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DC Entertainment was September 2013's top publisher in Retail Dollar and Unit share based on total sales of comics, graphic novels and magazines to comic book specialty stores, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

PUBLISHER MARKET SHARES
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2013

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
DC ENTERTAINMENT 40.39%
MARVEL COMICS 28.49%
IMAGE COMICS 6.87%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.89%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.76%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.27%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.83%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0.95%
AVATAR PRESS 0.88%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.87%
VIZ MEDIA 0.72%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.63%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 0.53%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.53%
GENESIS WEST 0.49%
ONI PRESS 0.42%
ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT 0.38%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP 0.28%
ASPEN MLT 0.27%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.24%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 3.31%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
DC ENTERTAINMENT 45.17%
MARVEL COMICS 29.83%
IMAGE COMICS 7.00%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.12%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.04%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.19%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.65%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.91%
AVATAR PRESS 0.72%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 0.66%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.51%
ASPEN MLT 0.50%
VIZ MEDIA 0.25%
ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT 0.18%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.17%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0.15%
ONI PRESS 0.15%
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP 0.08%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 0.04%
GENESIS WEST 0.01%
OTHER NON-TOP 20 1.67%

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2013

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC ENTERTAINMENT 129 22 0 151
MARVEL COMICS 67 32 0 99
IMAGE COMICS 39 15 0 54
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 46 5 0 51
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 19 0 46
IDW PUBLISHING 32 12 0 44
VIZ MEDIA 0 27 0 27
BOOM! STUDIOS 19 6 0 25
DIAMOND COMIC DIST.-STOCK 0 20 4 24
RANDOM HOUSE 0 17 0 17
OTHER PUBLISHERS 100 80 34 214

 

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2013

  DOLLARS UNITS
SEPTEMBER 2013 VS. AUGUT 2013
COMICS 31.66% 29.26%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 11.93% 9.89%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 25.69% 27.79%
SEPTEMBER 2013 VS. SEPTEMBER 2012
COMICS 33.90% 26.97%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.76% -2.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 23.40% 24.47%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012
COMICS 12.50% 9.56%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.03% 3.67%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 10.43% 9.09%
THIRD QUARTER 2013 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013
COMICS 7.00% 5.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -1.79% -2.05%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.21% 4.98%
THIRD QUARTER 2013 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2012
COMICS 11.12% 8.27%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.30% -4.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.64% 7.16%

 

Dollar Market Shares for September 2013

Dollar Market Share – September 2013

Unit Market Shares for September 2013

Unit Market Share– September 2013

 

This information June not be reproduced in any format without the express permission of Diamond Comic Distributors.

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 dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines 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.

The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.