Thursday, December 10, 2015
by John Jackson Miller
Frank Miller's Dark Knight returned again in November, giving DC the top slot on a new comic book chart otherwise dominated by Marvel, according to a report released today by Diamond Comic Distributors, Comichron projects the month's orders of new comics, graphic novels, and magazines amounted to $52 million, up nearly 6% over last November, which also had four shipping weeks.
In past years where sales have been up year-over-year, we've spoken of a "gravy day" — the date when the previous year's dollar sales are surpassed, making everything afterward gravy, so to speak. In one recent strong year, that date had gone back into November; this year, the day is right around today. Only $14 million in orders are needed in December for 2015 to top 2014. Comichron projects that 2015's Direct Market sales will finish at around $570 million, up by about 6%, or $30 million.
The aggregate change statistics:
|November 2015 vs. October 2015|
|Total Comics/Graphic novels||2.70%||3.80%|
|November 2015 vs. November 2014|
|Total Comics/Graphic novels||13.84%||14.63%|
|Year-to-date 2015 vs. Year-to-date 2014|
|Total Comics/Graphic novels||5.89%||5.26%|
While periodical comics units were up more than 18%, dollars were up more than 30% over the same month a year ago. The fact that market-topper Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 was priced at nearly $6 had a lot to do with that. With eight issues scheduled, the title is expected to be a presence in the charts well into 2016. The top comic books:
|1||Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1||$5.99||DC|
|2||Star Wars: Vader Down #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|4||Secret Wars #7||$3.99||Marvel|
|5||Extraordinary X-Men #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|6||All-New All-Different Avengers #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|7||Star Wars #11||$3.99||Marvel|
|8||Uncanny X-Men #600||$5.99||Marvel|
|9||Star Wars #12||$3.99||Marvel|
|10||All New Wolverine #1||$4.99||Marvel|
Dollar sales of graphic novels were down by 17.5%, but that translates to a smaller dollar amount than the increase comic books saw, and there were 20 fewer graphic novels released in November 2015 versus November 2014. Sandman Overture led the chart:
|1||Sandman Overture Deluxe Edition HC||$24.99||DC|
|2||Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens: Shattered Empire||$16.99||Marvel|
|3||Star Wars: Princess Leia||$16.99||Marvel|
|4||Ms. Marvel Volume 4: Last Days||$17.99||Marvel|
|5||Spider-Gwen Vol. 0: Most Wanted||$16.99||Marvel|
|6||Deadpool Vs. Thanos||$16.99||Marvel|
|7||Low Volume 2: Before The Dawn Burns Us||$14.99||Image|
|9||Star Wars: Kanan Volume 1: The Last Padawan||$19.99||Marvel|
|10||Saga Volume 5||$14.99||Image|
|Dollar Share||Unit Share|
|Comics shipped||Graphic novels shipped||Magazines shipped||Total shipped|
The per-title estimates will be along next week.
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. His Star Trek: Prey trilogy is set for late 2016 release from Pocket books.
Visit his fiction site at http://www.farawaypress.com. And be sure to follow Comichron on Twitter and Facebook.