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Top Ten Comics & Graphic Novels For August Revealed

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harley-quinn-issue-1-coverWhile a lot of the focus tends to be on the bookstore channels and what ranks there, things move a little different in the hobbyist realm with the direct market. Diamond Distribution has put out the details of how August went down and it was certainly interesting. While the five-week month played a little bit of a factor in it, the month was the first one in nearly twenty years that it had shipped over 10 million non-promotional comics. Sales were up 31% overall compared to the same period last year with singles up 44% and trades up 5%.

DC Comics is definitely doing well with their Rebirth event as they captured nine out of the top ten spots for the month.

Top 10 Comics – August 2016

  1. Harley Quinn #1
  2. All-Star Batman #1
  3. Suicide Squad #1
  4. Amazing Spider-Man #16
  5. Suicide Squad Rebirth #1
  6. Batman #4
  7. Batman #5
  8. Justice League #2
  9. Harley Quinn #2
  10. Supergirl Rebirth #1

On the graphic novel side things are a bit more diverse with Darth Vader claiming the top and Marvel also grabbing two more spots with Black Panther and Spider-Man/Deadpool. Image Comics grabs a slot for Saga but DC Comics grabs the rest.

Top 10 Graphic Novels – August 2016

  1. Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol 3: The Shu Torun War TP
  2. Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition HC
  3. Black Panther Book 1: Nation Under Our Feet TP
  4. Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 1: Isn’t It Bromantic TP
  5. Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Jail TP
  6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HC
  7. Saga Volume 6 TP
  8. Teen Titans Earth One Volume 2 HC
  9. Harley Quinn Book and Mask Set
  10. Harley Quinn & The Suicide Squad: An Adult Coloring Book TP

In terms of market share this marks the second month in a row for DC Comics, which history has shown is something they can’t maintain for too long – especially since Marvel has higher price points and generalely more books.

August 2016 Comic Channel Market Share

39.27%                                  DC Entertainment
30.78%                                  Marvel Comics
7.66%                                  Image Comics
3.08%                                  Dark Horse Comics
1.98%                                  BOOM! Studios
1.57%                                  Dynamite Entertainment
1.19%                                  Titan Comics
1.14%                                  VIZ Media
0.83%                                  Oni Press
7.58%                                  Other Non-Top 10