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September 2015 comics sales estimates now online

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

by John Jackson Miller

The third quarter in the comic-book Direct Market closed off about 3% versus the same quarter in 2014, according to data released by Diamond Comic Distributors. Click to see Comichron's estimates for comics ordered in September.)


That 3% amounts to a drop of about $4 million in orders for the quarter, to $141 million. Marvel's shipping schedule played a role, and it's worth noting that while Loot Crate releases added several million dollars to the first half of the year, there were none in the third quarter.

http://bit.ly/CCShatter1The aggregate changes are as follows:

TOP 300 COMICS UNIT SALES
September 2015: 6.25 million copies
Versus 1 year ago this month: -21%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +3%
Versus 10 years ago this month: -7%
Versus 15 years ago this month: +8%
3rd Quarter 2015: 20.36 million copies, -9% vs. Q3 2014 
YEAR TO DATE: 64.99 million copies, +7% vs. 2014, +24% vs. 2010, +14% vs. 2005, +24% vs. 2000

ALL COMICS UNIT SALES
September 2015 versus one year ago this month: -20.15%
3rd Quarter 2015 vs. Q3 2014: -10.07% 
YEAR TO DATE: +6.58%


TOP 300 COMICS DOLLAR SALES
September 2015: $24.18 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: -22%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +12%
Versus 10 years ago this month: +25%
Versus 15 years ago this month: +46%
3rd Quarter 2015: $78.81 million, -8% vs. Q3 2014 
YEAR TO DATE: $254.38 million, +10% vs. 2014, +38% vs. 2010, +55% vs. 2005, +77% vs. 2000

ALL COMICS DOLLAR SALES
September 2015 versus one year ago this month: -19.62%
3rd Quarter 2015 vs. Q3 2014: -8.08% 
YEAR TO DATE: +7.21%


TOP 300 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES
September 2015: $7.78 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: +5%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +11%
Versus 10 years ago this month, just the Top 100 vs. the Top 100: +27%
Versus 15 years ago this month, just the Top 25 vs. the Top 25: +45%
3rd Quarter 2015: $23.22 million, +4% vs. Q3 2014 
YEAR TO DATE: $66.43 million, +3% vs. 2014

ALL TRADE PAPERBACK SALES
September 2015 versus one year ago this month: +12.51%
3rd Quarter 2015 vs. Q3 2014: +9.32%  YEAR TO DATE: +7.06%


TOP 300 COMICS + TOP 300 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES
September 2015: $31.96 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: -17%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +2%
Versus 10 years ago this month, counting just the Top 100 TPBs: +14%
Versus 15 years ago this month, counting just the Top 25 TPBs: +60%
3rd Quarter 2015: $102.05 million, -5% vs. Q3 2014 
YEAR TO DATE: $320.8 million, +9% vs. 2014

ALL COMICS AND TRADE PAPERBACK SALES
September 2015 versus one year ago this month: -10.73%
3rd Quarter 2015 vs. Q3 2014: -2.98%  YEAR TO DATE: +7.16%

OVERALL DIAMOND SALES (including all comics, trades, and magazines)
September 2015: approximately $45.33 million (subject to revision)
Versus 1 year ago this month: -11%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +15%
Versus 10 years ago this month: +55%
3rd Quarter 2015: $141.22 million, -3% vs. Q3 2014 
YEAR TO DATE: $423.44 million, +7% vs. 2014

RELEASES
New comic books released: 490
New graphic novels released: 337
New magazines released: 52
All new releases: 879

The average comic book in the Top 300 cost $3.76; the average comic book retailers ordered cost $3.87. The median and most common price for comics offered was $3.99. Click to see comics prices across time.

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. New Dawn appears with a new Miller short story as part of the Rise of the Empire compendium, now available. His Star Trek: Prey trilogy is set for late 2016 release from Pocket Books.
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