The event — along with Free Comic Book Day, attention from the second Avengers movie, and a boost from a repackager contributed to nearly $49 million in orders for new comic books, graphic novels, and magazines by North American comics shops in the month.
Periodical comic book unit sales were up 20% year-over-year against last May, while graphic novel sales were flat; the result was that overall sales were up 13.5%. (That makes sense, because periodicals are about two-thirds of Diamond’s combined print comics sales, while graphic novels make up the other third.)
The aggregate changes:
VS. APRIL 2015
Comics & GNs
VS. MAY 2014
Comics & GNs
2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014
Comics & GNs
There weren’t any anomalous readings high on the charts due to Loot Crate or other repackagers last month, but that changed in a big way in May.
Boom Studios has been publishing Bravest Warriors comics, based on the cartoon series, for several years; insertion in the May Loot Crate vaulted the Bravest Warriors one-shot Tales from the Holo John up to second place, topping Secret Wars #2.
Loot Crate subscriptions were already climbing toward 400,000 earlier in the year and could be higher now; we ought to get a good idea from the final numbers what the figure is.
|1||Secret Wars #1||$4.99||Marvel|
Tales from the Holo John #1†
|3||Secret Wars #2||$4.99||Marvel|
|4||Star Wars #5||$3.99||Marvel|
Secret Wars #1
|7||Old Man Logan #1||$4.99||Marvel|
|8||Darth Vader #5||$3.99||Marvel|
Volume 2 HC
|3||Rat Queens Volume 2:
The Far Reaching Tentacles Of N’Rygoth
Volume 2: Gridiron
|6||Saga Vol. 4||$14.99||Image|
|7||Legend of Zelda: A
Link to the Past
|8||Deadpool Vol. 8: All
|10||Saga Vol. 1||$9.99||Image|
The market shares saw a big impact from Secret Wars, with Marvel topping 40% in dollar share — but again that Loot Crate inclusion had effects as well, putting Boom in the Top 5. It’s the publisher’s highest ranking ever.
The number of new releases was roughly comparable to that for last May, but the breakdown differed: there were more new graphic novels last year, perhaps helping to explain why graphic novel dollar sales made no gains this time out.
|Comics shipped||Graphic Novels Shipped||Magazines Shipped||Total
The detailed estimates for the month will be along next week.
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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