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August 2008 sales slip, but barely ahead overall for year

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I am pleased to report that, website problems mostly past, my sales estimates for August 2008 are now online.

This is working out to be a year where we’re doing slightly worse than last year most months in the periodical categories; but slightly ahead most months in the trade paperbacks — and then when the whole backlist is filled in, we catch up with last year. We’re $10 million behind in the Top 300 year-to-date, almost $2 million ahead in the Top 100 trades in the year-to-date — and then the rest is made up by comics and trades outside the top groupings. Amazingly, the January-to-August total for 2008 is just $47,000 higher than the total for the same period last year — about the contribution of a single issue of a single mid-list comic book!

This is also the first month in some time where we’ve seen Marvel with this many more items than DC on the list — 19. They’re not all new titles, and a lot are variant covers and second printings. The breakdowns and comparatives:

TOP 300 COMICS UNIT SALES
August 2008: 6.86 million copies
Versus 1 year ago this month: -11%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +14%
Versus 10 years ago this month: -2%
YEAR TO DATE: 53.6 million copies, -7% vs. 2007

TOP 300 COMICS DOLLAR SALES
August 2008: $22.27 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: -10%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +32%
Versus 10 years ago this month: +20%
YEAR TO DATE: $171.4 million, -5% vs. 2007

TOP 100 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES
August 2008: $5.36 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: +16%
Versus 5 years ago this month, just the Top 50 vs. the Top 50: +60%
Versus 10 years ago this month, just the Top 25 vs. the Top 25: +60%
YEAR TO DATE: $38.51 million, +4% vs. 2007

TOP 300 COMICS + TOP 100 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES
August 2008: $27.63 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: -6%
Versus 5 years ago this month, counting just the Top 50 TPBs: +36%
Versus 10 years ago this month, counting just the Top 25 TPBs: +19%
YEAR TO DATE: $210.27 million, -4% vs. 2007

OVERALL DIAMOND SALES (including all comics, trades, and magazines)
August 2008: $36.26 million ($40 million with UK)
Versus 1 year ago this month: -7%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +46%
YEAR TO DATE: $286.58 million, +0.2% vs. 2007, +47% vs. 2003

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Not long now...

Monday, September 22, 2008

And now pages have been uploaded for all the months of 2008 that had been on the site before our crash, running from January 2008 to July 2008.

This leaves (besides August 2008, currently being generated) everything before 2008 — which should be able to be added to the site much faster than was the case at the previous host. I also need to add the monthly index and tweak a few things — and there are discussions from the old Forum that I would like to move to the FAQ section. But we're operational and mostly restored!

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The 1960s are back...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

...as are lots of other pages on the new Comics Chronicles. Restored pages include...

comics sales for the 1960s
overall yearly comics sales
graphs for comics sales
frequently asked questions

...with more to come in short order — only the Diamond numbers are left to add.

There's even some new data in the 1960s tables — contributors and I located statements for Archie for 1961, Strange Suspense Stories for 1963, and Porky Pig and Life With Archie in 1968.

Posting tables, always a problematic thing online, is so much easier in the new system, I should be able to get a lot more posted fairly quickly.

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Quick status report

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The August 2008 Diamond figures (along with the others no longer on the site) will be coming along shortly, as pages are restored to the main site. Again, nothing has been lost in our recent website difficulties, so it's just a matter of getting them back online. Thanks again for your patience!

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