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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Strong X-Men week as Return of Wolverine, Extermination lead comic shop reorders

by John Jackson Miller

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A strong week for X-Men-related titles last week, according to Diamond Comic Distributors' reorder data.

Extermination #1 led reorders by dollar volume; the issue went on sale August 15.

The top softcover for the week was Old Man Logan; the top hardcover, Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus.

Check out that and more reorder activity from last week on our August-so-far page.

Meanwhile, Charles Soule and Steve McNiven's Return of Wolverine #1 was the top advance-reordered item for the week. The issue goes on sale Sept. 19.


Click here to see  what's known about September orders so far.

You can also see all reorder and advance reorder activity for the year to date.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Black Label Batman Damned #1 leads advance reorders; Fantastic Four #1 tops reorders

by John Jackson Miller

Retailers reordered more Fantastic Four #1s by Dan Slott and Skottie Young last week than any other comic from Diamond Comic Distributors, by dollar volume.

Check out that and more reorder activity from last week on our August-so-far page.

Meanwhile, DC's "Black Label" launches in September with Batman Damned #1 by Brian Azzarello; the issue topped advance reorders placed last week with Diamond by retailers.

Venom #3 led for Marvel, while the new series launch Cemetery Beach #1 led for Image.

Click here to see  what's known about September orders so far. You can also see all reorder and advance reorder activity for the year to date.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Batman #52 leads comic-book reorders, Thanos Legacy tops advance reorders

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Retailer reorders from last week are in from Diamond Comic Distributors, and they show the lingering effects of Batman #50's colossal 441,000-copy sale to retailers in North America in July. Batman #52 was the top reordered comic book for the week.

X-Men Revolution by Chris Claremont Omnibus was the top reordered item by dollars. And after many weeks in the top slot for reordered trade paperbacks, Infinity Gauntlet was finally dethroned by Prince T'challa in Black Panther Vol. 1: Nation Under Our Feet.

Click to see the full reorder lists for August.

We now also have our first advance reordered comics for September. Thanos Legacy #1 was the top advance-reordered comic book, with two versions in the top four. Batman: White Knight was the top advance-reordered graphic novel.

Click to see our reorder lists for September.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

July 2018 comics sales estimates: Batman #50 ships more than 441,000 copies, Spidey #1 289k

by John Jackson Miller

As noted here Friday, the comics shop market made up considerable ground in July comparison with a weak July 2017, thanks to the Batman wedding storyline and several high-profile launches. Retailers ordered $44.64 million worth of comic books, graphic novels, and magazines in the month; the year-to-date deficit, piled up in winter, was cut in half to less than 2%. Click to see the comics sales estimates from July 2017.

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Both Marvel and DC contributed, combining for a dual market share of 70.69%, the highest proportion of the market seen since October 2011, right after the debut of the New 52. DC's Batman #50 led the comics list with nearly 441,000 copies shipped; it was the third regularly priced item of the year to top 400,000 copies.

While DC announced both it and Catwoman #1 would be made returnable owing to retailer concerns over the storyline and its premature revelation online, Diamond Comic Distributors did not adjust the issues' numbers downward for returnability. This is normal, in keeping with practices regarding comics that are not made returnable until after they've been ordered; comics become returnable after they've been ordered and/or shipped all the time, and those items are not adjusted in tables. The end-of-year totals always account both for returns and for reorders; Batman #50 did lead comics in the reorder charts twice during the month.

Market share leader Marvel beat its July 2017 dollar sales by 16%, aided by Amazing Spider-Man #1 (more than 289,000 copies) and Captain America #1 (more than 167,000 copies), among other launches. DC's dollar sales were up 29% year over year, a figure exactly matched by IDW, which followed up a June in which it had a recent-record-low number of new comic books on the shelves (19) with nearly three times as many, 56.

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Die Die Die #1, which shipped without being solicited and went on sale July 11, landed in 174th place even though it was the highest-circulation Image book of the month. That's because its initial shipment, reportedly equal to the 80,000 or so copies shipped of Robert Kirkman's previous launch, Oblivion Song #1, was provided to retailers at no charge, and Diamond confirmed it had treated those copies as promotional items.

Retailers reordered 9,975 copies of Die Die Die #1 in July in the United States and Canada, and it is those copies that appear in Diamond's tables. The number of copies in circulation, however, is more than 90,000.

See the vital statistics, after the jump:

Friday, August 10, 2018

DC, Marvel comics sales up strongly in July; combined market share hits seven-year high

by John Jackson Miller
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I've said before that the month of July presented the best opportunity this summer for the Direct Market to make up ground lost in the winter — and that is what happened, according to Comichron's analysis of preliminary data released today by Diamond Comic Distributors. Retailers ordered $44.64 million worth of comic books, graphic novels, and magazines in the month, nearly 10% more than July 2017, which was the second weakest month of that year. The year-to-date deficit, piled up in winter, was cut in half; shipments stand at $296.09 million after seven months, off around $6 million, or less than 2%. Click to visit our page for July 2018 comics sales estimates; the figures will be posted on Monday. (8/13 UPDATE: And now they are online!)

Both of the Big Two publishers contributed market leadership, splitting the Top 10 evenly and combining for a dual market share of 70.69%, the highest seen since October 2011, right after the debut of the New 52. Market share leader Marvel beat its July 2017 dollar sales by 16%, aided by Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Captain America #1, among other launches.

Our walkthrough video on the month's sales is here:


DC
did even better relative to its results a year earlier, with Batman #50 leading the comics list and Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar leading the graphic novels. Doomsday Clock #6 and Superman #1 placed fourth and fifth.

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DC's dollar sales were up 29% year over year, a figure exactly matched by IDW, which followed up a June in which it had a recent-record-low number of new comic books on the shelves (19) with nearly three times as many, 56.

Image
's top title, Die Die Die #1, which shipped without being solicited and went on sale July 11, did not make the Top 10, but it couldn't have missed by much . The number of copies shipped was reportedly equal to orders on Robert Kirkman' s previous launch, Oblivion Song #1, from March; that would put it above 80,000 copies, and the issue did lead reorders in intervening weeks. So the Top 10 will have sales somewhere above that.

Discordant notes came again from graphic novels, down 9% in dollars — but only 5% in units, suggesting we're seeing the effects of a number of books being deep-discounted. Graphic novel drops in the single digits are an improvement over 2017's average rate of decline; strong graphic novel months tend to echo ones for comic books some months later because of the collection dynamic, so we'll see whether things pick up as the holidays approach.

The comparative sales statistics:


DollarsUnits
July 2018 Vs. June 2018
Comics+14.18%+7.84%
Graphic Novels-13.07%-9.36%
Total Comics/Graphic Novels+6.01%+6.55%
Toys+16.78%-0.28%
July 2018 Vs. July 2017
Comics+17.37%+10.40%
Graphic Novels-9.11%-4.96%
Total Comics/Graphic Novels+9.53%+9.27%
Toys+15.77%+4.94%
Year-To-Date 2018 Vs. Year-To-Date 2017
Comics+0.76%-7.02%
Graphic Novels-8.26%-10.42%
Total Comics/Graphic Novels-1.93%-7.28%
Toys-8.63%-10.45%

The market shares:

PublisherDollar ShareUnit SharePublisherDollar ShareUnit Share
Marvel39.07%41.05%   Boom1.89%1.74%
DC31.62%33.82%Dynamite1.74%2.07%
Image8.52%8.87%Viz1.20%0.46%
IDW4.52%3.95%Titan0.69%0.47%
Dark Horse2.82%1.91%Archie0.64%0.60%
Other7.29%5.05%

The top-selling comics by units:

TOP COMIC BOOKS (by units)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Batman #50$4.99DC
2Amazing Spider-Man #1$5.99Marvel
3Captain America #1$4.99Marvel
4Doomsday Clock #6$4.99DC
5Superman #1$3.99DC
6Catwoman #1$3.99DC
7Amazing Spider-Man #2$3.99Marvel
8Batman #51$3.99DC
9X-23 #1$4.99Marvel
10Cosmic Ghost Rider #1$3.99Marvel


The top-selling comics by dollars:

TOP COMIC BOOKS (by dollars)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Batman #50$4.99DC
2Amazing Spider-Man #1$5.99Marvel
3Captain America #1$4.99Marvel
4Doomsday Clock #6$4.99DC
5Superman #1$3.99DC
6Amazing Spider-Man #2$3.99Marvel
7X-23 #1$4.99Marvel
8Catwoman #1$3.99DC
9Batman #51$3.99DC
10Cosmic Ghost Rider #1$3.99Marvel

The top-selling graphic novels by units:

TOP GRAPHIC NOVELS (by units)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar$16.99DC
2Infinity Gauntlet$24.99Marvel
3Venomized$17.99Marvel
4Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 3: Remastered$17.99Marvel
5Marvel Two-In-One Vol. 1: Fate of the Four$17.99Marvel
6One-Punch Man Volume 14$9.99Viz
7Dragon Ball Super Volume 3$9.99Viz
8Ms. Marvel Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland$17.99Marvel
9Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 7: Scarlet Samurai$15.99Marvel
10Rocket Raccoon and Groot Complete Collection$29.99Marvel

The top-selling graphic novels by dollars:

TOP GRAPHIC NOVELS (by dollars)PRICEPUBLISHER
1Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 2 HC$125.00Marvel
2Batman By Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 1 HC$75.00DC
3Ex Machina: The Complete Series Omnibus HC$150.00DC
4Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar$16.99DC
5Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Omnibus Volume 2 HC$125.00Marvel
6Marvel Masterworks: Captain America Vol. 10 HC$75.00Marvel
7Infinity Gauntlet$24.99Marvel
8Doctor Strange: Damnation$34.99Marvel
9Flash: The Silver Age Omnibus Volume 3 HC$99.99DC
10Prisoner By Kirby & Kane Artist Edition HC$79.99Titan

Finally, the number of new items offered:

PublisherComics
shipped
Graphic Novels
shipped
Magazines
shipped
Total
shipped
Marvel89370126
DC6334097
IDW5619176
Image5914073
Dark Horse2119040
Boom249033
Dynamite168024
Viz022022
Titan103417
Archie103013
Other1301537290
TOTAL SHIPPED47832112811

[Edit: While a normal month for Marvel as new releases go, DC's 63 was its smallest number of new comics since Rebirth launched in 2016.]
It's certainly the case that a month seeing relaunches of so many titles from the two largest publishers ought to be a good one; the fact that it was may show a return to some level of normalcy, after a year in which very little was working as it was supposed to.

August is a five shipping week month, up against a $45.72 million month from 2017, which had an equal number of weeks. This July just nearly beat that figure, so decent prospects for making up ground continue; launches for Infinity Wars and Fantastic Four are also in the mix. Click to see what we know about August so far.

Update:
I took a look at year-to-date percentage changes across time for selected years in the chart seen at right; click to enlarge it. You can see in it years that started off okay relative to their previous years and got worse, like 2017 — and years where a bad start was nearly erased by a strong finish, like 2011 when New 52 helped the market nearly catch up with the previous year by the end.

To date, 2018 is looking a little more like 2014 and 2016, if starting from a lower point; those were two more normal years, where a slow winter was erased by a stronger spring, summer, and fall. The big dip in March is because the fifth week this winter went to January instead, which is something that undermines this kind of analysis. But it is interesting to see the progression generally.

Comichron founder 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 novels including Star Wars: KenobiStar Wars: A New Dawn, and the Star Trek: Prey trilogy. Read more about them at his fiction site.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Saga, Punisher, Titans lead advance reorder categories as August begins

by John Jackson Miller

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The July reorder picture from Diamond Comic Distributors is now complete.

DC's Teen Titans #20 was the top reordered comic book from Diamond the last week of July, while Punisher Max by Ennis Omnibus Vol. 2 was the top reordered hardcover and top item overall. Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet was once again the top reordered trade paperback.


Click to see see all the July charts.  

The advance reorder chart was led by a hardcover not releasing until October, Ed Brubaker's My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, while the top softcover was Saga Vol. 9, releasing in September.

As for comics on that list, Venom issues and reprints dominated the chart.

Click to see the full advance reorder August chart, as well as all our August-so-far charts.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Die! Die! Die! leads both reorder and advance reorder lists as July ends

by John Jackson Miller

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In an unusual happenstance, two consecutive issues of the same series led comics on both the weekly reordered and advance reordered lists at the end of July.

Die! Die! Die! #1 was again the top reordered book last week — click to see see all the July charts.  Issue #1 is still stocked at Diamond, suggesting a large reserve was printed.

The initial shipment was matched to Oblivion Song #1's orders, so figure that anything above about 80,000 copies in the final July estimates came from reorders.

Hardcovers dominated the rest of the reorder list, led by New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3.

Meanwhile, Die! Die! Die! #2, due August 22, was the top advance reordered book for August. 

Click to see the full advance reorder chart, as well as all our August-so-far charts.

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