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Detective Comics #1000 is the Top-Selling Comic of 2019 while Marvel Takes Top Publisher

DC the 80th anniversary of Batman‘s debut in Detective Comics #27 with its publication of Detective Comics #1000, the best-selling comic book published in 2019, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty retailers, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.

Featuring stories and artwork from creators such as Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, and more, this oversized issue presented the best in Batman stories, spanning past, present, and future.

Annual comic book sales in the comic book specialty market increased in 2019 by nearly 4% over 2018 while graphic novel sales declined by 2%, for an overall increase in print over the previous year by 2.23%.

Marvel Comics was 2019’s top publisher in the comic book specialty market, with a 40.20% dollar market share and a 44.72% unit share. Marvel Comics’ top comic book for the year, Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu’s X-Men #1, ranked #3. Overall, Marvel had seven titles in the top ten comics of the year, including Black Cat #1 at #4; Absolute Carnage #1, the first issue of Marvel Comics’ winter event, at #6; Marvel Comics #1000, a special issue celebrating the 80th anniversary of the publication of Marvel Comics #1 in 1939, at #7; Hickman and Pepe Larraz’s House of X #1, beginning Marvel’s X-Men relaunch, at #8; Powers of X #1 at #9; and War of the Realms #1 at #10.

DC was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2019 with a 29.29% dollar market share and a 30.74% unit market share. DC had two of the year’s top ten comics; in addition to Detective Comics #1000, DCeased #1 ranked #5 for the year. On the graphic novels chart, DC charted five titles; thanks to interest from HBO’s acclaimed adaptation, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen returned the top of the year’s sales charts. Also among the top graphic novels were Tom King and Mitch Gerards’ award-winning Mister Miracle at #5, Sean Gordon Murphy’s Batman: White Knight at #7, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke at #9, and Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Black Label title Batman: Damned at #10.

Image Comics was the year’s third largest comic book publisher with an 8.04% dollar market share and a 7.69% unit market share. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #300, featuring contributions from Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jason Shawn Alexander, J. Scott Campbell, and Jerome Opeña, was the year’s #2 comic book. Image Comics had four of the year’s top ten best-selling graphic novels, led by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 1 at #2, followed by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress Volume 1 at #4, Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker at #6 and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 31, the final volume of the series, at #7.

IDW Publishing was the year’s fourth largest publisher with a dollar market share of 3.55% and 3.29%. Their top ranked comic book for the year was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 which ranked #66 for the year.

With a dollar market share of 3.19% and a unit share of 2.33%, Dark Horse Comics was the year’s fifth ranked publisher. Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s Umbrella Academy Volume 1: The Apocalypse Suite, adapted to television by Netflix in 2019, was their best-selling graphic novel at #3.

BOOM! Studios was the sixth ranked publisher at 2.56%, and Dynamite Entertainment was seventh at 2.16%. Viz Media, Oni Press, and Titan Comics rounded out the top ten comic book publishers for 2019.

2019 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS40.20%44.72%
DC29.29%30.74%
IMAGE COMICS8.04%7.69%
IDW PUBLISHING3.55%3.29%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.19%2.33%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.56%2.42%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.16%1.88%
VIZ MEDIA1.45%0.55%
ONI PRESS0.61%0.43%
TITAN COMICS0.60%0.49%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.34%5.47%

2019 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

QTYRANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DETECTIVE COMICS #1000$9.99JAN190542-MDC
2SPAWN #300$7.99JUN190014-MIMAGE COMICS
3X-MEN #1$4.99AUG190845-MMARVEL COMICS
4BLACK CAT #1$4.99APR190773-MMARVEL COMICS
5DCEASED #1$3.99MAR190464-MDC
6ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1$7.99JUN190761-MMARVEL COMICS
7MARVEL COMICS #1000$9.99JUN190842-MMARVEL COMICS
8HOUSE OF X #1$5.99MAY190690-MMARVEL COMICS
9POWERS OF X #1$5.99MAY190703-MMARVEL COMICS
10WAR OF REALMS #1$5.99JAN190870-MMARVEL COMICS

2019 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

QTYRANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1WATCHMEN TP$24.99JUN190614-MDC
2SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99AUG120491IMAGE COMICS
3UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99SEP108136DARK HORSE COMICS
4MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99APR160803-MIMAGE COMICS
5MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99OCT180598DC
6DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)$9.99MAR190080-MIMAGE COMICS
7BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP$19.99JUL180733DC
8THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 31 TP (MR)$16.99JAN190186IMAGE COMICS
9BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC$17.99JUN190574DC
10BATMAN: DAMNED HC (MR)$29.99MAR190571DC

CannyLads Lands Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s The Bunker

The Bunker
Cover by Joe Infurnari

Deadline broke the news that Julie Anne Robinson has launched five projects through her CannyLads production company. One of which is The Bunker based on the comic series by Joshua Hale Fialkov.

The project is coming from Universal Television which is a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. Robinson has a first-look deal with them.

Fialkov will exec produce The Bunker which he co-created with Joe Infurnari.

The story is about a group of friends who discover a bunker in the woods that shows proof that in the future the friends are responsible for a global apocalypse. From there, they must decide if they can change the future and how they will suffer for it. There’s of course so many more twists and turns, we’re not spoiling the surprise.

The series published by Oni Press is one of the many series that have been a shock they haven’t been snatched up already for development.

Fialkov is no stranger to television. Beyond comics, he’s written episodes for Alibi, The Code, Young Justice, Skylanders, Chicago Med, Ultimate Spider-Man, and so many more. He is also the co-producer on the 2019 television series The Code.

Kurtis Wiebe and Justin Osterling Launch Dryad in March 2020

Best-selling writer Kurtis Wiebe, newcomer artist Justin Osterling, and Oni Press have announced the launch of a new ongoing fantasy series, Dryad. The first issue will be available on March 4, 2020. 

Dryad

An elf and a human find solace in the sleepy forest settlement of Frostbrook where they plant their roots. But thirteen years later, their twins, Griffon and Rana are inexplicably drawn to an ancient door and discover more than they bargained for, inadvertently turning their world upside down. Now, they’ll have to answer for their parents’ mistakes and find that the past has a way of finding you, no matter where you hide.

NYCC 2019: Lion Forge and Oni Reveal Signings and Panels

Ahead of the opening of the exhibit hall at New York Comic Con 2019, Lion Forge and Oni have revealed a full slate of signings, giveaways, and programming at this year’s convention.

Fans will get multiple chances to meet some of their favorite creators throughout the show, with days and times outlined below:

Thursday, October 3
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Emily Whitten and Michelle Nguyen (The Underfoot)
3:00–4:00 p.m.: Gail Simone (Catalyst Prime: Seven Days)
4:00–5:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)

Friday, October 4
10:00–11:00 a.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty Vs. D&D)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Mags Visaggio (Morning in America)
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Gail Simone (Catalyst Prime: Seven Days)
2:30–3:30 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
4:00–5:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Kristofer Anka, D.J. Kirkland, Josh Trujillo, and Wendy Xu (Dream Daddy)

Saturday, October 5
10:00–11:00 a.m.: Andrew MacLean (Rick & Morty)
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty Vs. D&D)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)
1:30–2:30 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
3:00–4:00 p.m.: Gail Simone (Catalyst Prime: Seven Days)
4:00–5:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Tess Stone (Not Drunk Enough), Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota (Johnny Wander)

Sunday, October 6
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
1:30–2:30 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)

Lion Forge and Oni-related programming details can be found below.

Thursday October 3
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Room 1B03

Uh Oh, It’s Magic: Supernatural Creator-Owned Comics 

Oni and Lion Forge present a panel of some of the year’s most anticipated creator-owned comics and graphic novels just in time for the Season of the Witch! Join editor-in-chief Sarah Gaydos, senior editor Jasmine Amiri, along with Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage), Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper), and Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes), for a “spirited discussion” on “the craft” of creating some of the most magical comics for teens and adults alike!

Friday October 4
Time: 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Location: Room 1C03 

Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons LIVE PLAY!
5th edition D&D meets Rick and Morty dimension-crashing sass! Dungeon Master Jim Zub (co-writer of Rick and Morty VS D&D) will run a panel of foolhardy gaming and comic guests through an encounter torn from the pages of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons VS Rick and Morty official RPG adventure. You’ll laugh, you’ll wince, you might even win some prizes – don’t miss it!

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CBLDF

The weekend is almost here and we’re hopefully heading to Small Press Expo! If you’re in the Washington, DC area, it’s a show that’s a must to go to. While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBLDF – CBLDF Welcomes Bob Schreck As Deputy Director – An interesting addition.

The Beat – Zack Soto joins Oni Press as Editor – Interesting.

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Batman Universe #3
CBR –
Levius

SDCC 2019: Oni Press Announces its Signings and Programming

Oni Press

A little over two weeks ahead of the doors opening to preview night at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Oni Press has revealed a full slate of signings, exclusives, and programming at this year’s convention.

Fans will get multiple chances to meet some of their favorite creators, including Eisner nominee Katie O’Neill throughout the show, with days and times outlined below:

Thursday, July 18
10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: Ivy Noel Weir & Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Archival Quality)
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Cat Farris (My Boyfriend is a Bear)
12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.: Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America)
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons)
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley & Stef (Our Super Adventure)
4:30 p.m.–5:30p.m.: Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon Society)

Friday, July 19
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Sarah Graley & Stef (Our Super Adventure)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon Society)
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Zander Cannon (Kaijumax)
2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons)
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim)
4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.: Andrew MacLean (Rick & Morty)
5:30 p.m.–6:15 p.m.: Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu)

Saturday, July 20
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Vernon Shaw & Leighton Gray (Dream Daddy)
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Sarah Graley & Stef (Our Super Adventure)
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon Society)
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Invader ZIM Group Signing

Sunday, July 21
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu)
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons)
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley & Stef (Our Super Adventure)
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon Society)

Licensed vs. Creator-Owned Comics: The Pluses, Minuses, and Honest Opinions, Thursday, 7/18/19, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 8
Comics is a medium full of diverse content and voices working on both company-owned characters and franchises, as well as original creations from the creators themselves. So, what is the real difference for the people behind the stories we love to read? Oni editor-in-chief Sarah Gaydos leads a panel of accomplished comics creators who have worked in both fields to discuss their experiences, recommendations, and how to craft the best story either way. 

Katie O’Neill Spotlight, Friday, 7/19/19, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 28DE
Join Eisner Award-winning children’s cartoonist Katie O’Neill (The Tea Dragon Society, Aquicorn Cove) in conversation with her editor Ari Yarwood, as they discuss Katie O’Neill’s evolving career, webcomics, craft, representation in children’s literature, and their favorite Tea Dragons.

Shirley Special Events Suite @ The San Diego Public Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Feminist Comics that Rock,Friday, 7/19/19, 12 p.m.–1 p.m
Let’s celebrate the diversity of strong female characters, authors, and publishers in contemporary kids’ comics! Raina Telgemeier (Guts), Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America), Jennifer Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice), Peggy Burns (publisher, Drawn & Quarterly) are in a conversation moderated by Candice Mack (Eisner Awards Jury, LA Public Library). Sponsored by CBC Graphic Novel Committee

LGBTQ+ YA Graphic Novels, Friday, 7/19/19, 1 p.m.– 2 p.m.
Join Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me), Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper), Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America) and Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass) in their discussion of LGBTQ+ in Young Adult Graphic Novels. From developing authentic visual stories, to comics as a safe space for all identities. Moderated by Amanda Melilli (ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table). Sponsored by CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

IDW & Oni Press: Rick & Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons, Saturday, 7/20/19, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
Oni Press, IDW, and Dungeons & Dragons are busting out the twenty-sided die for a second roll at Rick and Morty™vs. Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape this fall, and we’re giving Comic Con attendees an exclusive sneak peak! The world’s greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world’s most dysfunctional animated family in the newly announced second series! Fan-favorite dice-dependent writer Jim Zub is joined by editor Chase Marotz, and Wizards of the Coast game designer Nathan Stewart for a full hour guaranteed to be more fun than any line for convention exclusives!

Invader Zim Panel, Saturday, 7/20/19, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 24ABC
Celebrate four years of Invader ZIM comics with Oni president and publisher, James Lucas JonesJhonen Vasquez (Invader ZIM creator and overlord), Eric Trueheart (Invader ZIM writer), Sam Logan (Invader ZIM comics writer) and more! Gain exclusive insight into Invader Zim comics, including information about the fabled Issue #50 coming out in December!

The Craft: Magic in Young Adult Comics and More, Sunday, 7/21/19, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 23ABC
The appeal of magic is undeniable, but how do you make your magical story unique? Epic Reads founder Margot Wood leads a discussion with Gene Ha (Mae), D.J. Kirkland & Daniel Barnes (Black Mage), Preeti Chhibber (Peter & Ned’s Ultimate Travel Journal), Sarah Graley (Kim ReaperGlitch), Samuel Sattin (BezkampGlint) and more. This panel of experts from comics and prose will discuss what magic brings to the page, how to develop a unique viewpoint, and where their inspiration comes from.

iPhones and Wands: Can Tech and Magic Coexist? Sunday, 7/21/191:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., Room 25ABC
Featuring Gene HaKatie O’Neill, and more. Moderated by Lilah Sturges.
In a world where technology is almost magic, where people are instantly and constantly in touch, maps guide the way everywhere and the answer to almost any question is just a voice command away, can magic truly feel special? When a story is guided by a quest, a savior, or a long-standing curse, what place does technology have? If Bran could have texted Ned Stark that it was Jaime that pushed him out the window, would that change who sits upon the iron throne? Could Frodo have used a drone to drop the one ring into the fires of Mount Doom? Hear from Comic-Con special guests how they embrace or shun modern technology to create fantastical takes beloved by all.

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Oni Press Logo

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited about? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news to start your day.

The Daily Beast – Oni Press Promised Inclusive Comics. Then, Amid ‘Chaos,’ It Shut Out Marginalized Employees. – A lot is known but a lot is new in here.

AV Club – The best comics of 2019 so far – Agree? Disagree?

CBLDF – Idaho School Bans The Walking Dead Comics – This isn’t going to go over well. Lawsuit incoming in 3…2…1…

Sequart Organization – JLA: New World Order Revisited or, What Makes a Story Essential? – An interesting look at this storyline.

Graphic Policy Weekly Episode 1: Pilot

Welcome to the launch of Graphic Policy Weekly, our new weekly show going over the biggest comic news out there.

On this debut episode:

  • Last week and this week’s comics!
  • Marvel Celebrates 80 Years
  • Dark Horse and Netflix cut a first look deal

Main story:

  • Polarity, Lion Forge, and Oni Press, this past week’s biggest comic news. We dissect what it means, why it happened, and why you shouldn’t believe the spin.

Preview: Kaijumax, Season 4 #6

Kaijumax, Season 4 #6

(W/A/C/CA) Zander Cannon
Age Rating: Mature Audiences— Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

SEASON FINALE! The female wing of Kaijumax prison is seething with hatred between monster-sized gangs, former intergalactic allies, and exploited inmates with a taste for revenge. Warden Shui Bao attempts to fuse her five-robot MegaBoard of Directors for a problem-solving summit, but her right hand—White Tiger Wu—refuses to cooperate. Dr. Zhang finally gets the chance she’s been waiting for, but will she take it? Also: Torn-off limbs! Split-screen technology! Magical shrinkage! And… an adorable demi-robot?

Kaijumax, Season 4 #6

Preview: Morning in America #3

Morning in America #3

(W) Magdalene Visaggio
(A/C/CA) Claudia Aguirre
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Action-Adventure/Sci-Fi/Horror
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

After one of their own is taken, the Sick Sisters team up to figure out the source of the monsters that plague their town. Could the secrets be hidden in the pages of The Mortal Divide, the science fiction book that Ashley loved? Or is it a grand conspiracy between the police and the new factory? Hopefully, nothing a little breaking and entering won’t solve.

Morning in America #3
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