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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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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Image Sends BLACK CLOUD #1 Back to Press on Release Day

Image Sends BLACK CLOUD #1 Back to Press on Release Day

Black Cloud #1 is getting a second printing. In what has become a common trend, advance sales of a new first issue from Image have been strong enough to justify a second edition. Releasing the news on the day the first print hits shelves is sure to gin up interest in the title, though final numbers won’t be it for over a month. Early reviews show that Black Cloud is receiving strong critical acclaim as…

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DC Reportedly Investigating Amazon Prime Partnership

DC Reportedly Investigating Amazon Prime Partnership

In the race for comic book market dominance, DC may be about to take a big step forward. According to a report by Bleeding Cool, the Burbank-based publisher of books such as Wonder Woman, Justice League, Doom Patrol and The Flintstones is surveying select internet users on their level of interest in a digital subscription service. The report, which cites an unnamed source, states that the survey included questions on prospective price points and exclusivity….

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First Two Issues of GOD COUNTRY Head Back to Printer

First Two Issues of GOD COUNTRY Head Back to Printer

Image Comics has shown nothing but tremendous market savvy when it comes to initial print runs, and appears to have hit the sweet spot yet again with God Country. The publisher announced today that both of the first two issues of the new creator-owned series are headed back to press for new editions. This will make three printings for the first issue and the second printing for the second installment in the Donny Cates new…

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Comic News Roundup 12/19/16

Comic News Roundup 12/19/16

TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016 Stacked Deck Press Calls for Trans Artists Rogue One Box Office Update Love is Love Anthology Set for Release Batman Rules November Comics Sales Comic News Roundup is a curated selection of news stories related to comic books, comic book films, and other associated media. Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he…

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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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Remender & Opena’s SEVEN TO ETERNITY Sells Out AGAIN, Goes Back to Print

Remender & Opena’s SEVEN TO ETERNITY Sells Out AGAIN, Goes Back to Print

In news which should surprise no one, Rick Remender and Jerome Opena have a certified hit on their hands in Seven to Eternity. The new science fiction series, which debuted last month to rave reviews, has seen the first issue sell out two consecutive printings, and the second issue is close on its heels. Seven to Eternity debuted at #81 on Diamond Comic Distributors’ Top 100 books for the month of September, no mean feat in…

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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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