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Dark Horse Books Signs Sales & Distribution Deal With Random House

Dark Horse Books has announced a multi-year sales and distribution partnership with Random House Publisher Services, a division of Random House LLC for the bookstore market. Dark Horse, a leading independent publisher of best-selling graphic novels, manga, and art books, will begin its partnership with RHPS effective June 1, 2014. All newly published and backlist Dark Horse titles will be sold to bookstores worldwide by Random House Publishers Services, who also will be responsible for distribution and fulfillment for the titles.

Coming off an incredibly strong 2013 which saw the Dark Horse title, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, rocket to New York Times Bestseller status and the top spot on Amazon’s bestsellers list for all books, Dark Horse is poised to expand its award-winning line to include more of the authors and properties that consumers are looking for.

Dark Horse founder and Publisher Mike Richardson in a statement said:

When I started Dark Horse Comics in 1986, the plan was to create the highest-quality books, comics, and graphic novels and get them into the hands of as many readers as possible. The decision to move the book market portion of our business was very difficult. Diamond Book Distributors, our current book market distributor, has been a great partner for us for nearly a decade, but it’s now time for a new approach, one we think helps us as we expand our prose and general book categories in traditional bookstores. While we are moving a portion of our business, we know that Diamond will continue to be a strong and valuable partner in the comics specialty market.

Diamond president and CEO Steve Geppi commented, “

Everyone at Diamond has the highest respect for Mike Richardson and Dark Horse, and we’re proud of the success we have helped them achieve. We will continue to grow our business with Dark Horse and all of the publishers we represent, in every possible way.

Diamond will continue to distribute Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, books, and other merchandise to the comics specialty market.

Jeff Abraham, President of Random House Publisher Services added:

Dark Horse has shown great resilience and impressive growth in the graphic novel and manga market over the last several years. We are thrilled with the opportunity to use the same capabilities and expertise that we apply to our current roster of clients and to contribute meaningfully to Dark Horse’s expanded reach into bookstores.

IDW Welcomes New Blood! Expands the Staff.

IDW Publishing has been growing in numerous ways in 2013, from market share in the direct market to sales in the book market to ever-increasing digital sales. To keep up with the exponential growth, two key roles are being filled, effective immediately.

Rosalind Morehead is stepping into the Marketing department as Marketing & PR Manager, spearheading the Company’s PR efforts, while Kate Henning joins as Manager of Sales Operations. Moorehead’s most recent experience includes eight years in sales and marketing at Mad Catz, Inc. Henning was a former Brand Manager at Diamond Comics Distributors giving her a unique understanding of the relationship between publishers, distributors and retailers.

In addition, IDW welcomes the arrival of Kahlil Schweitzer, as Sales & Marketing Coordinator. Schweitzer, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado and former IDW intern, will be aiding and abetting Wood and Morehead in the Marketing department.

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SDCC 2013: Special Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Facebook Users 7/15/2013

It’s Monday so that means we look at a segment of the comic book fanbase on Facebook. This week is a bit different though. I’ve been doing these posts comparing one to the other, but, how does it compare to Facebook users in general? With San Diego Comic-Con kicking off this week, I thought it’d be great to do a week of reports, but first kicking off with just Facebook users in general based on their geography.

For this study there were no terms used, just geography. So, this is straight users in the United States and then users globally which includes 21 countries, a mix of heavy comic readers and some of the most populous and representative of across the world.

Facebook Population: Over 176,000,000 in the United States

Facebook Population: Over 700,000,000 fans globally

Spanish speakers account for now 8,800,000 fans, 5% in the United States and 92 million, 13.14% globally.

Gender and Age

I’ve known this for a while, but women dominate Facebook users in the United States with a majority of 53.41% of the population. Globally it flips with women making up the minority with 46.29%. The fact women are the majority in the United States accounts for some of the statistics we’ve seen in the past when it comes to fandoms.

United States

facebook us 7.15.13

Global

facebook global 7.15.13

We’ll next look at how the percentage of women and men break down through age.

United States

facebook gender age us 7.15.13

Global

facebook gender age global 7.15.13

What’s interesting is women become the majority in both after some time, in the United States much sooner and in the United States women hold the majority in all age brackets except one.

And here’s all of that raw data.

United States

facebook gender age raw us 7.15.13

Global

facebook gender age raw global 7.15.13

Relationship Status

Comparing the US and global statistics, the United States percentage wise has more married individuals, but less engaged or in relationships.

United States

facebook relationship status us 7.15.13

Global

facebook relationship status global 7.15.13

And for those that like pie charts.

United States

facebook relationship status pie chart us 7.15.13

Global

facebook relationship status pie chart global 7.15.13

Education

When it comes to percentages, the United States has a greater percent listed as a college graduate compared to the greater global group.

United States

facebook education us 7.15.13

Global

facebook education global 7.15.13

Gender Interest

this one is interesting in that globally, the percentages of individuals interested in individuals of the same sex dwarfs that of the United States, pretty much all at the expense of women interested in men.

United States

facebook gender interest us 7.15.13

Global

facebook gender interest global 7.15.13

Now that we know how the United States and global statistics break down, we’ll be able to compare fandoms going forward. Join us tomorrow as we start off with a mid-Month look at comic fans in general!

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Manga Fans 7/8/2013

It’s Monday so that means we look at a segment of the comic book fanbase on Facebook. You can check out last week’s results here. We had looked at the overall comic fandom. This week we’re looking at fans of Manga in the United States and globally. Yes, this is a twofer.

This study I looked at the names of publishers, terms like “manga” as well as a pretty long list of popular manga titles. I did my best to include just manga and not anime, though that wasn’t always possible. The results are broken down for the United States and then a group of over 20 countries including the United States.

Facebook Manga Fan Population: Over 7,800,000 in the United States

Facebook Manga Fan Population: Over 48,000,000 fans globally

Compared to the general comic fandom, Manga fans are a bit smaller population, by about 3 million individuals. I kept adding terms, and that number didn’t budge, so I stand by it. Globally, this is the largest segment we’ve ever dealt with.

Spanish speakers account for now 520,000 fans, 6.67% in the United States and 8.2 million, 17.08% globally. The amount in the United States is one of the highest percentages and globally that’s bigger than some entire fandoms we’ve studied.

Gender and Age

Manga fans in the United States are some of the most equal when it comes to gender. Men make up a slim majority of 51.28% while women are 46.15%. Globally that gap widens. Men account for 58.33% and women 40.83%. That’s still a higher percent of women than the general comic population.

Keep in mind that Facebook doesn’t track those under the age of 13, so data below the age of 17 gets iffy and that population is most likely much larger.

Manga United States

manga us 7.8.13

Manga Global

manga global 7.8.13

We’ll next look at how the percentage of women and men break down through age.

Comic Fandom United States

facebook age and gender line graph 7.1.13

Manga United States

manga age gender us 7.8.13

Manga Global

manga age gender global 7.8.13

And here’s all of that raw data.

Manga United States

manga age raw us 7.8.13

Manga Global

manga age raw global 7.8.13

Relationship Status

Compared to comic fandom, Manga fans are a bit more single. And comparing the United States to the Global statistics, the global fans are more single as well. That’s not shocking considering they skew younger globally.

Manga United States

manga relationship us 7.8.13

Manga Global

manga relationship global 7.8.13

And for those that like pie charts.

Manga United States

manga relationship us pie chart 7.8.13

Manga Global

manga relationship global pie chart 7.8.13

Education

The United States Manga fans tend to me more centered around high school in this statistic, while global fans percentage wise are below in all education levels.

Manga United States

manga education us 7.8.13

Manga Global

manga education global 7.8.13

Gender Interest

While men interested in men is similar in the US and global compared to comic fandom, women interested in women is a greater percentage for both.

Manga United States

manga gender interest us 7.8.13

Manga Global

manga gender interest global 7.8.13

Next week in the run up to San Diego Comic-Con, we’ll be looking at a different fandom each day starting Monday!

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Comic Fans 7/1/2013

It’s the beginning of the month, so that means we look at who the comic book fanbase on Facebook are. You can check out the previous month’s results here.

This information is gathered by looking at over 40 different “like” terms in Facebook. All data is for individuals whose location is the United States. To make this clear if someone says they like “comic books” they are included in this, if they say “Superman” then they are not. Just because someone likes a character doesn’t mean they are a fan of comics, same with movies. So, that’s over 40 terms of comic book terms, publishers, etc.

Facebook Comic Book Fan Population: Over 10,800,000 in the United States

That’s an increase of over 3.8 million fans over the past month! This is due to two things. The first is just growth, of about 900,000 using the same terms from last month. I then added even more terms, which accounted for the rest. Even taking out the new terms, the fanbase grew 900,000 individuals. That’s fantastic for comicdom. I even took it a step further and decided to add comic series and other terms until I maxed out in the number of terms I could use and was able to easily get the count of fans up to 22,000,000 individuals. The goal is to get us to the best terms and see the results from there, but we now know that comics aren’t really a niche thing, but about 7% of the US population are fans in one way or another.

Spanish speakers account for now 580,000 fans, 5.37%. That’s slightly up from the previous month.

We have seen large boosts in the past as the summer comic movies kick off, so this gain isn’t surprising. I expect a shedding of fans later in the year or early next year.

Gender and Age

With the terms we added, women were a larger segment of the population, accounting for a little over 37% of fans. This is a pretty consistent amount as we’ve seen female fandom stick in that 30% range. So while there’s a shift, it still wasn’t anything dramatic.

facebook gender pie chart 7.1.13

Below is the breakdown by age and gender. Again, percentage wise, the age breakdown is about the same with not a lot of shift. Most of the gain was older segments with some loss of people age 22-25, but gains older than that.

We still see the change when it comes to the majority of fans and gender as age increases. This month though, that change shifts about a dozen years. There’s also not quite as smooth climb this month, instead things are much more jagged in the 20s.

This is the graph of the ages last month.

facebook age line chart 6.1.13

This is that same info this month.

facebook age and gender line graph 7.1.13

And here’s all that data showing the population is slightly older.

facebook age raw numbers 7.1.13

Relationship Status

The biggest shift here is the percentage of people married. That has increased to be the second highest percentage behind single which dropped the most.

facebook relationship 7.1.13

And for those that like pie charts.

facebook relationship pie chart 7.1.13

Education

With a slightly older population, the percent of college grads increased.

facebook eduation 7.1.13

Gender Interest

There’s not much of a shift in gender interest from the month before.

facebook interest 7.1.13

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: BOOM! Studios and Archaia

The Facebook Fandom Spotlight is a day late. We had intended to do one on all independent publishers (that’ll be a later date), but with the announcement of the acquisition of Archaia by BOOM! Studios, I thought it’d be fun to see what the “new” company’s fandom looks like.

There was a limited number of terms to use, so I decided to go global for this report. It covers the terms having to do with the publishers themselves and some of their series’ that can’t be attributed to other reasons. For example, no Adventure Time since it’s a television show.

Facebook BOOM! Studios and Archaia Fan Population: Over 162,000 Globally

Spanish speakers account for 48,000, that’s a whopping 29.63% of fans. That’s the highest amount recorded so far!

Gender and Age

When it comes to the breakdown of the size of the male and female population, BOOM!/Archaia comes pretty close to what we saw with Marvel Comics. A little over 3/4′s of the population is male.

gender facebook 6.18.13Lets compare how the gender breaks down per age bracket as well as that same information for fans of DC Comics, Marvel Comics and the general comic fandom:

General Comic Fans

facebook age line chart 6.1.13

DC Comic Fans

age and gender line graph

Marvel Fans

marvel fans gender age line chart 6.3.13

BOOM! Studios/Archaia

age and gender 6.18.13

Here’s the full raw numbers as far as age and gender.

age raw numbers 6.18.13

Relationship Status

Fans of BOOM! and Archa are similar to DC and Marvel in the relationship department, though more are “in relationships” or “married.”

marriage 6.18.13And for those that like pie charts.

relationship status pie chartEducation

When it comes to education fans of BOOM! and Archaia come very close to that of Marvel Comics.

education 6.18.13

Gender Interest

There’s an interesting mix here, in that this is one of the highest percentages of “men interested in men,” but also an average percent of “women interested in women.”

gender interest 6.18.13

And that wraps up this report! Join us next week when we look at all of comic fandom, the first also is a Monday!

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Zombies

It’s Monday, which means a new look at comic book fans on Facebook. This week we check out fans of Zombies! With World War Z opening this week, it only seems appropriate for us to look at the shambling fans out there.

This is a bit different in that I looked at the term “zombies” as well as movies, games, books and more that featured them.This mixes in The Walking Dead, World War Z, Night of the Living Dead and more!

Facebook Zombie Fan Population: Over 19,200,000 in the United States

This is the largest population we’ve studied to date.

Spanish speakers account for 840,000, 4.38%. That’s towards the higher end of these types of studies for the United States. I guess they know how to do more than moan!

Gender and Age

The breakdown of men and women isn’t shocking, lining up pretty well with the other types of studies we’ve done in the past. In this case, men hold the majority of 61.46% of fans while women are 40.63%. Yes, that’s over 100% as the numbers for some reason this has happened again.

zombie fans gender 6.17.13

Zombie Fans

zombie fans gender and age line graph 6.17.13

 

Here’s the full raw numbers as far as age and gender.

zombie fans age raw 6.17.13

Relationship Status

I guess zombies bring relationships, as more folks are in relationships or married percentage wise compared to the previous populations we’ve looked at.

zombies relationship 6.17.13

And for those that like pie charts.

zombie relationship pie chart 6.17.13

Education

Much like many of the previous studies, the education breakdown is very similar to what we’ve seen previously in other studies.

zombies education 6.17.13

Gender Interest

The gender interest is more like Superman fans than anything else with even more women identifying themselves as interested in women.

zombie fans gender interest 6.17.13

And that wraps up this report! Join us next week when we look at fans of indie comics!

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Superman

It’s Monday, which means a new look at comic book fans on Facebook. This week we check out fans of Superman! With Man of Steel opening this week, it only seems appropriate for us to look at the fans of truth, justice and the American way.

Previous studies of characters have included Iron Man and Batman. Like those two, we looked at terms specific for the character, movies, games and comic titles. We didn’t include other characters that appear in the series, so in this case, no Lois Lane or Lex Luthor but yes to Action Comics or Superman II.

We’ll also compare this to general comic fandom as well as fans of DC Comics. This will vary a bit, because both of those were on an international scale, while this study is focused on the United States.

Facebook Superman Fan Population: Over 4,000,000 in the United States

The lack of a movie in the age of social media probably hurt the Last Son of Krypton, but once we reached the 4 million mark, no matter the terms we included from there, the amount didn’t rise at all, only if we included more countries. So, that’s a solid number. Superman lags behind both Iron Man and Batman by millions of fans, but has more fans just in the United States than DC Comics does globally.

Spanish speakers account for 220,000, 5.50%. That’s the highest amount in these types of studies for the United States.

Gender and Age

Superman has the best ratio of men compared to women. Men make up an even 60% of the population, while women 37.5%, that’s a more even split than Batman, Iron Man or DC Comics.

superman fans gender 6.10.13

In the Iron Man report, it was interesting in that female fans became a majority after a bit.

Iron Man Fans

iron man fans age

Batman fans breaks down a bit differently.

Batman Fans

batman age percent gender

Superman fans though is more similar to Iron Man fans in the age breakdown.

superman age line graph 6.10.13

Here’s the full raw numbers as far as age and gender.

superman age raw numbers 6.10.13

Relationship Status

When it comes to relationships, Superman fans are more like Iron Man fans than DC Comic or Batman fans. Their percentages for each category is about the same. I wonder if it’s a metal thing?

superman relationship 6.10.13And for those that like pie charts.

superman relationship pie chart 6.10.13Education

The education level for Superman fans is a bit closer to that of Batman fans than anything else, though folks in college and high school is lower. We’ll see over the summer how much the school year affects this stats through other studies.

superman education 6.10.13

Gender Interest

While there’s more same gender interest in Superman fans than Batman or Iron Man, there’s less than the overall DC Comics population.

superman gender interest 6.10.13

And that wraps up this report! Join us next week when we look at fans of zombies! Just in time for the opening of World War Z.

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Marvel Comics

For this week’s Facebook Fandom Spotlight, we’re looking at Marvel Comics. We’ve previously looked at the statistics of fans of Iron Man, Batman, Star Trek, and DC Comics. And this past Saturday, we looked at the greater comic fandom.

This statistic breakdown, we’ve looked at terms like Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios, but not specific comic series or characters. Think of this as a study of the Marvel Brand and its comic imprints, so it’d include fans of Marvel movies, though we don’t use specific names of the movies. Also, this has an international spin like the DC report, looking at the population in over 20 countries.

Facebook Marvel Comics Fan Population: Over 12,901420 globally

The greater comic fandom is about 6.967 million fans in the United States and DC Comics had about 2.7 million fans. Marvel clearly dominates in social media, though they’ve also had greater exposure due to movies.

Spanish speakers is a larger portion than previous studies, but in line with DC. This isn’t too shocking since it includes many Spanish speaking countries. The amount is 2,225,720, 17.25% of the population. A little over 1% more than we reported for DC.

Gender and Age

Marvel is a boys club it’d seem. Even though Iron Man had a large contingent of female fans, it doesn’t translate to the Marvel brand. Marvel so far is the second worst when it comes gender breakdown, with only digital comics fairing worst. Men make up a little over 75% of the population and women just under 25%. The company is attempting to make fans of women with their line of prose novels, but its clear this is an area the publisher needs to make up ground. When they were acquired by Disney, the house of mouse cited that Marvel would help shore up their “boys” demographic, and we can see that line of logic was sound.

marvel fans gender pie chart 6.3.13

The age breakdown is expected and matches up with the latest general comics fandom as we see a shift of the majority of fans being women as age increases.

General Comic Fansfacebook age line chart 6.1.13

DC Comic Fans

age and gender line graph

Marvel Fans

marvel fans gender age line chart 6.3.13

Here’s the full raw numbers as far as age and gender.

marvel fans age gender raw 6.3.13

Relationship Status

The relationship is very similar to DC Comics fans, though a bit more single. Both are different than the latest report on the general comic fandom which had much more married.

marvel fans relationship status 6.3.13

And for those who like their pie charts.

marvel fans relationship status pie chart 6.3.13

Education

Education is interesting. Across the entire board the amount of people identifying their education is 2-3 percentage points or more lower than the general comic fandom the same as DC Comic fans.

marvel fans education 6.3.13

Gender Interest

Marvel fans are a bit more in line with the general comic fandom, but less same-gender interested than DC fans. There is more interest in men interested in men for Marvel fans, but less women interested in women whose greatest population was in  general comic fans, followed by DC. Again, this information does not include France which has been included in all other stats due to privacy restriction laws in that country.

marvel fans interest 6.3.13

That wraps it up! Next week we’ll be looking at Superman, just in time for Man of Steel.

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Comic Fans 6/1/2013 – Massive Growth Edition!

It’s the beginning of the month, so that means we look at who the comic book fanbase on Facebook are. You can check out the previous month’s results here.

This information is gathered by looking at over 40 different “like” terms in Facebook. All data is for individuals whose location is the United States. To make this clear if someone says they like “comic books” they are included in this, if they say “Superman” then they are not. Just because someone likes a character doesn’t mean they are a fan of comics, same with movies. So, that’s over 30 terms of comic book terms, publishers, etc.

Facebook Comic Book Fan Population: Over 6,967,440 in the United States

That’s an increase of over 1.8 million fans over the past month! This is due to two things. The first is just growth, of about 700,000 using the same terms from last month. I then added even more terms, about 14, which accounted for the rest. Even taking out the new terms, the fanbase grew 700,000 individuals. That’s fantastic for comicdom.

Spanish speakers account for now 356,500 fans, 5.12%. That’s slightly down a few tenths of a percent.

We have seen large boosts in the past as the summer comic movies kick off, so this gain isn’t surprising. I expect a shedding of fans later in the year or early next year.

Gender and Age

There’s a massive increase of fans, but again the ratio of men to women is about the same. Percentage wise, men decreased about 0.6% from last month and women increased about 0.8%.

facebook gender pie chart 6.1.13

Below is the breakdown by age and gender. Again, percentage wise, the age breakdown is about the same with not a lot of shift. Most of the gain was older segments with some loss of people age 22-25, but gains older than that.

What’s amazing though is that we see women become the majority for the 62-64 age bracket. This is a first for this age.

This is the graph of the ages last month.

This is that same info this month.

facebook age line chart 6.1.13

And here’s all that data.

facebook age raw 6.1.13

Relationship Status

With a slightly older population, it’s no surprising that the “Married” category is higher for this population.

facebook relationship status 6.1.13And for those that like pie charts.

facebook relationship pie chart 6.1.13

Education

With a slightly older population, the percent of college grads increased.

facebook education 6.1.13

Gender Interest

There’s not much of a shift in gender interest from the month before. men interested in men shrunk a little, but women interested in women increased.

facebook gender interest 6.1.13

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