Marvel Dominates June Comics Market Behind Spider-Man’s Strength

Marvel Dominates June Comics Market Behind Spider-Man’s Strength

June was a heck of a month for Marvel in the comics market, and they have Spider-Man to thank. Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest distributor of comic books and graphic novels in North America, has released distributor-level sales for June. The debut issue of Spectacular Spider-Man, which retailed at $4.99, dominated single-issue sales, clocking in at nearly a quarter of a million issues sold. DC and Marvel split the rest of the top ten evenly….

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Mainstream Comic Books Have a Critical Problem

Mainstream Comic Books Have a Critical Problem

Mainstream comic books may dominate sales charts, indie books are the darlings of critics. This week, independent and creator-owned titles claimed eleven of the top twenty slots on review aggregator site ComicBookRoundup.com. The remaining nine slots fell to DC and Vertigo titles, with Marvel left completely out of the rankings. The top reviewed titles of the week were Black Mask‘s The Dregs, Image’s God Country, and Valiant’s X-O Manowar. Each received close to a 9…

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Titan’s ROBOTECH #1 Sells Out, Heads Back to Print

Titan’s ROBOTECH #1 Sells Out, Heads Back to Print

Robotech may just have legs. Titan Comics announced today that the first issue of their new Robotech ongoing series has sold out at the distributor level. The issue is headed back to print and will receive a new variant cover. The success of Robotech adds a new feather to Titan’s cap, as the publisher will likely claim a new spot on monthly sales charts. Full numbers for distributor-level sales on Robotech won’t be available until…

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Archie Sets Halloween Launch for JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER Ongoing

Archie Sets Halloween Launch for JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER Ongoing

Things are going to get more than a little hairy for Jughead. The Jughead: The Hunger one-shot was a great success for Archie. The publisher announced today that they’re going back to the well and launching a new ongoing series under the same name. The horror-skewed series looks to recapture the same flair and flavor under writer Frank Tieri, who returns for a second run. Tieri also penned the one-shot series, and has said that…

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Inkwell Awards Announce 2017 Winners

Inkwell Awards Announce 2017 Winners

The Inkwell Awards are an annual recognition given out to outstanding performers in the field of comic book inking. Today the organization announced the 2017 winners of the awards, and the winners include artists from across the mainstream and independent comic book spectrum. [OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] (New Bedford, MA/USA—June 19, 2017)  The Inkwell Awards has released the names of the winners of its 10th annual awards for excellence in the art form of comic book…

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Image Sends KILL THE MINOTAUR Back for Second Printing

Image Sends KILL THE MINOTAUR Back for Second Printing

As returns from this week’s comic book sales begin to filter back to publishers, Image Comics is enjoying the success of Kill the Minotaur and sending the book back for a second run. The Portland-based independent comic book publisher announced today that the first edition of the new series’ initial issue has sold out at a distributor level. Image has a solid track record of launching new series with just enough of an initial run…

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WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD Sells Out Again, Heads Back to Print

WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD Sells Out Again, Heads Back to Print

While first issues almost always sell out, one of the marks of a true market success is if a book can sustain its sales. Winnebago Graveyard is one such book. Image Comics announced today that the second issue of the new series from Steve Niles and Alison Sampson has sold out at the distributor level and is headed back for a second printing. May sales numbers have yet to be released by Diamond, but it…

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SECRET EMPIRE Dominates May Sales

SECRET EMPIRE Dominates May Sales

Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest worldwide distributor of comic books, has released May’s rankings for the comic book market and the big winner is Marvel’s Secret Empire. Marvel Comics outperformed its main rival, DC, with six titles in the top 10. The first issue of the controversial Secret Empire claimed the top spot, with the second and third issues also claiming spots in the top 10. The May issue of Batman was the strongest performer…

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The Spirit of the 90s is Alive at Image as YOUNGBLOOD Goes Back to Print

The Spirit of the 90s is Alive at Image as YOUNGBLOOD Goes Back to Print

They say everything old is new again, and it appears Youngblood’s success proves the point. Image Comics announced today that the second issue of the series from quintessential 90’s comic icon Rob Liefeld has sold out at the distributor level and is headed back for a second printing. Sales for the first and second issues of Youngblood won’t be available until Diamond releases full charts for the month, but with the second issue also flying…

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BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: Who’s to Blame? The Data Say Us.

BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: Who’s to Blame?  The Data Say Us.

By now you’ve probably heard about the cancellation of Black Panther & the Crew.  A proliferation of thinkpieces and outrage followed the announcement of its cancellation, and rightly so.  That said, another refrain also rose up: “I only just heard about it now that it’s being cancelled!” Why is that? Realistically, we can’t expect every company to promote every book equally.  There isn’t enough time in the day.  But Black Panther & the Crew had some PR gold…

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