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

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

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

Comics orders in March 2020 down 15%; Spider-Woman #1 led market as shutdown began

March saw the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down commerce across much of North America, and impacting the comics industry at several levels. DC‘s printer closed during the month, the major comics distributor saw warehouses closed by law, and hundreds of stores were likewise forced to shutter. Nonetheless, significant business was transacted during the month, and Diamond … Read more

DC stopgap distribution move during COVID-19 has echo in 1997 UPS strike

With Diamond Comic Distributors ending shipments of new comics temporarily at the start of April due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s been a much different kind of month. The last sales reports to come out of the company were the reorder and advance reorder charts for the week ending March 29, and it’s unclear when … Read more