Friday, December 12, 2014
by John Jackson Miller
Diamond Comic Distributors, and the preliminary report finds overall sales were up for the sixth month in a row. Comic shops in North America ordered $45.7 million in print product in the month, up about $3.5 million, or 8.36% over last November. Both this November and last November had four shipping weeks.
Both comics and graphic novels were up year-over-year in units and dollars. Comic book unit sales had been running slightly behind last year overall; November's strong comic book sales brought the category almost to parity with last year's total. A similar performance in December would mean all categories in 2014 would finish ahead of 2013.
The month-to-month numbers were down from October's blockbuster figures, though that month had one more sales week. The comparative sales statistics for November:
|NOVEMBER 2014 VS. OCTOBER 2014|
|Total Comics & Graphic Novels||-18.40%||-20.73%|
|NOVEMBER 2014 VS. NOVEMBER 2013|
|Total Comics & Graphic Novels||8.36%||7.03%|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
|Total Comics & Graphic Novels||4.52%||0.39%|
|PUBLISHER||DOLLAR SHARE||UNIT SHARE|
|PUBLISHER||Comics shipped||Graphic Novels shipped||Magazines shipped||Total shipped|
Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man #9 took the top slot in a month in which every item in the Top 10 was priced at $3.99 or above. The Top Ten Comics:
|1||Amazing Spider-Man #9||$4.99||Marvel|
|2||All-New Captain America #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|4||Amazing Spider-Man #10||$3.99||Marvel|
|7||Superior Iron Man #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|8||Avengers And X-Men: Axis #4||$3.99||Marvel|
|9||Avengers And X-Men: Axis #5||$3.99||Marvel|
|10||Justice League #36||$3.99||DC|
|1||The Walking Dead Vol. 22: A New Beginning||$14.99||Image|
|2||Teen Titans: Earth One Volume 1 HC||$22.99||DC|
|3||Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC||$49.99||Image|
|4||The Wicked & The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act||$9.99||Image|
|5||Saga Volume 1||$9.99||Image|
|6||Serenity: Leaves On Wind HC||$19.99||Dark Horse|
|7||Avatar: The Last Airbender Vol. 9: Rift Part 3||$10.99||Dark Horse|
|8||Batman Eternal Volume 1||$39.99||DC|
|9||The Wake HC||$24.99||DC|
|10||Deadpool Volume 6: Original Sin||$17.99||Marvel|
Year-to-date sales for the market reached nearly $497 million with this month's report, meaning only $21 million needed to be shipped in December in order for 2014 to beat 2013. That mark was likely met this week, and Comichron now projects that the sales for the year will land around $542 million, up a little less than 5% over 2013.
Look for the full estimates to appear on Monday.