The Comics Chronicles
00h17 23  décembre
Marvel most prolific reprint publisher in 2020, but other publishers gain share
John Jackson Miller
Our list of second-and-later printings of comic books released in 2020 is now complete. Including next week’s issues, publishers released 357 reprint editions into the Direct Market in 2020, down from 572 in 2019 owing to pandemic cutbacks. Click to see the full list Marvel s 169 reprint issues...
18h05 11  décembre
October 2020 combined charts online, with unit estimates; Marvel, DC split top five
John Jackson Miller
We resumed unit sales estimates with our September 2020 report, introducing several new workflows to the process; for the following month’s report, we’ve added even more as we seek to unlock the limited information released by comics distributors in the months following the Shutdown Split. Our...
20h37 10  décembre
Three Jokers #3 tops DC in October; publisher’s smallest non-shutdown new comics slate since May 1991
John Jackson Miller
After some delay associated with implementation of yet more new procedures, our projections for DC comics sales to retailers in October 2020 are now online. Batman: Three Jokers #3 completed the trifecta, with the title leading for its third consecutive month. Noteworthy is the fact that DC only...
22h00 02  décembre
Comics comeback continues as Spidey anniversary issues lead Diamond orders in 37 million month
John Jackson Miller
The portion of the comics market represented by Diamond Comic Distributors continued its post-shutdown recovery in October, with the distributor shipping what Comichron projects to be nearly 5.5 million comic books, graphic novels, and magazines to North American accounts, including a little over 5...
16h16 28  octobre
September 2020 combined charts online, with unit estimates; orders up strongly from pre-shutdown levels
John Jackson Miller
Last week, Diamond released its Top 500 lists, as well as its market shares and between the two, plus our own research, we’ve been able to generate something we haven’t had here for six months: unit sales estimates for comics. They appear first on the Diamond charts for September 2020 page, which...
17h10 26  octobre
Three Jokers #2 leads DC September unit sales, Detective #1027 leads dollars
John Jackson Miller
Here’s stage two in what has turned out to be a process that’s evolving every month: we have our charts for DC comics ordered in September, along with our projected rankings for same. Once again, Joker and Batman dominated the list, with Death Metal pitching in. The process behind the creation of...
21h05 21  octobre
Venom, X of Swords lead September Diamond comics sales; market shares resume; full charts already online
John Jackson Miller
In the second month since the return of sales charts for August 2020, the distributor carrying most of the comics released in North America, Diamond Comic Distributors, has announced its September 2020 top-sellers and while comparative month-to-month and year-to-year sales statistics did not...
16h15 19  octobre
DC drops UCS six months into distribution deal; some shops unlikely to hit DC’s new minimums
John Jackson Miller
And then there was one& again. Reports began appearing this morning that retailers had received messages from DC Comics that it would be ending its distribution relationship with UCS Comic Distributors, a sister firm to Midtown Comics, in favor of the other new distributor DC helped launch in April...
16h16 02  octobre
Diamond August 2020 and our combined 2020 sales charts now online; DC sweeps top five
John Jackson Miller
Diamond’s full charts for August 2020 are out and so are ours The Diamond charts are full top 500s with dollar rankings, though that category works best when it draws upon nonreturnable comics sold at regular discounts every month. Publisher relief efforts for shops, though welcome in all ways,...
16h24 01  octobre
Batman: Three Jokers leads DC orders in August by wide margin
John Jackson Miller
With Diamond resuming its monthly Top 10 reports yesterday, we’re now proceeding with the next step in our August sales report: orders from DC’s distributors. The process behind the DC reports was discussed here. Not surprisingly, we project that Batman: Three Jokers #1 was the top comic book...
20h30 30  septembre
Diamond charts resume with Venom, Thor, Maestro leading its August 2020 comics sales
John Jackson Miller
They’re back to a degree, anyway This afternoon, Diamond Comics Distributors has released its first monthly comics Top Ten charts since March 2020, when the industry shut down due the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s also the first monthly Top 10 since DC Comics withdrew from Diamond at the end of...
16h38 28  août
The Shutdown Split Era: Comichron adds comics sales projections for April through July 2020
John Jackson Miller
New comics sales charts are back on Comichron, after a fashion. They’re not Diamond Comic Distributors charts, but they do report on retailer purchases from Diamond as well as of retail purchases from DC s new distribution channel, which includes Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors....
16h00 10  juillet
Comics and Graphic Novel Sales Top 1.2 Billion in 2019
John Jackson Miller
According to new estimate by ICv2 and Comichron Comics and graphic novel sales topped 1.2 billion in 2019, according to a new joint estimate by Comichron’s John Jackson Miller and ICv2’s Milton Griepp. Total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in the U.S. and Canada were approximately 1...
20h38 05  juin
DC ends distribution relationship with Diamond: Historical notes and future prospects
John Jackson Miller
As announced to the general public in a report from Hollywood Reporter, DC has cut ties with Diamond Comic Distributors and will not solicit any titles after the June 1 Final Order Cut-off. This ends not just a 23-year period in which Diamond was the only source for comics periodicals from all...
21h00 05  mai
The Circulating American Magazines Project: Best practices for use of its comics data
John Jackson Miller
Marvel’s ABC Statement for the first half of 1962 Over the last two decades, Russ Maheras, Jonathan Hoyle, and I have visited the offices of the Audit Bureau of Circulation at various times, using the old microfilm viewer to capture comics sales data. It’s provided a glimpse into a time in comics...