The “Shutdown Split” Era: Comichron adds comics sales projections for April through July 2020

New comics sales charts are back on Comichron, after a fashion. They’re not Diamond Comic Distributors‘ charts, but they do report on retailer purchases from Diamond — as well as of retail purchases from DC‘s new distribution channel, which includes Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors. The new charts are also old at the same … Read more

Comics and Graphic Novel Sales Top $1.2 Billion in 2019

According to new estimate by ICv2 and Comichron Comics and graphic novel sales topped $1.2 billion in 2019, according to a new joint estimate by Comichron’s John Jackson Miller and ICv2’s Milton Griepp. Total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in the U.S. and Canada were approximately $1.21 billion in 2019, an 11% increase over sales in 2018. The … Read more

DC ends distribution relationship with Diamond: Historical notes and future prospects

As announced to the general public in a report from Hollywood Reporter, DC has cut ties with Diamond Comic Distributors and will not solicit any titles after the June 1 Final Order Cut-off. This ends not just a 23-year period in which Diamond was the only source for comics periodicals from all major publishers, but also a sales relationship with … Read more

The Circulating American Magazines Project: Best practices for use of its comics data

Marvel’s ABC Statement for the first half of 1962 Over the last two decades, Russ Maheras, Jonathan Hoyle, and I have visited the offices of the Audit Bureau of Circulation at various times, using the old microfilm viewer to capture comics sales data. It’s provided a glimpse into a time in comics history when advertising sales were … Read more

25 years ago this week: The DC/Diamond distribution deal announced

Described to the world in great detail by a leaked memo published by Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics in The Comics Journal, news of Diamond Comic Distributors‘ exclusive deal with DC Comics was officially announced on Friday,  April 28, 1995 — which brought reaction immediately from Diamond’s rival Capital City in the form of a lawsuit. … Read more

March 2020 comics sales online: Spider-Woman #1 orders top 142,000 copies

Our March 2020 comics sales estimates are now online, giving us the clearest picture we’ve gotten yet of the weeks leading into the commercial shutdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Click to read more about the state of the market during this historic period. Spider-Woman #1 was the bestseller with more than 142,000 copies moved in North America, whereas Batman #91 … Read more