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February 2016 comics sales estimates online: Dark Knight III #3 tops 146k copies

Monday, March 7, 2016

by John Jackson Miller

Final sales for February have been reported by Diamond Comic Distributors, and as reported here earlier, comics were off significantly, while new graphic novels were up considerably. Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3 was the top-seller, shipping more than 146,000 copies. Click to see the sales estimates for comics ordered in February 2016.

Once again, a Loot Crate title was #1 in the comparison month from the previous year: that time, it was Orphan Black #1, which had nearly a half million copies move through Diamond. Remove that title and the 900,000-copy drop in the Top 300 is more than halved. But lower volumes this month are real: the month's 300th place title sold 3,744 copies, the lowest sum since June 2012. Click to see the sales of 300th-place titles across time.

The aggregate changes are as follows:

TOP 300 COMICS UNIT SALES
February 2016: 6.1 million copies
Versus 1 year ago this month: -16%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +5%
Versus 10 years ago this month: +10%
Versus 15 years ago this month: unchanged
YEAR TO DATE: 12.08 million copies, -16% vs. 2015, -7% vs. 2011, +15% vs. 2006, unchanged vs. 2001
ALL COMICS UNIT SALES
February 2016 versus one year ago this month: -14.62%
YEAR TO DATE: -9.52%

TOP 300 COMICS DOLLAR SALES
February 2016: $24.35 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: -13%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +34%
Versus 10 years ago this month: +32%
Versus 15 years ago this month: +78%
YEAR TO DATE: $48.42 million, -11% vs. 2015, +45% vs. 2011, +39% vs. 2006, +74% vs. 2001
ALL COMICS DOLLAR SALES
February 2016 versus one year ago this month: -6.73%
YEAR TO DATE: -5.32%

TOP 300 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES
February 2016: $7.86 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: +32%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +53%
Versus 10 years ago this month, just the Top 100 vs. the Top 100: +40%
Versus 15 years ago this month, just the Top 25 vs. the Top 25: +33%
YEAR TO DATE: $15.82 million, +26% vs. 2015
ALL TRADE PAPERBACK SALES
February 2016 versus one year ago this month: +12%
YEAR TO DATE: +1.13%

TOP 300 COMICS + TOP 300 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES
February2016: $32.21 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: -5%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +25%
Versus 10 years ago this month, counting just the Top 100 TPBs: +19%
Versus 15 years ago this month, counting just the Top 25 TPBs: +91%
YEAR TO DATE: $63.94 million, -5% vs. 2015
ALL COMICS AND TRADE PAPERBACK SALES
February 2016 versus one year ago this month: -1.69%
YEAR TO DATE: -3.43%

OVERALL DIAMOND SALES (including all comics, trades, and magazines)
February 2016: approximately $41.48 million (subject to revision)
Versus 1 year ago this month: -2%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +39%
Versus 10 years ago this month: +45%
YEAR TO DATE: $83 million, -3% vs. 2015

RELEASES
New comic books released: 485
New graphic novels released: 275
New magazines released: 33
All new releases: 793

The average comic book in the Top 300 cost $3.84; the average comic book retailers ordered cost $3.99. The median and most common price for comics offered was $3.99. Click to see comics prices across time.

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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, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, and Star Wars: A New Dawn, now available in paperback. His trilogy for 2016, Star Trek: Prey, ships in consecutive months in September, October, and November.

Visit his fiction site at http://www.farawaypress.com. And be sure to follow Comichron on Twitter and Facebook.

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