Diamond Comics released their top 10 sales charts for February today, leading amateur journalists all over the world wide web to write up articles pretending that they had any idea what they were talking about when analyzing the sales of comic books to retail stores for the month. This marks the 247th straight month in a row that not a single website in the entire comic book blogosphere has made even one remotely insightful observation about the sales charts since the now defunct news site Comics-Journalism-Ate-My-Balls.com predicted the great comics crash of 1996 by analyzing the sales position of WildCATs #23 in August, 1995.
"This is the month we're gonna figure it out," predicted Comic Book Resources Senior Editor Albert Ching, setting an optimistic tone for the afternoon. In his article on the subject, Ching went on to deftly pronounce that "Marvel's highest-ranking individual issue for the month was the relaunched "Wolverine" #1 by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman, landing at the No. 3 slot," saving readers an average of 2.4 seconds in time they would have spent looking at the chart themselves to figure this out. Ching also noticed that "IDW's hardcover collection of the final 'Locke & Key' storylines -- 'Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega' -- topped Diamond's February 2014's Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks chart, with the fourth volume of Image series 'Fatale' at No. 2," providing no additional commentary whatsoever, as if the mere recitation of knowledge openly available to anyone willing to scroll their mouse wheel downward and look at a cleanly formatted html table of data was in and of itself a useful service to provide readers.
Over at Newsarama, Michael Doran was on the case, expertly copying and pasting the charts from Diamond's website into an article and then summarizing them in some text above that added no value to the conversation while simultaneously taking up more space and time to read than the charts alone. "Marvel led both market share categories, 34.10% in dollar share and 37.36% in unit share," Doran wrote, following that up with, "DC was of course #2 in both categories, with 28.73% and 31.12% in dollar and unit share, respectively."
Meanwhile at Bleeding Cool, tabloid journalist Rich Johnston bucked the trend by actually providing something could be called "analysis" when he noted that bookstore graphic novel sales have been increasing lately while floppy chapbook sales have decreased and connecting it with the fact that no Marvel or DC books were present in the graphic novel top ten. Johnston failed to tell readers which he thought might be the cause and which the conclusion, or what it might mean for the . "Oi, I woz bein' purposely vague, oi woz, so oi can use this article in a few months as proof oi woz onto a story before anyone else woz!" the lovable Dickensian street urchin told The Outhouse privately, adding, "Pip pip!"
Gaming giant IGN had an article about the stats in which viewers willing to sit through a large, full-screen ad for a minimum of ten seconds could learn that "Compared to January, comic sales were down 5.48% for total dollars and 4.47% for total units sold. And compared to February 2013, comic sales were down 10.39% in total dollars and 14.77% in total units sold." Columnist Jesse Shedeen implied that this was grim news when he added, "The good news, at least, is that graphic novel sales were up compared both to January 2014 and February 2013." However, Shedeen declined to offer any insight as to why this might be the case or what might result from it.
At Comics Beat, Heidi MacDonald noted that sales in February were on a "blah" trajectory, while Cosmic Book News' Matt McGroin observed that "Superior Spider-Man is still a fan favorite," while Fantastic Four and Wolverine "look to have sold pretty good." Throughout the weekend and into next week, experts predict that hundreds of comic book blogs would publish articles that offered little to nothing of substance beyond the actual charts themselves, including this one, which may be the most useless of all.
Now, don't you feel like you just wasted your time when you could have scrolled right down to here?
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL SHIPPED|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||39||19||0||58|
|AVATAR PRESS INC||10||1||1||12|
|VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC||9||2||0||11|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|FEBRUARY 2014 VS. JANUARY 2013|
|FEBRUARY 2014 VS. FEBRUARY 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|2||FOREVER EVIL #5||$3.99||NOV130118||DC|
|4||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27.NOW||$3.99||DEC130648||MAR|
|5||JUSTICE LEAGUE #28||$3.99||DEC130202||DC|
|6||SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28||$3.99||DEC130653||MAR|
|7||FANTASTIC FOUR #1||$3.99||DEC130616||MAR|
|8||THE WALKING DEAD #121 (MR)||$2.99||DEC130604||IMA|
|9||THE WALKING DEAD #122 (MR)||$2.99||DEC130605||IMA|
|10||ALL NEW X-MEN #23||$3.99||DEC130692||MAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||LOCKE & KEY VOLUME 6: ALPHA & OMEGA HC||$29.99||NOV130333||IDW|
|2||FATALE VOLUME 4: PRAY FOR RAIN TP (MR)||$14.99||OCT130469||IMA|
|3||ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 4 TP||$14.99||DEC130995||BOO|
|4||INVINCIBLE VOLUME 19: THE WAR AT HOME TP||$16.99||DEC130496||IMA|
|5||SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||AUG120491||IMA|
|6||STAR-LORD: ANNIHILATION CONQUEST||$7.99||DEC130736||MAR|
|8||MY LITTLE PONY TALES VOLUME 2 TP||$17.99||DEC130439||IDW|
|9||REVIVAL VOLUME 3: A FARAWAY PLACE TP (MR)||$14.99||DEC130527||IMA|
|10||THE FLASH VOLUME 2: ROGUES REVOLUTION TP (N52)||$16.99||NOV130229||DC|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 81 SC||$14.95||DEC131431||SAN|
|2||MODERN MASTERS VOLUME 29: CLIFF CHIANG SC||$15.95||OCT131328||TWO|
|3||ALABASTER NOVEL: PALE SC||$14.99||OCT130051||DAR|
|4||DISNEY'S THE MUPPETS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA HC||$16.99||DEC131414||DK|
|5||THE AVENGER DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 12 SC||$14.95||SEP131507||SAN|
|6||MAD GREATEST ARTISTS: DAVE BERG HC||$30.00||AUG131587||RUN|
|7||LEGEND OF HEROES VOLUME 1: CHARACTERS SC||$49.99||AUG131472||UDO|
|8||LEGEND OF HEROES VOLUME 2: ILLUSTRATIONS SC||$49.99||AUG131473||UDO|
|9||LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC||$34.99||SEP120055||DAR|
|10||HELLBOY COMPANION TP||$14.95||JAN080088||DAR|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BATGIRL STATUE||AUG130363||DC|
|2||DCV PLAY ARTS KAI: BATMAN "RED COSTUME" FIGURE||JUL138004||SQU|
|3||BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2: DEATHSTROKE FIGURE||OCT130305||DC|
|4||MARVEL SELECT: CLASSIC HAWKEYE FIGURE||OCT131851||DST|
|5||BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2: KILLER CROC DELUXE FIGURE||SEP138282||DC|
|6||THOR: SMASHING HAMMER STATUE||JUL131928||BOW|
|7||ASTONISHING WOLVERINE STATUE||AUG132131||BOW|
|8||BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2: FIREFLY FIGURE||OCT130302||DC|
|9||BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PLAY ARTS KAI: THE JOKER FIGURE||SEP132057||SQU|
|10||DC COMICS ICONS: BATMAN 1/6-SCALE STATUE||SEP130318||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES BOOSTER BRICK||OCT132418||NEC|
|2||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF THE GODS BOOSTERS||DEC132337||ALL|
|3||MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128266||USA|
|4||DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES FOIL PACKS||OCT132417||NEC|
|5||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF THE GODS FAT PACK||DEC132339||ALL|
|6||ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS GAME||JUL132296||CRY|
|7||DOCTOR WHO: TUMBLING TARDIS TOWER||NOV132054||UND|
|8||YU-GI-OH! TCG: STRUCTURE DECK CYBER DRAGON REVOLUTION||DEC132321||KON|
|9||RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION||OCT128267||USA|
|10||MY LITTLE PONY MONOPOLY||MAY132328||USA|
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