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Greetings, sales charts fans! It's time once again to look at DC's sales figures. (Warning: This month's column contains a higher amount of ranting than usual...) July was not a good month, sales-wise, for DC Entertainment. Compared to June, the average sales per title dropped by over 8K, and they sold 300K fewer total units in the NA direct market, despite offering nine more titles. Sales were down across the board, in many cases significantly, except for one title: Batgirl. Why did things drop so significantly? Three main reasons:
Secret Wars thumped Convergence in May's sales, according to numbers just released by Diamond. Secret Wars #1 was the top comic for the month, and...
DC's Convergence event is over, the world is safe, DC is on the West Coast, and collected editions are coming in October. The entire...
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, however comics remain up in double digits for the year, up 12% in dollars and, perhaps more significantly, 14.47% in units.
The intergalactic monkey-knife-fight known as Convergence continues with issue three.
With Convergence, aka Atlas Moving Vans, now rolling out in the DCU and the New 24 about to launch, several websites have taken a look back at The New 52, which launched in September of 2011 and super-charged the comics industry. As I've written several times before, the pr for the New 52 immediately lifted the entire comics industry with more customers coming into stores and finding a lot of new comics to read. Call it the Millennial Rush. The debut of Saga #1 six months later hooked those who were just nibbling and he rest is history: record breaking sales.
Comics, comics, and more comics -- the Beat Staff is a little obsessed with their own supply. The only way in which to satiate our immense need for the written word and illustration is for our supply to grow...larger. A group of the Beat’s most favored (desperate) staff members banded together to make this list after finishing off every single graphic novel and floppy in the mansion, (it was the only way for the team to quench the thirst for knowledge!) While others call it unhealthy, we deem our staff picks as a public service announcement to gather the masses together and enjoy the wild world of comics.
Lego does the small toy game thing, Halo 5 gets a new viral tease, and Marvel adds a new look for Daredevil.
In a time where events make people weary, Convergence's prologue is a reminder of why we actually like them.
This week DC has been revealing new looks for its core characters, including some startling fashion changes. The new looks have been revealed in various places We've cobbled it all up for you below but here's the shorter version:
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