The Comics Chronicles
21  avril     16h10
March 2021 Projected Rankings: BRZRKR, Alien, Joker launches lead overall comics orders in extremely strong month
John Jackson Miller    When Diamond paused its sales reports for months in 2020, Comichron provided industrywide rankings based on a retail initial order dataset. Diamond’s paused its reports again and while it’s likely also temporary, let’s get back on the horse with our projected MARCH 2021 rankings First, DC: We...
25  mars     17h46
Marvel names Penguin Random House exclusive distributor for comics, graphic novels
John Jackson Miller    On March 23, 2020, Diamond Comic Distributors suspended its shipments of new comics to the Direct Market for several weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic; on April 17, DC responded with an emergency move to set up two new distributors an arrangement which since has appeared to become permanent...
23  mars     01h12
November 2020 through February 2021 DC charts now online
John Jackson Miller    When Diamond paused its monthly retail sales charts (and it apparently is just a pause) this winter, we also paused our DC rankings, since it’s usually better to do both sets at once. But since they’re ready, let’s get rolling again with four months of DC order rankings As a refresher: Our DC...
03  mars     20h24
Recovery in publisher release slate sizes stalled as winter began
John Jackson Miller    Winter has historically meant fewer new comics releases, though in the 2010s the old dead quarter term ceased to be applicable. That said, this winter saw a slowing of last summer’s recovery in slate sizes, with January 2021 slates only 56% the size of last January’s. January 2020 had an...
23  décembre     00h17
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...
11  décembre     18h05
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...
10  décembre     20h37
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...
02  décembre     22h00
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...
28  octobre     16h16
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...
26  octobre     17h10
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...
21  octobre     21h05
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...
19  octobre     16h15
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...
02  octobre     16h16
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,...
01  octobre     16h24
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...
30  septembre     20h30
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...