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#Comic Book Sales Figures – 2017.08 Sales Figures Analysis for August 2017

Dark Nights: Metal #1

Well it’s been quite a while since I blogged about stats on comic sales yet again.  As you can see with these past month numbers DC has taken the top 3 spots overtaking Marvel’s many Secret Empire and Star Wars series.  The resulting takeover has pushed Image’s Walking Dead series just outside the top 10 taking the 11th spot.  So Dark Nights: Metal #1 took the top spot with 261,997 estimated units with Batman #28 and #39 taking in around 100K each.  That’s not too bad for DC as they seem to be struggling at times at remaining on top.

What’s really sad is the fact that a lot of the series in the top 10 seem to be part of some major event.  I’ve heard a lot of grumblings in the community from blog sources where comic ordering has dropped near 20% from previous months.  Checking the numbers here show a 30% drop in comic sales from the same month last year.  This is concerning but should I be worried?  I mean really, I haven’t seen a damn thing on the relation between digital sales and print sales.  As more and more apps come out offering more digital content, who is to say the industry is actually in a decline…I mean, are they?  If they were, why would they be dumping so much content out there?  I realize the heart of the movie industry depends upon the content created by the comic industry.  I just wish I could hear the numbers from the publishing side of things…



#Comic Book Sales Figures – 2017.03 Sales Figures Analysis for March 2017

Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4 #25 Regular Alex Ross

Well it’s been quite a while since I blogged about stats on comic sales.  Simply put the sales figure site I reference Comichron has been going through a redesign for a while now.  It’s also been creating more historical data sets apparently going all the way back to 1995.  Now if only there was an easy way to grab the data via Microsoft Power BI or Power Query so I could break down the data on various series I personally collect.  Unfortunately screen-scraping with Power Query is still one of the only viable options and rather time consuming to say the least.  Wow, I think I’m heading off course so lets get out of data analysis from an IT perspective and chat more about this months statistics.

As you can see Marvel and DC share about half of the top 10 where Marvel takes the top spot with ASM #24.  What’s amazing to see when comparing previous years is now Image is in the top 10 and near the top consistently with their main flagship title The Walking Dead with 70,422 printed copies sent out while another top competitor Valiant Entertainment was near for their new volume to their flagship title X-O Manawar #1 with 60,524 printed copies sent out.  What I wish I could see were the reporting figures on digital downloads as that market has increased exponentially, while the printed could for comics is apparently still decreasing when compared to same month, previous year statistics.

With the reporting pause I took concerning monthly stats the one thing that really worries me are the print count numbers for the various Transformers series by IDW Publishing.  I’m a long time fan of the Transformers and where each series was near 10K+, each series now is pushing near 6K+, a rather large drop when compared to 2 years ago.  This again makes me wonder where digital sales are at.  Clearly the data is being recorded as Big Data to data centers but for someone that would like to see those stats, where or where do I venture to for that information?  If anyone out there knows, please pass along!

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 6/3/2015

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or not, are deserving of your attention as well.

This week saw an influx of variants by all publishers that I would have loved to placed on the list, alas though there is only room for 10 so here we go!  Yasmine Putri’s Amazing Spider-Man variant had a unique pastel shading to it catching my eye.  Next who doesn’t like Bizarro and this weeks variant by Kyle Baker just makes the character that much lovable, almost like that big green dumb guy over in the Marvel corner.  Fabiano Neves created a beautiful work of art for Blood Queen, love the lines, the color, everything.

Next we have a comic even I have been looking forward too and yes that is the Giant-Size Little Marvel AvX #1 where we get to see a bunch of cute ass X-Men, Avengers, and everyone else get in there and battle it out for whatever reason that may be.  I enjoyed Humberto Ramos’s take on the group and I thought out of all the action figure variants that have come and gone, John Tyler Christopher did an awesome job on the Cap and Cyclops.  Where can I buy those figures for my son John?

Nailbiter is another creepy and horrific comic at times dealing with psychopaths and serial killers.  This weeks cover by Mike Henderson was a step away from the norm and I enjoyed that immensely.  Love the Golden Age style cover and how even the white parts even have that dirty rub look that you would find on a cover from this time period.  The Sixth Gun: Valley of Death just came across as a no holds bar cover where a badass blood thirsty character is show chomping away blood in all.  Uncanny Season 2 #3 had a complex and beautiful collage layout immersing oneself with a limited color scheme that worked well combining the wolf’s head with the layout of the town.  The shading and somewhat abstract detail of the town made it all work out, great job Jock!  Woods #13 was simple but affective, blood red with a fog back drop creating that eerie feeling, very powerful.  Finally Years of Future Past did a wonderful job of displaying all the characters in play for that book.

Any ways, that’s this weeks top 10.  If you plan on searching for any of the rare ones good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #18.1 Regular Yasmine Putri
  • Bizarro #1 Incentive Kyle Baker Variant
  • Blood Queen vs Dracula #4 Variant Fabiano Neves Subscription
  • Giant-Size Little Marvel AvX #1 Incentive Humberto Ramos Variant
  • Giant-Size Little Marvel AvX #1 Variant John Tyler Christopher Action Figure
  • Nailbiter #13 Mike Henderson
  • Sixth Gun Valley Of Death #1 A. C. Zamudio
  • Uncanny Season 2 #3 Incentive Jock Virgin
  • Woods #13 Incentive Becky Cloonan Virgin Varian
  • Years Of Future Past #1 Regular Arthur Adams

Image Source: Midtown Comics

*** So, do you agree with my choices?  Feel free to share your thoughts. ***

Comic Book Sales Figures for January 2015

Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Cassaday Standard

Star Wars Vol 4 #1 1.1 John Cassaday Standard

Comic Book Sales Figures for January 2015

With the new year brings a major change in the Star Wars universe.  To the point, Marvel is not behind the publishing from it’s acquisition of the publishing license from Dark Horse Comics thanks in part due to the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm for 4 Billion.  So this week Marvel’s new series Star Wars issue 1 made the top spot in one of the most dramatic print count kind of ways.  The estimated print count almost hit 1 million copies, which sounds a little insane but I recently posted all of the Star Wars #1 Variant Covers 1 recently and judging from that post I can believe the estimated count.  I also read the first issue and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the writing and artwork.  I mean I literally felt like I had picked up right after the first movie Star Wars: A New Hope (…wait, you know what I mean, movie IV in the series, but really the first one).  Princess Leia was rock solid and Han not far behind with their bantering, it was definitely an enjoyment to read.  I hope Marvel keeps that up as it has very large shoes to fill in my eyes.  Dark Horse brought an amazing selection of series to the expanded universe that no doubt will always hold a place in my heart as the real expanded Star Wars universe.

The rest of the top spots were held by Batman and the Amazing Spider-Man but that’s what usually happens every month right?  So no need to chat about that!