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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Image Sets June Release Date for ROCKSTARS Trade

Image Sets June Release Date for ROCKSTARS Trade

Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison‘s Rockstars is set to depart from spinner racks and enter the bookshelf world. Image Comics announced today that the first collection of the series, entitled “Nativity In Blacklight” will arrive in comic book shops on June 14th, followed by a wider bookstore release the following week. Rockstars performed relatively well in the comic market, despite mixed critical reception. Review aggregator ComicBookRoundup has the series at a 7.4 overall aggregate score….

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Alterna’s Newsprint Line Sells Out Prior to Release

Alterna’s Newsprint Line Sells Out Prior to Release

In a bold (if somewhat odd) experiment, Alterna Comics is attempting to “bring back newsprint.” The oddest thing of all is that it seems to be working. The up-and-coming publisher announced today that the first line-up of books which feature a throwback print utilizing old-fashioned newsprint have sold out at a distributor level. The new series, which include Amazing Age, Adam Wreck, Croak, and Lilith Dark, all exhausted their print stock on the first round…

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Marvel’s AMERICA Sells Out For Second Time

Marvel’s AMERICA Sells Out For Second Time

As far as the comic book market is concerned, Marvel’s America is a hit. After the first issue cracked Diamond’s Top 50 for the month of March, the second issue of the new series has sold out at a distributor level. Marvel announced last week that the second issue of America sold out on the day of release. April unit and dollar share numbers on the second issue won’t be available until some time in early…

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Valiant’s FAITH #5 Sells Out Before It’s Even Released

Valiant’s FAITH #5 Sells Out Before It’s Even Released

With the US Presidential Election just around the corner, retailers have already voted the new issue of Valiant’s Faith a success. The new issue of the independent super-hero series, which hit stores today, sold out at the distributor level before stores opened for New Comic Book Day. A sellout is not unusual for Faith. Her first issue sold out two printings. That’s a tall order in a market heavily crowded with a glut of DC’s…

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Civil War II and the Fall of Event Crossovers: An August Prophecy

Civil War II and the Fall of Event Crossovers: An August Prophecy

Very recently, Diamond finally released the numbers for August.  Aside from DC and its Rebirth soft-reboot dominating the charts, one more thing comes through clearly: Civil War II, Marvel’s lengthy ‘summer’ crossover event, has not proved a sales juggernaut like its predecessor and namesake.  The only Marvel title to break the top ten this month, Amazing Spider-Man, didn’t have anything to do with the event. Civil War II, August 2016, By the Numbers Forty-five separate titles figured…

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MARKET MAVEN: What IDW’s Random House Move Means for the Comic Market

MARKET MAVEN: What IDW’s Random House Move Means for the Comic Market

On Tuesday, IDW announced that their book store distribution operations will now be handled by Random House. The move, which takes effect in April, marks the end of a long-standing relationship between IDW and Diamond. Diamond Comic Distributors is the world’s largest comic book distributor, and holds a virtual monopoly on domestic and European direct-market sales. According to the press release from IDW, Diamond will continue to distribute the company’s trades and graphic novels to…

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