July's sales, the highest recorded dollar amount paid for comics and graphic novels in the seventeen-year long Diamond Exclusive Era, were boosted in part by a fifth week to the month, by the addition of thousands of Rocket Raccoon #1 copies bought by Loot Crate, and by DC's Batman 75th Anniversary covers, among other things. August's sales appear to have returned to a more regular pattern, with Batman #34 taking the top slot.
The leading new series launch was DC's Multiversity #1, in fourth place, with the Thanos: The Infinity Revelation hardcover from Marvel leading the graphic novel list.
The aggregate change statistics:
|AUGUST 2014 VS. JULY 2014|
|AUGUST 2014 VS. AUGUST 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
Diamond shipped 778 new releases in August; all variants for a single title are counted together as one in the chart below. That's 113 fewer releases than July, including 79 fewer comics and 32 fewer graphic novels; still, it's 45 more comic books than were released last July. So 11% more comics came out this year versus last and 7% more comics units sold. Changes in the number of releases are strongly tied to changes in overall performance; when trying to explain massive shifts one way or another, it is advisable to look there first.
|PUBLISHER||COMICS||GRAPHIC NOVELS||MAGAZINES||TOTAL SHIPPED|
|Dark Horse Comics||36||18||0||54|
Marvel led in both unit and dollar shares. Remember, this chart includes magazine sales, which is why we see Eaglemoss in eighth. It shipped 25 magazines this month.
|PUBLISHER||DOLLAR SHARE||UNIT SHARE|
|TOP COMIC BOOKS||PRICE||VENDOR|
|2||Amazing Spider-Man #5||$3.99||Marvel|
|3||Original Sin #7||$3.99||Marvel|
|5||Superior Spider-Man #32||$4.99||Marvel|
|6||The Walking Dead #130||$2.99||Image|
|7||Harley Quinn #9||$2.99||DC|
|8||Amazing Spider-Man #1.4||$3.99||Marvel|
|9||Guardians Of The Galaxy #18||$3.99||Marvel|
|10||Batman Eternal #18||$2.99||DC|
|TOP GRAPHIC NOVELS||PRICE||VENDOR|
|1||Thanos: The Infinity Revelation OGN Hc||$24.99||Marvel|
|2||Fables Volume 20: Camelot||$19.99||DC|
|3||Deadpool Vs. Carnage||$16.99||Marvel|
|6||Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers||$19.99||Marvel|
|7||Saga Volume 3||$14.99||Image|
|9||Saga Volume 1||$9.99||Image|
|10||Saga Volume 2||$14.99||Image|
The final estimates for August are expected next week.
John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 20 years, including a decade editing the industry's retail trade magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more than a hundred comic books for various franchises. His latest novel, Star Wars: A New Dawn, has just been released by Random House. Visit his fiction site at http://www.farawaypress.com. And be sure to follow Comichron on Twitter and Facebook!