Friday, October 9, 2015
by John Jackson Miller
Diamond Comic Distributors.
(UPDATE: The September estimates are now online here.)
Comics dollar orders were down 19.6% year-to-year and graphic novel orders were up 12.5%, netting out to an overall drop of 10.7%. This, despite September 2015 having one more shipping week than the same month the previous year.
That said, September 2014 was nonetheless a very strong month, with Marvel launching its Death of Wolverine title and DC's orders boosted by its lenticular "Future's End" covers. Retailers ordered nearly $51 million in comics, graphic novels, and magazines that month, as compared with the approximately $45.33 million in comics, graphic novels, and magazines ordered this September.
As seen in one of the tables below, whereas the number of new graphic novels on offer rose substantially this September as expected with the fifth week, the number of new comics released barely changed, suggesting that publishers were trimming their periodical offerings as the market headed into autumn.
The third quarter of 2015 closed down 3% year-over-year, the first down quarter since the first quarter of 2014. It's also the first time the third quarter orders have been down year-over-year since 2010. Orders are still ahead for the year: September's orders bring the total for the first nine months of the year to $423.44 million, up 7.2%.
The comparative results for the month, quarter, and year:
|SEPTEMBER 2015 VS. AUGUST 2015|
|SEPTEMBER 2015 VS. SEPTEMBER 2014|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014|
|THIRD QUARTER 2015 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2015|
|THIRD QUARTER 2015 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2014|
Top 10 comic books
|1||Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|2||Star Wars #9||$3.99||Marvel|
|4||Deadpool Vs. Thanos #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|5||Darth Vader #9||$3.99||Marvel|
|6||Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5||$3.99||Marvel|
|7||Batman Annual #4||$4.99||DC|
|8||Justice League #44||$3.99||DC|
|9||The Walking Dead #146||$2.99||Image|
|10||Deadpool Vs. Thanos #2||$3.99||Marvel|
A new Saga volume helped graphic novels have a much better month, comparatively speaking, than the comics side of things did:
Top 10 graphic novels
|1||Saga Vol. 5||$14.99||Image|
|2||Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars||$9.99||Image|
|3||Batman Vol. 7: Endgame HC||$24.99||DC|
|4||Chrononauts Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
|5||Batman Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift||$16.99||DC|
|6||Avatar The Last Airbender Vol. 10: Smoke & Shadow Part 1||$10.99||Dark Horse|
|7||Mad Max: Fury Road||$14.99||DC|
|8||Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition HC||$17.99||DC|
|9||The Joker: Endgame HC||$29.99||DC|
|10||Saga Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
Top 10 graphic novels
New items shipped
|Publisher||Comics shipped||Graphic novels shipped||Magazines shipped||Total shipped|
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, out October 6. His Star Trek: Prey trilogy is set for late 2016 release from Pocket Books. Visit his fiction site, and be sure to follow Comichron on Twitter and Facebook.