Graphic Novels Years In The Making Top Diamond Charts In September

Frank Miller’s Holy Terror, originally planned a decade ago as Batman: Holy Terror, as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center, is the best selling graphic novel through Diamond Comic Distributors in September.

And second is Marv Wolfman and George Perez’ New Teen Titans: Games, which was started twenty years ago and recently finished. And also depicts a terrorist attack on New York City.

Someone should do a comparative review. Challenge accepted.

However, all in all, graphic novel sales are way down through Diamond. Over 12% percent down in numbers from last year, almost 24% down since September last year.

This depresses the overall increase in comics and graphic novel numbers, with comics up 13% on last month and 15% on a year ago, principly because of the DC relaunch. And those numbers aren’t final either, a bunch of DC orders have had their reported numbers reduced by Diamond because the books were returnable. That’s around twenty percent lower to statistically cover any returned comics – even, as it seems, there aren’t going to be any.

Here are the full statistics.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERRETAIL
MARKET
SHARE
UNIT
MARKET
SHARE
DC COMICS35.74%43.04%
MARVEL COMICS35.37%37.88%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.76%3.51%
IDW PUBLISHING4.13%3.10%
IMAGE COMICS4.08%3.29%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT3.07%3.02%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.39%0.94%
RANDOM HOUSE0.99%0.26%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS0.98%0.22%
LEGENDARY COMICS0.97%0.12%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.53%4.63%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARSUNITS
SEPTEMBER 2011 VS. AUGUST 2011
COMICS9.95%13.10%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-13.92%-12.64%
TOTAL COMICS/GN1.81%10.99%
SEPTEMBER 2011 VS. SEPTEMBER 2010
COMICS8.37%14.42%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-18.44%-23.50%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-1.01%10.86%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2011 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2010
COMICS-3.02%-1.49%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-4.51%-9.68%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-3.51%-2.20%
THIRD QUARTER 2011 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2011
COMICS14.55%16.77%
GRAPHIC NOVELS3.75%0.07%
TOTAL COMICS/GN10.92%15.33%
THIRD QUARTER 2011 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2010
COMICS6.18%10.34%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-1.75%-7.85%
TOTAL COMICS/GN3.55%8.74%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM
CODE
VENDOR
1BATMAN #1$2.99JUL110206DC
2ACTION COMICS #1$3.99JUL110201DC
3GREEN LANTERN #1$2.99JUL110218DC
4THE FLASH #1$2.99JUL110193DC
5SUPERMAN #1 [*]$2.99JUL110203DC
6DETECTIVE COMICS #1 [*]$2.99JUL110208DC
7BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1 [*]$2.99JUL110210DC
8FEAR ITSELF #6$3.99JUL110570MAR
9ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1$3.99JUL110605MAR
10BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 [*]$2.99JUL110211DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM
CODE
VENDOR
1HOLY TERROR HC (MR)$29.99JUL111154LEG
2NEW TEEN TITANS: GAMES HC$24.99MAY110190DC
3CHEW VOLUME 4: FLAMBE TP (MR)$12.99MAY110447IMA
4RICHARD CASTLE’S DEADLY STORM PREMIERE HC$19.99JUL110726MAR
5HELLBOY VOLUME 11: THE BRIDE OF HELL & OTHERS TP$19.99MAY118259DAR
6MORNING GLORIES VOLUME 2 TP$12.99JUN110483IMA
7BRIGHTEST DAY VOLUME 3 HC$29.99MAY110243DC
8SAILOR MOON VOLUME 1 TP$10.99JUL111150KOD
9NARUTO VOLUME 52 TP$9.99JUN111269VIZ
10UNCANNY X-FORCE VOLUME 1: THE APOCALYPSE SOLUTION TP$15.99AUG110733MAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM
CODE
VENDOR
1BRIGHTEST DAY SERIES 3 ACTION FIGURESJAN110442DC
2HALO 10TH-ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURESJUL110565TMP
3WOMEN OF THE DCU SERIES 3: SUPERGIRL BUSTFEB110279DC
4UNIVERSAL MONSTERS SERIES 2 RETRO CLOTH FIGURESDEC108176DST
5GREEN LANTERN VS. SINESTRO MINI-STATUENOV100300DC
6MARVEL SELECT: RED SKULL (CAPTAIN AMERICA) FIGUREMAR111682DST
7MARVEL UNIVERSE SUPER HERO TEAM FIGURESJUL111821KEN
8DC UNIVERSE ONLINE: SOLOMON GRUNDY STATUEJAN110453DC
9HEROES OF DCU: BLACKEST NIGHT INDIGO-1 LANTERN BUSTFEB110277DC
10BACK TO THE FUTURE: TIME MACHINE MARK I CARMAR094739DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM
CODE
VENDOR
1DC HEROCLIX: SUPERMAN BOOSTER BRICKJUL112183NEC
2DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR MONOPOLYMAY112061WIN
3DC HEROCLIX: GREEN LANTERN BOOSTER PACKSMAY118037NEC
4YU-GI-OH! TCG: GENERATION FORCE BOOSTER PACKSJUN118255KON
5GEARS OF WAR BOARD GAMEJUL112145FAN
6MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SCARS OF MIRRODIN BOOSTER PACKSAUG101862WIZ
7MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: 2012 BOOSTER BATTLE PACKSJUN118130WIZ
8YU-GI-OH! TCG 2011: COLLECTIBLE TINS WAVE 1MAY118313KON
9YU-GI-OH! TCG: GENERATION FORCE SPECIAL EDITIONĀ  BOOSTER PACKSJUL112160KON
10OPERATION: STAR WARS R2-D2 EDITIONJUL112158KEN

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About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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