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Marvel Leads as Comics’ Gains in January Stumbles in February

February 2019 was a rough month compared to January 2019 according to Diamond Comic Distributors who released the month’s sales data.

Comics, graphic novels, and toys were all down in February 2019 compared to January 2019. All were down double digits in both dollars and units. Compared to February 2018, February 2019 saw gains in toys but was down slightly for comics and graphic novels.

So far, 2019 is still up as far as dollars compared to 2018. Comics are up 4.82% in dollars but down 1.51% in units. Graphic novels are up 5.0% in dollars and down 2.56% in units. Comics and graphic novels are up 4.87% in dollars and down 1.59% in units. Toys are up 27.83% in dollars and also up 39.44% in units.

Marvel Comics was February’s top publisher, leading in dollar share with 40.20% (+0.96) and unit share with 44.48% (+3.19). DC was second, with a dollar share of 28.69% (-1.01) and unit share of 30.64% (-2.75). Image Comics was third, with a 9.49% dollar share (+1.93). and a 9.30% unit share (+1.53). Dark Horse Comics was fourth with a 3.25% dollar share (-0.70) and a 2.58% unit share (-0.39), followed by Dynamite Entertainment with a 2.58% dollar share (+0.45) and a 2.35% unit share (+0.52), then IDW Publishing with a 2.55% dollar share (-1.10) and a 2.20% unit share (-1.12), and BOOM! Studios with a 2.38% dollar share (+0.06) and a 2.26% unit share (+0.03).

DC had five titles in the top ten including the top selling issue with The Batman Who Laughs #3. Marvel Comics also had five titles among the top ten: Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Venom #11 ranked #4. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #188 ranked #28, BOOM! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 ranked #71, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja #1 ranked #98, Dark Horse Comics’ William Gibson’s Alien 3 #4 ranked #133, and IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #13 ranked #144.

Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ critically-acclaimed Mister Miracle from DC was February’s best-selling graphic novel. Marvel Comics had a strong month in February with seven titles among the top ten, led by Christos Gage and Clayton Crain’s Spider-Geddon at #2. Chelsea Cain and Kate Miemczyk’s Man-Eaters Volume 1 from Image Comics also made the top ten, ranked #7.

BBC Books’ Doctor Who: Scratchmen, an original novel by beloved Doctor Who actor Tom Baker based on his 1970s screenplay, was February’s best-selling book.

Based on the character from DC’s Dark Nights: Metal currently starring in his own mini-series, the POP! DC Comics: The Batman Who Laughs Vinyl Figure from Funko, a PREVIEWS exclusive, was the best-selling toy product of February. Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: Squirrel Girl PVC Figure ranked #5. DC Collectibles had four products in the top ten, led by the DC Designer Series: Nightwing & Batman by Ryan Sook Statue at #6.

Based on the anime sensation, Shinobi 7’s My Hero Academia: The Card Game was February’s best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing had a strong month with four products in the top ten; the Pathfinder Pawns: Bestiary Box was their top product at #3. IDW Games had two products in the top ten, led by the Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course Board Game at #7.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS40.20%44.48%
DC28.69%30.64%
IMAGE COMICS9.49%9.30%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.25%2.58%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.58%2.35%
IDW PUBLISHING2.55%2.20%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.38%2.26%
VIZ MEDIA1.78%0.67%
ST. MARTINS PRESS0.60%0.16%
ONI PRESS INC.0.56%0.39%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.91%4.96%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
FEBRUARY 2019 VS. JANUARY 2019
COMICS-21.31%-18.10%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-26.09%-25.43%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-22.71%-18.65%
TOYS-19.93%-35.10%
FEBRUARY 2019 VS. FEBRUARY 2018
COMICS-6.06%-8.47%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-3.16%-8.47%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-5.27%-8.47%
TOYS20.34%18.44%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2019 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2018
COMICS4.82%-1.51%
GRAPHIC NOVELS5.00%-2.56%
TOTAL COMICS/GN4.87%-1.59%
TOYS27.83%39.44%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS86400126
DC5928188
IMAGE COMICS4719066
DARK HORSE COMICS2413037
IDW PUBLISHING2211033
BOOM! STUDIOS2110031
VIZ MEDIA027027
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT201021
SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT021021
ONI PRESS4307
OTHER NON-TOP 1010613122259
TOTAL38930423716

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3$4.99DEC180539-MDC
2BATMAN #64$3.99DEC180510-MDC
3BATMAN #65$3.99DEC180515-MDC
4VENOM #11$3.99DEC180962-MMAR
5HEROES IN CRISIS #6$3.99DEC180521-MDC
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15$3.99DEC180951-MMAR
7UNCANNY X-MEN #12$3.99DEC180906-MMAR
8THE FLASH #64$3.99DEC180512-MDC
9UNCANNY X-MEN #11$7.99DEC180896-MMAR
10AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1$4.99DEC180831-MMAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3$4.99DEC180539-MDC
2UNCANNY X-MEN #11$7.99DEC180896-MMAR
3BATMAN #64$3.99DEC180510-MDC
4BATMAN #65$3.99DEC180515-MDC
5VENOM #11$3.99DEC180962-MMAR
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16$4.99DEC180953-MMAR
7HEROES IN CRISIS #6$3.99DEC180521-MDC
8RETURN OF WOLVERINE #5$4.99NOV180950-MMAR
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15$3.99DEC180951-MMAR
10UNCANNY X-MEN #12$3.99DEC180906-MMAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99OCT180598DC
2SPIDER-GEDDON TP$24.99NOV181026MAR
3INFINITY WARS TP$34.99NOV181024MAR
4IMMORTAL HULK VOLUME 2: GREEN DOOR TP$15.99NOV181036MAR
5MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 17 GN$9.99DEC182240VIZ
6DEADPOOL: SECRET AGENT DEADPOOL TP$14.99NOV180967MAR
7MAN-EATERS VOLUME 1 TP$12.99DEC180123IMA
8INFINITY GAUNTLET: DELUXE EDITION TP$34.99AUG181075MAR
9CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1: WINTER IN AMERICA TP$17.99NOV181022MAR
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER VOL. 2 TP$15.99NOV181033MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99OCT180598DC
2HE MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE OMNIBUS HC$150.00JUL180761DC
3CAPTAIN MARVEL/MS. MARVEL: A HERO IS BORN OMNIBUS HC$100.00AUG181069-MMAR
4VENOMNIBUS HC VOL 02$125.00AUG181071MAR
5INFINITY WARS TP$34.99NOV181024MAR
6INFINITY GAUNTLET: DELUXE EDITION TP$34.99AUG181075MAR
7SPIDER-GEDDON TP$24.99NOV181026MAR
8STAR WARS BY JASON AARON OMNIBUS HC$125.00SEP180997MAR
9MARVEL MASTERWORKS: LUKE CAGE POWER MAN VOL. 3$75.00AUG181073-MMAR
10WONDER WOMAN BY PHIL JIMINEZ OMNIBUS HC$75.00AUG180663DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DOCTOR WHO: SCRATCHMAN HC$23.99DEC181681BBC
2ALAN MOORE: WRITING FOR COMICS GN (MR)$5.95STAR18707AVA
3FAST ENOUGH: BESSIE STRINGFIELD’S FIRST RIDE HC$17.99NOV181857LIO
4JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: A DISCOVERY ADVENTURE HC$14.99OCT181271BOO
5MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: MIGHTY MARVELS SC$4.99DEC181953MAR
6COMICS JOURNAL #303$14.99NOV181771FAN
7WORLD OF READING: THIS IS CAPT MARVEL SC$4.99DEC181955MAR
8GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOLUME 1$12.99OCT151871ZEN
9BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
10MARVEL: POWERS OF A GIRL HC$16.99DEC181952MAR

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1POP! DC HEROES: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS VINYL FIGUREJUN188595FUN
2ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: IRON MAN STEALTH ARMOR FIGUREJUN178877MEZ
3OVERWATCH: WIDOWMAKER FIGMAJAN188448GOO
4FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN PLAY ARTS KAI: CLOUD STRIFE & FENRIR FIGUREMAY188937SQU
5MARVEL GALLERY: SQUIRREL GIRL COMIC PVC FIGUREAUG182582DIA
6DC DESIGNER SERIES: NIGHTWING & BATGIRL BY RYAN SOOK STATUEJUL180809DC
7OVERWATCH: JUNKRAT “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROIDMAY189432GOO
8DC ESSENTIALS: NIGHTWING FIGUREAUG180673DC
9DC ESSENTIALS: SHAZAM & BLACK ADAM ACTION FIGURE 2-PACKJUN180604DC
10DC ESSENTIALS: HARLEY QUINN FIGUREAUG180675DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAMEJUL183082SHI
2MARVEL HEROCLIX: EARTH X BOOSTER BRICKJUL188756NEC
3PATHFINDER PAWNS BESTIARY BOXFEB168541PAI
4TOME OF BEASTS HCJUN168476PAI
5WORLD OF LAZARUS: MODERN AGE RPG CAMPAIGN SETTING HCMAR182717GRE
6STARFINDER PAWNS: ALIEN ARCHIVE 2 PAWN BOXDEC183290PAI
7SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: CRASH COURSE BOARDGAMEMAY180772IDW
8INVADER ZIM: DOOMSDAY DICE GAMEAUG180835IDW
9MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: RAVNICA ALLEGIANCE BOOSTER PACKSAUG183195WIZ
10STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: FIRE STARTERS PART 1DEC183289PAI

Diamond Relaunches the Comic Shop Locator Service

Diamond has upgraded the comicshoplocator.com website with a new mobile-friendly design and a focus on comic shops as fan-friendly places to visit.

The new, mobile-friendly site features an easier to use search function, a comic shop event calendar, comic shop spotlights, and information on new weekly releases at comic book shops.

The new website builds upon the success of the Comic Shop Locator Service (CSLS) which, since 1996, has directed over six million customers searching for comics and other merchandise to comic book specialty shops throughout North America and worldwide. Publishers and manufacturers who support the comic book specialty market routinely features the CSLS logo and website in books, on packaging, and on their websites.

The site is maintained and funded by Diamond and comic book specialty shops. Retailers interested in having their store listed on the Comic Shop Locator Service should contact their Diamond Retailer Services Representative. Comic Shop Locator  profiles are maintained by retailers through the proprietary CSLS Management Tools available in the My Account section of Diamond’s Retailer Services Website, which allow retailers to customize their profiles, and to get access to monthly stats on how many online referrals they have received.

Comic Shop Locator

DC Gains Ground While Marvel Tops January 2019 With Big Gains Overall in Units and Dollars

Marvel again topped by dollars and units in sales by DC Comics gained some ground in January 2019 according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Comics, graphic novels, and toys all saw big gains from the previous month and the same month in the previous year. Comics were up 11.93% in dollars and up 13.49% in units. Graphic novels were up 42.79% in dollars and up 40.93% in units. Together, comics and graphic novels were up 19.47% in dollars and up 15.18% in units. Toys saw massive gains of 154.01% increase in dollars and 234.27% in units compared to December 2018.

Things also were up compared to the same time last year. Comics were up 15.32% in dollars and up 5.03% in units. Graphic novels were up 11.98% in dollars and up 2.36% in units. Together comics and graphic novels were up 14.33% in dollars and up 4.82% in units. Toys saw an increase of 34.53% in dollars and up 57.58% in units compared to January 2018.

DC Comics had five titles in the top ten with The Batman Who Laughs #2 being the top comic in units and second best in dollars. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten with Captain Marvel #1 at #2. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #187 was Image Comics‘ top book at #30; BOOM! Studios‘ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1, a present day reimagining of Joss Whedon’s cult television series, was their best-selling book for January at #70; Dark Horse Comics‘ Stranger Things #4, based on the Netflix television series, ranked #85; Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #4, the final issue of IDW Publishing‘s crossover event, ranked #98; and Dynamite Entertainment‘s Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #1 ranked #174.

Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher, leading in both the dollar share 39.24% (-1.56) and unit share 41.29% (-2.46) categories. DC was second, with a dollar share of 29.70% (+2.96) and unit share of 33.39% (+3.88). Image Comics was third, with a 7.56% (-1.01) dollar share and a 7.77% (-0.73) unit share. Dark Horse Comics was fourth with a 3.95% (+0.58) dollar share and a 2.97% (+0.39) unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.75% dollar share (+0.13) and a 3.32% (-0.07) unit share, then BOOM! Studios with a 2.32% (-0.63) dollar share and a 2.23% (-0.26) unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 2.13% (-0.11) dollar share and a 1.83% (-0.28) unit share.

The collected edition of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal from DC topped the graphic novel chart in January. Also in the top ten from DC were Dark Days: Road to Metal at #8 and Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight at #9. Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten, led by Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’sThe Infinity Gauntlet at #2, followed by The Life of Captain Marvel at #3, Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Volume 4 at #4, Cosmic Ghost Rider: Baby Thanos Must Die at #5, and Spider-Geddon: Edge of Spider-Geddon at #10. Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer Volume 3: Age of Doom Part 1 from Dark Horse Comics ranked #6. Image Comic was also in the top ten; Rob Guillory’s Farmhand Volume 1 ranked #7.

Wicked Cow Studios’ Lulu Is a Rhinoceros, a picture book for young readers about a dog who wants to be a rhinoceros by Jason Flom and Sophie Corrigan, was January’s best-selling book. Gemstone’s Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 returned to the charts at #5.

Funko’s POP! Power Rangers: Lord Drakkon Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS exclusive figure, was January’s best-selling toy product. Also in the top ten from Funko was the PREVIEWS Exclusive POP! DC Heroes: The Batman Who Laughs Vinyl Figure at #5. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Avengers Infinity War: Iron-Spider Action Figure at #6. Also in the top ten, DC Collectibles’ Harley Quinn: Pink White & Black Valentine by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Variant Statue ranked #10.

January’s best-selling game product, Green Ronin Publishing’s Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting, a sourcebook for the Critical Role role-playing game, topped the sales charts for a second month in a row. Paizo Publishing had a strong month with six products in the top ten, led by the Starfinder RPG Core Rulebook at #2. Also in the top ten, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja Tarot Card Set ranked #10.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS39.24%41.29%
DC29.70%33.39%
IMAGE COMICS7.56%7.77%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.95%2.97%
IDW PUBLISHING3.65%3.32%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.32%2.23%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.13%1.83%
VIZ MEDIA1.55%0.61%
TITAN COMICS0.80%0.60%
ARCHIE COMICS0.78%0.77%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.31%5.20%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
JANUARY 2019 VS. DECEMBER 2018
COMICS11.93%13.49%
GRAPHIC NOVELS42.79%40.93%
TOTAL COMICS/GN19.47%15.18%
TOYS154.01%234.27%
JANUARY 2019 VS. JANUARY 2018
COMICS15.32%5.03%
GRAPHIC NOVELS11.98%2.36%
TOTAL COMICS/GN14.33%4.82%
TOYS34.53%57.58%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS102400142
DC87310118
IMAGE COMICS5710067
IDW PUBLISHING3917056
DARK HORSE COMICS2719046
BOOM! STUDIOS2511036
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT196025
VIZ MEDIA025025
TITAN COMICS109019
ARCHIE COMICS135018
OTHER NON-TOP 1013618637359
TOTAL51535937911

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2$4.99NOV180414-MDC
2CAPTAIN MARVEL #1$4.99NOV180783-MMAR
3GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1$4.99NOV180771-MMAR
4CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1$4.99NOV180740-MMAR
5AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14$3.99NOV180903-MMAR
6BATMAN #62$3.99NOV180402-MDC
7BATMAN #63$3.99NOV180404-MDC
8HEROES IN CRISIS #4$3.99NOV180457-MDC
9HEROES IN CRISIS #5$3.99NOV180459-MDC
10FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1$4.99NOV180793-MMAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1CAPTAIN MARVEL #1$4.99NOV180783-MMAR
2THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2$4.99NOV180414-MDC
3GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1$4.99NOV180771-MMAR
4CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1$4.99NOV180740-MMAR
5AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14$3.99NOV180903-MMAR
6FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1$4.99NOV180793-MMAR
7YOUNG JUSTICE #1$4.99NOV180376-MDC
8BATMAN #62$3.99NOV180402-MDC
9BATMAN #63$3.99NOV180404-MDC
10HEROES IN CRISIS #4$3.99NOV180457-MDC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP$19.99OCT180569DC
2THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP$24.99JUL110745MAR
3THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP$15.99OCT181018-MMAR
4STAR WARS: DARTH VADER: DARK LORD OF THE SITH VOLUME 4: FORTRESS VADER TP$19.99OCT181014MAR
5COSMIC GHOST RIDER: BABY THANOS MUST DIE TP$15.99NOV181028MAR
6BLACK HAMMER VOL. 3: AGE OF DOOM PART I TP$19.99SEP180278DAR
7FARMHAND VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$12.99OCT180065IMA
8DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL TP$19.99OCT180568DC
9BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP$19.99JUL180733DC
10SPIDER-GEDDON: EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON TP$15.99OCT181015MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1CONAN THE BARBARIAN OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC$125.00JUL181158-MMAR
2THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP$24.99JUL110745MAR
3DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP$19.99OCT180569DC
4MARVEL MASTERWORKS: UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 11 HC$100.00JUL181165-MMAR
5HOUSE OF MYSTERY: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC$99.99JUN180578DC
6INFINITY TP$49.99JUN140730MAR
7MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 4 HC$75.00JUL181163-MMAR
8STAR WARS: DARTH VADER: DARK LORD OF THE SITH VOLUME 4: FORTRESS VADER TP$19.99OCT181014MAR
9BLACK HAMMER VOL. 3: AGE OF DOOM PART I TP$19.99SEP180278DAR
10SPIDER-MAN: BEN REILLY OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC$125.00JUL181167MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1LULU IS A RHINOCEROS$16.99FEB188267WIC
2BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
3CAPTAIN MARVEL LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV181804RAN
4A FRIEND LIKE PIKACHU: POKEMON LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV181802RAN
5OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 SC$29.95APR181580-MGEM
6FAST ENOUGH: BESSIE STRINGFIELD’S FIRST RIDE HC$17.99NOV181857LIO
7OVERLORD LIGHT NOVEL VOLUME 9 HC$20.00NOV182175HAC
8STAR TREK: I AM MR SPOCK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV181801RAN
9STAR TREK: I AM CAPTAIN KIRK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV181800RAN
10DC SUPER VILLAINS ORIGINS: THE JOKER TP$4.95DEC182051CAP

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1POP! POWER RANGERS: LORD DRAKKON VINYL FIGUREJUN188596FUN
2OVERWATCH: MEI FLOATING SNOWBALL REPLICAJUL189227BLI
3OVERWATCH: GENJI SWORD REPLICAJUL189228BLI
4INFINITY WAR: THANOS ARTFX+ STATUEMAR188569KOT
5POP! DC HEROES: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS VINYL FIGUREJUN188595FUN
6MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: IRON-SPIDER FIGUREJAN188710DST
7ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULKOCT178172MEZ
8AQUAMAN MOVIE GALLERY: AQUAMAN PVC FIGUREAUG182575DST
9PERSONA 5: JOKER FIGMAJUN178415GOO
10HARLEY QUINN: PINK WHITE BLACK VALENTINE BY LAU VARIANT STATUEJUL180806DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
2STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
3PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE CAMPAIGN POCKET EDITIONNOV182880PAI
4PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE INTRIGUE POCKET EDITIONNOV182881PAI
5PATHFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOKJUN091729PAI
6GLOOMHAVEN 2017 EDITIONMAR188530ALL
7STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HCMAY182931PAI
8STARFINDER RPG: ALIEN ARCHIVE 2 HCAUG183177PAI
9MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAMEJUL183082SHI
10RED SONJA TAROT CARD SETJUN181151DYN

Vault Comics Becomes a Final Order Cut-Off Publisher and Gets a New Section in Previews

Vault Comics

On the two-year anniversary of its first book hitting shelves, Vault Comics has announced that they will be included in Diamond‘s Final Order Cut-Off order system for retailers. Items listed in the February 2019 Previews catalog will be the first offerings listed in the Final Order Cut-Off system.

In the announcement, the publisher said this is the first of several initiatives from them this year to support retailers.

Also beginning in the February 2019 Previews catalog, Vault Comics will now have it’s own section listing the publisher’s monthly offerings.

The Final Order Cut-Off date — normally a Monday, except under special circumstances like holidays — is the date on which some Vendors commit to a print/production run for a title/product. Initial Orders and Reorders for items carrying an FOC date may be increased or decreased by this date. FOC dates are subject to change; such changes (and subsequent adjustments to the affected item’s ship date) are regularly announced in all Diamond publications.

Retailers may adjust orders for all items from participating Vendors on the Final Order Cut-Off section of the Retailer Services Website’s FOC Weekly Adjust or Monthly Adjust pages in the Orders section. Premier Vendor titles are color-coded by publisher (Vault Comics is found in the green section) for easy reference. Customers may also adjust their orders by contacting their Diamond Retailer Services Representative.

Bedside Press Goes Exclusive in a Distribution Deal with Diamond

Bedside Press

Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise, is pleased to announce that it has signed a distribution agreement with Bedside Press to exclusively distribute their products to comic book specialty store markets worldwide. Diamond was also awarded the rights to exclusively distribute Bedside Press’ new releases to the book market under the banner of its sister company, Diamond Book Distributors.

Located in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bedside Press is an innovative publishing company focused on graphic novels and prose books. Headed by publisher Hope Nicholson, the company is dedicated to promoting history and showcasing uplifting new voices through thoughtful storytelling.

Bedside Press boasts two Eisner Award nominations since its inception in 2014. A Bunch of Jews and Other Stuff, nominated for Best Anthology in 2018, is Trina Robbins’ graphic novel adaptation of her father’s 1938 short story collection that depicts life in a small Jewish village in Belarus along with his later immigration to Brooklyn at the age of sixteen. Enough Space for Everyone Else, which focuses on telling gripping stories about the possibilities of life in space without the common themes of war and colonialism, received a Best Short Story nomination for one of its self-contained tales, “The Transplant,” by Megan Gedris. In addition to these Eisner nominated works from Bedside Press, their anthology Gothic Tales of Haunted Love received The Kirkus Star, which is a prestigious designation in the book industry to mark works of exceptional merit.

Bedside Press has several new publications slated for 2019, including Maiden, Mother, Crone and Love After the EndMaiden, Mother, Crone, releasing in Spring 2019,is an anthology collection of fantasy fiction written by transwomen and transfeminine writers and curated by celebrated poet and author Gwen Benaway. Love After the End, releasing October 2019, functions as a semi-sequel to Bedside Press’s award-winning Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time and imagines a variety of fantastical future worlds as told by Indigenous peoples through the lens of Two-Spirit and queer heroes in the leading roles.

Diamond Announces December’s Top Selling Products as 2018 Sees Losses

It’s all about Batman as the character took five of the top ten comics for December as announced by Diamond Comic Distributors.

In total, DC Entertainment had seven titles in the top ten. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #186 was Image Comics‘ top book in December at #18; BOOM! Studios‘ Firefly #2, based on Joss Whedon’s television series, was their best-selling comic at #60; Marvel Action: Avengers #1 was IDW Publishing‘s top book at #86; Dark Horse Comics‘ Hellboy Winter Special 2018 ranked #112; and Dynamite Entertainment’s John Wick #4 was their top book at #145.

December 2018 Dollars Share

Despite having seven of the top ten titles, Marvel was the top publisher in both dollars and units for the month.

Marvel Comics was the top publisher in December, with a 38.57% dollar share (-2.23) and 44.09% unit share (+0.34). DC Entertainment was second, with a 31.51% dollar share (+4.77) and a 30.75% unit share (+1.24). In third was Image Comics at 8.73% in dollars (+0.16) and 9.06% in units (+0.56), followed by IDW Publishing at 4.10% in dollars (+0.48) and 3.55% in units (+0.16), BOOM! Studios with 2.98% in dollars (+0.03) and 2.38% in units (+0.11), Dark Horse Comics with 2.82% in dollars (-0.52) and 2.37% in units (+0.21), and Dynamite Entertainment with 2.11% in dollars (+0.13) and 2.10% in units (+0.01).

December 2018 Unit Share

Compared to the previous month, comics, graphic novels, and toys were down across the board. Toys saw a drop of 58.05% in dollars and 53.99% in units while graphic novels were down over 17% in both dollars and units and comics were down a little over 3.5% in both. Compared to the same month in the previous year, comics were up over 9% in dollars though down slightly in units while graphic novels saw a sharp decline in both dollars and units. Toys too saw a massive drop.

Year to year, comics saw a dollars increase of 2.04% in 2018 compared to 2017 but were down 5.67% in units sold. Less is being sold for more. Graphic novels were down in both dollars and units. Toys too saw a decrease in dollars and units. Overall, comics and graphic novels were down in both dollars and units compared to 2017, 1.08% in dollars and 5.98% in units.

Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls Volume 5 from Image Comics was December’s best-selling graphic novel. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten, led by Batman Volume 8: Cold Days at #2. Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance Part 1 ranked #3. BOOM! Studios was also in the top ten;Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul Dragon, an original graphic novel, ranked #4. Marvel Comics also had three titles in the top ten; Star Wars Volume 9: Hope Dies was their top charting book for the month at #5.

Inspired by the long-running BBC series, BBC Books’ Doctor Who: TARDIS Type-40 Instruction Manual, a technical manual that explores the Doctor’s time and space vessel, was the best-selling book in December. Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Price Guide to Star Wars Collectibles ranked #7 for the month.

Diamond Select Toys’ Ghostbusters Series 9 Action Figures, featuring characters from the late 1980s animated television series The Real Ghostbusters, was December’s best-selling toy product and one of three products from the manufacturer in the top ten. DC Collectibles had three products among the top ten, as well, led by the DC Artists Alley: The Flash by Uminga Vinyl Figure at #5. Mezco also had three products in the top ten, including the PREVIEWS Exclusive One:12 Collective: Marvel Comics: Dr. Strange (Defenders) Action Figure at #2.

Green Ronin Publishing’s Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting, a sourcebook for the Critical Role role-playing game, was December’s best-selling game product. Paizo had a strong month, with seven products in the top ten, led by the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook at #2.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS38.57%44.09%
DC ENTERTAINMENT31.51%30.75%
IMAGE COMICS8.73%9.06%
IDW PUBLISHING4.10%3.66%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.98%2.38%
DARK HORSE COMICS2.82%2.37%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.11%2.10%
VIZ MEDIA1.03%0.38%
TITAN COMICS0.82%0.59%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC0.71%0.78%
OTHER NON-TOP 106.62%3.85%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
DECEMBER 2018 VS. NOVEMBER 2018
COMICS-3.53%-3.58%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-17.46%-17.18%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-7.35%-4.55%
TOYS-58.05%-53.99%
DECEMBER 2018 VS. DECEMBER 2017
COMICS9.29%-0.42%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-26.35%-35.98%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-2.26%-3.72%
TOYS-44.01%-47.06%
YEAR 2018 VS. YEAR 2017
COMICS2.04%-5.67%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-8.22%-9.71%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-1.08%-5.98%
TOYS-6.39%-6.48%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS90380128
DC COMICS5237190
IMAGE COMICS5210062
IDW PUBLISHING3210042
BOOM! STUDIOS2416040
DARK HORSE COMICS2111032
VIZ MEDIA LLC023023
TITAN COMICS87217
DYNAMITE131014
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC5207
OTHER NON-TOP 101011139223
TOTAL39826812678

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1$4.99OCT180464-MDC
2BATMAN: DAMNED #2 (MR)$6.99SEP180424-MDC
3DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8$4.99SEP180426-MDC
4BATMAN #60$3.99OCT180483-MDC
5BATMAN #61$3.99OCT180485-MDC
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11$3.99OCT180921-MMAR
7FANTASTIC FOUR #5$7.99OCT180766-MMAR
8AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12$3.99OCT180925-MMAR
9BATMAN ANNUAL #3$4.99OCT180487DC
10SHAZAM #1$4.99SEP180436-MDC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1$4.99OCT180464-MDC
2BATMAN: DAMNED #2 (MR)$6.99SEP180424-MDC
3DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8$4.99SEP180426-MDC
4FANTASTIC FOUR #5$7.99OCT180766-MMAR
5BATMAN #60$3.99OCT180483-MDC
6BATMAN #61$3.99OCT180485-MDC
7BATMAN ANNUAL #3$4.99OCT180487DC
8SHAZAM #1$4.99SEP180436-MDC
9INFINITY WARS #6$5.99OCT180866-MMAR
10FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1$4.99OCT180778-MMAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 5 TP$14.99OCT180099IMA
2BATMAN VOLUME 8: COLD DAYS TP$16.99SEP180545DC
3AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: IMBALANCE PART ONE TP$10.99JUN180347DAR
4SABAN’S POWER RANGERS: SOUL DRAGON ORIGINAL GN$19.99AUG181366BOO
5STAR WARS VOLUME 9: HOPE DIES TP$19.99SEP180996MAR
6THE FLASH VOLUME 8: FLASH WAR TP$16.99SEP180570DC
7MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 16 GN$9.99OCT182065VIZ
8THOR VOLUME 1: GOD OF THUNDER REBORN TP$17.99SEP181005MAR
9VENOM: FIRST HOST TP$15.99SEP181007MAR
10BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 8: ON THE OUTSIDE TP$16.99SEP180548DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 5 TP$14.99OCT180099IMA
2BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 6 HC$125.00MAY180571DC
3FANTASTIC FOUR BY WAID & WIERINGO OMNIBUS HC$100.00JUN180968MAR
4MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 20 HC$75.00JUN180962-MMAR
5JEPH LOEB & TIM SALE: YELLOW, BLUE, GRAY & WHITE OMNIBUS HC$100.00JUN180964MAR
6BATMAN VOLUME 8: COLD DAYS TP$16.99SEP180545DC
7SABAN’S POWER RANGERS: SOUL DRAGON ORIGINAL GN$19.99AUG181366BOO
8MARVEL UNIVERSE BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC$125.00JUN180960MAR
9BEFORE WATCHMEN OMNIBUS HC$125.00JUN180573DC
10WONDER WOMAN DIANA PRINCE: CELEBRATING THE 60S OMNIBUS HC$125.00MAY180594DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DOCTOR WHO: TARDIS TYPE-40 INSTRUCTION MANUAL HC$19.99MAY188247BBC
2DOCTOR WHO: COMBAT MAGICKS HC$10.99APR188135BBC
3MONSTER HUNTER ILLUSTRATIONS 2 HC$54.99OCT182056UDO
4LULU IS A RHINOCEROS$16.99FEB188267WIC
5DC SUPER HEROES: SUPER HEROES SAY PLEASE BOARD BOOK$10.99JUL181774DOW
6DRAGON QUEST ILLUSTRATIONS HC (30TH ANNIVERSARY)$34.99OCT182063VIZ
7OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE TO STAR WARS COLLECTIBLES SC$30.00SEP181814GEM
8SWORD ART ONLINE NOVEL VOLUME 15 SC$14.00OCT182104YEN
9OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC$29.95APR181580GEM
10FINAL FANTASY: ULTIMANIA ARCHIVE VOLUME 2 HC$39.99JUL180505DAR

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 9 ACTION FIGURESJUL182490DST
2ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL PX DEFENDERS DOCTOR STRANGE AFAUG178702MEZ
3PACIFIC RIM 2 SELECT AF SERIES 3 ASSTJUL182498DST
4ONE-12 COLLECTIVE DC CATWOMAN AFJAN189082MEZ
5DC ARTISTS ALLEY FLASH BY UMINGA VINYL FIGJUN180600DC
6ONE-12 COLLECTIVE MARVEL DOCTOR STRANGE AFAPR178082MEZ
7DC ARTISTS ALLEY BATGIRL BY MURASE VINYL FIGJUN180598DC
8MARVEL GALLERY ANT-MAN & THE WASP MOVIE WASP PVC FIGUREJUL182500DST
9X-MEN LEGENDS ARCHANGEL 6IN AF CSJUN188419HAS
10DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS BATMAN & CATWOMAN STATUEMAY180613DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
2PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOKJUN091729PAI
3TOME OF BEASTS HCJUN168476PAI
4STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
5DUNGEONS & DRAGONS RPG: CORE RULEBOOK GIFT SETSEP182834WIZ
6STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HCMAY182931PAI
7PATHFINDER RPG FLIP TILES: URBAN STARTER SETOCT182919PAI
8MY HERO ACADEMIA: THE CARD GAMEJUL183082SHI
9STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HCJAN182863PAI
10PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT BASIC (NEW EDITION)MAR138328PAI

Comic and Graphic Novel Annual Sales Decrease in 2018 Compared to 2017

Diamond Comic Distributors

After initially announcing that 2018’s annual sales for comics has increased, Diamond Comic Distributors has sent out a correction that in fact, that’s not the case.

Compared to 2017, 2018’s comic and graphic novel sales were down in both units and dollars. The distributor had previously reported that dollar sales were up 0.6%. In reality, that wasn’t true.

Diamond has sent out a correction with overall comic and graphic novel sales down 1.08% compared to 2017 and units down 5.98% over the same time period.

Comics themselves saw dollars increase 2.04% in 2018 compared to 2017 and units decreased 5.67%. Less was sold for more.

Graphic Novels saw the biggest dip with dollars down 8.22% and units down 9.71%. With the explosion of graphic novel sales, it’s possible the bubble has burst slightly or with so many ways to purchase them now, the direct market suffered.

Toys saw a down year as well with dollars down 6.39% and units down 6.48%. 2018 was a volatile year for toys with the closure of Toys R Us which has had ripple effects, this result may be some of that.

Diamond Announces 2018 Gem Award Winners

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the winners of the 2018 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 2018 and had the Top Dollar Comic Book with Action Comics #1000. Retailers recognized DC with the most Gem Awards–six–including the Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under with Heroes In Crisis #1; Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99 with Action Comics #1000; Reprint TP or HC of the Year with Batman White Knight; Best All Ages Series with DC Super Hero Girls; and Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel with DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster. DC Collectibles, the collectibles branch of DC Entertainment won Collectible Statue of the Year with the Batman Black and White: The Batman Who Laughs statue.

Marvel Comics earned five Gem Awards, including Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the YearLicensed Comic of the Year with Star Wars: Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith Volume 2; Anthology of the Year with Thanos Legacy #1; Best Free Comic Book Day Book with FCBD 2018 Avengers Captain America; and Best New Comic Book Series with Immortal Hulk.

Image Comics received two Gem Awards, taking home Backlist Publisher of the Year and Original Graphic Novel of the Year with My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies.  

Dark Horse Comics received two Gem Awards, for Licensed Comic of the Year with Stranger Things #1 and Trade Book of the Year with The Legend of Zelda Encylopedia.

IDW Publishing received a Gem Awards, taking home Game Product of the Year with Batman: The Animated Series Gotham Under Siege.

Retailers also recognized BOOM! Studios as Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Under 3% Market Share), VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year; and Diamond Select Toys with two Gem Awards, including Toy Manufacturer of the Year.

A panel of Diamond product specialists selected the supplier nominees for the Diamond Gem Awards based on each entry’s overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from 2018. Members of the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public–comic book specialty retailers across the United States and worldwide–then selected the winners.

2018 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

2018 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 3%: DC Entertainment

2018 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 3%: BOOM! Studios

2018 Backlist Publisher of the Year: Image Comics

2018 Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year: Marvel Comics

2018 Manga Publisher of the Year: VIZ Media

2018 Game Manufacturer of the Year: WizKids/ NECA

2018 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Diamond Select Toys

2018 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year

2018 Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.99: Heroes in Crisis #1, DC Entertainment

2018 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99: Action Comics #1000, DC Entertainment

2018 Top Dollar Comic Book: Action Comics #1000, DC Entertainment

2018 Best New Comic Book Series: Immortal Hulk, Marvel Comics

2018 Best All Ages Series: DC Super Hero Girls, DC Entertainment

2018 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN: DC Super Hero Girls, Date With Disaster, DC Entertainment

2018 Licensed Comic of the Year: Stranger Things #1, Dark Horse Comics

2018 Licensed TP or HC of the Year: Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith Volume 2: Legacy’s End, Marvel Comics

2018 Original Graphic Novel of the Year: My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Image Comics

2018 Reprint TP or HC of the Year: Batman White Knight, DC Entertainment

2018 Indie Graphic Novel of the Year: Berlin: The Complete Edition, Drawn + Quarterly

2018 Manga TP of the Year: My Hero Academia, Volume 13

2018 Anthology of the Year: Thanos Legacy #1

2018 Magazine of the Year: Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Magazine

2018 Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Comics

2018 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: FCBD 2018 Avengers Captain America, Marvel Comics

2018 Game Product of the Year: Batman: The Animated Series Gotham Under Siege, IDW Games

2018 Toy Product of the Year: Marvel Select Thor: Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk Action Figure

2018 Toy Line of the Year: Funko POP!, Funko

2018 Collectible Statue of the Year: Batman Black and White: The Batman Who Laughs Statue, DC Collectibles

Diamond Announces the Top Selling Comics and Graphic Novels of 2018 as Annual Sales Increased

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the top selling comics and graphic novels of 2018. Marvel was the top publisher of the year with The Infinity Gauntlet taking the slot for bestselling graphic novel of the year. That’s not surprising due to all of the excitement and success around Avengers: Infinity War in theaters. DC Comics came in second place for publishers and had the bestselling comic of the year with Action Comics #1000. Image Comics ranked third for publishers and lead the graphic novel chart with six out of the top ten titles.

Annual comic book sales to the comic book specialty market increased in 2018, up +3.3% for the year, while graphic novel sales dipped -6.6% from 2017. Combined, annual sales of comic book and graphic novels to comic book shops were up slightly in 2018, by .6%.

2018 Comic Dollar Share

Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book specialty market’s top publisher, leading in both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 38.24% Dollar Market Share and a 40.4% Unit Market Share. Marvel Comics top comic book, Amazing Spider-Man #800, the ten-year landmark issue led by Dan Slott and Stuart Immomen, charted at #2 for the year. Overall, Marvel had seven titles in the top ten comics of the year, including the preceding Amazing Spider-Man #798 and #799, as well as Fantastic Four #1, Amazing Spider-Man #1, Return of Wolverine #1, and Venom #1. That’s four comics written by Dan Slott in the top ten. Marvel Comics also had the top graphic novel of the year with The Infinity Gauntlet, the epic crossover event from Jim Starlin, George Pérez, and Rom Lim.

DC Entertainment was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2018 with a 30.04% Dollar Market Share and a 33.82% Unit Market Share. DC Entertainment had three of the year’s top ten comics; in addition to Action Comics #1000, Batman #50, and The Batman Who Laughs #1 were among the top ten.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ award-winning science fiction epic, Saga from Image Comics once again dominated the top ten graphic novels chart and solidified Image Comics as the year’s third largest comic book publisher, with a 9.93% Dollar Market Share and a 9.9% Unit Market Share. Image Comics took six of the top ten graphic novel spots, with Saga Volume 9 charting as the #2 best-selling graphic novel for 2018. Saga Volumes 1 and 8 also placed in the top ten, along with The Walking Dead Volume 29 Lines We Cross (#6), Paper Girls Volume 1 (#7), and Monstress Volume 1 (#10). The best-selling comic book for the year from Image was Mark Millar’s The Magic Order #1 at #18.

IDW Publishing was the comic book specialty market’s fourth largest publisher, propelled by its licensed titles from Hasbro, Disney, and Lucasfilm. The company’s Dollar Market Share was 3.83% for the year. Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1, was IDW’s top-selling comic book, landing at #460 for the year.

Dark Horse Comics‘ mix of creator-owned and licensed titles helped the company to be the fifth-ranked publisher in the comic book specialty market in 2018 with a 2.92% Dollar Market Share. Dark Horse’s top comic book for the year Stranger Things #1, based upon the popular Netflix series, at #184.

BOOM! Studios was the sixth ranked publisher at 2.24%, and Dynamite Entertainment was seventh at 1.86%. Viz Media, Titan Comics, and Oni Press rounded out the top ten comic book publishers for 2018.

2018 Comic Unit Share

2018 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS38.24%40.40%
DC ENTERTAINMENT30.04%33.82%
IMAGE COMICS9.93%9.90%
IDW PUBLISHING3.83%3.30%
DARK HORSE COMICS2.92%2.10%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.24%1.90%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.86%1.73%
VIZ MEDIA1.22%0.46%
TITAN COMICS0.87%0.61%
ONI PRESS0.83%0.54%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.01%5.25%

2018 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

QTYRANKRETAILRANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
11ACTION COMICS #1000$7.99FEB180142-MDC ENTERTAINMENT
22AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800$9.99MAR180831-MMARVEL COMICS
33BATMAN #50$4.99MAY180450-MDC ENTERTAINMENT
44FANTASTIC FOUR #1$5.99JUN180771-MMARVEL COMICS
55AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1$5.99MAY180784-MMARVEL COMICS
66RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1$4.99JUL180968-MMARVEL COMICS
79VENOM #1$4.99MAR180803-MMARVEL COMICS
810AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798$3.99FEB180832-MMARVEL COMICS
98BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1$4.99OCT180464-MDC ENTERTAINMENT
1013AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799$3.99FEB180836-MMARVEL COMICS

2018 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

QTYRANKRETAILRANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
11INFINITY GAUNTLET TP$24.99JUL110745MARVEL COMICS
24SAGA TP VOL 09 (MR)$14.99JUL180297IMAGE COMICS
319SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR)$9.99AUG120491IMAGE COMICS
46SAGA TP VOL 08 (MR)$14.99OCT170715IMAGE COMICS
52ACTION COMICS 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN HC$29.99DEC170241DC ENTERTAINMENT
68WALKING DEAD TP VOL 29 LINES WE CROSS$16.99JAN180844IMAGE COMICS
738PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01$9.99JAN160645IMAGE COMICS
87BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT TP$19.99JUL180733DC ENTERTAINMENT
93DARK NIGHTS METAL DELUXE ED HC$29.99JAN180379DC ENTERTAINMENT
1033MONSTRESS TP VOL 01 (MR)$9.99APR160803-MIMAGE COMICS

PREVIEWS Exclusive “Fallout” X-01 Power Armor Quantum Variant Figure Now Available to Pre-Order

Diamond Comic Distributors and Three A Trading Company have partnered to brings fans an exclusive “Quantam” color variant Fallout figure. Three A’s PREVIEWS Exclusive X-01 Power Armor Quantum Variant collectible figure is now available to pre-order at comic shops!

The X-01 Power Armor Quantum Variant collectible figure stands 14.5″ tall and features over 35 points of articulation. This Power Armor Quantum Variant includes a new highly-detailed male head, exchangeable X-01 helmet with a light-up LED function, and Assaultron Blade. All X-01 Quantum outer-armor pieces are detachable and interchangeable with all future and previous Threezero Fallout Power Armor collectible figures. Under the detachable outer-armor, you will find an endoskeleton with amazing attention to detail.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive X-01 Power Armor Quantum Variant collectible figure from Three A Trading Company (NOV188441; SRP: $380.00) is now available for pre-order at comic shops and will be available in stores September 2019.

PREVIEWS Exclusive X-01 Power Armor Quantum Variant
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