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Monday, January 11, 2016

The 2015 Two Thousand: Sales estimates for 2015's Top 1,000 comics and Top 1,000 graphic novels

by John Jackson Miller

With the release of December comics orders from Diamond Comic Distributors — and our subsequent analysis of and estimates for December 2015 comics sales now posted — Comichron has drawn upon that information to project estimates for the Top Thousand Comics and the Top Thousand Graphic Novels for 2015. The tables are on the page just beneath the image links to individual months.

This completes a quarter century of information, as there are 24 other years of Diamond annual reports on the site, going back to 1991. You can also find updated comparatives for how the market as a whole did across that time by viewing our Yearly Comics Sales page.

Led by Star Wars #1, the Top Thousand Comics accounted for around 58.59 million copies; Diamond reported it sold 98 million copies altogether, so that's nearly three-fifths of all copies. The figure is up from 52.07 million copies in 2014 and represents a big rebound. The totals from the past six years:

2010: 45.3 million copies
2011: 47 million copies
2012: 53.43 million copies
2013: 52.21 million copies
2014: 52.07 million copies
2015: 58.59 million copies

In full retail dollars, the Top Thousand Comics sold for $239.05 million, a huge increase over 2014's $201.03 million. (See the 2014 article here and charts here.)

Every single comic book in the Top 100 had "multiple order codes" at Diamond, meaning there were variant covers or reprints combined into one entry; one did not, but we believe that to be an error.

Noticing the trend, yet? The top-selling books were accounting for fewer copies sold in recent years than they had been, with books further down the charts accounting for more. But in 2015, that changed — and if you compare this year's titles with last year's titles, from 1st to 1,000th place, you see it in action.

In the first graphic above (click to enlarge) the Top 10 titles for the year are off the charts at the top, mostly above 250,000 copies. But then the titles through about 300th place had sales considerably higher in 2015 than in 2014.

Running the same kind of analysis shows us how much the quantities have increased in the last five years. The second graphic, below, compares Top 1000 comic sales by rank in 2010, the bottom of the last comics recesssion, with sales in 2015. Issues at every single ranking in 2015 outsold equivalently ranked comics in 2010.
Depicting the same information another way, we find the following breakdowns for unit sales:

NUMBER OF COMIC BOOK ISSUES SELLING
AT LEAST THIS MANY COPIES DURING YEAR
  



200,000+ 100,000+ 75,000+ 50,000+ 25,000+ 10,000+
2009 2 39 119 379 n.a. n.a.
2010 0 26 94 303 955 n.a.
2011 3 42 86 343 984 n.a.
2012 5 63 129 403 1100 2250
2013 6 64 178 390 1128 2430
2014 4 40 108 401 1195 2353
2015 21 95 167 367 1166 2280
  
What this table answers is: where does the 100,000-copy level start on the chart? In 2010, every book above 26th place sold that in the six figures; in 2015, six-figures went out to 95th place.
As you can see, the upper tiers, above 75,000 copies, soared dramatically from 2014 to 2015, reversing a dip from the previous year.

The Top Thousand Graphic Novels, led by Saga Vol. 4, went for $81.46 million, just barely up from $81.19 million in 2014. For the last five years, that comes to...

2011: $58.4 million
2012: $71.4 million
2013: $79.03 million
2014: $81.19 million
2015: $81.46 million

Combined, the Top Thousand Comics and Top Thousand Graphic Novel lists account for about 55% of all the orders by dollars Diamond received for print products in 2015. That's again another increase, after several years where the top-selling books were accounting for less of a growing pie.

Who published the Top Thousand Comics this year? Here's the breakdown:

Marvel: 517 (+5 from 2014)
DC: 381 (-26 from 2014)
Image: 62 (+5 from 2014)
Dark Horse: 10 (-4 from 2014)
IDW: 10 (+9 from 2014)

Oni: 6
(+6 from 2014)
Archie: 5 (+4 from 2014)
Valiant: 4 (+3 from 2014)
Titan: 2 (-1 from 2014)
Boom: 2
(+2 from 2014)
Dynamite: 1 (unchanged from 2014)

Boom reappeared on the list and Oni was added, thanks to Invader Zim and Rick & Morty. IDW recovered from the drop-off in 2014, while DC lost 26 entries.

And here's the publisher breakdown of the Top Thousand Graphic Novels. Those with 10 or more entries:

DC: 341 (-52 from 2014)
Marvel: 287 (+36 from 2014)
Image: 166 (+51 from 2014)
Dark Horse: 60 (-28 from 2014) 
IDW: 35 (-1 from 2014)
 Viz: 18 (+1 from 2014)
Boom: 14 (-5 from 2014)
Dynamite: 14 (+12 from 2014)
Random House: 13 (-12 from 2014)

Last year Marvel lost a lot of entries and DC gained them; the reverse happened this year. Image's increase was huge.

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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December 2015 comics sales estimates online: Secret Wars #8 leads with 170k copies ordered

by John Jackson Miller

The final sales report for December is now out from Diamond Comic Distributors, and the sales estimates have been calculated here at Comichron. Click to see the sales estimates for comics ordered in December 2015.

http://bit.ly/CCSecretW8We've already covered the end-of-year bottom line numbers in our preliminary 2015 post, but now we get to see some of the numbers in the narrower categories. Diamond sold 98 million comic books overall in 2015, we knew; now we see that 89.17 million of them, or 91% of them, appeared in Diamond's Top 300 lists during the year. Applying the weighted average price for Diamond's comics in 2015 to the 98-million-copy figure gives us $388 million in periodical sales overall; $353.18 million of that came from just the Top 300s.

The average price of comic books offered in Diamond's Top 300 lists each month of the year was $3.83. The weighted average price of those comics — total dollars divided by total units — was $3.96.

Diamond said it had sold "just over 8 million" graphic novels and trade paperbacks in the year. We know that the Top 300s each month added up to 4.45 million copies, so that tracks very well. The titles below 300th place would almost certainly on balance have higher average prices than those that made the lists each month.

In December proper, Secret Wars #8 was the top seller with nearly 170,000 copies sold. There were six comic books with sales above 100,000 copies. While that would seem to suggest poorer unit sales overall for comic books than November had—which had thirteen titles in six figures — in fact December's unit sales were much better. Where November saw 179 titles above 10,000 copies, December had 206. More of the Marvel relaunch books are now running—and, of course, December had an extra shipping week.

The aggregate changes are as follows:

TOP 300 COMICS UNIT SALES
December 2015: 7.95 million copies
Versus 1 year ago this month: +18%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +43%
Versus 10 years ago this month: +21%
Versus 15 years ago this month: +44%
4th Quarter 2015: 24.18 million copies, +10% vs. 2014 
2015 YEAR-END: 89.17 million copies, +8% vs. 2014, +29% vs. 2010, +17% vs. 2005, +29% vs. 2000

ALL COMICS UNIT SALES
December 2015 versus one year ago this month: +18.63%
4th Qtr 2015 vs. 4th Qtr 2014: +6.43%
YEAR TO DATE: +4.21%

TOP 300 COMICS DOLLAR SALES
December 2015: $32.16 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: +26%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +58%
Versus 10 years ago this month: +61%
Versus 15 years ago this month: +104%
4th Quarter 2015: $98.8 million, +20% vs. 2014
2015 YEAR-END: $353.18 million, +13% vs. 2014, +44% vs. 2010, +59% vs. 2005, +85% vs. 2000

ALL COMICS DOLLAR SALES
December 2015 versus one year ago this month: +25.05%
4th Qtr 2015 vs. 4th Qtr 2014: +13.84%
YEAR TO DATE: +8.99%

TOP 300 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES
December 2015: $7.22 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: +11%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +11%
Versus 10 years ago this month, just the Top 100 vs. the Top 100: +11%
Versus 15 years ago this month, just the Top 25 vs. the Top 25: -15%
4th Quarter 2015: $23 million, -5% vs. 2014
2015 YEAR-END: $89.43 million, +1% vs. 2014

ALL TRADE PAPERBACK SALES
December 2015 versus one year ago this month: +14.12%
4th Qtr 2015 vs. 4th Qtr 2014: -7.43%
YEAR TO DATE: +3.14%

TOP 300 COMICS + TOP 300 TRADE PAPERBACK DOLLAR SALES
December 2015: $39.83 million
Versus 1 year ago this month: +23%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +20%
Versus 10 years ago this month, counting just the Top 100 TPBs: +35%
Versus 15 years ago this month, counting just the Top 25 TPBs: +104%
4th Quarter 2015: $121.8 million, +14%
2015 YEAR-END: $442.6 million, +10% vs. 2014

ALL COMICS AND TRADE PAPERBACK SALES
December 2015 versus one year ago this month: +21.85%
4th Qtr 2015 vs. 4th Qtr 2014: +7.2%
YEAR TO DATE: +7.17%

OVERALL DIAMOND SALES (including all comics, trades, and magazines)
December 2015: approximately $52.9 million (subject to revision)
Versus 1 year ago this month: +22%
Versus 5 years ago this month: +46%
Versus 10 years ago this month: +64%
4th Quarter 2015: $155.74, +7% vs. 2014
2015 YEAR-END: $579.18 million, +7% vs. 2014

RELEASES
New comic books released: 556
New graphic novels released: 306
New magazines released: 46
All new releases: 908

The average comic book in the Top 300 in December cost $3.90; the average comic book retailers ordered cost $4.04. 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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Friday, January 8, 2016

Comichron's Top 300 Bestselling Comics of the 21st Century: Star Wars #1 is #1, huge 44 titles from 2015 make list

by John Jackson Miller
http://bit.ly/CCMarvSW1With all sales from the year included, Marvel's relaunched Star Wars #1 from January rocketed to the top spot in Comichron's chart of the top-selling comic books of the 21st Century (thus far). The chart incorporates Comichron's estimates of 2015 sales based on information released this week by Diamond Comic Distributors, as well as our estimates from the previous years going back to 2000.

In addition to the entire Top Comics of the 21st Century list, we continue to maintain lists for just the decade of 2000-2009 and the decade of the 2010s.

By the time we added the best-selling 2014 titles to our top-sellers chart for the century last year, Marvel's relaunched Star Wars #1 had already sold 1 million comics and passed it. The issue, with dozens of variant covers, continued to sell throughout the year, charting several more times; Comichron calculates that its final 2015 total was 1.073 million copies shipped.

Star Wars #1 takes over the spot held briefly by Amazing Spider-Man #1, which in 2014 got a boost of its own from repackaging. You can see the updated top-sellers by year here.

As with several other top-selling titles, Star Wars' sales were inflated by between 250,000 and 450,000 copies sold by the repackager Loot Crate. The issue would still have beaten everything else on the charts regardless, though the same cannot be said for Bravest Warriors: Tales of Holo John #1 and Orphan Black #1, which placed fifth and sixth on the century list but wouldn't have made the Top 300 if not for Loot Crate.

As mentioned here earlier in the week, the Loot Crate effect has probably played out, as more publishers are following DC's lead and sending their comics directly to repackagers. Thus these outsized sales figures won't wind up in the Direct Market charts Diamond produces.

An amazing six issues from 2015 made the Top 10 for the Century list; in addition to the titles already mentioned, Secret Wars #1, Dark Knight III Master Race 1, and Star Wars: Vader Down #1 all made the top ten.

The Top 10 since 2000:

TEN BESTSELLLING COMIC BOOKS OF THE 21ST CENTURY
based on orders by North American Comics Shops

Comic-book Title Issue Ship Price Publisher Est. sales
1 Star Wars† 1 Jan-15 $4.99 Marvel 1,073,000
2 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Apr-14 $5.99 Marvel 559,200
3 Secret Wars 1 May-15 $4.99 Marvel 550,500
4 Amazing Spider-Man 583 Jan-09 $3.99 Marvel 530,500
5 Bravest Warriors Tales of  Holo John† 1 May-15 $4.99 Boom 503,000
6 Orphan Black† 1 Feb-15 $3.99 IDW 502,000
7 Dark Knight III Master Race 1 Nov-15 $5.99 DC 449,100
8 Star Wars Vader Down 1 Nov-15 $4.99 Marvel 410,600
9 Walking Dead 100 Jul-12 $3.99 Image 384,800
10 Civil War 2 Jun-06 $2.99 Marvel 341,900

Forty-four issues from 2015 made the Top 300 for the 21st Century list, a big increase of 30 over last year's 14. Twenty-four 2015 issues made the Top 100, and 16 made the Top 50. There are more books from 2015 in the Top 300 for the current century than comics from any other year. That's impressive, even without Loot Crate in the picture.

You can see other sales records from the Diamond Exclusive Era here. Look early next week for our annual post with the Top Thousand Comics and Graphic Novels sales estimates.

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. 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.

Secret Wars, Private Eye top December comic charts in strong finish to 2015

by John Jackson Miller

http://bit.ly/CCSecretW8
Marvel's Secret Wars #8 was the top-selling comic book in the comic shop market in December, according to information that Diamond Comic Distributors released today.

As suggested by the bottom line projection in our end-of-year post, retailers ordered $52.9 million worth of comic books, graphic novels, and magazine in December, up a considerable 21.85% over the same month in 2014. That was enough to push the 2015 totals higher, to $579.18 million, up 7.17%.

In an unusual happenstance, December had five shipping weeks, as did last December; often the holidays push one of the reporting weeks into January.

Comics dollar sales spiked significantly, up 25% over the same month a year ago. November's top title slipped to second place with its second issue, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2.

http://bit.ly/CCPrivateEye
Graphic novel sales rebounded nicely to end the year, with a pricey title topping the list that isn't a familiar name in print: The Private Eye, a hardcover collecting a digital comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin. An Image title priced at $49.95, it no doubt contributed to the 14% increase in graphic novel dollar sales that December saw year-over-year.
 Here's the comparative sales statistics for the month, including those for the fourth quarter. This table also obviously includes the final percentage changes for 2015 overall:

DOLLARS UNITS
December 2015 vs. November 2015
Comics -2.14% 0.68%
Graphic Novels 12.73% 7.36%
Total Comics/GNs 1.53% 1.09%
December 2015 vs. December 2014
Comics 25.05% 18.63%
Graphic Novels 14.12% 7.03%
Total Comics/GNs 21.85% 17.80%
4th Qtr 2015 vs. 3rd Qtr 2014
Comics 20.26% 16.49%
Graphic Novels -9.97% -21.18%
Total Comics/GNs 10.28% 12.95%
4th Qtr 2015 vs. 4th Qtr 2014
Comics 13.84% 6.43%
Graphic Novels -7.43% -11.24%
Total Comics/GNs 7.20% 5.06%
Year 2015 vs. Year 2014
Comics 8.99% 6.54%
Graphic Novels 3.14% 3.35%
Total Comics/GNs 7.17% 6.28%

The market shares for the year were previously reported, but the market shares for December are as follows:

Dollar share Unit share
Marvel 37.09% 41.87%
DC 29.32% 29.93%
Image 10.29% 10.65%
IDW 5.31% 4.10%
Dark Horse 3.05% 2.43%
Boom 1.91% 1.71%
Dynamite 1.63% 1.55%
Titan 1.38% 1.21%
Oni 0.89% 0.74%
Viz 0.82% 0.31%
Other 8.31% 5.50%

Moving along, the top sellers for the month:

Comic Book Price Publisher
1 Secret Wars #8 $3.99 Marvel
2 Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 $5.99 DC
3 Star Wars #13 $3.99 Marvel
4 Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 $3.99 DC
5 Batman #47 $3.99 DC
6 Guardians of Infinity #1 $4.99 Marvel
7 Darth Vader #14 $3.99 Marvel
8 Harley's Little Black Book #1 $4.99 DC
9 Star Wars Annual #1 $4.99 Marvel
10 Darth Vader Annual #1 $4.99 Marvel

The graphic novels:

Graphic Novel Price Publisher
1 The Private Eye Deluxe Edition HC $49.99 Image
2 Harley Quinn Volume 2: Power Outage $16.99 DC
3 Avatar The Last Airbender Vol. 11: Smoke & Shadow Part 2 $10.99 Dark Horse
4 Batman Vs. Superman $9.99 DC
5 Saga Volume 5 $14.99 Image
6 We Can Never Go Home $9.99 Black Mask
7 Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab HC $24.99 DC
8 Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader $19.99 Marvel
9 Civil War $24.99 Marvel
10 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows $17.99 Marvel

Finally, we have the figures for how many new items were released, broken down by format and publisher:

Comics shipped Graphic novels shipped Magazines shipped Total shipped
DC 98 36 1 135
Marvel 81 27 0 108
Image 77 16 0 93
IDW 50 29 0 79
Dark Horse 32 17 0 49
Boom 31 9 0 40
Dynamite 23 9 0 32
Titan 17 6 4 27
Viz 0 17 0 17
Oni 8 4 0 12
Other 139 138 41 318
Total 556 308 46 910

Next up here at Comichron will be the updates to the Comics of the Century, followed by the December 2015 final estimates and the Top Thousand Comics lists.

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. 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.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Comics shops order $579 million in comics, GNs in 2015, up 7%; Star Wars, Saga lead Top 10s

by John Jackson Miller

http://bit.ly/CCMarvSW1The comics market's growth accelerated in 2015, with a strong finish to the year helping to negate a weaker third quarter, according to Comichron's analysis of end-of-year data released by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Comics retailers ordered more than $579 million in comic books, graphic novels, and magazines from Diamond in 2015, beating last year's total by 7.17% and resulting in the fourth consecutive growth year for the comic-shop market. 2014's rate of increase was just 4%. The year finished slightly better than our November projections expected; we'll see the December 2015 report later in the week, but the month would seem to have beaten the pace set in December 2014. 

Diamond reported that comics retailers ordered more than 98 million comic books in 2015, up from 92 million copies in 2014. This is the first time Diamond has ever released its overall end-of-year unit sales numbers, and it tells us at last how much exists outside the Top 300s each month. In 2014, Diamond's Top 300 each month accounted for 82.65 million copies, meaning that about 11% of units exist outside the list each month. That's reasonably close to our previous projections here. We'll know 2015's Top 300 figures for sure when December is released, but odds are we'll be looking at a similar ratio falling outside the Top 300s.

If the $3.95 average comic book price seen through November holds, then there's another estimate we can finally perform: that Diamond's comic books alone accounted for $387 million in 2015, or 66.8% of its comics-and-graphic-novel sales. This is almost exactly the two-thirds figure we've estimated at Comichron for a long time.

Diamond reported that its dollar sales for periodicals grew by 8.99%, a big jump from 2014's growth rate of 4%. That percentage change figure also suggests 2014's total for comics was $355 million — or about 65.7% of the Diamond's print sales that year. That again would track: periodical comics had a better year this year than graphic novels did, relatively, so their share of Diamond's shipments would likely have grown.

Going further back, the new information allows for additional new historical calculations, once we apply the end-of-year percentage changes which the distributor first made available in 2010:

ALL PERIODICAL COMICS SOLD BY DIAMOND
2009: 78.4 million copies — Total retail: $279 million
2010: 73.8 million copies — Total retail: $266 million
2011: 77.2 million copies — Total retail: $269 million
2012: 86 million copies — Total retail: $310 million
2013: 91.75 million copies — Total retail: $341 million
2014: 92 million copies — Total retail: $355 million
2015: 98 million copies — Total retail: $387 million

We'll be adding those calculations to our Yearly Sales Data page.

Back to to 2015. To no one's surprise, Marvel's Star Wars #1, with dozens of variant covers and more than a million copies shipped, was the #1 comic book title of the year, having outsold everything in the last 20 years. Highlighted titles were the top-sellers in their individual months:

Top comic books of 2015

Comic Book Price Publisher
1 Star Wars #1* $4.99 Marvel
2 Secret Wars #1 $4.99 Marvel
3 Bravest Warriors: Tales From Holo John #1* $4.99 Boom
4 Orphan Black #1* $3.99 IDW
5 Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 $5.99 DC
6 Star Wars Vader Down #1 $4.99 Marvel
7 Darth Vader #1 $4.99 Marvel
8 Spider-Gwen #1 $3.99 Marvel
9 Invincible Iron Man #1 $3.99 Marvel
10 Princess Leia #1 $3.99 Marvel

The asterisks refer to comics that had outsized boosts from external repackagers whose books were shipped to them through Diamond. Star Wars #1 was boosted by a Loot Crate version but would likely have topped the list in any event; Bravest Warriors: Tales from Holo John #1 and Orphan Black #1 would not have made the list, had their Loot Crate copies not been included.

http://bit.ly/CCSagaV4According to Comichron's sources, other publishers are following DC's lead of sending their comics directly to Loot Crate and similar repackagers, so Loot Crate's outsized impact on the Diamond charts may finally be done, except where it appears in comparisons with the past. Comichron's analysis of the wholesale dollar sales rankings suggest that handling Loot Crate issues couldn't have been earning Diamond much money at all, if any—so the removal of these copies from direct market calculations ultimately doesn't mean a lot for the distribution side of things.

Diamond's graphic novel dollar sales were up by 3.14% in 2015; that represents a slowdown from 2014's 5.18% category increase. Diamond reported an end-of-year unit figure here, too, of just over 8 million graphic novels shipped. It's harder to convert that back into dollars because of the wide range of graphic novel prices — but there's $192 million left over for graphic novels and magazines, and graphic novels would take the lion's share of it. And — again as we've suggested often here — at least half of graphic novel sales by volume come from the titles below the Top 300 each month.

The top graphic novels list includes several familiar titles:

Top graphic novels of 2015

Graphic Novel Price Publisher
1 Saga Vol. 4 $14.99 Image
2 Saga Vol. 1 $9.99 Image
3 Saga Vol. 5 $14.99 Image
4 Civil War $24.99 Marvel
5 The Walking Dead Vol. 23: Whispers Into Screams $14.99 Image
6 Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition HC $17.99 DC
7 Saga Vol. 2 $14.99 Image
8 The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye $14.99 Image
9 Saga Vol. 3 $14.99 Image
10 Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes $19.99 Marvel

That's all five Saga volumes in the Top 10 — and this is the seventh year in a row that Walking Dead Vol. 1 has made the Top 10.

On to the market shares:
 
Comic-shop market market shares, 2015

Dollar share Unit share
Marvel 38.74% 41.82%
DC 25.75% 27.35%
Image 9.93% 10.70%
IDW 5.59% 4.87%
Dark Horse 3.79% 3.10%
Boom 2.28% 2.46%
Dynamite 1.99% 1.79%
Titan 1.03% 0.95%
Eaglemoss 0.94% 0.20%
Viz 0.93% 0.35%
Other 9.00% 6.41%
 
The order of the top five are unchanged, with Marvel picking up four dollar share points and DC shedding three. Image picked up less than a percentage point and Dark Horse dropped by a slightly larger amount in its first year without Star Wars comics. IDW was little changed. Boom passed Dynamite to take sixth; Dynamite lost about half a point. The highest new entry in the top 10 this year was Titan, which added the Doctor Who license. Avatar and Random House dropped out of the Top 10, while toy magazine publisher Eaglemoss and manga publisher Viz returned to the list. See last year's report here

Finally, Diamond released the tally of new releases for the year. This accounting includes titles invoiced for the first time in the year: variant covers at the same price point count as the same book, while variants at different prices are counted separately.

Publisher Comics shipped Graphic Novels shipped Magazines shipped Total shipped
Marvel 917 390 2 1309
DC 963 331 6 1300
Image 773 187 0 960
IDW 527 265 0 792
Dark Horse 378 234 0 612
Boom 385 94 0 479
Dynamite 301 68 0 369
Viz 0 270 0 270
Titan 120 67 35 222
Eaglemoss 0 0 152 152
Other 1157 1518 315 2990
Total 5521 3424 510 9455
The number of overall titles shipped didn't change much at all from 2014 — slightly fewer — but the differences in release slates can be seen more easily by publisher. Image offered 8% more comics and 24% more graphic novels than in did in 2014, and Boom's comics output increased by 9% while its TPB output went up by 15%. Marvel and IDW's output was basically unchanged.

DC shipped 13% fewer comics than in 2014, 963 versus 1,107, perhaps as a consequence of its West Coast move, and Dark Horse's periodical comic output dropped 9%, offering 378 comics against 432 from 2014. Dynamite offered 18% fewer comics in 2015, but the number of graphic novels it released increased by 19%.

Check back here in the following days to see updated additional materials about 2015. We expect by Friday to have the December preliminary report and the Top Comics of the Century pages updated, and then next week sees the release of the full December data, making possible the Top Thousand charts we usually do.

UPDATE: The preliminary December data is now online, as are the full estimates.

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. 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.
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