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Change is coming to Gotham City. You can Bank on it!

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Now you can save for a Rainy Day with a Dark Knight! Diamond has two different exclusive Batman banks in their March issue of Previews.  Save the money you want in the bank that you deserve!

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Batman Rescues GothamAnd Your Change!  

(BALTIMORE, MD) – (March 9, 2015)- Batman is here to save more than just his hometown with a March PREVIEWS exclusive, Batman bust banks! PREVIEWS and Monogram Products, Ltd. partner together to bring fans an easy way to keep their money safe with the blue and black editions of this larger than life Batman bank.

Made of Vinyl, this impressive depiction of Batman from The Dark Knight Returns, stands at 6” tall and 9” wide. Through detailed precision, this exclusive sculpt of Batman would make an incredible collectible for any fan to showcase!

The two different colored banks are available to order at comic book shops for a retail price of $19.99 using their individual item code from the March PREVIEWS Catalog.

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Fans are encouraged to pre-order their own Batman bank at their local comic book shop from the March PREVIEWS catalog to ensure they get it when it is released in May. Find a comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com.
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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond at www.diamondcomics.com.

© 2016 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.


Diamond Announces Top Products For February 2016

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The Diamond Sales Charts for February are in!

Comic sales were down again, for February, but Trades and Graphic Novels did well enough to take off some the sting.  Marvel dominated the comic charts with top 10 with 7 titles, DC taking the other 3 to round it out.  Image and DC scored highest on the  trades with 4 and 3 titles, respectively. Marvel had 2, and Boom scored the number 3 slot (behind Wicked + Divine, and Star Wars: Chewbacca) with Lumberjanes Vol 3.

For the full standings, here’s Diamond’s press release for February.Batman #49

 

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 4, 2016) — Batman and Carrie Kelley journey to the Fortress of Solitude to free Superman as the renegade priest Quar and his fanatic Kandorian followers make their demands of Earth’s leaders in Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of February 2016 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

 

Marvel Comics was February’s top publisher with a 42.19% dollar share and a 40.78% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.01% dollar share and a 26.00% unit share. January’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 10.13% dollar share and a 9.18% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.14% dollar share and a 4.78% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 2.59% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share.

 

Marvel Comics had seven of February’s top ten best-selling titles, led by Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu’s Star Wars #16 at #2. Also in the top ten were Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli’s Spider-Man #1 at #4, Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin’s Deadpool: The Mercs for Money #1 at #5. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten; in addition to Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Superheavy” storyline continued in Batman #49 at #2. Image Comics’ best-selling book in February was Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #151 at #13. The penultimate issue of Chuck Palahniuk’s sequel to Fight Club, Fight Club 2 #9, was Dark Horse Comics’ top book at #63. IDW Publishing’s Back to the Future #5 was their top book at #102. February’s best-selling non-premier comic book was Oni Press’ Invader Zim #7 at #90.

 

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvine’s The Wicked and the Divine Volume 3: Commercial Suicide from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of February and one of the publisher’s four titles among the month’s top ten. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto’s Star Wars: Chewbacca at #2. BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes Volume 3 ranked #3 for the month. Rounding out the top ten, DC Entertainment had three titles, led by Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns at #4.

 

DK Publishing’s The Batman Character Encyclopedia was February’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten was Dark Horse Comics’ The Eltingville Club at #2.

 

Diamond Select Toys’ Ghostbusters Select Series 1 Action Figures were February’s best-selling toy product and one of the manufacturer’s three products among the top ten. DC Collectibles had one product in the top ten, the DC Comics Super Heroes: Wonder Woman Bust at #9.

 

WizKids/NECA’s DC HeroClix: Worlds Finest Booster Brick was February’s best-selling games product.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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UNIT

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MARVEL COMICS 40.78% 42.19%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 26.00% 29.01%
IMAGE COMICS 9.18% 10.13%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.78% 4.14%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.07% 2.59%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.12% 1.94%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.09% 1.68%
ONI PRESS INC. 1.04% 0.85%
VIZ MEDIA 0.94% 0.38%
TITAN COMICS 0.92% 0.82%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.09% 6.29%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 80 32 0 112
DC ENTERTAINMENT 78 28 1 107
IMAGE COMICS 53 13 0 66
IDW PUBLISHING 41 22 0 63
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 16 0 43
BOOM! STUDIOS 23 13 0 36
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 20 6 0 26
TITAN COMICS 14 6 1 21
ONI PRESS 7 3 0 10
VIZ MEDIA 0 2 0 2
OTHER NON-TOP 10 142 134 31 307

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
FEBRUARY 2016 VS. JANUARY 2016
COMICS 0.14% -5.26%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -0.63% 8.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.10% -4.24%
FEBRUARY 2016 VS. FEBRUARY 2015
COMICS -6.73% -14.62%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 12.00% 18.12%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.69% -12.54%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS -5.32% -9.52%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.13% 2.92%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.43% -8.63%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #3 $5.99 NOV150155-M DC
2 STAR WARS #16 $3.99 DEC150866-M MAR
3 BATMAN #49 $3.99 DEC150271-M DC
4 SPIDER-MAN #1 $3.99 DEC150723-M MAR
5 DEADPOOL: THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 $3.99 DEC150741-M MAR
6 DEADPOOL #7 $9.99 DEC150853-M MAR
7 DARTH VADER #16 $3.99 NOV150919 MAR
8 POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1 $3.99 DEC150732-M MAR
9 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 $3.99 DEC150809-M MAR
10 JUSTICE LEAGUE #48 $3.99 NOV150171-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
Wicked and Divine Volume 3

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 NOV150702 IMA
2 STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA TP $16.99 NOV150951 MAR
3 LUMBERJANES VOLUME 3 TP $14.99 NOV151165 BOO
4 BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 NOV150279-M DC
5 BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY DELUXE EDITION HC $24.99 OCT150255 DC
6 SUNSTONE VOLUME 4 OGN SC (MR) $14.99 OCT150579 IMA
7 NEW SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 2: MONSTERS TP $14.99 NOV150280 DC
8 THE FADE-OUT VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $12.99 DEC150644 IMA
9 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE TP $15.99 FEB150860 MAR
10 SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR) $14.99 JUL150565 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA HC $16.99 JAN161900 DK
2 THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB HC $19.99 OCT150048 DAR
3 DOCTOR WHO COLORING BOOK $14.99 DEC151808 PUT
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 103 SC $14.95 NOV151874 SAN
5 WONDER WOMAN: AMAZON WARRIOR SC $5.99 DEC151804 SCH
6 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: THE JOKER’S MAGIC MAYHEM TP $5.95 DEC151798 CAP
7 BATMAN TALKING BUST & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT $12.95 OCT151888 RUN
8 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: TWO-FACE FACE OFF TP $5.95 DEC151795 CAP
9 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: THE SCARECROW’S NIGHTMARE MAZE TP $5.95 DEC151797 CAP
10 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: CLAYFACE’S SLIME SPREE TP $5.95 DEC151796 CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES MAY152168 DST
2 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURES MAR101468 DST
3 MOVIE REALIZATION STAR WARS: SAMURAI DARTH VADER “DEATH STAR” ACTION FIGURE AUG158041 BLU
4 ALIENS WARRIOR COOKIE JAR AUG152314 DST
5 THE FLASH STATUE PAPERWEIGHT AUG152807 ICO
6 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER ARTFX+ STATUE 2-PACK NOV152451 KOT
7 MARVEL NOW: MAGNETO ARTFX+ STATUE AUG152630 KOT
8 STREET FIGHTER: POISON BISHOUJO STATUE MAY158417 KOT
9 DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN BUST JUL150356 DC
10 BATMAN 1966: BATMOBILE WITH ACTION FIGURE JUN158643 MAT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST BOOSTER BRICK DEC152576 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: OATH OF THE GATEWATCH BOOSTERS NOV158284 WIZ
3 DC HEROCLIX: DAWN OF JUSTICE DEC152574 NEC
4 CTHULHU MONOPOLY JAN162797 USA
5 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DICE MASTERS: FAERUN UNDER SIEGE DEC152567 NEC
6 DC HEROCLIX: WORLDS FINEST FAST FORCES 6-PACK DEC152578 NEC
7 DC HEROCLIX: DAWN OF JUSTICE FAST FORCES 6-PACK DEC152575 NEC
8 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS CHESS GAME OCT158185 HAS
9 CTHULHU YAHTZEE JAN162798 USA
10 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MONOPOLY OCT158186 HAS

 

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

 

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

 

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

 

The New Titles Count Chart 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, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

 

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing thousands of specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

 

© 2016 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, Diamond Books logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

 


DC’s CYBORG & Vaughn’s WE STAND ON GUARD cover MAY’s PREVIEWS

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Diamond is offering a first look at May’s PREVIEWS. The front cover heralds the Canadian Sci-Fi adventure, WE STAND ON GUARD by Brain K. Vaugh (Saga) and Steve Skroce (The Matrix). The back cover celebrates Titan turned Justice Leaguer’s CYBORG in his new ongoing series by Walker, Reis, and Prado! Plus, MOVIE MONTH and more!

See the release, below.

Print(BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 22, 2014) — The May edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly PREVIEWS catalog arrives in comic shops, hobby stores, and other specialty outlets on April 29th and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise scheduled to go on sale beginning July 2015.

ON OUR FRONT COVER: Canadians fight to protect their country from an invasion by the United States in We Stand On Guard, the new Image Comics series from Saga‘s Brian K. Vaughan and The Matrix‘s Steve Skroce.
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ON OUR BACK COVER: Justice League’s cybernetic hero graduates to his own solo series in DC Comics’ Cyborg from David Walker, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado.
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The May PREVIEWS Features

Movie Month ThemeMovie Month PREVIEWS celebrates Movie Month, paying tribute to the comics and graphic novels that served as the basis for movies, or vice-versa. Look for the Movie Month icon throughout the catalog and find some choice selections for your reading (and viewing) list.

On The Flip Side — As part of Movie Month, PREVIEWS talks to Mark Millar (Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass) and Dustin Nguyen (Descender, Batman: Li’l Gotham) about adapting comics to film and working in Hollywood.

Gems of the Month — May’s PREVIEWS Gems of the Month include: the bounty hunter Barb Wire returns to the mean streets of Steel Harbor in Dark Horse Comics’ Barb Wire by Chris Warner and Patrick Olliffe; a rare Neil Gaiman story returns to print in Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint; Captain Kirk teams with the Green Lantern Corps for a cosmic adventure in IDW Publishing’s Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War; Image Comics launches a new magazine-sized monthly comic anthology with Island; and the coolest character in a galaxy far, far away is back in Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: Lando by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev.

SplashPREVIEWS shines a special spotlight at some of the blockbuster books and products coming this July, including Marvel Comics’ Civil War, a Secret War tie-in by Charles Soule and Leinil Francis Yu that revisits one of comics’ biggest stories of the last decade. Plus, Riverdale faces a deadly menace in Archie Comics’ Archie Vs. Sharknado, Kieron Gillen takes readers to the hottest planet in Avatar Press’ Mercury Heat, Matt Wagner brings Will Eisner’s most famous creation back to comics in Dynamite Entertainment’s The Spirit, Funko launches a new line of POP! Doctor Who Vinyl Figures, and many more products you have to look forward to this summer.

PREVIEWS Exclusive Apparel PREVIEWS offers comic book fans and pop culture aficionados a selection of t-shirts and other apparel that can only be found in your local comic shop! One of Marvel’s favorite heroes stars on the Luke Cage: Hero For Hire t-shirt, Daredevil is action on the Daredevil: Repent t-shirt, and Trekkies will want the Star Trek: I’m With Illogical t-shirt. These, and many other products that you can find only through PREVIEWS, will have you looking sharp at this summer’s conventions.

Indie EdgePREVIEWS talks to Matt Wagner, the legendary creator of Grendel and Mage about his career, his forthcoming project The Spirit, and the books he’s reading today.

Plus: Staff Picks, the month’s Certified Cool books, the monthly Bestseller Charts, and so much more!

All this awaits you in the May edition of PREVIEWS, which goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, April 29th with the new, lower cover price of just $3.99.

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD) — Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing more than 4,000 specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

 

© 2015 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, Diamond Books logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.


GOTHAM’s Robin Lord Taylor on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

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Robin Lord Taylor, the best thing to happen to the Penguin since Burgess Meredith, is helping spread the word for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. That’s right, Gotham’s up and coming crime lord is taking time out of his ladder-climbing schedule to inform the masses about May’s annual event in which comic companies, stores, and Diamond Comics Distributor give away special free comics to anyone and everyone who want them.

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You can see Robin’s video about Free Comic Book Day here:  http://bit.ly/RobinLordTaylor_FCBD2015

 

  • On May 2nd, over 2,300 participating comic shop across the US, Canada and worldwide will be giving away free comic books
  • There are 50 designated FCBD titles available to choose from
  • Over 5.6 million comic books will be given away for free making this year’s event the biggest yet!
  • During FCBD, comic shops host special events such as costume contests, guest signings with comic book writers and artists, raffles, giveaways, store-wide sales, games and more for the whole community to enjoy
  • To find a participating comic shop, enter your zip code into the store locator at www.freecomicbookday.com.

Free Comic Book Day is only 10 Days Away!

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Get free comics at participating comic book shops on Saturday May 3rd, 2014.

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That’s right, it’s just 10 days until FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! I’ll be at FAMOUS FACES & FUNNIES, in Melbourne Florida for FREE COMIC BOOK MAY! That’s right, every Saturday in May (and there’s five of ’em this year) FF7F will be giving out Free comics, artists will be doing free sketches, and all sorts of tom foolery shall ensue!  Can’t join us? Fret not, comic fans! Diamond has the info so you can enjoy the fun in a comic shop near you!

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 23, 2014) —In 10 days, the most anticipated event in the comic book industry, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be celebrated at participating comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide! 2014 marks the biggest FCBD event yet with 60 free comics available for new and devoted comics fans to discover, while also exploring what other treasures their local comic shop has to offer.

 

On Saturday May 3rd, anyone that visits a participating comic shop will receive at least one or more of the designated FCBD comics for free. The Free Comic Book Day Committee picked a listing of Gold and Silver sponsors whose comic books include titles that are great for kids and adults.  This year’s roster contains 60 free comics that include titles for everyone’s tastes with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, DC’s The New 52: Futures End, Archie, Spongebob, Teen Titans Go!, The Simpsons, Hello Kitty, Transformers, Sonic, and many more for fans to discover!  Complete descriptions of all 60 FCBD titles, along with four-to-six page previews can be found online at www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.

 

Comic shops will also host community events such as costume contests, drawings by guest artists, creator signings, raffles, door prizes, photos with costumed characters, and other community building activities throughout the day.  Every comic shop celebrates FCBD in their own unique way and fans have an opportunity to see their local comic shop’s personality and thriving community of pop-culture enthusiasts on display.

 

“Free Comic Book Day gives new and devoted comic book, entertainment, and pop-culture fans the opportunity to get great titles for free, while participating in fun and interactive comic shop events,” said Free Comic Book Day Spokesperson Jason Blanchard. “Comic shops plan their FCBD activities months in advance to give their community the best FCBD experience in order to bring together like-minded fans who love the same stories, TV shows, and movies, while being able to discover new stories that will entertain and enrich their lives.”

 
For more FBCD news and updates, go to the FCBD website at www.freecomicbookday.com. Also check out what legendary comic book creator Stan Lee has to say about FCBD at http://bit.ly/StanLeeFCBD.

 

For daily FCBD updates, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freecomicbook and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/freecomicbook. Find a comic shop near you at http://www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator and celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 3rd, 2014!

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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY—Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

 

© 2014 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. and Free Comic Book Day, inc.  All rights reserved. Free Comic Book Day, FCBD, and the FCBD logo are copyright Diamond and Free Comic Book Day, inc.  Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.


Dear Doctor, Dear Diary…a PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE

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Travel through Time with the PREVIEWS Exclusive Doctor Who Diary

 

(BALTIMORE, MD) – (April 22, 2014)- Learn the secret adventures of the time traveling Doctor Who with the special 50th anniversary PREVIEWS exclusive 2015 Doctor Who Diary from Mallon Publishers. The Diary goes through the timeline of the various characters who have been the Doctor, showing how they step into their new roles traveling through time to come to the aid of those in need.  The Diary can be pre-ordered now at your local comic book specialty shop, and is scheduled to release in early October, 2014.

 

The adventures of Doctor Who in his time traveling blue police box have been recorded in the 2015 Doctor Who Diary (Item Code: APR141558, SRP $18.99, page 401). Read through 120 pages of Doctor Who history as each character and his journeys are explained and broken down to include, The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor and, The Time of the Doctor. The Night of the Doctor shows the regeneration of the 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) into the War Doctor (John Hurt). The Day of the Doctor sees the reappearance of David Tennant and Tom Baker as 10th and 4th Doctors and is full of allusions to the history of the series-‘a love letter to fans.’ The Time of the Doctor, the 800th episode of the series, features the final appearance of Matt Smith and the formal introduction of Peter Capaldi, as the new Doctor.

 

The diary includes the Doctors adventures, photos of the 12th Doctor in his new role, and exclusively for fans in these regions, the author has included holidays celebrated by the US and Canada that the Doctor celebrates.

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The Doctor Who Diary is featured in the April PREVIEWS catalog on page 901 and is scheduled to be released exclusively in book stores and comic book specialty shops across the US and Canada in early October, 2014.  To pre-order this time traveling collectible, find a local comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com.

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ABOUT MALLON PUBLISHERS – Mallon is an independent Australian publishing house, formed in 1992. Mallon publishes titles on gardening, social history and natural history, and also produces a range of diaries and other stationery. Major titles published by Mallon include an encyclopedia of roses entitled The Ultimate Rose Book, and a comprehensive illustrated book covering the total marsupial fauna of Australia entitled A Fragile Balance. Licensed products include The Doctor Who Diary and The Phantom Diary.

 

ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

© 2014 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

 


Diamond Announces Top Products For February 2014

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 (BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 14, 2014) — Batman and his new partner Bluebird discover that Catwoman, Gotham City’s new crime lord, holds a prisoner who could save Gotham City in Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Dustin Nguyen’s Batman #28, a flash-forward to the upcoming DC Comics weekly comic Batman Forever and February 2014’s best-selling comic book to specialty retailers, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

 

Marvel Comics was February’s top publisher, with a 34.10% Dollar Share and 37.36% Unit Share, compared to 28.73% and 31.12% respectively for runner-up DC Entertainment. Marvel Comics had five of the month’s top ten best-selling comics, led by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman’s Wolverine #1 at #3, while DC Entertainment had three titles and Image Comics two, led by The Walking Dead #121 at #8.

 

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key series for IDW Publishing came to a close with February’s Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega, the collected edition of the series’ final two storylines and the best-selling graphic novel for the month. Image Comics had four of the month’s top-ten graphic novels, including Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Fatale Volume 4 at #2.

 

Sanctum Publishing’s The Shadow Double Novel Volume 81, a collection of classic pulp-era stories of The Shadow, was February’s best-selling book in the comic book specialty market. Dark Horse Comics had three books in the top ten, led by the Alabaster novel Pale at #3, along with perennial best-sellers The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia and The Hellboy Companion.

 

Ant Lucia’s 1940’s pin-up redesign of Batgirl inspired DC Collectibles’ DC Comics Bombshells: Batgirl Statue, February’s best-selling toy product.

 

The 31st-century heroes of the Legion of Super-Heroes starred in WizKids/NECA’s DC HeroClix: Legion of Super-Heroes Boosters, an expansion for the fan-favorite miniatures game and the best-selling game product in February.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

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UNIT

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MARVEL COMICS

34.10%

37.36%

DC COMICS

28.73%

31.12%

IMAGE COMICS

7.85%

8.88%

DARK HORSE COMICS

6.61%

5.59%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.01%

5.00%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

3.51%

3.40%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.05%

1.94%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.28%

0.27%

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

1.05%

0.99%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

1.02%

1.08%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.78%

4.38%

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

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

14

2

0

16

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

9

2

0

11

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

4

4

OTHER

65

101

21

187

 


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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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 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, 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.

 

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

 

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, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

 

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