Friday, March 24, 2017

Amazon Top 50 - March 24, 2017

The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (-). The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War
2 (+1). Saga Volume 7 *
3 (-1). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (paperback)
4 (+3). I Am Pusheen the Cat
5 (-1). The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1
6 (+7). One-Punch Man, Vol. 11
7 (+5). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
8 (-2). Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
9 (+6). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
10 (+12). The Walking Dead Compendium One
11 (+16). How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom: Volume 1 (Kindle)
12 (-2). Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom
13 (+1). Goodnight Darth Vader
14 (+25). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
15 (R). The Complete Maus
16 (-8). My Favorite Thing is Monsters
17 (-8). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (Kindle)
18 (+3). Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition)
19 (-8). March Trilogy Slipcase
20 (+3). Saga Volume 6
21 (+14). Marvel Encyclopedia
22 (-17). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (hardcover)
23 (+27). Watchmen
24 (+10). March Book Three
25 (+18). American Born Chinese
26 (+15). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
27 (-3). The Complete Persepolis
28 (-). The Walking Dead Compendium Three
29 (N). Boruto, Vol. 1: Naruto Next Generations *
30 (-13). Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 1: Berzerker
31 (R). Understanding Comics
32 (+5). Me Without You
33 (+13). Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth)
34 (-16). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 2
35 (+3). Maus Book I: My Father Bleeds History
36 (-10). Monstress Volume 1: Awakening
37 (-12). The Walking Dead Compendium Two
38 (N). Providence Act 1
39 (-6). Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
40 (R). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
41 (-1). Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
42 (N). Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set
43 (-24). Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West (Rebirth)
44 (-2). DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition
45 (-29). The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask / A Link to the Past -Legendary Edition-
46 (+1). Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World
47 (-18). Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
48 (R). Saga Volume 5
49 (-). The Walking Dead Volume 26: Call To Arms
50 (-20). March Book One



Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time 
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:

  • The latest Walking Dead collection stays in the top spot for a fourth week.
  • The top new item is the first volume of Boruto, the Naruto sequel. Also new this week are the first collection of Alan Moore's Providence, and a hardcover box set of Akira.
  • Seven different manga titles on this week's chart; I don't think that's a record, but it is higher than normal. And two of those are in the top ten.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Amazon Top 50 - March 17, 2017

The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (-). The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War
2 (-). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (paperback)
3 (+3). Saga Volume 7 *
4 (+24). The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1
5 (-1). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (hardcover)
6 (-3). Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
7 (-). I Am Pusheen the Cat
8 (+1). My Favorite Thing is Monsters
9 (-4). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (Kindle)
10 (+3). Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom
11 (+5). March Trilogy Slipcase
12 (-2). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
13 (-5). One-Punch Man, Vol. 11
14 (+3). Goodnight Darth Vader
15 (+3). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
16 (N). The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask / A Link to the Past -Legendary Edition-
17 (+4). Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 1: Berzerker
18 (N). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 2
19 (-7). Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West (Rebirth)
20 (-5). Terms and Conditions
21 (+5). Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition)
22 (+11). The Walking Dead Compendium One
23 (-1). Saga Volume 6
24 (+22). The Complete Persepolis
25 (R). The Walking Dead Compendium Two
26 (+16). Monstress Volume 1: Awakening
27 (+17). How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom: Volume 1 (Kindle)
28 (+10). The Walking Dead Compendium Three
29 (-9). Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
30 (-6). March Book One
31 (R). The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice (Rebirth)
32 (R). Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump
33 (R). Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
34 (-5). March Book Three
35 (-4). Marvel Encyclopedia
36 (+9). Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 3: The Last Ronin
37 (-3). Me Without You
38 (R). Maus Book I: My Father Bleeds History
39 (-16). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
40 (-4). Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
41 (-1). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
42 (-3). DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition
43 (+4). American Born Chinese
44 (+4). Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 0: Warzones
45 (-10). Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don't Care
46 (-19). Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth)
47 (R). Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World
48 (-37). The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
49 (-30). The Walking Dead Volume 26: Call To Arms
50 (R). Watchmen


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time 
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • The latest Walking Dead collection stays in the top spot for a third week.
  • Wolverine: Old Man Logan collections also remain popular. 
  • the fist volume of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess moves up into the top five, and a two-in-one edition of classic Zelda manga is this week's top debut. Clearly there is a new Zelda game out!
  • The only other debut this week is the second collection of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics (the Power Rangers movie comes out next week).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DC Rebirth Trade Sales - February 2017

Batman Volume 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth)
Here are the trade paperback collection sales for DC Rebirth trades via Diamond-North America



Jan
Feb
Total
Batman vol. 1
9,122
2,017
11,139
Flash vol. 1
5,884
1,497
7,381
Superman vol. 1
5,585
1,441
7,026
Justice League vol. 1
5,095
1,025
6,120
Green Arrow vol. 1
4,473
925
5,398
Nightwing vol. 1
4,263
898
5,161
Aquaman vol. 1
3,940
743
4,683
Green Lanterns vol. 1
3,637
691
4,328
Detective Comics vol. 1

5,920
5,920
Wonder Woman vol. 1

5,252
5,252
Action Comics vol. 1

4,102
4,102
Hal Jordan & Green Lantern Corps vol. 1

3,743
3,743

Totals
41,999
28,254
70,253

These sales represent only those sales reported through Diamond-North America accounts. They do not include sales through book stores, foreign sales, book clubs, or to most libraries.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Image Comics Month-to Month Sales: January 2017 - January Hymn

The Walking Dead #162
Greetings, sales charts fans! It's time once again to look at Image Comics's sales figures.

Please refer to the July 2015 column for a preamble and explanation as to why sales standards for Image books are likely to be different than those for DC or Marvel.

Image shipped 45 comics in January, compared to 47 in December, 48 in November, 55 in October and 52 in September. They shipped 56 in January 2016.

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller's excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier this month over at Comichron!

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com's estimates can be found here.

(Note that the percentage comparisons are done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders.)
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5 - THE WALKING DEAD ($2.99)
01/2007: The Walking Dead #34  --  21,183
01/2012: The Walking Dead #93  --  31,596
01/2013: The Walking Dead #106 --  70,526 
01/2014: The Walking Dead #119 --  65,151  [64,992]
01/2014: The Walking Dead #120 --  65,286  [65,750]
01/2015: The Walking Dead #136 --  66,097  [66,799]
-----------------------------------------
01/2016: The Walking Dead #150 -- 156,166 (+138.8%) 
02/2016: The Walking Dead #151 --  67,381 (- 59.6%) 
03/2016: The Walking Dead #152 --  67,258 (-  0.2%) 
04/2016: The Walking Dead #153 --  67,358 (+  0.1%) 
05/2016: The Walking Dead #154 --  68,922 (+  2.3%) 
06/2016: The Walking Dead #155 --  71,755 (+  4.1%) 
07/2016: The Walking Dead #156 --  76,355 (+  6.4%) 
08/2016: The Walking Dead #157 --  97,689 (+ 37.0%) [104,596]
09/2016: The Walking Dead #158 --  94,316 (-  9.8%) 
10/2016: The Walking Dead #159 --  91,291 (-  3.2%) 
11/2016: The Walking Dead #160 --  88,367 (-  3.2%) 
12/2016: The Walking Dead #161 --  85,459 (-  3.3%) 
01/2017: The Walking Dead #162 --  85,395 (-  0.1%) 
-----------------
6 months: + 11.8%
1 year  : - 45.3%
2 years : + 27.8%
5 years : +170.3%
10 years: +303.1%
"Whisper War" and the Art Adams variant covers conclude, with very little drop-off from the previous issue.
---
50 - SAGA ($2.99)
01/2013: Saga #9  -- 45,629 
01/2014: Saga #18 -- 53,139  [54,388]
01/2015: -- 
---------------------------
01/2016: Saga #33 -- 50,415 (-  2.8%) 
02/2016: Saga #34 -- 49,363 (-  2.1%) 
03/2016: Saga #35 -- 48,845 (-  1.0%) 
04/2016: Saga #36 -- 48,957 (+  0.2%) 
05/2016: -- 
06/2016: -- 
07/2016: -- 
08/2016: Saga #37 -- 50,016 (+  2.2%) 
09/2016: Saga #38 -- 48,106 (-  3.8%) 
10/2016: Saga #39 -- 46,749 (-  2.8%) 
11/2016: Saga #40 -- 44,944 (-  3.9%) 
12/2016: Saga #41 -- 43,628 (-  2.5%) [43,837]
01/2017: Saga #42 -- 42,567 (-  2.9%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 15.6%
2 years :    n.a.
The Saga numbers are a little confusing this month... Those of you looking at the Diamond chart will note that Saga appears twice: once for issue #41 and again for issue #42. But wait, you say, didn't issue #41 appear on the December 2016 chart? Yes it did; but apparently there was a printing error and Diamond shipped replacements in January. Which is why is shows in the chart (and you'll note its dollar ranking is #548, indicating that most of those copies were 'free'). It also came in a couple hundred more copies than it did in December, which could be reorders or the like.
---
87 - REBORN ($3.99)
10/2016: Reborn #1  -- 74,967 
11/2016: Reborn #2  -- 41,484 (- 44.7%) 
12/2016: Reborn #3  -- 36,718 (- 11.5%) 
01/2017: Reborn #4  -- 31,102 (- 15.3%) 
Continues to decline, but then there are also reprints of the previous issues.
---
128 - KILL OR BE KILLED ($3.99)
08/2016: Kill or Be Killed #1  -- 30,050 
09/2016: Kill or Be Killed #2  -- 23,812 (- 20.8%) 
10/2016: Kill or Be Killed #3  -- 23,883 (+  0.3%) 
11/2016: Kill or Be Killed #4  -- 22,889 (-  4.2%) 
12/2016: --
01/2017: Kill or Be Killed #5  -- 21,261 (-  7.1%) 
Returns after a planned month off for a second story arc.
---
142 - OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA ($2.99)
01/2015: -- 
------------------------------
01/2016: Outcast #15 -- 22,195 (-  4.8%) 
02/2016: Outcast #16 -- 21,801 (-  1.8%) 
03/2016: Outcast #17 -- 21,426 (-  1.7%) 
04/2016: Outcast #18 -- 21,261 (-  0.8%) 
05/2016: -- 
06/2016: -- 
07/2016: Outcast #19 -- 22,167 (+  4.3%) 
08/2016: Outcast #20 -- 21,919 (-  1.1%) 
09/2016: Outcast #21 -- 20,886 (-  4.7%) 
10/2016: Outcast #22 -- 20,347 (-  2.6%) 
11/2016: Outcast #23 -- 19,556 (-  3.9%) 
12/2016: --
01/2017: Outcast #24 -- 18,520 (-  5.3%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 16.5%
1 year  : - 16.6%
2 years :    n.a.
---
128 - CURSE WORDS ($3.99)
01/2017: Curse Words #1  -- 18,162 
The new series from Charles Soule and Ryan Browne makes a respectable debut. (There were four different covers too...)
---
151 - SPAWN ($2.99)
01/2007: Spawn #164      -- 24,532 
01/2012: Spawn #215      -- 12,794 
01/2013: Spawn #226      -- 16,814
01/2013: Spawn #227      -- 17,172
01/2014: Spawn #239      -- 12,369 
01/2015: --  
----------------------------------
01/2016: -- 
02/2016: Spawn #260      -- 17,877 (+  5.7%) 
02/2016: Spawn #261      -- 16,949 (-  5.2%) 
03/2016: --
04/2016: Spawn #262      -- 18,775 (+ 10.8%) 
05/2016: Spawn #263      -- 16,109 (- 14.2%) 
06/2016: -- 
07/2016: Spawn #264      -- 17,157 (+  6.5%) 
08/2016: Spawn #265      -- 15,927 (-  7.2%) 
09/2016: -- 
10/2016: Spawn #266      -- 22,304 (+ 40.0%) 
11/2016: Spawn #267      -- 16,976 (- 23.9%) 
12/2016: Spawn #268      -- 16,652 (-  1.9%) 
01/2017: Spawn #269      -- 16,257 (-  2.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: -  5.2%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : + 27.1%
10 years: - 33.7%
---
155 - MOONSHINE ($2.99)
10/2016: Moonshine #1  -- 34,533           [41,012]
11/2016: Moonshine #2  -- 20,217 (- 50.7%)
12/2016: Moonshine #3  -- 17,574 (- 13.1%)
01/2017: Moonshine #3  -- 17,574 (- 10.9%)
---
158 - SOUTHERN BASTARDS ($3.50)
11/2014: -- 
----------------------------------------
11/2015: Southern Bastards #12 -- 16,681 (-  3.6%) 
12/2015: --
01/2016: Southern Bastards #13 -- 15,627 (-  6.3%) 
02/2016: --
03/2016: --
04/2016: --
05/2016: Southern Bastards #14 -- 15,437 (-  1.2%) 
06/2016: --
07/2016: --
08/2016: --
09/2016: --
10/2016: --
11/2016: Southern Bastards #15 -- 15,554 (+  0.8%) 
12/2016: --
01/2017: Southern Bastards #16 -- 15,086 (-  3.0%) 
-----------------
6 months: +  0.8%
1 year  : -  6.8%
2 years :    n.a.
Seems to be having a problem keeping to its schedule; issue #17 was originally scheduled for February 8, but has been pushed back now to March 29. Allegedly this is a monthly comic, but given its publication history the creators may wish to rethink that schedule...
---
159 - DESCENDER ($2.99)
01/2016: Descender #9  -- 20,017 (-  4.7%) 
02/2016: Descender #10 -- 19,642 (-  3.4%) 
03/2016: Descender #11 -- 18,842 (-  2.6%) 
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: -- 
06/2016: Descender #12 -- 19,782 (+  5.0%) 
07/2016: Descender #13 -- 17,783 (- 10.1%) 
08/2016: Descender #14 -- 17,296 (-  2.7%) 
09/2016: Descender #15 -- 16,386 (-  5.3%) 
10/2016: Descender #16 -- 15,963 (-  2.6%) 
11/2016: --
12/2016: Descender #17 -- 15,296 (-  4.2%) 
01/2017: Descender #18 -- 14,526 (-  5.0%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 18.3%
1 year  : - 27.4%
---
161 - GOD COUNTRY ($3.99)
01/2017: God Country #1  -- 18,162 
New series from Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw & co.
---
164 - THE WICKED + THE DIVINE ($3.50)
01/2015: Wicked + Divine #7  -- 20,893  
--------------------------------------
01/2016: --
02/2016: --
03/2016: --
04/2016: Wicked + Divine #18 -- 17,722 (-  4.1%) 
05/2016: Wicked + Divine #19 -- 16,929 (-  4.4%) 
06/2016: Wicked + Divine #20 -- 17,831 (+  5.3%) 
07/2016: Wicked + Divine #21 -- 16,283 (-  8.7%) 
08/2016: Wicked + Divine #22 -- 15,969 (-  1.9%) 
09/2016: W + D 1831 one-shot -- 16,408 (+  2.7%) 
10/2016: -- 
11/2016: Wicked + Divine #23 -- 15,238 (-  7.1%) 
12/2016: Wicked + Divine #24 -- 14,666 (-  3.8%) 
01/2017: Wicked + Divine #25 -- 14,164 (-  3.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 13.0%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 32.2%
---
178 - MOTOR CRUSH ($3.99)
12/2016: Motor Crush #1  -- 21,801 
01/2017: Motor Crush #2  -- 12,643 (- 42.0%) 
This second issue is listed as returnable, though the first issue was not. There was also a 2nd printing of the first issue (though it did not make the Top 300).
---
182 - LOOSE ENDS ($3.99)
01/2017: Loose Ends #1 of 4 -- 10,847 
New crime comic miniseries from Jason Latour, Chris Brunner & Rico Renzi.
---
186 - BLACK SCIENCE ($3.99)
01/2014: Black Science #3  -- 23,965 
01/2015: -- 
------------------------------------
01/2016: Black Science #19 -- 13,966 (-  3.4%) 
02/2016: Black Science #20 -- 13,251 (-  5.1%) 
03/2016: Black Science #21 -- 13,092 (-  1.2%) 
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: -- 
06/2016: -- 
07/2016: Black Science #22 -- 12,829 (-  2.0%) 
08/2016: Black Science #23 -- 12,466 (-  2.8%) 
09/2016: Black Science #24 -- 11,810 (-  5.3%) 
10/2016: Black Science #25 -- 11,425 (-  3.3%) 
11/2016: --
12/2016: Black Science #26 -- 11,041 (-  3.4%) 
01/2017: Black Science #27 -- 10,631 (-  3.7%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 17.1%
1 year  : - 23.9%
2 years :    n.a.
---
187 - THE FEW ($4.99)
01/2017: The Few #1 of 6 -- 10,571 
New sci-fi miniseries from Sean Christopher Lewis & Hayden Sherman.

Lewis's last Image series, Saints, didn't make the Top 300 chart for seven of its nine issues, but it has been optioned for television. So maybe direct market floppy sales aren't the end goal here.
---
214 - AUTUMNLANDS ($2.99)
01/2015: Autumnlands #3  -- 22,190 
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01/2016: -- 
02/2016: Autumnlands #9  -- 10,249 (-  7.7%) 
03/2016: -- 
04/2016: Autumnlands #10 --  9,751 (-  4.9%) 
05/2016: -- 
06/2016: Autumnlands #11 -- 10,140 (+  4.0%) 
07/2016: Autumnlands #12 --  8,972 (- 11.5%) 
08/2016: -- 
09/2016: -- 
10/2016: Autumnlands #13 --  8,554 (-  4.7%) 
11/2016: --
12/2016: --
01/2017: Autumnlands #14 --  7,950 (-  7.1%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 11.4%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 64.2%
I don't think the irregular schedule is helping things here.
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217 - GREEN VALLEY ($2.99)
10/2016: Green Valley #1 of 9 -- 16,091 
11/2016: Green Valley #2 of 9 --  9,713 (- 39.6%) 
12/2016: Green Valley #3 of 9 --  8,219 (- 15.4%) 
01/2017: Green Valley #4 of 9 --  7,553 (-  8.1%) 
---
221 - MANIFEST DESTINY ($2.99)
01/2014: Manifest Destiny #3  -- 12,034  
01/2015: --  
---------------------------------------
01/2016: -- 
02/2016: -- 
03/2016: -- 
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: Manifest Destiny #19 --  9,900 (-  5.7%) 
06/2016: Manifest Destiny #20 --  9,399 (-  5.1%) 
07/2016: Manifest Destiny #21 --  8,763 (-  6.8%) 
08/2016: Manifest Destiny #22 --  8,526 (-  2.7%) 
09/2016: Manifest Destiny #23 --  8,039 (-  5.7%) 
10/2016: Manifest Destiny #24 --  7,815 (-  2.8%) 
11/2016: --
12/2016: --
01/2016: Manifest Destiny #25 --  7,403 (-  5.3%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 15.5%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years :    n.a.
---
225 - BIRTHRIGHT ($2.99)
01/2015: Birthright #4  -- 13,506  
---------------------------------
01/2016: Birthright #13 --  9,931 (-  6.6%) 
02/2016: Birthright #14 --  9,519 (-  4.1%) 
03/2016: Birthright #15 --  9,344 (-  1.8%) 
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: -- 
06/2016: Birthright #16 --  9,015 (-  3.5%) 
07/2016: Birthright #17 --  8,264 (-  8.3%) 
08/2016: Birthright #18 --  8,146 (-  1.4%) 
09/2016: Birthright #19 --  7,832 (-  3.9%) 
10/2016: Birthright #20 --  7,567 (-  3.4%) 
11/2016: --
12/2016: --
01/2017: Birthright #21 --  7,147 (-  5.6%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 13.5%
1 year  : - 28.0%
2 years : - 47.1%
---
229 - NAILBITER ($2.99)
01/2015: Nailbiter #9  -- 11,222  
--------------------------------
01/2016: Nailbiter #19 --  8,464 (-  4.4%) 
02/2016: Nailbiter #20 --  8,368 (-  1.1%) 
03/2016: -- 
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: Nailbiter #21 --  8,196 (-  2.1%) 
06/2016: Nailbiter #22 --  8,477 (+  3.4%) 
07/2016: Nailbiter #23 --  7,938 (-  6.4%) 
08/2016: Nailbiter #24 --  7,780 (-  2.0%) 
09/2016: Nailbiter #25 --  7,474 (-  3.9%) 
10/2016: -- 
11/2016: Nailbiter #26 --  7,239 (-  3.1%) 
12/2016: Nailbiter #27 --  6,989 (-  3.5%) 
01/2017: Nailbiter #28 --  6,666 (-  4.6%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 16.0%
1 year  : - 21.2%
2 years : - 40.6%
Antepenultimate issue.
---
241 - CANNIBAL ($3.99)
10/2016: Cannibal #1  -- 17,172 
11/2016: Cannibal #2  --  9,582 (- 44.2%) 
12/2016: Cannibal #3  --  7,340 (- 23.4%) 
01/2017: Cannibal #4  --  6,223 (- 15.2%) 
---
254 - BLACK ROAD ($3.99)
04/2016: Black Road #1  -- 16,572 
05/2016: Black Road #2  -- 10,131 (- 38.9%) 
06/2016: Black Road #3  -- 10,484 (+  3.5%) 
07/2016: Black Road #4  --  7,292 (- 30.4%) 
08/2016: Black Road #5  --  6,912 (-  5.2%) 
09/2016: --
10/2016: --
11/2016: --
12/2016: --
01/2017: Black Road #6  --  5,748 (- 16.8%) 
In today's market, four months off for a low-selling comic is enough time for people to start to forget about you.
---
256 - VIOLENT LOVE ($3.99)
11/2016: Violent Love #1  -- 15,671 
12/2016: Violent Love #2  --  7,836 (- 50.0%) 
01/2016: Violent Love #3  --  6,278 (- 19.9%) 
Diamond listed issues #1 and 3 as returnable, but not issue #2. Not sure if that was a mistake or reality.
---
274 - ROCKSTARS ($3.99)
12/2016: Rockstars #1  -- 10,048 
01/2016: Rockstars #2  --  4,923 (- 51.0%) 
Oh dear...
---
281 - REVIVAL ($3.99)
01/2013: Revival #6  -- 17,396 
01/2014: Revival #17 -- 10,585 
01/2015: Revival #27 --  8,057  
------------------------------
01/2016: Revival #36 --  6,182 (-  5.0%) 
02/2016: --
03/2016: Revival #37 --  5,987 (-  3.2%) 
03/2016: Revival #38 --  5,826 (-  2.7%) 
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: Revival #39 --  5,826 (-  1.1%) 
06/2016: Revival #40 --  6,004 (+  4.2%) 
07/2016: Revival #41 --  5,527 (-  7.9%) 
08/2016: -- 
09/2016: Revival #42 --  5,434 (-  1.7%) 
10/2016: Revival #43 --  5,130 (-  5.6%) 
11/2016: Revival #44 --  5,001 (-  2.5%) 
12/2016: Revival #45 --  4,841 (-  3.2%) 
01/2017: Revival #46 --  4,661 (-  3.7%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 19.4%
1 year  : - 25.6%
2 years : - 44.3%
Penultimate issue.
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282 - WAYWARD ($3.99)
01/2015: -- 
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01/2016: Wayward #13 --  6,589 (-  6.1%) 
02/2016: Wayward #14 --  6,397 (-  2.9%) 
03/2016: Wayward #15 --  6,089 (-  4.8%) 
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: -- 
06/2016: -- 
07/2016: -- 
08/2016: -- 
09/2016: Wayward #16 --  6,165 (+  1.2%) 
10/2016: Wayward #17 --  5,431 (- 11.9%) 
11/2016: Wayward #18 --  5,109 (-  5.9%) 
12/2016: Wayward #19 --  4,771 (-  6.6%) 
01/2017: Wayward #20 --  4,646 (-  2.6%) 
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 29.5%
2 years :    n.a.
As of this writing no further issues have been scheduled; but then Wayward has come back from long breaks before, so ???
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297 - SPREAD ($3.50)
01/2015: Spread #5  -- 11,115  
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01/2016: Spread #12 --  7,190 (+  3.2%) 
02/2016: Spread #13 --  6,401 (- 11.0%) 
03/2016: --
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: -- 
06/2016: --
07/2016: Spread #14 --  5,783 (-  9.7%) 
08/2016: Spread #15 --  5,559 (-  3.9%) 
09/2016: Spread #16 --  5,162 (-  7.1%) 
10/2016: Spread #17 --  ????? (< 4,931) 
11/2016: --
12/2016: --
01/2017: Spread #18 --  4,061 (   ???%) 
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6 months: - 29.8%
1 year  : - 43.5%
2 years : - 63.5%
Returns from question mark purgatory.
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Image titles shipping but not making the Top 300 in November (cutoff at 3,971) include: Arclight, Dante (one-shot), Demonic, Drifter, Horizon, Invisible Republic, Island, Mayday, No Mercy, Postal, Savage Dragon, She Wolf, Shutter, Stray Bullets, Surgeon X, They're Not Like Us.

Note that this doesn't necessarily mean that any of them are in danger of being cancelled; there are many reasons that the creators of these books may desire to keep them going.
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The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)
The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com's estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it's a "month-to-month" column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book's initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book's initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. "[36,599]"). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it's a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.

Image is not a normal comics publisher, and the typical metrics for sales success may not apply. For many titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.

Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it's assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the National Association of Home Builders, or my former neighbor's dog Miles.

The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there if you need to contact me).

As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

Amazon Top 50 - March 10, 2017

The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (-). The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War
2 (+10). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (paperback)
3 (+11). Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
4 (-2). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (hardcover)
5 (-2). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (Kindle)
6 (+2). Saga Volume 7 *
7 (+8). I Am Pusheen the Cat
8 (+10). One-Punch Man, Vol. 11
9 (-5). My Favorite Thing is Monsters
10 (+9). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
11 (N). The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
12 (N). Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West (Rebirth)
13 (+8). Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom
14 (N). Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet *
15 (N). Terms and Conditions
16 (-9). March Trilogy Slipcase
17 (+6). Goodnight Darth Vader
18 (+9). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
19 (-3). The Walking Dead Volume 26: Call To Arms
20 (+29). Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
21 (+24). Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 1: Berzerker
22 (+2). Saga Volume 6
23 (+24). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
24 (+24). March Book One
25 (-). Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies (Rebirth)
26 (+6). Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition)
27 (+2). Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth)
28 (-6). The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1 *
29 (R). March Book Three
30 (-). Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1
31 (+25). Marvel Encyclopedia
32 (R). The Complete Maus
33 (+3). The Walking Dead Compendium One
34 (-3). Me Without You
35 (+9). Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don't Care
36 (R). Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
37 (N). The Walking Dead #165 (Kindle)
38 (-10). The Walking Dead Compendium Three
39 (-). DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition
40 (-20). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
41 (-24). Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 11
42 (R). Monstress Volume 1: Awakening
43 (R). Hyperbole and a Half
44 (N). How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom: Volume 1 (Kindle)
45 (N). Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 3: The Last Ronin
46 (-6). The Complete Persepolis
47 (-6). American Born Chinese
48 (R). Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 0: Warzones
49 (N). Wolverine: Origin - The Complete Collection
50 (R). Saga Volume 1


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time 
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • The latest Walking Dead collection stays in the top spot for a second week.
  • The three extant editions of Wolverine: Old Man Logan take three of the top five this week, with four more Wolverine collections appearing on the chart as well. It's good to have a popular, critically acclaimed movie!
  • The top new title this week is Thi Bui's The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, with the first Titans Rebirth collection right on its heels. Other debuts this week include Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet, R. Sikoryak's Terms and Conditions, and the Kindle-only manga How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Amazon Top 50 - March 3, 2017

The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (+1). The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War *
2 (+4). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (hardcover)
3 (R). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (Kindle)
4 (-3). My Favorite Thing is Monsters
5 (R). Wolverine (Kindle)
6 (R). Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
7 (-3). March Trilogy Slipcase
8 (-3). Saga Volume 7 *
9 (N). Saga Book Two
10 (N). The Walking Dead #165 (Kindle)
11 (N). Wonder Woman By George Perez Omnibus Vol. 2 *
12 (+20). Wolverine: Old Man Logan (paperback)
13 (N). Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1 *
14 (+4). Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection *
15 (+7). I Am Pusheen the Cat
16 (-1). The Walking Dead Volume 26: Call To Arms
17 (-9). Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 11
18 (+9). One-Punch Man, Vol. 11 *
19 (-6). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
20 (-). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
21 (-12). Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom
22 (+24). The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1 *
23 (+5). Goodnight Darth Vader
24 (-7). Saga Volume 6
25 (N). Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies (Rebirth)
26 (N). He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Newspaper Comic Strips
27 (-15). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
28 (-21). The Walking Dead Compendium Three
29 (-6). Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth)
30 (R). Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1
31 (-20). Me Without You
32 (-6). Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition)
33 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Vol. 2
34 (N). Legion of Super Heroes: The Silver Age Omnibus *
35 (N). Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Volume 4
36 (-22). The Walking Dead Compendium One
37 (N). Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 1: Berzerker (Kindle)
38 (N). Aquaman By Geoff Johns Omnibus *
39 (R). DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition
40 (-9). The Complete Persepolis
41 (+8). American Born Chinese
42 (N). Justice League of America: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1 *
43 (R). The Walking Dead Volume 25: No Turning Back
44 (N). Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don't Care
45 (N). Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 1: Berzerker
46 (-12). Marvel Encyclopedia
47 (-17). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
48 (-38). March Book One
49 (-33). Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
50 (-31). The Walking Dead Compendium Two




Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time 
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • With its imminent release and the TV show once again airing, the new collection of The Walking Dead moves up into the top spot this week. 
  • The Logan movie opens today, leading to an interest in Wolverine collections, especially Old Man Logan. They're helped along by a sales on Kindle editions related to Wolverine.
  • Speaking of sales, deep discounting on upcoming DC omnibuses and other hardcovers move many of them onto the chart this week.
  • Other debuts this week include the second Saga hardcover, the first collection of the Rebirth Wonder Woman, a collection of He-Man newspaper strips, the latest Injustice collection, the latest Outcast collection, and the first collection of Bryan Lee O'Malley & Leslie Hung's Snotgirl.
  • I have no idea why the sudden interest in Alan Moore & Curt Swan's Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
  • It's a big week of turnover in the Top 50, as 42% of the entries were not on last week's chart.