Image Comics announced today that their three highest-profile books of the week had all sold out at a distributor level. Walking Dead has long enjoyed a spot at the top of the sales charts, while Saga has been a breakout success since its first issue. East of West is the surprising addition here, as fans are known to trade-wait Jonathan Hickman’s work.
Another strong week for the most prominent indie publishing house is something that only bodes well for the industry.
The complete press release from Image can be found below.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
Triple Sell Out Event for Image Comics
Saga, The Walking Dead, and East of West All Sold Out at Distributor Level;
Reprint of “Saga #13” Announced to Meet Reader Demand
|The release of the first issue of a new arc of the Eisner Award-winning series Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is fast approaching cultural event status, driving thousands to comic stores this past Wednesday to purchase “Saga #13.” Image Comics is proud to announce that “Saga # 13” has sold out at the distributor level and will be going back to press immediately.Adding to the excitement, the latest installment of the worldwide phenomenon “The Walking Dead #113” by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard has also sold out, as well as Image’s newest hit series, EAST OF WEST #5 from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta. These sell-outs mark a banner week in a year full of milestones and accomplishments for each of these series and creator-owned comics as a whole.
The press are nearly unanimous in their praise for these series:
“Saga remains, now 13 issues in, easily one of the best ongoing comics around. Vaughan and Staples have created a world that positively seethes with vitality and creativity.”
– Kelly Thompson, Comic Book Resources
“East of West continues to escalate in both tension and scale; there are no compromises in this book”
– Jen Aprahamian, ComicVine
“’The Walking Dead #113′ is a seriously intense read.”
– Jesse Schedeen, IGN
|Comic book retailers are particularly thrilled with the success of Saga:|
“It’s no lie to say that Saga is our best-selling comic, both in single-issue format and in trades. It is also our number one subscription title, by far. Do we push Saga? Not anymore – we don’t have to. It’s just that good. Our Saga numbers only go up and every single issue has sold out. Saga is exactly what we, as retailers and as an industry, need … Saga is a comic book for everyone, and our rapidly increasing sales numbers prove that.”
– Patrick Brower, Challenger’s Comics and Conversation, Chicago, IL. (Winner of the 2013 Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award)
“Saga has returned and the people are rejoicing! The last couple months, the anticipation for issue #13 was building like crazy, and Wednesday morning was an explosion of happiness when people saw it on the New Arrivals rack. Any retailer will tell you how awesome it is to work on a day like that, where your customers are blasting the door so excited to get their hands on a great new release… they’re smiling, bouncing, running, laughing, yelling, dancing, fist-pumping and giving out the high-fives everywhere you turn. Seriously, what could be more fun than that?!”
– James Sime, Isotope Comics, San Francisco, CA
“Saga has completely destroyed the notion of ‘trade waiting,’ as anyone that had purchased Volume One or Two anxiously waits for the new monthly issue. Saga demands the reader to ask ‘When is the next issue?’ and they have no problem happily waiting.”
– David Crispino, Collectors Corner, Baltimore, MD
“Saga just goes from strength to strength – it is, far and away, the best-selling periodical comic in my store today, and the first paperback, with less than a year under it’s belt, is already the second best-selling TPB collection in my store since I installed point-of-sale! Volume Two is already in my top 40, despite just being six weeks old!”
– Brian Hibbs, Comix Experience, San Francisco, CA
|Happy fans and retailers across the nation, perfect scores, and rave reviews make this week’s sell-outs the biggest comics event of the week. Hickman, Dragotta, Vaughan, Staples, Kirkman, and Adlard have hit on something that strikes a nerve with comics readers, and the sell-outs prove that they’ve captured the imagination of the fanbase.Retailers may still have copies on their shelves, so fans are encouraged to contact their retailer to get a copy before they sell out at the retailer level. All three titles are available digitally on the Image Comics website and on iOS platforms through Comixology.
The second printing of “Saga #13” can be pre-ordered now (Diamond code JUL138176) and will be in stores on September 25, the same day as “Saga #14” (Diamond code JUL130538).
The East of West Vol. 1 TP, collecting “East of West #1-5,” will be released on September 11 (Diamond Code JUN130466), and the next issue, “East of West #6,” goes on sale September 18 (Diamond Code JUL130420).
“The Walking Dead #114,” the final issue of the current story arc and the lead-in to October’s All out War, goes on sale September 11 (Diamond Code JUL130549).
|ABOUT IMAGE COMICSImage Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.|