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Diamond Announces Top Products for October 2013 @DCComics @Marvel @ImageComics


Diamond Comic Distributors has released their October 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. Zombies rules October with The Walking Dead holding top spot in Comics, Books, Toys and Games. DC held onto the retail market share while Marvel took the units. Image's had a strong month with the 10th Anniversary of The Walking Dead, and their TPBs for Saga and Lazarus.



"(BALTIMORE, MD) — (November 8, 2013) — Robert Kirkman's best-selling zombie series The Walking Dead celebrates ten years of publication with The Walking Dead #115 from Image Comics, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in October 2013, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

October's top publisher in retail dollars was DC Entertainment, taking 31.02% of the market compared to Marvel Comics' 30.47%, thanks to books such as The Sandman: Overture #1 and Batman #24. The month's top publisher in units was Marvel with 33.63% of the market, compared to DC's 33.15%, thanks to the Avengers: Endless Wartime graphic novel and  Infinity #4 and #5. Notably, Image Comics took over 10% of the unit share in October.

Sales in the comic book specialty market were up slightly over September sales; comics sales increased by 0.30% in October, while graphic novels sales were up 16.57%. Year-to-date, comics sales are up by 12.42% over 2012.

October's best-selling graphic novel, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman Volume 3: Death of the Family from DC Entertainment, saw the Joker attempt to psychologically break Batman and his allies. The companion volume, The Joker: Death of the Family, ranked #3 for the month. Also of note, Mike Mignola's original graphic novel, Hellboy: The Midnight Circus, from Dark Horse Comics charted for the month at #6.

Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga explore the backstory of one of The Walking Dead's most memorable characters in the final novel of a trilogy, The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, from St. Martin's Press and the best-selling prose book in the comics specialty market in October. At number two for the month, Dark Horse Comics' The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia continued its run amongst the top ten best-selling books.

Five characters from AMC's hit series The Walking Dead are recreated as action figures from Image Comics and McFarlane Toys for The Walking Dead Series 4 Action Figures, the best-selling toy product for October.

With new rules designed to simulate the zombie apocalypse and locations and tokens based on the comic book series from Image Comics, USAopoly's Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition was the best-selling game product in October to the direct market.

Among other major publishers, IDW Publishing's My Little Pony Volume 1: The Magic Begins, the first collected volume of stories based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, was their top graphic novel for the month at #11 on the trade paperbacks sales chart."

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS


RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER
SHARE
DC ENTERTAINMENT
31.02%
MARVEL COMICS
30.47%
IMAGE COMICS
9.26%
IDW PUBLISHING
6.27%
DARK HORSE COMICS
5.36%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
2.47%
BOOM! STUDIOS
1.84%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD
1.40%
ARCHIE COMICS
1.01%
AVATAR PRESS INC
1.01%
OTHER NON-TOP 10
9.88%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS
33.63%
DC COMICS
33.15%
IMAGE COMICS
10.85%
IDW PUBLISHING
4.96%
DARK HORSE COMICS
4.70%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
2.54%
BOOM! STUDIOS
1.78%
ARCHIE COMICS
0.91%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
0.93%
AVATAR PRESS INC
0.90%
OTHER NON-TOP 10
5.33%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS


DOLLARSUNITS
OCTOBER 2013 VS. SEPTEMBER 2013
COMICS0.30%-0.57%
GRAPHIC NOVELS16.57%16.62%
TOTAL COMICS/GN4.68%0.55%
OCTOBER 2013 VS. OCTOBER 2012
COMICS11.90%8.69%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-4.65%0.05%
TOTAL COMICS/GN6.36%7.98%
THIRD QUARTER 2013 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2013
COMICS7.00%5.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-1.79%-2.05%
TOTAL COMICS/GN4.21%4.98%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2013 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2012
COMICS12.42%9.46%
GRAPHIC NOVELS4.69%3.25%
TOTAL COMICS/GN9.95%8.96%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

  1. THE WALKING DEAD #115 (MR)
  2. BATMAN #24
  3. INFINITY #4
  4. FOREVER EVIL #2
  5. INFINITY #5
  6. JUSTICE LEAGUE #24
  7. SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #1
  8. THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 (MR)
  9. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20
  10. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #19

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

  1. BATMAN HC VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY
  2. AVENGERS: ENDLESS WARTIME HC
  3. THE JOKER: DEATH OF THE FAMILY HC
  4. BATMAN: THE COURT OF OWLS BOOK & MASK SET
  5. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 6: THE SEARCH PART 3
  6. HELLBOY: MIDNIGHT CIRCUS HC
  7. BATMAN VOLUME 2: THE CITY OF OWLS TPB
  8. LAZARUS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
  9. SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)
  10. SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

  1. THE WALKING DEAD: THE FALL OF THE GOVERNOR HC
  2. LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC
  3. STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND SON HC
  4. STAR WARS: VADER'S LITTLE PRINCESS HC
  5. DC COMICS GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS SC
  6. CAPCOM 30TH-ANNIVERSARY CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA
  7. THE ART OF CHARLIE ADLARD HC (MR)
  8. MY LITTLE PONY: MINI PONY COLLECTOR'S GUIDE
  9. THE SECRET HISTORY OF MARVEL COMICS: THE KIRBY EMPIRE HC
  10. WORLD OF WARCRAFT TRIBUTE SC

TOP 10 TOYS

  1. THE WALKING DEAD SERIES 4 ACTION FIGURES
  2. BATMAN:ARKHAMCITY: BATMAN VS. BANE 2-PACK
  3. WOLVERINE LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES
  4. THE WALKING DEAD: MERLE & DARYLDIXON2-PACK
  5. BATMAN VS. KILLER CROC STATUE (2ND EDITION)
  6. DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE
  7. DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: POISON IVY STATUE
  8. DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: WONDER WOMAN STATUE
  9. DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: SUPERGIRL STATUE
  10. DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: BATWOMAN STATUE

TOP 10 GAMES

  1. MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL
  2. RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SUVIVAL EDITION
  3. RISK LEGACY
  4. MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: THEROS BOOSTER PACKS
  5. MARVEL HEROCLIX: THOR: THE DARK WORLD
  6. STAR TREK TACTICS HEROCLIX SERIES III
  7. MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: THEROS FAT PACK
  8. MARVEL HEROCLIX: THOR: THE DARK WORLD MOVIE STARTER SET
  9. PATHFINDER BATTLES: LEGENDS OF GOLARION BOOSTER BRICK
  10. YU-GI-OH! TCG: LEGENDARY COLLECTION: JOEY'S WORLD

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