Friday, January 10, 2014
by John Jackson Miller
2013 year-end data on Wednesday; now, it has added the closing chapter of the sales year with the preliminary sales report for December.
Retailers ordered $42.22 million in comic books and graphic novels in December, a sum almost identical to that of November. Less than $9,000, or the sales of a single issue of a 400th-place title, separated November and December's orders. But last December was weaker than last November, so the result was an uptick in the year-to-year percentage change: the direct market ordered nearly 6% more dollars worth of comics and graphic novels this December than last December.
Orders for the fourth quarter totaled $134.79 million in comics and graphic novels, more than a million dollars better than the third quarter and an improvement of more than $6 million over the fourth quarter of 2012. Since the third quarter was already a record for the Diamond Exclusive Era, the fourth quarter represents the highest dollar value for a quarter, unadjusted for inflation, since the early 1990s.
The resulting sales for the year came in at around $517.66 million, which as reported earlier this week is an increase of 9% over last year's figure of $474.45 million.
The percentage change statistics:
|DECEMBER 2013 VS. NOVEMBER 2013|
|Total Comics and Graphic Novels||-0.03%||1.76%|
|DECEMBER 2013 VS. DECEMBER 2012|
|Total Comics and Graphic Novels||5.93%||-2.07%|
|YEAR 2013 VS. YEAR 2012|
|Total Comics and Graphic Novels||9.04%||6.58%|
|FOURTH QUARTER 2013 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2013|
|Total Comics and Graphic Novels||1.23%||-2.06%|
|FOURTH QUARTER 2013 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2012|
|Total Comics and Graphic Novels||5.28%||-0.22%|
The next three publishers after Marvel and DC had 21.78% of the dollar orders: this is the highest total for that sub-grouping since February 2003, when it was 23.47% (with the CrossGen in IDW's place). The market shares for December:
|1||Origin II #1||4.99||Marvel|
|4||Forever Evil #4||3.99||DC|
|5||Superman Unchained #5||3.99||DC|
|6||Justice League #25||3.99||DC|
|7||Harley Quinn #1||2.99||DC|
|8||Justice League #26||3.99||DC|
|10||Superior Spider-Man #23||3.99||Marvel|
|GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COLLECTIONS||PRICE||VENDOR|
|1||Fables Volume 19: Snow White||16.99||DC|
|2||Adventure Time Volume 2: Pixel Princesses||11.99||Boom|
|3||Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground HC||17.99||IDW|
|4||Deadpool Kills Deadpool||14.99||Marvel|
|5||Star Lord: Worlds On The Brink||7.99||Marvel|
|6||Nightwing Volume 3: Death Of The Family||16.99||DC|
|7||Saga Volume 1||9.99||Image|
|8||Deadpool Volume 3: Good Bad And Ugly||15.99||Marvel|
|9||Saga Volume 2||14.99||Image|
|10||The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye||14.99||Image|
The final December report should be along on Monday.
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