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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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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Si Spurrier and Comics Media’s Recency Bias

Si Spurrier and Comics Media’s Recency Bias

Earlier this week, Simon Spurrier, writer of the ongoing series Cry Havoc, released a brief criticism of the comic book press on his website. In his note, he criticised the media for what he perceived to be a disinterest in covering ongoing series’ after its initial launch. As he says, “What’s weird is that our press focuses all its attention on the takeoff – and occasionally on a spectacular crash – but none at all on those planes…

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Dynamite Partners with BitTorrent To Enter Digital Publishing Game

Dynamite Partners with BitTorrent To Enter Digital Publishing Game

The digital comic book marketplace is getting even more competitive, and Dynamite Entertainment is making a move with one of the leaders in digital file transfer: BitTorrent. The New Jersey-based publisher announced today in a press release that they would join forces with BitTorrent Inc under the BitTorrent Bundle banner to generate and distribute the first Dynamite Mega-Bundle, a collection of content including eight of the publisher’s graphic novels. Amanda Hocking’s The Hollows: A Hollowland…

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IDW Scores Big With ORPHAN BLACK #1

IDW Scores Big With ORPHAN BLACK #1

IDW may have struck gold with Orphan Black. The first sales charts for the month of February were released today by Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest comics distributor for North America and the leading source of data on the comic book market. While unit sales were not included in this release, the charts did name the top ten titles for the month, with a surprise leader at the top of the list. While most of…

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INDUSTRY: IDW Publishing Acquires Top Shelf Comics

INDUSTRY: IDW Publishing Acquires Top Shelf Comics

Independent Comics house IDW Publishing announced in a press release today that they had completed the acquisition of indie publisher Top Shelf Comics, creator of such noted literary comics works as From Hell and Essex County. With consolidation being the name of the game these days, following the acquisition of Archaia by BOOM! Studios last year, IDW becomes the latest publisher to make a move to expand its offerings and market share. “IDW has been interested…

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Josh Williamson’s BIRTHRIGHT #3 Goes Back to Press

Josh Williamson’s BIRTHRIGHT #3 Goes Back to Press

Following the success of the last run, Image Comics announced today that the third issue of creator Joshua Williamson’s Birthright will return to press for a second printing. The issue got a stellar 9.4/10 review from Capeless’ own Cody Mudge, and the latest installment is set to hit shelves this coming Wednesday. According to Comichron, the first issue clocked in at a solid 27,234 with the second selling at a respectable 18,484, which marks a significant…

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GODKILLER from Black Mask Studios Sells Out, Tops Reorders

GODKILLER from Black Mask Studios Sells Out, Tops Reorders

Godkiller, a new series from independent publisher Black Mask Studios, is turning into a serious hit for the publisher. Today the young imprint announced that the second issue of the series has already sold out at a distributor level, and would be receiving a second print alongside the reprint of the first issue. In addition, the upcoming third issue is currently riding atop Diamond Distributors’ Advance Reorder rankings, suggesting that retailers are starting to see…

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Marvel Sends Three “NOW!” Titles to Second Print

Marvel Sends Three “NOW!” Titles to Second Print

Marvel Comics is on quite a roll. Many new comic book series falter in the early going as they struggle to find an audience. While this is the case more often than not, Marvel has seen a string of it’s “Marvel NOW!” titles launch to great success. The first issue of the breakout Ms. Marvel has gone to seven printings, and now Marvel has announced that three more titles are headed back to press. Unsurprisingly,…

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Comic Book Market Maven: Image, IDW Look to Dominate

Comic Book Market Maven: Image, IDW Look to Dominate

The final sales numbers for May should be out shortly, and I’ll write up an additional post looking at those in more detail. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what’s on sale in the second week of June. The Big Two It’s a relatively quiet week for the Big Two in terms of perennial monthly top 10 titles. DC, of course, has another issue of Batman: Eternal, which will do quite well for itself….

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