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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 June 2011, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

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

PUBLISHER RETAIL
MARKET
SHARE
UNIT
MARKET
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 37.34% 42.47%
DC COMICS 30.72% 34.84%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.78% 3.79%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.79% 3.74%
IMAGE COMICS 4.67% 4.64%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.23% 2.24%
BOOM STUDIOS 1.24% 1.21%
VIZ MEDIA 1.14% 0.53%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.11% 0.25%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.88% 1.04%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.73% 0.76%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.72% 0.61%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.67% 0.14%
CARTOON BOOKS 0.52% 0.01%
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS 0.49% 0.12%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.40% 0.11%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.40% 0.16%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA 0.39% 0.13%
ASPEN MLT INC 0.38% 0.52%
ABSTRACT STUDIOS 0.37% 0.18%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 5.04% 2.51%

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

  DOLLARS UNITS
AUGUST 2011 VS. JULY 2011
COMICS 9.00% 7.33%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 24.18% 13.26%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 13.74% 7.79%
AUGUST 2011 VS. AUGUST 2010
COMICS 15.14% 17.55%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 31.17% 20.17%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 20.15% 17.76%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2011 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2010
COMICS -4.60% -3.65%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -2.35% -7.61%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.87% -3.99%

Dollar Market Shares for August

Dollar Market Share – August 2011

Unit Market Shares for August

Unit Market Share– August 2011


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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.