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Marvel Takes the Unit and Dollar Share for March While DC Takes 5 of the Top 10

Marvel held the top spot for units share and dollar share for the month of March as Diamond Comic Distributors has released that month’s data. It wasn’t all Marvel as DC Comics held five of the top ten comics sold with Dark Nights: Metal #6 coming in first.

Comics and graphic novels were up compared to February and toys were up in dollars and down in units. Compared to 2017, things aren’t as good with everything down double digits. Comics and graphic novels are down 15.96% and 13.35% compared to March 2017. That month was riding high from Amazing Spider-Man #25 that sold 113,934 copies despite its $9.99 cover price and Dark Knight III Master Race #8 which sold 107,892 at $5.99. The year to date continues to show a negative trend.

Marvel Comics was March’s top publisher with a 35.92% dollar share (+1.06) and a 38.38% unit share (+1.44). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 31.06% dollar share (-0.73) and a 35.10% unit share (-1.51). Image Comics was third with a 10.98% dollar share (-0.49) and a 10.43% unit share (-0.39). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.96% dollar share (-0.38) and a 3.28% unit share (+0.65), followed by BOOM! Studios with a 2.40% dollar share (+0.03) and a 2.13% unit share (+0.01), Dark Horse Comics with a 2.38% dollar share (-0.47) and a 1.58% unit share (-0.1), and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.83% dollar share (-0.57) and a 1.61% unit share (-0.68).

DC Entertainment had five titles among March’s top ten comics. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten. Image Comics’ Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici #1 ranked #9. Among the premier publishers and their top-selling books, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25, kicking off the “Shattered Grid” storyline, ranked #70; Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: My Ainsel #1 ranked #114; Dynamite Entertainment’s The Shadow/Batman #6, the final chapter of their coproduction with DC Entertainment, ranked #121; and the milestone G.I. Joe #250 from IDW Publishing ranked #149 for the month.

Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 29: Lines We Cross from Image Comics was March’s best-selling graphic novel, and one of Image Comics’ six titles in the top ten. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten.

Dark Horse Comics’ World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 3, an art book based on the best-selling Blizzard Entertainment role-playing game, was March’s best-selling book.  Also in the top ten for Dark Horse Comics was the Overwatch Anthology Volume 1 at 9. Insight Editions’ DC Comics Variant Covers: The Complete Visual History, a hardcover artbook featuring a cover by Frank Cho, ranked #3 for the month.

Mezco’s One:12 Collection: Marvel Comics: X-Force Wolverine Action Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, was March’s best-selling toy product. Another PREVIEWS Exclusive product from Mezco, the One:12 Collection: DC Comics: Stealth Deathstroke Action Figure, ranked #2. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Thor Ragnarok: Thor PVC Figure, based on 2017’s Marvel Studios film, ranked #3, and theMarvel Select: Venom Action Figure ranked #5. Another PREVIEWS Exclusive, Funko’s POP! Saga: Bloody Lying Cat Vinyl Figure, a special release for Free Comic Book Day 2018, ranked #4. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten: the DC Cover Girls: Harley Quinn by Joëlle Jones ranked #7, the DC Gallery: Superman vs. The Flash Racing Statue ranked #8, and the Batman Animated: The Joker Expressions Pack ranked #9

NECA/WizKids’ Dungeons & Dragons: Icons of the Realm: Menagerie 3 Booster Brick, a collection of miniatures for the tabletop game, was March’s best-selling game product.  IDW Games had three products in the top ten: The Legend of Korra: Pro Bending Arena Game at #2, the Atari: Missile Command Game at #4, and The Legend of Korra: Pro Bending Arena: Amon’s Invasion Game at #5.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

35.92%

38.38%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.06%

35.10%

IMAGE COMICS

10.98%

10.43%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.96%

3.28%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.40%

2.13%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.38%

1.58%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.83%

1.61%

VIZ MEDIA

1.23%

0.46%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.16%

0.80%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.93%

0.99%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.15%

5.25%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MARCH 2018 VS. FEBRUARY 2018

COMICS

2.92%

4.04%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

10.36%

3.69%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.95%

4.02%

TOYS

5.32%

-1.93%

MARCH 2018 VS. MARCH 2017

COMICS

-13.20%

-12.28%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-22.12%

-25.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-15.96%

-13.35%

TOYS

-29.83%

-38.04%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

(FIRST QUARTER 2018 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2017)

COMICS

-7.09%

-14.52%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-13.17%

-12.28%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-8.92%

-14.37%

TOYS

-9.81%

-12.36%

FIRST QUARTER 2018 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2017

COMICS

-8.44%

-7.25%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-21.69%

-20.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-12.67%

-8.38%

TOYS

-14.91%

-11.81%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

84

35

0

119

MARVEL COMICS

81

33

0

114

IMAGE COMICS

57

13

0

70

IDW PUBLISHING

40

18

0

58

BOOM! STUDIOS

25

9

0

34

DARK HORSE COMICS

12

14

0

26

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

15

8

0

23

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

7

3

0

10

VIZ MEDIA

0

9

0

9

ONI PRESS

4

4

0

8

OTHER NON-TOP 10

113

135

11

259

TOTAL

438

281

11

730

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #6

$4.99

DEC170230-M DC

2

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #4

$4.99

DEC170234-M DC

3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797

$3.99

JAN180892-M MAR

4

WEAPON H #1

$4.99

JAN180920-M MAR

5

BATMAN #42

$2.99

JAN180260-M DC

6

THE MIGHTY THOR #705

$3.99

JAN180888-M MAR

7

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1

$4.99

JAN180879-M MAR

8

BATMAN #43

$2.99

JAN180262-M DC

9

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #1

$3.99

JAN180587 IMA

10

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #6

$3.99

JAN180268-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #6

$4.99

DEC170230-M DC

2

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #4

$4.99

DEC170234-M DC

3

WEAPON H #1

$4.99

JAN180920-M MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797

$3.99

JAN180892-M MAR

5

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1

$4.99

JAN180879-M MAR

6

DAREDEVIL #600

$5.99

JAN180911-M MAR

7

THE MIGHTY THOR #705

$3.99

JAN180888-M MAR

8

THE WALKING DEAD #177

$3.99

JAN180843-M IMA

9

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #6

$3.99

JAN180268-M DC

10

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #1

$3.99

JAN180587 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 29: LINES WE CROSS TP

$16.99

JAN180844 IMA

2

GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOLUME 1 HC

$24.99

DEC170239 DC

3

THE FLASH VOLUME 5: NEGATIVE TP

$14.99

DEC170377 DC

4

SUPER SONS VOLUME 2: PLANET OF THE CAPES TP

$14.99

DEC170381 DC

5

REALM VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

JAN180692-M IMA

6

BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 7: EXTINCTION IS THE RULE TP (MR)

$16.99

DEC170675 IMA

7

INVINCIBLE VOL. 25: THE END OF ALL THINGS PART 2 TP (MR)

$16.99

JAN180762 IMA

8

BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN HC

$24.99

DEC170385 DC

9

PORT OF EARTH VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

JAN180689 IMA

10

SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT170715 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 29: LINES WE CROSS TP

$16.99

JAN180844 IMA

2

INFINITY GAUNTLET BOX HC SLIPCASE SET

$500.00

SEP170982 MAR

3

GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOLUME 1 HC

$24.99

DEC170239 DC

4

AVENGERS OMNIBUS VOLUME 3 HC

$100.00

SEP170986-M MAR

5

KAMANDI BY JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

SEP170419 DC

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 2 HC

$125.00

SEP170417 DC

7

DAREDEVIL BY WAID & SAMNEE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$100.00

SEP170983 MAR

8

ABSOLUTE WILDC.A.T.S. BY JIM LEE HC

$125.00

JUL170485 DC

9

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TWO IN ONE VOL. 3 HC

$75.00

AUG171012-M MAR

10

BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN HC

$24.99

DEC170385 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE VOLUME 3 HC

$39.99

NOV170046 DAR

2

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 127

$14.95

DEC172080 SAN

3

DC COMICS VARIANT COVERS: THE COMPLETE VISUAL HISTORY HC

$45.00

JUL178304 INS

4

SONIC & TALES OF DECEPTION SC

$6.99

JAN182151 RAN

5

JUSTICE LEAGUE CLASSIC: RACE TO SAVE THE DAY SC

$3.99

JAN182149 HAR

6

MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: SAND TRAP SC

$4.99

JAN182150 MAR

7

OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

JUN170080 DAR

8

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: 2 FUZZY 2 FURIOUS HC

$13.99

JAN182154 HAC

9

STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY: REY CHRONICLES CHAPTERBOOK

$5.99

JAN182174 DIS

10

NEW GAME VOLUME 1 GN

$13.99

DEC171780 SEV

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: X-FORCE WOLVERINE ACTION FIGURE MAR178670 MEZ

2

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: STEALTH DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE MAR178824 MEZ

3

MARVEL GALLERY: THOR RAGNAROK: THOR PVC FIGURE SEP172483 DST

4

POP! SAGA: BLOODY LYING CAT FCBD 2018 VINYL FIGURE OCT170013 FUN

5

MARVEL SELECT: VENOM ACTION FIGURE OCT172354 DST

6

LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD: LINK RAH FIGURE MAR178289 MED

7

DC COVER GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN BY JOËLLE JONES STATUE SEP170453 DC

8

DC GALLERY: SUPERMAN VS THE FLASH RACING STATUE SEP170450 DC

9

BATMAN ANIMATED: THE JOKER EXPRESSIONS PACK SEP170451 DC

10

DC SUPER POWERS COLLECTION: HARLEY QUINN MAQUETTE APR178791 TWE

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

D&D ICONS OF THE REALM: MONSTER MENAGERIE 3 BOOSTER BRICK DEC172933 NEC

2

LEGEND OF KORRA: PRO BENDING ARENA GAME AUG170532 IDW

3

THE DARK CRYSTAL BOARD GAME NOV173124 ALC

4

ATARI: MISSILE COMMAND GAME JAN180574 IDW

5

LEGEND OF KORRA: PRO BENDING ARENA: AMON’S INVASION GAME DEC170558 IDW

6

DC HEROCLIX: HARLEY QUINN AND THE GOTHAM GIRLS BOOSTER BRICK JUN173406 NEC

7

BATMAN: GOTHAM CITY 4D MINI PUZZLE SEP178722 4D

8

FALLOUT COLLECTOR’S CHESS SET FEB182826 USA

9

LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD EXPANDED EDITION HC DEC178223 POC

10

SUPERMAN: METROPOLIS 4D MINI PUZZLE SEP178723 4D

Win the Ultimate Fan Trip with Diamond’s San Diego Comic-Con Total Prize Pack!

Every summer, the city of San Diego becomes a destination for comics and pop culture fans as they flock to Comic-Con. The event attracts attendees from all over the world and tickets have become quite difficult to acquire. Then there’s the pricey cost of accommodations and airfare on top of the tickets… Well, Diamond Comic Distributors is looking to solve all those problems for two lucky pop culture fans!

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Diamond will give the winner and their guest four-day passes, which includes admission to Preview Night on Wednesday so you can get a jump on shopping for comics, collectibles, and other goodies! You’ll stay at the four-star, waterfront Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, which is located right next to the San Diego Convention Center. And the winner will receive a Comic-Con exclusive item courtesy of Diamond Select Toys!

So how do you enter this amazing contest? We’re glad you asked! Head over to Diamond’s Gleam Campaign, and fill out the required entry information. From there, you can increase the number of times your name is entered in the drawing by engaging with Diamond’s social media and e-newsletters. In other words, following Diamond’s many pop-culture Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube platforms, as well as subscribing to e-newsletters will enter your name into the drawing pool between five to ten more times per interaction.

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Diamond Announces the Dave Hawksworth Memorial Comic Shop Improvement Award

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the annual Dave Hawksworth Memorial Comic Shop Improvement Award. Named after Dave Hawksworth, Diamond’s late Outside Sales Manager, the award grants $5,000 to a local comic shop owner to be used for improvements to their business.

An Ohio native, and a longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Hawksworth joined Diamond in 1996, following the company’s acquisition of Capital City Distribution. Dave served as an Outside Sale Manager, visiting thousands of comic book shops during his 20-plus years at Diamond, befriending each retailer and helping them to grow their business. Now, an annual award in his name will honor that legacy, financially helping comic shop owners to make improvements to their stores.

Comic shop owners interested in applying for the award should submit a statement completing the sentence:

“If I received a $5,000 award to improve my business, I would…”

The award is open to brick-&-mortar stores worldwide. Retailers are encouraged to provide further details, such as a full explanation, pictures, videos, or any other media that would showcase how they would improve their store. All entry materials are due to Diamond by June 15, and should be sent to Diamond’s Retailer Marketing Manager, Andrea Purcell at Diamond’s Home Office or emailed to her at pandrea@diamondcomics.com.

A panel of Diamond and industry professionals will review the entries and select a winner. The winner will be awarded and announced each year at the Diamond Retailer Appreciation Event Lunch at San Diego Comic-Con.

Diamond Comic Distributors Launches a Digital Pullbox

Something that’s long past overdue is finally here as Diamond Comic Distributors has announced Pullbox, cloud-based softwarethat allows comic shop customers to preorder titles and products from their local comic shop. The software fills a gab and attempts to help solve something that has plagued the direct market, the difficulty in ordering products.

Developed from the ground up to help customers place orders with their local comic shop, Pullbox handles monthly comic subscriptions, preorders for upcoming titles and products, and special orders all from Diamond’s consumer pop-culture website, PREVIEWSworld.com, while also providing comic shop retailers with the back-end tools necessary to manage their pull-and-hold customer base.

The new cloud-based software is part of a broader strategy by Diamond to create an easy way to funnel orders to local comic book shops and make the preorder process a much more viable and vital process for the entire comics industry.

Pullbox has a variety of included features to help customers order and purchase from comic book shops:

Manage Preorders. Add titles to your monthly pull-and-hold list, order additional titles and products from that month’s PREVIEWS preorder catalog.

Synch with Your Participating Local Comic Shop. Powered by comicshoplocator.com, customers can choose a local participating comic shop and synch with them to send their monthly preorders, special orders, and more.

Place Special Orders or Keep a Wishlist. Forgot to order a title or saw something new coming in to comic shops that you want to purchase? Customers can use PULLBOX to place a special order with their comic book shop to purchase. They can also keep a Wishlist of other items and then send it to their retailer to see if they have any items in their store.

Enhanced Search and Ordering. Customers will be able to access a more advanced search at PREVIEWSworld.com that allows them to search the complete database of items offered by Diamond and place orders with their local comic shop.

Track Your Weekly Purchases. Customers will get additional tools to track which titles and products they ordered are releasing that week to stores, see future week’s orders, and more.

Retail Functions. Retailers will be get a full suite of functions available from the Diamond Retailer Services website: Back-end approval of new PullboxCustomers, Alerts to new orders, Set ordering dates, and Upload your own ordering requirements and guidelines. Retailers can synch orders with their initial orders online, or export orders into ComicSuite or other POS software.

Comic-Suite Integration. Seamlessly integrate PULLBOX Pull List, Subscription and Special Orders directly into ComicSuite for approval and ordering, manage new pull-and hold customers, synch customer data and individual orders.

Pullbox is slated for release later this Spring, and will be available for free from PREVIEWSworld.com to comic shop customers. Retailer pricing and additional retailer information will be released in the coming months.

January Remains Split as Marvel Takes Dollar Share and DC Takes Unit Share

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their reported dollar and unit sales for January 2018. The month was split with Marvel taking the top dollars and DC Entertainment taking top units. This was the opposite of December which saw DC taking the top dollar and Marvel being first in units.

Comics were up 6.08% in dollars and 7.60% in units compared to December 2017 but down 4.29% and 11.40% from January 2017. Graphic novels were down 6.09% in dollars and 11.86% in units compared to December 2017. They were up 3.96% and 6.09% compared to January 2017. Both together were up in both dollars and units compared to December 2017 but down compared to January 2017.

Marvel was January’s top publisher in dollars with a 34.30% retailer dollar share (up 0.50) and a 36.69% unit share (down 2.12). DC Entertainment was the month’s top publisher in units shipped with a 38.94% unit share (up 1.29) and a 33.80% retailer dollar share (down 0.74). Image Comics was third with a 9.48% dollar share (up 0.79) and an 8.23% unit share (up 1.03). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.42% dollar share (up 0.50) and a 3.51% unit share (up 0.59), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.50% dollar share (down 0.19) and a 1.27% unit share (down 0.79).

DC Entertainment had six comics in January’s top ten with Doomsday Clock #3 taking the top spot for the month. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #175 from Image Comics, the first chapter of “New World Order,” ranked #5. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten with Avengers #675 being the best at #6. Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing’s top book, Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny: Leia, ranked #135, and Dark Horse Comics’ Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #4 was their top book for January at #179.

The adventures of Korra from Nickelodeon’s acclaimed animated series The Legend of Korra continue in Dark Horse Comics’ The Legend of Korra Volume 2: Turf Wars Part 2 by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh, the best-selling graphic novel of January. Image Comics had five titles in the top ten, DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten, and Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten.

The Black Panther Little Golden Book from Random House Books for Young Readers was January’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten from Random House Books for Young Readers were DC Super Hero Girls: Harley Quinn at Super Hero High at #2 and DC Super Friends: The Flash Little Golden Book at #3. Capstone Press had five titles in the top ten, led by the Wonder Woman Is Respectful Picture Book at #4. Marvel Press’ Night Night, Groot Board Book ranked #5.

Bandai America’s Dragonball Super Dragon Stars Action Figures were the best-selling toy product of January and one of the Bandai’s three products among the month’s top ten. Mezco’s One:12 Collective: Marvel: X-Force Deadpool Action Figure, a Diamond exclusive, ranked #2 for the month. Diamond Select Toys had two products among the top ten: the Marvel Select: Thor Ragnarok: Gladiator Hulk Action Figure, based on Marvel Studios’ blockbuster film, ranked #5, the Marvel Select: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Drax and Baby Groot Figure ranked #7, and the Marvel Select: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon Figure ranked #10. Funko’s POP! Dragonball Super: Gotenks Vinyl Figure, also a Diamond exclusive, ranked #6 for the month.

Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella Tarot Cards Set was January’s best-selling game product. Also of note, IDW Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #7 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 34.30% 36.69%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 33.80% 38.94%
IMAGE COMICS 948% 823%
IDW PUBLISHING 442% 351%
DARK HORSE COMICS 250% 127%
BOOM! STUDIOS 213% 174%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 161% 225%
VIZ MEDIA 129% 044%
TITAN COMICS 096% 074%
ONI PRESS INC. 089% 048%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 863% 571%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JANUARY 2018 VS. DECEMBER 2017
COMICS 6.08% 7.60%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -6.09% -11.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.13% 5.79%
TOYS 5.72% 12.29%
JANUARY 2018 VS. JANUARY 2017
COMICS -4.29% -11.40%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 3.96% 6.09%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.97% -10.26%
TOYS 24.19% 17.66%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 86 41 0 127
DC ENTERTAINMENT 89 28 0 117
IMAGE COMICS 62 18 0 80
IDW PUBLISHING 43 25 0 68
BOOM! STUDIOS 24 12 0 36
DARK HORSE COMICS 10 14 0 24
VIZ MEDIA 0 18 0 18
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 13 3 0 16
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 7 3 0 10
ONI PRESS 5 4 0 9
OTHER NON-TOP 10 139 130 25 294
TOTAL 392 255 25 672

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 $4.99 NOV170212-M DC
2 DARK NIGHTS METAL #5 $3.99 OCT170206-M DC
3 BATMAN #38 $2.99 NOV170231-M DC
4 BATMAN #39 $2.99 NOV170233-M DC
5 THE WALKING DEAD #175 (MR) $3.99 NOV170604-M IMA
6 AVENGERS #675 $4.99 OCT170809-M MAR
7 BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #4 $3.99 NOV170239-M DC
8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 $4.99 NOV170955-M MAR
9 BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1 $3.99 NOV170210-M DC
10 OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 $3.99 NOV170921-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 $4.99 NOV170212-M DC
2 DARK NIGHTS METAL #5 $3.99 OCT170206-M DC
3 AVENGERS #675 $4.99 OCT170809-M MAR
4 THE WALKING DEAD #175 (MR) $3.99 NOV170604-M IMA
5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 $4.99 NOV170955-M MAR
6 BATMAN #38 $2.99 NOV170231-M DC
7 BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #4 $3.99 NOV170239-M DC
8 BATMAN #39 $2.99 NOV170233-M DC
9 BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1 $3.99 NOV170210-M DC
10 OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 $3.99 NOV170921-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF KORRA VOLUME 2: TURF WARS PT 2 TP $10.99 SEP170087 DAR
2 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 6: IMPERIAL PHASE PART 2 TP (MR) $16.99 NOV170862 IMA
3 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: DATE WITH DISASTER TP $9.99 NOV170216 DC
4 DESCENDER VOLUME 5: RISE OF THE ROBOTS TP $16.99 NOV170741 IMA
5 KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $16.99 NOV170691-M IMA
6 SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT170715 IMA
7 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 6: DAYS OF ANGER TP $17.99 NOV171057-M MAR
8 VISION HC $39.99 OCT170993 MAR
9 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
10 HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 4: SURPRISE, SURPRISE TP $16.99 OCT170360 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

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1 VISION HC $39.99 OCT170993 MAR
2 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 6: IMPERIAL PHASE PART 2 TP (MR) $16.99 NOV170862 IMA
3 GENE COLAN’S TOMB OF DRACULA ARTIST EDITION HC $125.00 AUG170497 IDW
4 SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 5 HC $125.00 AUG170343 DC
5 MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOLUME 12 HC $75.00 JUL171204-M MAR
6 MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SUB-MARINER VOLUME 8 HC $75.00 JUL171206-M MAR
7 LEGEND OF KORRA VOLUME 2: TURF WARS PT 2 TP $10.99 SEP170087 DAR
8 DESCENDER VOLUME 5: RISE OF THE ROBOTS TP $16.99 NOV170741 IMA
9 KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $16.99 NOV170691-M IMA
10 DEADPOOL & CO. OMNIBUS HC $125.00 JUL171192 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BLACK PANTHER LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 NOV172179 RAN
2 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN AT SUPER HERO HIGH $13.99 NOV172187 RAN
3 DC SUPER FRIENDS: THE FLASH LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 NOV172183 RAN
4 WONDER WOMAN IS RESPECTFUL PICTURE BOOK $4.95 NOV172176 CAP
5 NIGHT, NIGHT GROOT BOARD BOOK $7.99 NOV172194 HAC
6 BATMAN IS TRUSTWORTHY PICTURE BOOK $4.95 NOV172171 CAP
7 THE FLASH IS CARING PICTURE BOOK $4.95 NOV172172 CAP
8 SUPERMAN IS A GOOD CITIZEN PICTURE BOOK $4.95 NOV172174 CAP
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE JOKER & HARLEY QUINNS JLA JAILHOUSE SC $5.95 NOV172192 CAP
10 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 125 SC $14.95 OCT172091 SAN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

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1 DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES DEC168933 BAN
2 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: X-FORCE DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE FEB178707 MEZ
3 OVERWATCH: D.VA 20-INCH STATUE AUG178473 BLI
4 BORUTO -NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS: NARUTO FIGURE MAY178022 BAN
5 MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK FIGURE JUL172803 DST
6 POP! DRAGON BALL SUPER: GOTENKS VINYL FIGURE AUG178958 FUN
7 MARVEL SELECT: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: DRAX & BABY GROOT ACTION FIGURE JAN172662 DST
8 DRAGONBALL Z MANGA DIMENSIONS: VEGITO FIGURE JAN178995 BAN
9 OVERWATCH: TRACER FIGMA MAY178050 GOO
10 MARVEL SELECT: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: STAR-LORD & ROCKET FIGURE JAN172663 DST

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1 VAMPIRELLA TAROT CARDS SET AUG171626 DE
2 RICK AND MORTY MONOPOLY DEC172927 USA
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVASTATION BOOSTER PACKS APR173295 WIZ
4 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: MIGHTY THOR 90 GRAVITY FEED PACKS JUN173411 NEC
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: IXALAN BOOSTER PACKS JUN173398 WIZ
6 DC DICE MASTERS: BATMAN GRAVITY FEED PACKS SEP168742 NEC
7 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
8 FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES STARTER OCT178573 ASM
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVASTATION BUNDLE PACK APR173296 WIZ
10 DROPMIX MUSIC GAMING SYSTEM JUL178809 HAS

Shinobi 7 Goes Exclusive with Diamond/Alliance and Completely Acquired by Seven Seas Entertainment

Shinobi 7 has announced an exclusive distribution deal with Diamond/Alliance for all sales channels. Under this agreement, Diamond/Alliance will distribute all upcoming Shinobi 7 products to the hobby gaming market, specialty comic shops, bookstores, and mass market. Current products already released by Shinobi 7 will soon be relisted with Diamond/Alliance.

In conjunction with the deal, Seven Seas Entertainment has acquired the complete ownership interest in Shinobi 7, which was initially formed as a joint venture between Seven Seas Entertainment and Ninja Division Publishing. Shinobi 7 is now a subsidiary of Seven Seas Entertainment and will operate under an independent management and production team.

Shinobi 7’s main focus continues to be the production and publishing of high quality tabletop games based on exciting licensed brands. To date, Shinobi 7 has released the following product lines, which are available through Ninja Division Publishing until March 15, 2018:

Tokyo GhoulThe Card Game, a deck-building game adapted from the hit anime franchise about an alternate reality where monstrous ghouls and humans coexist.

My Little Pony: Tales of Equestria, a complete pen-and-paper roleplaying system based on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic franchise.

(via Board Game Today)

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots on tap. While you wait for things to kick off, here’s some news from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Wonder Woman 2 Will Be First Film to Adopt Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy – Very nice to hear.

Comicbook – Snoop Dogg Donating Money for Kids to Go See ‘Black Panther’ – Cool of him to do. There’s lots of organizations raising money for kids if folks are interested.

The Comichron – Diamond’s Sales Charts: The road to the Top 500 – For those that like sales numbers.

 

Reviews

The Outhouse – Venom Inc.: Omega #1

Diamond Announces 2017 Gem Award Winners

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the winners of the 2017 Diamond Gem Awards, selected by comic book specialty retailers and celebrated within the comic book industry as a key annual award honoring sales success.

DC Entertainment took home Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 3% Market Share) in 2017. Retailers recognized DC with the most Gem Awards–seven–including the Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under with Batman #24; Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99 with Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12); Backlist Publisher of the Year; Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman TMNT, volume 1, shared with IDW Publishing; Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel with DC Super Hero Girls TP volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High; and Original Graphic Novel of the Year with Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1DC Collectibles, the collectibles branch of DC Entertainment, won Collectible Statue of the Year with the DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue.

Marvel Comics earned three Gem Awards, including Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year, Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year for Marvel Legacy #1; and Licensed Comic of the Year with Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1.

Image Comics received three Gem Awards, taking home Reprint TP or HC of the Year with The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan; Best Free Comic Book Day Book withFCBD 2017 I Hate Image; and Best New Comic Book Series for Redneck.

IDW Publishing received three Gem Awards as well, taking home Anthology of the Year with Love is Love GN; Best All Ages Series with Ducktales, and shared Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman TMNT, volume 1 with DC Comics.

Dark Horse Comics took home the Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year with The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC.

Retailers also recognized AfterShock Comics as New Publisher of the Year for 2017, VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year; and Diamond Select Toys for Toy Product of the Year with the Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure.

2017 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 3%: DC Comics

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 3%: Aftershock Comics

2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year: DC Comics

2017 Manga Publisher of the Year: VIZ Media

2017 Game Manufacturer of the Year: WizKids

2017 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko

2017 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.99: Batman #24, DC Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99: Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12), DC Comics

2017 Best New Comic Book Series: Redneck, Image Comics

2017 Best All Ages Series: DuckTales, IDW Publishing

2017 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN: DC Super Hero Girls, volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High, DC Comics

2017 Licensed Comic of the Year: Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1, Marvel Comics

2017 Licensed TP or HC of the Year: Batman TMNT, volume 1, DC Comics/IDW Publishing

2017 Original Graphic Novel of the Year: Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1, DC Comics

2017 Reprint TP or HC of the Year: The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan, Image Comics

2017 Indie Graphic Novel of the Year: My Favorite Thing is Monsters GN Vol. 1, Fantagraphics Books

2017 Manga TP of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Volume 1, VIZ Media

2017 Anthology of the Year: Love is Love GN, IDW Publishing

2017 Magazine of the Year: Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Magazine

2017 Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC, Dark Horse Comics

2017 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: FCBD 2017 I Hate Image, Image Comics

2017 Game Product of the Year: Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick, WizKids/NECA

2017 Toy Product of the Year: Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure, Diamond Select Toys

2017 Toy Line of the Year: POP!, Funko

2017 Collectible Statue of the Year: DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue, DC Collectibles

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – Diamond Hires Jim Kuhoric as Purchasing Director – Congrats!

Comicbook – AMC Responds to ‘The Walking Dead’ Lawsuit – Well this should be interesting.

Comicbook – FX CEO Says They Are Pretty Optimistic About ‘Y: The Last Man’ – Duh?

The Outhouse – Amazon’s The Boys Sets Five Of The Seven – Who’s looking forward to this series?

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Ice Cream Man #1

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