Diamond Comic Distributors' preliminary sales report for July 2015, released today, reported orders estimated by Comichron to be around $52 million, down a little less than 3%.
There are a couple of caveats, however. Last July was the second strongest sales month of last year, and while it had the same number of shipping weeks as last month (five), publishers released 34 more new comic books and 10 more new graphic novels then than they did this July. Graphic novel unit and dollar orders were up nonetheless this July.
With the full Marvel relaunch yet to come, it's clear we'll be looking more at the later months of the year as being pivotal to the year's overall outcome. Through July, orders stand at $334 million, still up double digits (if barely) at 10.25%.
The aggregate changes:
|JULY 2015 vs. JUNE 2015|
|JULY 2015 vs. JULY 2014|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 vs. 2014|
|Publisher||Dollar Share||Unit Share|
The relaunched Archie placed in the Top 10, bumping the publisher up to sixth place in dollar and unit market shares. The renumbering means Walt Disney's Comics & Stories is the highest sequentially numbered series in current release (though that series' early issues were in volume-and-issue format). For a title with no significant interruptions in releases, we probably have to go all the way to Sonic the Hedgehog, another Archie title now numbered in the 270s -- depending on whether or not we count Mad, which began as a comic book. I haven't run the math, but I wouldn't be surprised to find we're at the lowest average issue number for all comics in the business since the 1930s.
The top selling comics and graphic novels:
|1||Secret Wars #4||$3.99||Marvel|
|2||Star Wars Lando #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|3||Civil War #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|4||Star Wars #7||$3.99||Marvel|
|6||Darth Vader #7||$3.99||Marvel|
|8||Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #2||$3.99||Marvel|
|9||Age of Apocalypse #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|10||Guardians of Knowhere #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|1||Fables Vol. 22||$17.99||DC|
|2||Wicked & Divine Vol. 2 Fandemonium||$14.99||Image|
|3||Hawkeye Vol. 4 Rio Bravo||$17.99||Marvel|
|4||Red Sonja 1973||$7.99||Dynamite|
|5||Batman Harley Quinn||$19.99||DC|
|6||Autumnlands Vol. 1 Tooth & Claw||$9.99||Image|
|8||New Suicide Squad Vol. 1 Pure Insanity||$16.99||DC|
|10||Batman Eternal Vol. 2||$39.99||DC|
Again, the number of new releases was down, versus 496 new comics versus 530 last July and 302 graphic novels versus 312:
|Publisher||Comics shipped||Graphic novels shipped||Magazines shipped||Total shipped|
Comichron.com curator 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.
He is the author of several novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown, and Star Wars: A New Dawn, now available in paperback.
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