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Top Comics, Graphic Novels & Publishers of 2015

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Top Comics 2015With 2015 firmly behind us, the kickoff to this week has some good data coming in on what was selling during the year. Diamond Distribution has put together a look at what they saw going on through the direct market and other areas that they serve for their clients and it’s not too surprising. When it comes to the trade market, Saga is definitely eating things up there while The Walking Dead does strong in the bookstore market. They get a few volumes here, but Saga makes up half the list.

2015 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMAGE COMICS
2 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMAGE COMICS
3 SAGA VOLUME 5 TP (MR) $14.99 JUL150565 IMAGE COMICS
4 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MARVEL COMICS
5 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 23: WHISPERS INTO SCREAMS TP $14.99 FEB150545 IMAGE COMICS
6 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC COMICS
7 SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMAGE COMICS
8 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP $14.99 NOV128157-M IMAGE COMICS
9 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMAGE COMICS

When it comes to the single issues, it’s no surprise that there are several Star Wars books here as well as Secret Wars making a good showing. Everything is essentially a series launch as opposed to an issue from an ongoing later in its run, but this is where most of the energy continues to be – and reaffirms for publishers the way they continually relaunch titles.

2015 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS #1 $4.99 AUG158711-M MARVEL COMICS
2 SECRET WARS #1 $4.99 JUL158548-M MARVEL COMICS
3 BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES FROM HOLO JOHN #1 $4.99 MAR151109-M BOOM! STUDIOS
4 ORPHAN BLACK #1 $3.99 DEC140468-M IDW PUBLISHING
5 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1 $5.99 SEP150179-M DC COMICS
6 STAR WARS VADER DOWN #1 $4.99 SEP150827-M MARVEL COMICS
7 DARTH VADER #1 $4.99 AUG158716-M MARVEL COMICS
8 SPIDER-GWEN #1 $3.99 APR158276-M MARVEL COMICS
9 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 $3.99 JUL150696-M MARVEL COMICS
10 PRINCESS LEIA #1 $3.99 JAN150733-M MARVEL COMICS

And for those looking for publisher breakdowns:

2015 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

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MARVEL COMICS 38.74% 41.82%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 25.75% 27.35%
IMAGE COMICS 9.93% 10.70%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.59% 4.87%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.79% 3.10%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.28% 2.46%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.99% 1.79%
TITAN COMICS 1.03% 0.95%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0.94% 0.20%
VIZ MEDIA 0.93% 0.35%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.00% 6.41%

And the number of titles shipped:

2015 NUMBER OF TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS GRAPHIC NOVELS MAGAZINES TOTAL
MARVEL COMICS 917 390 2 1309
DC ENTERTAINMENT 963 331 6 1300
IMAGE COMICS 773 187 0 960
IDW PUBLISHING 527 265 0 792
DARK HORSE COMICS 378 234 0 612
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 385 94 0 479
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 301 68 0 369
VIZ MEDIA 0 270 0 270
TITAN COMICS 120 67 35 222
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 152 152
OTHER 1157 1518 315 2990
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