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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DC Comics Tops July Sales Charts Thanks to REBIRTH

DC Comics Tops July Sales Charts Thanks to REBIRTH

Diamond Comic Book Distributors, the largest comic book distributor in the world, has released it’s monthly chart-toppers for the month of July, and the results are good news for DC Comics. In the ongoing struggle between the two largest publishers, DC has been regularly losing the battle to rival Marvel Comics. July saw that trend reverse due to strong sales from DC’s “not a reboot” event, Rebirth. Of the top ten single issues on Diamond’s charts,…

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Is the Comic Market Headed for Another Crash?

Is the Comic Market Headed for Another Crash?

On Sunday, Bleeding Cool reported that Hastings Entertainment Superstore is about to undergo massive layoffs along with a major change in store practices. As the single largest account on the books of Diamond Comic Book Distributors, this represents a major shift for the monthly comic market. Operating far beyond regional chains such as Boom, Hastings is the only retail outlet which can lay claim to being a national chain of comic book stores, as monthly…

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MARKET MAVEN: Despite REBIRTH, Marvel Dominates Comic Market

MARKET MAVEN: Despite REBIRTH, Marvel Dominates Comic Market

Diamond Comic Book Distributors has released May’s distributor-level sales numbers for the comic market. In the continuation of a long-running trend, Marvel Comics maintained its stranglehold on the Top 100 titles, landing 66 of the top 100 spots compared to DC’s 27. DC did manage to land the top spot thanks to extremely good sales for the launch of their Rebirth event, as “DC Comics: Rebirth #1” came in at #1. While exact sales numbers for…

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COMIC MARKET: DARK KNIGHT III Tops 440K In Sales, Leads Market

COMIC MARKET: DARK KNIGHT III Tops 440K In Sales, Leads Market

Diamond Comic Book Distributors, the leading global distributor of comic books, released its November 2015 estimates today and the race for the top slot wasn’t even close. Dark Knight III: The Master Race, the revival of writer/artist Frank Miller’s controversial franchise, led all books with 440,234 single issues sold. The sales on the title more than edged out the nearest competitor, Marvel’s Star Wars: Vader Down. The Sith Lord’s latest adventure managed a remarkable 384,969 copies…

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