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Marvel Comics was August 2013's top publisher in Retail Dollar and Unit share based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2013

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 33.70%
DC COMICS 30.16%
IMAGE COMICS 7.86%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.70%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.47%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 3.01%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.05%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.34%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.95%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.94%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.90%
VIZ MEDIA 0.84%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.53%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.49%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.48%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.47%
ABSTRACT STUDIOS 0.37%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.35%
ASPEN MLT INC 0.34%
TITAN 0.33%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 3.72%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 36.30%
DC COMICS 33.14%
IMAGE COMICS 8.51%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.98%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.80%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.93%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.07%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 1.03%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.97%
ASPEN MLT INC 0.65%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.59%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.50%
VIZ MEDIA 0.36%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0.29%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.24%
TITAN 0.22%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.14%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.13%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.09%
ABSTRACT STUDIOS 0.05%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 2.03%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2013

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS 83 23 1 107
MARVEL COMICS 67 34 0 101
IDW PUBLISHING 35 18 0 53
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 49 4 0 53
IMAGE COMICS 39 9 0 48
DARK HORSE COMICS 29 15 0 44
BOOM! STUDIOS 20 2 0 22
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 11 3 0 14
AVATAR PRESS INC 7 4 0 11
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 0 0 6 6
OTHER NON-TOP 10 66 100 27 193

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2013

  DOLLARS UNITS
AUGUST 2013 VS. JULY 2013
COMICS -15.30% -14.93%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -24.55% -24.81%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -18.33% -15.77%
AUGUST 2013 VS. AUGUST 2012
COMICS -10.39% -11.21%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -22.09% -25.68%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -14.29% -12.50%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012
COMICS 9.82% 7.38%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.59% 4.55%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 8.79% 7.16%
Dollar Market Shares for August 2013

Dollar Market Share – August 2013

Unit Market Shares for August 2013

Unit Market Share– August 2013

 

This information June not be reproduced in any format without the express permission of Diamond Comic Distributors.

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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