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Marvel Comics was the leading publisher in Retail Dollar and Unit Market Shares based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores in May 2011, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2011

PUBLISHER DOLLAR
MARKET
SHARE
UNIT
MARKET
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 42.45% 46.35%
DC COMICS 26.68% 28.37%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.89% 3.59%
IMAGE COMICS 4.88% 5.35%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.60% 4.26%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.83% 3.38%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.33% 2.00%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 1.04% 0.96%
VIZ MEDIA 1.03% 0.47%
AVATAR PRESS 0.93% 0.76%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0.79% 0.21%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.69% 0.84%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.51% 0.15%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.43% 0.10%
BONGO COMICS 0.33% 0.32%
TOKYOPOP 0.32% 0.32%
DRAWN & QUARTERLY 0.30% 0.05%
YEN PRESS 0.28% 0.09%
BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS 0.27% 0.17%
ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT 0.26% 0.18%
OTHER NON TOP-20 4.17% 2.07%

Dollar Market Shares for May

Dollar Market Share – May 2011

Unit Market Shares for May

Unit Market Share– May 2011


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2011

  DOLLARS UNITS
MAY 2011 VS. APRIL 2011
COMICS -3.35% -2.66%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 4.99% 12.69%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.64% -1.42%
MAY 2011 VS. MAY 2010
COMICS -14.39% -15.46%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -4.42% -3.14%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -11.21% -14.46%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2011 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2010
COMICS -8.50% -8.80%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -5.41% -9.80%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -7.51% -8.89%

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

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 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and Retail Dollar sales are calculated based upon orders 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.