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Diamond Announces Top Products for August 2013


Diamond Comic Distributors has released their August 2013 product sales data. Included are Top Comic Book Publishers by Retail Market Share & Unit Share, Comparative Sales, Top 10 Comics, Graphic Novels, Toys, and Games. Marvel was able to take back the market share from DC this month with the help of Thanos and the Infinity War, and also Marvel held the top units sold, and Image came in strong again with The Walking Dead Graphic Novels and Toys.


"(BALTIMORE, MD) — (September 6, 2013) — With the Avengers off-planet, Thanos plots his conquest of Earth and only the Inhumans can counter him in Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung's Infinity #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in August 2013, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was the month's top publisher in both retailer dollar and unit share, taking 33.70% and 36.30% of the market respectively. DC Entertainment placed second in both categories, 30.16% and 33.14% respectively.

Though sales showed a decline in August, a four shipping week month, when compared to sales in July 2013 and August 2012, both five shipping week months, comics sales for the year are a robust 9.82% above 2012's sales.

Rick Grimes wakes from a coma and discovers a world in the grip of the zombie apocalypse in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel in August and the first volume of the best-selling series that inspired the AMC television series.

McFarlane Toys continues their line of action figures based on Robert Kirkman's best-selling comic The Walking Dead with The Walking Dead Series 2 Action Figures, a series of four figures, including The Governor's Daughter Zombie and Michonne's Pet Zombie, that was August' best-selling toy product to comic book specialty retailers.
More mutants join the HeroClix campaign with NECA/WizKids's Marvel HeroClix: Wolverine and the X-Men Booster Brick, August's best-selling games product to comic book specialty retailers."

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS


RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS33.70%
DC COMICS30.16%
IMAGE COMICS7.86%
IDW PUBLISHING5.70%
DARK HORSE COMICS5.47%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT3.01%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.05%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD1.34%
AVATAR PRESS INC0.95%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC0.94%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.83%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHERSHARE
MARVEL COMICS36.30%
DC ENTERTAINMENT33.14%
IMAGE COMICS8.51%
IDW PUBLISHING4.98%
DARK HORSE COMICS4.80%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.93%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.07%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC1.03%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC0.97%
ASPEN MLT INC0.65%
OTHER NON-TOP 104.63%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS


DOLLARSUNITS
AUGUST 2013 VS. JULY 2013
COMICS-15.30%-14.93%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-24.55%-24.81%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-18.33%-15.77%
AUGUST 2013 VS. AUGUST 2012
COMICS-10.39%-11.21%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-22.09%-25.68%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-14.29%-12.50%
SECOND QUARTER 2013 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2013
COMICS2.27%-0.31%
GRAPHIC NOVELS10.39%11.83%
TOTAL COMICS/GN4.72%0.57%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012
COMICS9.82%7.38%
GRAPHIC NOVELS6.59%4.55%
TOTAL COMICS/GN8.79%7.16%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

  1. INFINITY #1
  2. SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3
  3. BATMAN #23
  4. JUSTICE LEAGUE #23
  5. JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA#7
  6. BATMAN SUPERMAN #3
  7. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #15
  8. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #16
  9. AVENGERS #18
  10. ALL-NEW X-MEN #15

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

  1. THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP
  2. CHEW VOLUME 7: BAD APPLES TP
  3. ROCKET RACCOON: TALES FROM THE HALF WORLD TP
  4. SAGA VOLUME 1 TP
  5. SAGA VOLUME 2 TP
  6. MY LITTLE PONY DIGEST VOLUME 1 TP
  7. DEADPOOL VOLUME 2: SOUL HUNTER TP
  8. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOLUME 2: TROUBLED MIND TP
  9. THE FLASH VOLUME 1: MOVE FORWARD TP
  10. B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH VOLUME 6: RETURN OF THE MASTER TP

TOP 10 TOYS

  1. THE WALKING DEAD COMIC SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES
  2. BATMAN:ARKHAMCITY: SOLOMON GRUNDY DELUXE ACTION FIGURES
  3. BATMAN: HUSH: THE JOKER/HARLEY QUINN/STEALTH BATMAN ACTION FIGURE 3-PACK
  4. MAN OF STEEL PLAY ARTS KAI: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE
  5. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM UNBOUND FINE ART STATUE
  6. DC COMICS: WONDER WOMAN "NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUE
  7. MAN OF STEEL PLAY ARTS KAI: GENERAL ZOD FIGURE
  8. BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: THE JOKER WITH SCARFACE ACTION FIGURE PACK
  9. INJUSTICE: NIGHTWING VS. SUPERMAN FIGURE 2-PACK
  10. BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE

TOP 10 GAMES

  1. MARVEL HEROCLIX: WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN BOOSTER BRICK
  2. BIOSHOCK INFINITE HEROCLIX
  3. MARVEL HEROCLIX: FEAR ITSELF: THE MIGHTY SCENARIO
  4. KICK-ASS 2 HEROCLIX
  5. PATHFINDER BATTLES: SKULL & SHACKLES BOOSTER BRICK
  6. STAR TREK: ATTACK WING STARTER SET
  7. BIOSHOCK INFINITE HEROCLIX STARTER SET
  8. RISK LEGACY
  9. THE LONE RANGER HEROCLIX
  10. YU-GI-OH! TCG: JUDGMENT OF THE LIGHT BOOSTER

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