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March 2018 Comics Sales Early Look

Comics and Graphic Novels Reordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

We know already that the month's sales will see at least some penalty year-over-year, as March 2018 has one fewer Wednesday than March 2017.

The estimated comics sales for this month will become available sometime in April, usually in the second week or so. Follow @Comichron on Twitter to get the alert when the report becomes available. In the meantime, you can get a sense of what sales might be like from noting what products were most reordered by retailers.

Advance Reorders

Several weeks ago, retailers placed advance reorders for items whose initial order deadlines had passed, but which had not yet released at the time the reorders were placed. These reorders, placed further out than regular reorders, tend to be more speculative in nature, as there is less certainty that stock will still be available. But they do give us the farthest-into-the-future look at potential sales. To see potential sales for this month, you generally want to look at the advance reorders placed from the month before.


Top advance reordered March-shipping comic for week of December 19-25
Oblivion Song #1 (Image) • Scheduled ship date: March 7
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top advance reordered March-shipping comic for week of December 26-January 1
Oblivion Song #1 (Image) • Scheduled ship date: March 7
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top advance reordered March-shipping comic for week of January 2-7
Dark Nights Metal #6 (DC) • Scheduled ship date: March 14
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top advance reordered March-shipping comic for week of January 8-14
Oblivion Song #1 (Image) • Scheduled ship date: March 7
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list


Note that the listings mix hardcovers, softcovers, and comics together, and that they also rank items by dollars rather than units. Note, too, that these are invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already been applied.

There is no guarantee that these advance reorders will be filled. It's also likely that a lot of books in these lists won't synch up exactly with this month; reorders are placed all the time and reported weekly, while comics sales are reported monthly.

Click to skip down to the Reorders placed in the month before this one.


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Reorders

Reorders, by contrast, are orders for items that had already been released at the time of the order. In other words, these are the comics customers have been asking for.



Reordered comics information will be released weekly in February. Stay tuned!

The true top sellers for the month will replace this page once they are released by Diamond.