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Tony Stark’s Snap Becomes a Previews Exclusive Glow-in-the-Dark Pop

The climatic moment of the cinematic event of 2019 has been immortalized as one of the hottest collectibles on the market. Funko and Diamond Comic Distributors have partnered to capture the most epic moment from Avengers: Endgame with this PREVIEWS Exclusive glow-in-the-dark Iron Man Pop figure!

Featuring the signature Funko style fans have come to know and love, this dramatic battle-damaged Tony Stark kneels on a sculpted terrain base moments before the snapped that saved everything. The PREVIEWS Exclusive I Am Iron Man Glow-In-The-Dark Pop! Figure features a glow-in-the-dark Arc Reactor and Infinity stones, stands about 4” tall, and comes in a collector-friendly window box, perfect for display!

The PREVIEWS Exclusive I Am Iron Man Glow-In-The-Dark Pop! Figure(SEP198703, SRP $14.99) is now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of March 25, 2020.

The Dark Knight, Disney Headline New PREVIEWS Exclusive Figures from Beast Kingdom

Beast Kingdom and Diamond Comic Distributors have partnered to bring fans a new line of PREVIEWS Exclusive figures from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and Disney classics Chip ‘n Dale and Toy Story.

Seven years after its conclusion, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy lives on as a the most acclaimed adaptation of DC’s iconic caped crusader. Beast Kingdom is celebrating the trilogy’s iconic lineup of classic characters with new PREVIEWS Exclusive mini egg attack figures.

The new Dark Knight MEA range is launched with five classic characters each with their own distinctive costume, signature pose, weapons, and accessories! Collect two versions of The Dark Knight himself: Batman with a Grappling gun and Batman with a Batarang; along with Joker, Catwoman, Two-Face, and Bane at a convenient 3-Inch height, perfect for any shelf!

Chip and Dale’s house gets a fresh coat of paint!  Spring is coming, an d what better way to spend those warmer days than with Chip ‘n Dale in their new and updated tree house? Beast Kingdom is back with a new PREVIEWS Exclusive D-Stage Pink variant of Chip ‘n Dale’s humble abode! With an updated pink theme, the tree house is filled with cherry blossom trees, adorning the roof and branches. A small, brick-clad chimney and windmill complete the set with our two furry friends ready to meet and greet. Every section is highly detailed with an exclusive base finishing off this run of D-Stage dioramas.

The Alien from Toy Story goes for a ride in a new PREVIEWS Exclusive statue from Beast Kingdom! A fully upgraded, enlarged version of Toy Story’s lovable Three Eyed Aliens, ready to rock your world! Beast Kingdom once again proudly presents the latest in the Master Craft high end series of collectibles: Toy Story Aliens. The Master Craft series continues the beauty of fine craftmanship, with an all hand painted, fully detailed 10″ tall sculpture that pops with subtle details, including a detailed flying saucer control panel, joysticks and a weathered looking base.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Dark Knight range, featuring Batmanwith a Grappling gun (NOV198836),Batman with a Batarang (NOV198835; SRP $13.50), Joker (NOV198838; SRP $13.50), Catwoman (NOV 198837; SRP $13.50), Two-Face (NOV198839SRP $13.50), and Bane (NOV198834; SRP $13.50), is now available for individual pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of August 26, 2020. The PREVIEWS Exclusive Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse Statue Cherry Version (NOV198840; SRP $29.99) and Toy Story Alien Statue (NOV198841; SRP $199.00) are also now available for pre-order at comic shops with a release date of August 26, 2020.

Marvel Wins December and DC’s Doomsday Clock #12 Takes the Top Spot

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their sales info for December 2019. Marvel was the top publisher in both dollars and units while DC had the top-selling comic in Doomsday #12.

December was a bit mixed as comics saw more dollars compared to November 2019 while units were down. Graphic novels were down in both dollars and units. Overall, comics and graphic novels were down in dollars and units compared to the previous month. Toys saw double-digit growth.

Compared to December 2018, comics, graphic novels, and toys were up across the board in dollars and units. Toys say a three-figure precent increase with unit sales increasing near 200%.

2019 compared to 2018 was a bit mixed. Comics were up in dollars though units was down slightly. Graphic novels were down in dollars and units. Overall, comics and graphic novels were up in dollars and down in units. Toys saw increases since the previous year up almost 26% in dollars and near 29% in units.

Marvel Comics was December’s top publisher, with a 37.89% dollar share (+0.48) and a 45.60% unit share (+2.92). DC was second, at 33.55% (+2.83) and 31.35% (-1.06) respectively. In third, Image Comics had a 5.91% dollar share (-1.99) and a 5.93% unit share (-1.94), followed by IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment.

In addition to Doomsday Clock #12, DC had five titles in the top ten. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman: Last Knight on Earth #3, the finale of their Black Label series, ranked #3; Frank Miller and Rafael Granpá’s Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child one-shot ranked #4; Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year #1 ranked #5; and Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado’s Superman #18, the landmark issue in which Superman reveals his secret identity to the world, ranked #10.

Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten. Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, and Gerry Alanguilan’s X-Men #3 ranked #2, Donny Cates and Mark Bagley’s Venom #21, the first chapter of “Venom Island,” ranked #5; Peter David and Greg Land’s Symbiote Spider-Man; Alien Reality #1 ranked #8; Incoming #1, the all-star one-shot that sets the stage for 2020, ranked #8; and Nick Spencer and Oscar Bazaldua’s Amazing Spider-Man #35 ranked #9.

Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 was the publisher’s top book at #17; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 from BOOM! Studios ranked #29; Todd McFarlane and Jason Shawn Alexander’s Spawn #303 was Image Comics’ top book at #45; and Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella #6 ranked #61 for the month.

Marvel Comics’ House of X/Powers of X, a hardcover collection of the two mini-series by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, and R.B. Silva that heralded a revitalization of Marvel’s mutant franchise, was the best-selling graphic novel of December and one of the publisher’s four titles among the top ten. DC’s Batman Volume 11: The Fall and the Fallen by Tom King and Mikel Janin led DC’s slate of three titles in top ten at #2.  Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Rich Tommasco’s Black Hammer Volume 4: Age of Doom Part 2 from Dark Horse Comics ranked #5, and Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys Omnibus Volume 6 from Dynamite Entertainment ranked #6.

Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book Volume 1 was December’s best-selling book.

Depicting a scene from Marvel Comic’s 1991 series The Infinity Gauntlet, Funko’s POP! Marvel Heroes: Thanos “Snap” 6-Inch Deluxe Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS exclusive, was December’s best-selling toy. Also in the top ten from Funko, the PREVIEWS exclusive POP! Dragonball Z: Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta Vinyl Figure ranked #2. Diamond Select Toys had a strong month with six products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Avengers Endgame: Hero Suit Hulk Action Figure at #3.

Green Ronin Publishing’s Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting, a perennial seller, returned to the top of the sales charts as December’s best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing had eight products in the top ten, and S7 Game’s My Hero Academia: The Card Game also returned to the charts at #3 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS37.89%45.60%
DC COMICS33.55%31.35%
IMAGE COMICS5.91%5.93%
IDW PUBLISHING4.34%3.51%
BOOM! STUDIOS4.03%3.66%
DARK HORSE COMICS2.67%1.87%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.56%2.51%
VIZ MEDIA1.00%0.38%
TITAN COMICS0.57%0.51%
RANDOM HOUSE0.48%0.13%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.00%4.54%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
DECEMBER 2019 VS. NOVEMBER 2019
COMICS0.18%-1.28%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-11.06%-18.03%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-3.00%-2.48%
TOYS13.47%16.61%
DECEMBER 2019 VS. DECEMBER 2018
COMICS7.08%5.36%
GRAPHIC NOVELS15.77%2.87%
TOTAL COMICS/GN9.20%5.21%
TOYS166.96%191.68%
YEAR 2019 VS. YEAR 2018
COMICS4.33%-0.92%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-2.01%-7.95%
TOTAL COMICS/GN2.54%-1.44%
TOYS25.96%28.65%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS103320135
DC COMICS86321119
IMAGE COMICS367043
IDW PUBLISHING2813041
BOOM! STUDIOS2314037
DARK HORSE COMICS229031
DYNAMITE144018
KODANSHA COMICS013013
TITAN COMICS82212
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS9009
OTHER NON-TOP 108010911200
TOTAL40923514658

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DOOMSDAY CLOCK #12$5.99OCT190523-MDC
2X-MEN #3$3.99OCT190903-MMAR
3BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #3 (MR)$5.99SEP190478-MDC
4DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE GOLDEN CHILD #1$5.99OCT190471-MDC
5VENOM #21$3.99OCT191001-MMAR
6HARLEY QUINN: VILLAIN OF THE YEAR #1$4.99OCT190466-MDC
7SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: ALIEN REALITY #1$4.99OCT190971-MMAR
8INCOMING #1$9.99OCT190860-MMAR
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #35$3.99OCT190926-MMAR
10SUPERMAN #18$3.99OCT190580-MDC

 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DOOMSDAY CLOCK #12$5.99OCT190523-MDC
2INCOMING #1$9.99OCT190860-MMAR
3BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #3 (MR)$5.99SEP190478-MDC
4DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE GOLDEN CHILD #1$5.99OCT190471-MDC
5HARLEY QUINN: VILLAIN OF THE YEAR #1$4.99OCT190466-MDC
6TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #100$7.99SEP190620-MIDW
7HARLEEN #3 (MR)$7.99SEP190494-MDC
8X-MEN #3$3.99OCT190903-MMAR
9SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: ALIEN REALITY #1$4.99OCT190971-MMAR
10VENOM #21$3.99OCT191001-MMAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X HC$60.00SEP190963-MMAR
2BATMAN TP VOL 11 THE FALL AND THE FALLEN$17.99SEP190554DC
3WATCHMEN TP$24.99JUN190614-MDC
4SILVER SURFER BLACK TP TREASURY EDITION$29.99SEP190990MAR
5BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 04 AGE OF DOOM PART II$19.99MAY190209DAR
6BOYS OMNIBUS TP VOL 06 (MR)$29.99OCT191313-MDE
7GREEN LANTERN TP VOL 01 INTERGALACTIC LAWMAN$17.99SEP190568DC
8DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY TP VOL 02 NO DEVILS ONLY GOD$15.99SEP190982MAR
9MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES TP (MR)$12.99AUG190092IMA
10STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA TP VOL 06 UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAP$15.99SEP190997MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X HC$60.00SEP190963-MMAR
2ANNIHILATION OMNIBUS HC$125.00JUL191087MAR
3Y THE LAST MAN OMNIBUS HC (MR)$150.00APR190576DC
4INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US OMNIBUS HC VOL 01$125.00MAR190580DC
5ABSOLUTE DARK KNIGHT III THE MASTER RACE HC$125.00APR190525DC
6ANIMAL MAN BY JEFF LEMIRE OMNIBUS HC$99.99APR190524DC
7SILVER SURFER BLACK TP TREASURY EDITION$29.99SEP190990MAR
8MMW FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 21$75.00JUN191034-MMAR
9WATCHMEN TP$24.99JUN190614-MDC
10BOYS OMNIBUS TP VOL 06 (MR)$29.99OCT191313-MDE

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOL 01$12.99OCT151871ZEN
2OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG SC VOL 49$29.95APR191757-MGEM
3BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
4DARK SOULS III DESIGN WORKS HC$49.99JUN182173UDO
5MEGA MAN ZERO HC OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS$44.99APR192142UDO
6ART OF ATARI HC$39.99JUL161467DYN
7KONOSUBA LIGHT NOVEL SC VOL 10$14.00OCT192327YEN
8OKAMI OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS SC$39.99MAY073783UDO
9DOCTOR WHO TARDIS TYPE FORTY INSTRUCTION MANUAL HC$19.99MAY188247PEN
10GEARS OF WAR RETROSPECTIVE HC$49.99MAY192131UDO

TTOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1POP MARVEL HEROES THANOS SNAP 6IN PX DELUXE VINYL FIGUREMAY198251FUN
2POP ANIMATION DBZ SUPER SAIYAN 2 VEGETA PX VIN FIGJAN199073FUN
3MARVEL SELECT AVENGERS ENDGAME HERO SUIT HULK AFJUL192664DST
4MARVEL MILESTONES AVENGERS 4 ARMORED THANOS STATUEOCT188304DST
5MARVEL SELECT AVENGERS 4 IRON MAN MK85 AFSEP192494DST
6MARVEL GALLERY AVENGERS ENDGAME CAPTAIN AMERICA PVC FIGJUL192669DST
7GX-88 ARMORED FLEET DAIRUGGER XV SOUL OF CHOGOKIN (NET)MAY198128BLU
8YU GI OH YAMI YUGI NENDOROID AFDEC188202GOO
9IT CHAPTER 2 GALLERY PENNYWISE PVC FIGUREJUN192381DST
10MARVEL PREMIER GREEN GOBLIN COMIC STATUEMAR192445DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
2PATHFINDER CORE RULEBOOK SPECIAL EDITON HC (P2)MAY193228PAI
3MY HERO ACADEMIA: THE CARD GAMEJUL183082S7
4PATHFINDER ACG CORE SETMAR198499PAI
5PATHFINDER LOST OMENS WORLD GUIDE HC (P2)MAY193231PAI
6STARFINDER RPG ALIEN ARCHIVE 3 HCJUN193098PAI
7CREATURE CODEX HCJUL183073PAI
8STARFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
9STARFINDER RPG CHARACTER OPERATIONS MANUAL HCSEP193078PAI
10PATHFINDER LOST OMENS CHARACTER GUIDE HC (P2)AUG193363PAI

Jeffrey Brown Announced as the FCBD 2020 Commemorative Artist

Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed the artwork for the commemorative artist T-shirts available for Free Comic Book Day 2020. Award-winning artist and illustrator, Jeffrey Brown, has created a one-of-kind design emphasizing the timelessness of comic books for this year’s Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2020 T-shirt. The T-shirt is available for pre-order at comic book shops starting December 20 and is featured in the January issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog.

Jeffrey Brown began his comics career alternating between intimate, sincere auto-biographical works including the critically acclaimed Clumsy and humorous parodies such as Incredible Change-Bots. Jeffrey combined his personal style and deep fan knowledge of Star Wars into the New York Times bestsellers Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, and followed up with the middle grade series Jedi Academy. Jeffrey has also explored prehistoric cave-kid life with Lucy & Andy Neanderthal and elementary school with his picture book My Teacher Is A Robot. Jeffrey returned to everyday life in the Star Wars universe with Rey and Pals, and the first volume of his new science fiction series Space-Time! launches in June 2020, with a preview available at participating comic shops as a Free Comic Book Day 2020 Gold sponsor title!

Brown’s artwork for the FCBD 2020 Commemorative T-Shirt captures the timelessness of comic books while highlighting the enduring ability of comic book shops to bring together pop culture fans and forge a sense of community.

The FCBD 2020 T-shirt will be available in men’s sizes (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) in black and navy, in women’s sizes (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) in black and forest green, and in youth sizes (MSRP: $11.99) in black and light blue. The shirt, along with a complete listing of all the FCBD 2020 comic book titles, can be found in the January issue of PREVIEWS, available in comic shops on January 1, 2020.

Jeffrey Brown FCBD 2020

Exclusive Marvel Mystery Boxes from Funko Lead Free Comic Book Day 2020 Merchandise Selections

Free Comic Book Day has announced the upcoming release of this year’s Free Comic Book Day PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) collectible merchandise available only during the event on Saturday, May 2, 2020!

Funko leads the way for Free Comic Book Day 2020 exclusive collectibles with their first-ever PREVIEWS Exclusive Mystery Box (JAN200050-64; SRP: $34.99)! The mystery box features a brand-new Marvel Comics POP! PX bobble-head figure, an exclusive PX Marvel Funko Variant Comic Book (title TBA) and a PX Funko POP! Character Tee! POP!figure comes in standard Funko window box packaging for easy display, while the Marvel comic book features cover art in the Funko style, depicting the Mystery Box’s featured POP! character in three randomly distributed designs: Main Variant Cover (65%), No Logo Variant (25%), Gold Logo Cover (10%)! There are three Mystery boxes to choose from, A, B, and C, each with its own exclusive T-Shirt design of the featured POP! character. The featured character in the box is a mystery for now, but Funko and Free Comic Book Day will be announcing the featured character in mid-March!

PREVIEWS Exclusive Mystery Box

Try to keep your mind clear when you look at FCBD’s Diamond Select Toys sculpture of the X-Men’s resident Femme Fatale, Emma Frost (OCT190014; SRP $49.99)! Shipping exclusively to stores participating in Free Comic Book Day, this approximately 12-inch PREVIEWS Exclusive PVC diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box for display.

PREVIEWS Exclusive PVC Emma Frost

Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man, thrilled audiences in the animated blockbuster Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Now, this PREVIEWS Exclusive this 1.2″ hard enamel pin of Miles Morales (OCT190015; SRP $10.00) from Mondo Tees will be just as exciting to your customers on Free Comic Book Day! The butterfly clutch pin comes on an Into the Spider-Verse backing card.

PREVIEWS Exclusive this 1.2" hard enamel pin of Miles Morales

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Black Widow HeroClix Figure from Wizkids/NECA is based on Marvel Studios’ upcoming Black Widow movie! The Exclusive FCBD 2020 Marvel HeroClix Exclusive Figure will include an exclusive HeroClix figure and character card in a polybag with a hangtag.

WizKids/NECA! have also paired up with Marvel and DC to offer fans a selection of PREVIEWS Exclusive Dice Masters Team Packs. The Dice Masters Marvel and DC FCBD 2020 promotion offers gamers deal pricing on three backlist Dice Masters Team Packs, giving retailers an opportunity to introduce the Marvel and DC Dice Masters game to their customers at a low price point. The Dice Masters Team Pack from Marvel (OCT190017; SRP $11.25) includes the Dark X-Men Team Pack, Defenders Team Pack, and the Kree Invasion Team Pack. The Dice Masters Team Pack from DC (OCT190016; SRP $11.25) includes the Harley Quinn Team Pack, Mystics Team Pack, and the Doom Patrol Team Pack.

These PREVIEWS Exclusive collectibles will only be available in extremely limited quantities on Saturday, May 2, 2020 from participating Free Comic Book Day stores.

Diamond Reveals the Full 2020 Free Comic Book Day Titles

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2020 features an amazing selection of comic book titles for the industry’s most anticipated annual event which will take place Saturday, May 2, 2020 at participating comic book shops worldwide.

A committee made up of comic shop retailers chose fourty-seven titles overall to be available on Free Comic Book Day: twelve Gold Sponsor comics and thirty-five Silver Sponsor comics that give fans a great opportunity to discover new titles and genres. There will also be two educational support titles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Gemstone Publishing. This year’s announcement of Silver Sponsor comics includes such great titles as Stranger Things & Minecraft, Mean Girls: Senior Year, Spider-Man/ Venom, Disney Masters: Donald Duck, Blade Runner, Naurto/ Samurai 8, and more.

A complete listing of all fourty-seven FCBD titles, including the twelve Gold Sponsor and thirty-five Silver Sponsor comic books, can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at comic book shops on January 1, 2020.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2020: GOLD COMICS

Archie Comics | ARCHIE BLUE RIBBON PRESENTS

ARCHIE BLUE RIBBON PRESENTS

BOOM! Studios | POWER RANGERS: RANGER SLAYER

POWER RANGERS: RANGER SLAYER

Dark Horse Comics | NORSE MYTHOLOGY/ CRITICAL ROLE

NORSE MYTHOLOGY/ CRITICAL ROLE

DC Comics | DC COMICS TOP SECRET GOLD BOOK

DC COMICS TOP SECRET GOLD BOOK

IDW Publishing | MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC

Image Comics | FIRE POWER #1 – ROBERT KIRKMAN & CHRIS SAMNEE

FIRE POWER #1 – ROBERT KIRKMAN & CHRIS SAMNEE

Macmillan/ First Second Books| INVESTIGATORS: TAKE THE PLUNGE SNEAK PEEK

INVESTIGATORS: TAKE THE PLUNGE SNEAK PEEK

Marvel Comics | X-MEN

X-MEN

Random House Children’s Books | ONLY A MATTER OF SPACE TIME

ONLY A MATTER OF SPACE TIME

Ten Speed Press | JACK KIRBY: THE EPIC LIFE OF THE KING OF COMICS

 JACK KIRBY: THE EPIC LIFE OF THE KING OF COMICS

Valiant Entertainment | VALIANT 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

VALIANT 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

VIZ Media | THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS / SPLATOON: SQUID KIDS COMEDY SHOW

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS / SPLATOON: SQUID KIDS COMEDY SHOW

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2020: SILVER COMICS

AfterShock Comics | DARK ARK: INSTINCT

DARK ARK: INSTINCT

Albatross Funnybooks | HILLBILLY: THE LIZARD OF RUSTY CREEK CAVE

HILLBILLY: THE LIZARD OF RUSTY CREEK CAVE

Artists, Writers & Artisans | THE RESISTANCE

THE RESISTANCE

Benitez Productions | LADY MECHANIKA

LADY MECHANIKA

BOOM! Studios | LUMBERJANES: FAREWELL TO SUMMER

LUMBERJANES: FAREWELL TO SUMMER

Chapterhouse Publishing | CAPTAIN CANUCK BEYOND AND CAPTAIN BATTLE

CAPTAIN CANUCK BEYOND AND CAPTAIN BATTLE

Dark Horse Comics | STRANGER THINGS/ MINECRAFT

STRANGER THINGS/ MINECRAFT

DC Comics | DC TOP SECRET SILVER TITLE

DC TOP SECRET SILVER TITLE

Drawn & Quarterly | LITTLE LULU: NO BOYS ALLOWED

LITTLE LULU: NO BOYS ALLOWED

Drawn & Quarterly | MANHWA: CONTEMPORARY KOREAN COMICS

MANHWA: CONTEMPORARY KOREAN COMICS

Dynamite Entertainment | THE BOYS #1

THE BOYS #1

Fantagraphics Books | DISNEY MASTERS: DONALD DUCK

DISNEY MASTERS: DONALD DUCK

Golden Apple Books | RICHARD FAIRGRAY’S MONSTER SHOWCASE

RICHARD FAIRGRAY’S MONSTER SHOWCASE

Graphix | DONUT THE DESTROYER

DONUT THE DESTROYER

Graphix | OWLY: THE WAY HOME

OWLY: THE WAY HOME

Humanoids | ENTER THE INCAL

ENTER THE INCAL

IDW Publishing | USAGI YOJIMBO

USAGI YOJIMBO

Image Comics | INVINCIBLE #1

INVINCIBLE #1

Insight Comics | MEAN GIRLS: SENIOR YEAR

MEAN GIRLS: SENIOR YEAR

Kodansha Comics| SUE AND TAI-CHAN PREVIEW

SUE AND TAI-CHAN PREVIEW

Marvel Comics | SPIDER-MAN/VENOM

SPIDER-MAN/ VENOM

New England Comics | THE TICK

THE TICK

Oni Press | SUPER MERCADO MIX TAPE

SUPER MERCADO MIX TAPE

Papercutz | ASTERIX

ASTERIX

Papercutz | THE LOUD HOUSE FCBD 2020 SPECIAL

THE LOUD HOUSE FCBD 2020 SPECIAL

Penguin Workshop | ZOO PATROL SQUAD: KINGDOM CAPER

ZOO PATROL SQUAD: KINGDOM CAPER

Rebellion | BEST OF 2000 AD ISSUE #0

BEST OF 2000 AD ISSUE #0

RH Graphic | STEPPING STONES/ MAX & THE MIDKNIGHTS

STEPPING STONES/ MAX & THE MIDKNIGHTS

Titan Comics | BLADE RUNNER 2019

BLADE RUNNER 2019

Titan Comics | HORIZON ZERO DAWN #0

HORIZON ZERO DAWN #0

TOKYOPOP | BIBI & MIYU/ THE FOX & THE LITTLE TANUKI

BIBI & MIYU/ THE FOX & THE LITTLE TANUKI

UDON Entertainment | STREET FIGHTER #100: RYU VS. CHUN-LI

STREET FIGHTER #100: RYU VS. CHUN-LI

Vault Comics | BRANDON SANDERSON’S DARK ONE #1

BRANDON SANDERSON’S DARK ONE #1

VIZ Media | NARUTO/SAMURAI 8

NARUTO/ SAMURAI 8

Yen Press| THE WEIRN BOOKS

THE WEIRN BOOKS

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TITLES

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | CBLDF & BOOM! DEFEND COMICS

CBLDF & BOOM! DEFEND COMICS

Gemstone Publishing | THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING – FCBD 2020

THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING - FCBD 2020

Diamond Announces New Shipping Boxes for Retailers

Diamond Comic Distributors, the leading distributor of comics, graphic novels and pop-culture merchandise, is introducing a redesigned shipping box, set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019. The redesign focuses on Diamond’s 200-count, 400-count, and 200/400-count combo box boxes for shipping comic books and other merchandise, with the goal to drastically reduce the amount of shipper-related damages through a stronger structural integrity of the box.

The new boxes will be in use starting with retailer shipments for December 18 release items. Retailers may see a mixed shipment of old and new boxes for a few weeks, as old inventory is depleted, with all shipments by late December using the new, stronger box structure.

Featuring a completely flat interior, with no flaps or tape on the bottom, the new box design allows comics to sit evenly inside the box, thus reducing the potential for bends and other damages to comic books. Furthermore, the new design boasts a considerable structural improvement over the existing box when compared in a burst test. A burst test is a pressure test used to determine the maximum weight at which a component will “burst” or fail. The new design’s point of failure came under much more weight than the existing box: the existing shipping box reaches its first point of failure at 737 pounds of pressure, whereas the new boxes reach its first point of failure at 3,200 pounds of pressure, representing a 335% structural improvement. The existing box reaches its second point of failure at 2,200 pounds of pressure, whereas the new design reaches its second point of failure at 3,500 pounds of pressure, representing a 56% structural improvement.

Diamond Heads to MegaCon Orlando for the 2020 Retailer Summit

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that its 2020 Retailer Summit for comic book specialty retailers will take place Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 16 in Orlando, FL ahead of MegaCon Orlando, which is set to run from Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19 at the Orange County Convention Center. 

The 2020 Retailer Summit will offer a wealth of entertaining, educational and informative activities, bringing together the industry’s retailers, publishers, key vendors, and Diamond staff for the 3-day trade-only event. The Retailer Summit will feature key supplier presentations, a trade-only Exhibit Hall, retailer workshops, publisher forums, and more fun and informative events for comic book specialty retailers.

Diamond’s Retailer Summit is the leading annual event for comic book specialty retailers to meet with publishers and suppliers who come together to discuss the industry and their businesses. Top publishers sponsor the event and share exciting new projects, while retailers get to network and learn about new and proven business practices to help them succeed in today’s retailing environment.

Additional details and registration information to come.

Comic Sales Continue to Make Gains in November According to Diamond Comic Distributors

Things remained relatively steady when it comes to market share for publishers while comics as a whole continue to make gains on the year according to data released by Diamond Comic Distributors today.

Compared to the previous month, comics, graphic novels, and toys were down in both dollars and units with almost all dropping double digits.

Compared to the same time the previous year, things look much better. Comics and graphic novels both saw gains combining for a 4.3% increase in dollars and 2.98% in units. Individually they also saw gains. Toys were a bit mixed seeing a decrease of 1.3% in dollars but an increase in 15.09% in units compared to the previous year.

When it comes year to date, comics are up 4.1% in dollars but down 1.42% in units. Graphic novels are still down, 3.21% in dollars and 8.65% in units. The two combined are up 2.02% in dollars and down 1.96% in units. Toys are still seeing major gains up 19.15% in dollars and down 21.54% in units.

Marvel Comics was November’s top publisher, taking a 37.41% dollar market share (-2.10) and a 42.68% unit share (-2.52) DC was second, with a 30.72% dollar share (-0.95) and a 32.41% unit share (+0.39). Image Comics placed third with 7.90% in dollars (+0.31) and 7.87% in units (+0.69), followed by BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment.

Marvel Comics had eight of November’s ten best-selling comics including the top selling comic, New Mutants #1. They had the top five comics for the month. Image Comics’ Undiscovered Country #1, the new series from Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandini, ranked #8. DC was also in the top ten; the “Year of the Villain” acetate cover edition of Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #82 ranked #9.

Among the premier publishers’ top books for November, Matt Kindt and Matt Smith’s Folklords #1 from BOOM! Studios’ ranked #94; Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella #5 ranked #105; Hazel & Cha Cha Save Christmas: Tales from The Umbrella Academy, a spin-off from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s The Umbrella Academy, from Dark Horse ranked #110; and IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #23 ranked #189.

The heroes of the DC universe wage a desperate war against a world corrupted by the Anti-Life Equation in Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine’s DCeased, November’s best-selling graphic novel, collecting the best-selling mini-series from DC and one of the publisher’s two books in the top ten, along with Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.’s Superman: Year One at #5. BOOM! Studios’ Firefly: The Sting, an original graphic novel based on the television series, ranked #2. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten; The Immortal Hulk Volume 5: Breaker of Worlds, was the top book at #3. Image Comics’ November Volume 1 ranked #4. Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top, led by The Legend of Korra Part 2: Ruins of Empire at #6.

Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Price Guide to Batman, a guide to eighty years of comics and collectibles focused on the Dark Knight, was November’s best-selling book. Also of note, Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella: 50th Anniversary Poster Collection ranked #3 and Titan Comics’ The Philosophy of Deadpool ranked #4.

Mezco Toys’ One:12 Collective: Marvel Comics: Classic Cyclops Action Figure, a PREVIEWS exclusive, was November’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten, led by the Castlevania Gallery: Trevor Belmont PVC Figure, based on the Netflix animated series. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten; the Dark Nights Metal: The Batman Who Laughs & Robins Deluxe Statue was their best-selling product at #6.

Paizo Publishing’s Starfinder RPG: Character Operations Manual, a sourcebook for the science-fiction role-playing game, was November’s best-selling game product and one of the seven Paizo products among the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS37.41%42.68%
DC30.72%32.41%
IMAGE COMICS7.90%7.87%
BOOM! STUDIOS3.46%3.07%
IDW PUBLISHING3.42%3.04%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.38%2.37%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.03%1.45%
VIZ MEDIA1.48%0.56%
TITAN COMICS0.70%0.50%
ONI PRESS INC.0.57%0.46%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.93%5.59%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
NOVEMBER 2019 VS. OCTOBER 2019
COMICS-28.87%-24.86%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-12.33%-14.39%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-24.86%-24.19%
TOYS-8.72%-13.86%
NOVEMBER 2019 VS. NOVEMBER 2018
COMICS3.12%2.91%
GRAPHIC NOVELS7.43%3.94%
TOTAL COMICS/GN4.30%2.98%
TOYS-1.30%15.09%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS4.10%-1.42%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-3.21%-8.65%
TOTAL COMICS/GN2.02%-1.96%
TOYS19.15%21.54%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
DC COMICS96310127
MARVEL COMICS84360120
IMAGE COMICS4015055
IDW PUBLISHING3614050
DARK HORSE COMICS2222044
BOOM! STUDIOS1915034
VIZ MEDIA LLC027027
DYNAMITE149023
TITAN COMICS87116
ONI PRESS INC.3407
OTHER NON-TOP 1015220024376
TOTAL47438025879

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1NEW MUTANTS #1$4.99SEP190749-MMAR
2X-MEN #2$3.99SEP190778-MMAR
3ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #5$4.99SEP190790-MMAR
4X-FORCE #1$4.99SEP190760-MMAR
5FALLEN ANGELS #1$4.99SEP190769-MMAR
6DEADPOOL #1$4.99SEP190835-MMAR
7AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33$3.99SEP190814-MMAR
8UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1 (MR) [*]$3.99SEP190027-MIMA
9BATMAN #82 ACETATE COVER$3.99AUG190599DC
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #34$3.99SEP190818-MMAR

 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1NEW MUTANTS #1$4.99SEP190749-MMAR
2ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #5$4.99SEP190790-MMAR
3X-FORCE #1$4.99SEP190760-MMAR
4X-MEN #2$3.99SEP190778-MMAR
5DEADPOOL #1$4.99SEP190835-MMAR
6FALLEN ANGELS #1$4.99SEP190769-MMAR
7UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1 (MR) [*]$3.99SEP190027-MIMA
8BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT PRESENTS: VON FREEZE #1$5.99SEP190437-MDC
9SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE #1$4.99SEP190805-MMAR
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33$3.99SEP190814-MMAR

TOP 10 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DCEASED HC$29.99AUG190650DC
2FIREFLY: THE STING HC$19.99JUL191306BOO
3IMMORTAL HULK VOL. 5: BREAKER OF WORLDS TP$15.99AUG191149MAR
4NOVEMBER VOL. 1 HC (MR)$16.99JUL190077IMA
5SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE HC$29.99AUG190687DC
6LEGEND OF KORRA PART 2: RUINS OF EMPIRE TP$10.99JUN190359DAR
7JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER: ALLEGIANCE TP$15.99SEP190991-MMAR
8LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: LUX TP$15.99JUL191064MAR
9SAVAGE AVENGERS VOL. 1: CITY OF SICKLES TP$15.99AUG191148MAR
10STRANGER THINGS: SIX TP$17.99JUL190353DAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC$125.00MAY190943-MMAR
2CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS BOX SET HC$500.00APR190537DC
3ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY ALAN MOORE VOL. 1 HC$99.99MAR190601DC
4DCEASED HC$29.99AUG190650DC
5DOOM PATROL: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC$125.00APR190538DC
6SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE HC$29.99AUG190687DC
7FIREFLY: THE STING HC$19.99JUL191306BOO
8BATMAN BY SNYDER & CAPULLO OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC$125.00APR190526DC
9NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS VOL. 4 HC$99.00APR190560DC
10MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 31 HC$75.00MAY190945-MMAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE TO BATMAN SC$30.00SEP191814GEM
2DRAGON BALL VISUAL HISTORY: THE ART OF AKIRA TORIYAMA HC$34.99AUG192435VIZ
3VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY POSTER COLLECTION SC$24.99AUG191226DE
4THE PHILOSOPHY OF DEADPOOL HC (MR)$14.99MAR192035TTN
5OVERLORD LIGHT NOVEL VOLUME 11 HC$20.00JUL192435YEN
6SHIGENORI SOEJIMA & P-STUDIO ART UNIT ART WORKS 2 TP$39.99AUG192423UDO
7THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 146 SC$14.95SEP191953SAN
8TRANSFORMERS VISUAL HISTORY HC$49.99SEP192219VIZ
9DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WINNER TAKES ALL SC$6.99SEP191935RAN
10DRAGONS CROWN: OFFICIAL ARTWORKS HC$49.99JUL192399UDO

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: CLASSIC CYCLOPS FIGURESEP188229MEZ
2CASTLEVANIA GALLERY: TREVOR BELMONT PVC FIGUREJAN192540DST
3POP! DC HEROES: HARLEY QUINN WITH BOOMBOX VINYL FIGUREAUG188545FUN
4MARVEL SELECT: CARNAGE FIGURENOV142179DST
5KINGDOM HEARTS 3 GALLERY: MALEFICENT PVC STATUEMAY189403DST
6DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBINS DELUXE STATUEMAY190542DC
7DARK KNIGHTS METAL: BATMAN THE RED DEATH STATUEAPR190588DC
8DC PRIME: BATMAN ACTION FIGUREMAR190627DC
9DC GALLERY: HARLEY QUINN REBIRTH PVC FIGUREJUN192385DST
10MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS ENDGAME CAPTAIN AMERICA PVC FIGUREJUL192669DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1STARFINDER RPG: CHARACTER OPERATIONS MANUAL HCSEP193078PAI
2STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
3CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
4PATHFINDER: LOST OMENS CHARACTER GUIDE HC (P2)AUG193363PAI
5PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT: BASIC NEW EDITIONMAR138328PAI
6PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITIONAPR168770PAI
7PATHFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: AGE OF ASHES PART 5SEP193076PAI
8MY HERO ACADEMIA: THE CARD GAMEJUL183082S7
9POP! FUNKOVERSE STRATEGY GAME: THE GOLDEN GIRLS 100 EXPANDALONE BOARD GAMEJUN198704FUN
10TOME OF BEASTS HCJUN168476PAI

Frozen Gets Previews Exclusive Figures

Diamond Comic Distributors has partnered with Beast Kingdom to bring fans an all-new selection of PREVIEWS Exclusive figures, available only at local comic shops! Beast Kingdom is offering a selection of figures featuring Anna and Elsa from Frozen II.

Disney’s popular animated classic is back once again with the release of Frozen II! The icy wonderland from the first movie is now expanded with a new world full of Autumn maple. The PREVIEWS Exclusive Frozen II D-Stage series from Beast Kingdom combines your favorite characters with the beautiful charm of the settings of the new film. At nearly 6″ in height, the statues are vividly painted and accurately detailed, featuring Elsa summoning an elemental Water Spirit and the ever-optimistic Anna gazing into the Autumn wind!

In Beast Kingdom’s third PREVIEWS Exclusive figure from Frozen IIAnna is now geared up with her latest costume in this new Master Craft Statue! With a real clothed dark shawl, including actual wiring for posing, Master Craft Anna stands about 15″ tall, making her the ultimate collectible for Frozen fans.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Disney Frozen II Elsa DS-038 D-Stage Figure (OCT198592; SRP $29.99), Disney Frozen II Anna DS-039 D-Stage Figure (OCT198591; SRP $29.99), and Disney Frozen II MC-017 Master Craft Anna Statue (OCT198593; SRP $229.00) are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of May 27, 2020.

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