Friday, May 3, 2013
by John Jackson Miller
That figure brings the year-to-date total to $163 million, up more than $25 million from 2012 at this point. If the later months of the year continue at the same pace, the Direct Market is on track to easily exceed half a billion dollars in orders for the year. In fact, the market would just top $500 million if the next eight months were completely flat. (Last year's total was $475 million.) That's how much ahead things already are.
Batman #19 from DC led the comics sales list in the month, during which IDW once again saw its highest market share yet posted.
The aggregate change figures:
|APRIL 2013 VS. MARCH 2013|
|Total Comics/Graphic Novels||-0.56%||-4.56%|
|APRIL 2013 VS. APRIL 2012|
|Total Comics/Graphic Novels||14.18%||12.29%|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012|
|Total Comics/Graphic Novels||18.32%||16.64%|
|2||Thanos Rising #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|3||Jupiter's Legacy #1||$2.99||Image|
|4||Age of Ultron #4||$3.99||Marvel|
|5||Justice League #19||$3.99||DC|
|6||Age of Ultron #5||$3.99||Marvel|
|7||Age of Ultron #6||$3.99||Marvel|
|8||The Walking Dead #10||$2.99||Image|
|9||Batman and Red Robin #19||$2.99||DC|
|10||Guardians of the Galaxy #2||$3.99||Marvel|
|1||The Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye||$14.99||Image|
|2||The Manhattan Projects Vol. 2||$14.99||Image|
|4||Saga Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
|5||Punk Rock Jesus||$16.99||DC|
|6||Batman Detective Comics Vol. 1 Faces of Death||$16.99||DC|
|7||Batman Detective Comics Vol. 2 Scare Tactics HC||$29.99||DC|
|8||Batman Killing Joke Special Edition HC||$17.99||DC|
|9||Swamp Thing Vol. 2 Family Tree||$14.99||DC|
|10||Hawkeye Vol. 1 My Life as a Weapon||$16.99||Marvel|
As noted above, IDW beat its previous market share record, reaching 7.54%. Its previous best mark was in February, 7.09%. The market shares:
|Publisher||Dollar Share||Units Share|
Iron Man 3 is now in wide release: click to check out our historic sales data on the main title. And, of course, Saturday is also Free Comic Book Day: click to read Comichron's history of the genesis of the event. I will be signing my own comics works at Galaxy Comics in Stevens Point, Wis., from 1-4; click here to find out where the events are in your area. And check out Hugh Jackman's video greeting, here!
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