$9.99

JUN180439 DC

5

DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 2 TP

$15.99

FEB192149 TOK

6

DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 1 TP

$15.99

JAN192254 TOK

7

TEEN TITANS: RAVEN TP (DC INK)

$16.99

FEB190469 DC

8

BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON TP

$14.99

MAR190568-M DC

9

MIRACULOUS TALES: LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR SEASON 2 VOL. 4 TP

$8.99

SEP181357 ACT

10

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 19 GN

$9.99

APR192159 VIZ

 

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BLACKEST NIGHT OMNIBUS: 10TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC

$150.00

NOV180548 DC

2

DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU TP

$24.99

OCT180551 DC

3

BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$75.00

NOV180534 DC

4

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 DELUXE EDITION HC

$19.99

MAR190576 DC

5

BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 7 HC

$125.00

OCT180558 DC

6

DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY VOL. 2 TP

$15.99

FEB192149 TOK

7

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2 HC

$75.00

DEC181027-M MAR

8

BERSERK DELUXE EDITION VOL. 2 HC (MR)

$49.99

FEB190389 DAR

9

DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)

$9.99

MAR190080 IMA

10

HULK BY LOEB & MCGUINNESS OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

DEC181029 MAR

 

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MEGA MAN ZERO: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS HC

$44.99

APR192142 UDO

2

THE ART OF DARKSIDERS HC

$49.99

FEB192162 UDO

3

ROLLED AND TOLD VOL. 1 HC

$39.99

APR191818 LIO

4

THE ART OF DARKSIDERS II HC

$49.99

MAR192161 UDO

5

THE ART OF DARKSIDERS III HC

$49.99

DEC188955 UDO

6

PHOTO JOURNAL GUIDE TO MARVEL COMICS VOL III: A-J

$29.95

STAR00178 GEM

7

PHOTO JOURNAL GUIDE TO MARVEL COMICS VOL 3 & 4 SET

$50.00

STAR18847 GEM

8

NEIL GAIMAN: THE SLEEPER & THE SPINDLE SC

$9.99

JAN198509 HAR

9

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DC COMICS HC

$20.00

JAN192102 TAS

10

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL SC

$14.99

FEB191275 BOO

 

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

POP! DC HEROES: HARLEY QUINN WITH BOOMBOX VINYL FIGURE AUG188545 FUN

2

MARVEL GALLERY: CARNAGE COMIC PVC FIGURE JAN192550 DST

3

X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES NOV188066 HAS

4

MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS ENDGAME: HULKBUSTER PVC FIGURE JAN192549 DST

5

CAPTAIN MARVEL LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL188377 HAS

6

SPIDER-MAN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES MAY198658 HAS

7

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: GHOSTBUSTERS DELUXE 4-PIECE FIGURE SET FEB188377 MEZ

8

DC DESIGNER SERIES: SUPERGIRL BY STANLEY LAU STATUE NOV180595 DC

9

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC SOVEREIGN KNIGHT BATMAN FIGURE MAR188642 MEZ

10

BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: BATCYCLE & FIGURE SET JAN190709 DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PATHFINDER ADVENTURE CARD GAME CORE SET MAR198499 PAI

2

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

3

MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS: BLACK PANTHER AND THE ILLUMINATI BOOSTER BRICK FEB193072 NEC

4

STARFINDER RPG: BEGINNER BOX FEB193069 PAI

5

PATHFINDER RPG: OCCULT ADVENTURES POCKET EDITION MAR193051 PAI

6

PATHFINDER ACG ADVENTURE PATH: CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONE MAR198498 PAI

7

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

8

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE WILDERNESS POCKET EDITION MAR193052 PAI

9

THE EXPANSE RPG HC NOV182869 GRE

10

MARVEL HEROCLIX: WOLVERINE VS. CYCLOPS REGENESIS DEC188863 NEC

 

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