Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thursday's Headlines | August 2019 Sales

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (September 13, 2019) — Carnage's hunt for Venom -- and all those who have carried a symbiote -- threatens chaos in New York City in Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman's Absolute Carnage #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of August 2019 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was August's top publisher, taking 46.15% of dollars and 49.96% of units shipped. In second place, DC's market share was 24.86% and 25.96% respectively. Image Comics ranked third, with a 6.32% dollar share and a 6.26% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and BOOM! Studios.

Marvel Comics had seven of the month's top ten best-selling comic books. In addition to Absolute Carnage #1, the 80th-anniversary celebration Marvel Comics #1000 ranked #2, Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz's House of X #3 ranked #4, Hickman and R.B. Silva's Powers of X #2 ranked #5, Hickman and Larraz's House of X #2 ranked #6, Hickman and Silva's Powers of X #3 ranked #7, and Cates and Stegman's Absolute Carnage #2 ranked #8. DC had three titles in the top ten: Joshua Williamson and David Marquez's Batman/Superman #1, spinning out of the events of The Batman Who Laughs, ranked #3, Tom King and Tony S. Daniel's Batman #77 ranked #9, and Sean Murphy's Black Label book, Batman: Curse of the White Knight #2, ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top book for August was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97 at #44; Dynamite Entertainment's Vampirella #2 ranked #51; BOOM! Studios' Once and Future #1, the new series from Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora, ranked #64; Dark Horse Comics' Black Hammer/Justice League #2 ranked #88; and Image Comics' Die #6 ranked #95.

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 32, the final volume of Image Comics' best-selling series, was August's best-selling graphic novel. DC had three titles in the top ten: Scott Snyder and Jock's The Batman Who Laughs ranked #2, Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh's Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass ranked #3, and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, reprinted to coincide with the HBO series, ranked #4. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten: Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman's War of the Realms ranked #5, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One Declassified ranked #6, Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum and Paolo Villanelli's Star War: Vader: Dark Visions ranked #7, and Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw's Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Final Gauntlet ranked #10.
UDON Entertainment's Neon Genesis Evangelion: TV Animation Production Art Collection, a hardcover collection of concept and production art for the acclaimed anime, was August's best-selling book, and one of UDON's three books in the top ten. The softcover edition of Gemstone Publishing's Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 49 ranked #3. Also in the top ten, Dynamite Entertainment's The Art of Dejah Thoris and the Worlds of Mars Volume 2, a collection of covers and pin-ups, ranked #9.

Mezco's One:12 Collective: DC Comics: Sovereign Knight Batman (Blue Costume) Action Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive version of the figure series that looks at Batman through the ages, was August's best-selling figure. Funko had three products in the top ten, all of them PREVIEWS Exclusives: the POP! DC Heroes: Batman Damned Vinyl Figure ranked #2, the POP! DC Heroes: The Batman Who Laughs Vinyl Figure ranked #3, and the POP! Marvel: Nova Prime Vinyl Figure ranked #8. Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select: Psylocke Figure ranked #6. DC Collectibles had two products in the top ten: the Batman: The Animated Series: Batcycle & Figure Set ranked #7 and the DC Designer Series: Nightwing by Jim Lee Statue ranked #9.

Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder Core Rulebook (2nd Edition) was August's best-selling game product and one of Paizo's eight products among the top ten.

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS46.15%
DC COMICS24.86%
IMAGE COMICS6.32%
IDW PUBLISHING4.00%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.27%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.51%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.50%
VIZ MEDIA1.33%
TITAN COMICS0.72%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT0.53%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.81%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS49.96%
DC COMICS25.96%
IMAGE COMICS6.26%
IDW PUBLISHING4.18%
DARK HORSE COMICS2.65%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.34%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.13%
TITAN COMICS0.64%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT0.56%
VIZ MEDIA0.53%
OTHER NON-TOP 104.79%
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
 DOLLARSUNITS
AUGUST 2019 VS. JULY 2019
COMICS-6.01%-9.70%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-5.13%0.26%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-5.78%-9.06%
TOYS-21.40%-20.06%
AUGUST 2019 VS. AUGUST 2018
COMICS0.64%-4.44%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-20.11%-21.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-5.76%-5.94%
TOYS-9.65%11.91%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS0.92%-4.37%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-3.24%-8.55%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-0.26%-4.68%
TOYS24.37%31.96%