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Bloggers Draw Inane Conclusions From Diamond Comics February 2014 Top Ten

Written by Jude Terror on Saturday, March 15 2014 and posted in News with Benefits

Bloggers Draw Inane Conclusions From Diamond Comics February 2014 Top Ten

Find out what vague percentages of pre-retail sales means for the future of the comics industry.


Source: DIamond

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

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.10%
DC COMICS 28.73%
IMAGE COMICS 7.85%
DARK HORSE COMICS 6.61%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.01%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 3.51%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.05%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.28%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 1.05%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.02%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.78%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 37.36%
DC COMICS 31.12%
IMAGE COMICS 8.88%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.59%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.00%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 3.40%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.94%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.08%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.99%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.95%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 3.70%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS 85 26 0 111
MARVEL COMICS 69 32 0 101
IMAGE COMICS 48 11 0 59
DARK HORSE COMICS 39 19 0 58
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 50 8 0 58
IDW PUBLISHING 40 17 0 57
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 24 6 0 30
AVATAR PRESS INC 10 1 1 12
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 9 2 0 11
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 4 4
OTHER 69 102 20 191

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
FEBRUARY 2014 VS. JANUARY 2013
COMICS -5.48% -4.47%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -4.48% 5.98%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.17% -3.65%
FEBRUARY 2014 VS. FEBRUARY 2013
COMICS -10.39% -14.77%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 2.83% 14.99%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -6.71% -12.83%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS -5.53% -11.18%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -6.69% 3.16%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.89% -10.15%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #28 $3.99 DEC130250 DC
2 FOREVER EVIL #5 $3.99 NOV130118 DC
3 WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 DEC130609 MAR
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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
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
7 INFINITY HC $75.00 NOV130707 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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
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

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
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

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
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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