In advance of the larger releases of its December and 2012 year-end sales tables, Diamond Comic Distributors has released a sneak peek at the topline figures for the year.
Comic shop orders for comic books and graphic novels reportedly increased by 14.72% over 2011. This would bring the year in at nearly $475 million — in line with previous estimates here at Comichron — and an increase of more than $60 million for the year. Note that this figure does not include comics and graphic novels sold through bookstore and newsstand channels, which adds another $200 million or so — nor does it include digital sales, which are reported to be in excess of $75 million this year.
The aggregate change figures:
|YEAR 2012 VS. YEAR 2011|
|DOLLAR MARKET SHARE|
|Dynamite (Dynamic Forces)||3.11%|
|UNIT MARKET SHARE|
|Dynamite (Dynamic Forces)||3.00%|
|1||Walking Dead #100||$3.99||Image|
|2||Uncanny Avengers #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|3||Avengers Vs. X-Men #1||$3.99||Marvel|
|4||Amazing Spider-Man #700||$7.99||Marvel|
|5||Avengers Vs. X-Men #2||$3.99||Marvel|
|6||Avengers Vs. X-Men #6||$3.99||Marvel|
|7||Avengers Vs. X-Men #5||$3.99||Marvel|
|8||Avengers Vs. X-Men #3||$3.99||Marvel|
|9||Avengers Vs. X-Men #4||$3.99||Marvel|
|1||Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye||$9.99||Image|
|2||Walking Dead Vol. 2 Miles Behind Us||$14.99||Image|
|3||Batman Earth One HC||$22.99||DC|
|4||Walking Dead Vol. 16 A Larger World||$14.99||Image|
|5||Walking Dead Vol. 3 Safety Behind Bars||$14.99||Image|
|6||Walking Dead Vol. 17 Something to Fear||$14.99||Image|
|7||Walking Dead Vol. 4 Hearts Desire||$14.99||Image|
|8||Batman HC Vol. 1 The Court of Owls||$24.99||DC|
|9||Walking Dead Vol. 15 We Find Ourselves||$14.99||Image|
|10||League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III Century #3 2009||$9.95||Top Shelf|
Comichron founder John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 25 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: Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Dawn, Star Trek: Discovery – The Enterprise War, and his latest release, Star Trek: Discovery – Die Standing. Read more about them at his fiction site.
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