2013’s Best Selling Comics

Here it is, courtesy of worldwide comics (and many other cool things) distributor, Diamond.

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Diamond Announces Top Comic Books & Graphic Novels of 2013

Marvel Comics top publisher; Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #115 was the year’s top comic 

Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #115 was the best-selling comic book published in 2013 based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.

Written by creator Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead #115 celebrated the zombie series’ 10th-anniversary and kicked off the “All-Out War” storyline with twelve different covers, ten of which interlocked to create one large image.

Demonstrating the strength of the comic book specialty market, comics and graphic novels had another strong year, with 2013’s annual sales increasing 9.04% over the previous year, as comic book sales were up 10.22%, while graphic novel sales were up by 6.5%.

Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book specialty market’s top publisher, leading both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 33.50% Dollar Market Share and a 36.97% Unit Market Share.  Marvel Comics had six titles in the top ten, led by Guardians of the Galaxy #1 in the third spot.

DC Entertainment was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2013 with a 30.33% Dollar Market Share and a 33.35% Unit Market Share. DC Entertainment published three of the year’s top ten comic books and thirteen of the top twenty, with Justice League of America #1 charting as 2013’s second best-selling comic book title.

The first volume of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga from Image Comics was the year’s top-selling graphic novel and helped propel Image Comics to be the third largest comic book publisher, with a with a 8.00% Dollar Market Share and a 8.49% Unit Market Share. A science-fiction epic of love and family in a time of interstellar war, Saga received the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story from the wider science-fiction community in September. Image Comics had seven of the top ten graphic novels, including five volumes of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.

IDW Publishing’s mix of licensed comic books, creator-owned titles and groundbreaking art books fortified the company as the comic book specialty market’s fourth largest publisher. The company’s market share rose .90% in 2013, up to 6.47% dollar market share. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Volume 1 based on the fan-favorite animated series was IDW’s top-selling graphic novel for the year.

Dark Horse Comics was the fifth leading comic book publisher to the comic book specialty market in 2013 with a 5.17% retail dollar market share, gaining .36% over its 2012 total. Coupled with the year’s top-selling book, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse solidified its position as a top seller in both the comic book specialty and book markets worldwide.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

33.50%

36.97%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.33%

33.35%

IMAGE COMICS

8.00%

8.49%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.47%

5.10%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.17%

4.50%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.72%

2.59%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.99%

1.92%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

1.25%

0.26%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.98%

1.06%

AVATAR PRESS

0.89%

0.74%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.70%

5.02%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD #115 (MR)

$2.99

AUG130518-M IMAGE COMICS

2

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1

$3.99

DEC120237-M DC ENTERTAINMENT

3

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1

$4.99

APR130107-M DC ENTERTAINMENT

4

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

$3.99

JAN130642-M MARVEL COMICS

5

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1

$3.99

FEB138598-M MARVEL COMICS

6

INFINITY #1

$4.99

JUL138068-M MARVEL COMICS

7

X-MEN #1

$3.99

FEB130497-M MARVEL COMICS

8

AGE OF ULTRON #1

$3.99

JAN130627-M MARVEL COMICS

9

UNCANNY X-MEN #1

$3.99

DEC120608-M MARVEL COMICS

10

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2

$3.99

MAY130128-M DC ENTERTAINMENT

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMAGE COMICS

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

NOV128157 IMAGE COMICS

3

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443 IMAGE COMICS

4

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 18: WHAT COMES AFTER TP

$14.99

APR130482 IMAGE COMICS

5

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 2: MILES BEHIND US TP

$14.99

SEP088204 IMAGE COMICS

6

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 19: MARCH TO WAR TP

$14.99

SEP130566 IMAGE COMICS

7

HAWKEYE VOLUME 1: MY LIFE AS WEAPON TP

$16.99

DEC120744 MARVEL COMICS

8

BATMAN VOLUME 1: THE COURT OF OWLS TP

$16.99

DEC120323 DC ENTERTAINMENT

9

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

NOV070226 DC ENTERTAINMENT

10

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 3: SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP

$14.99

NOV082245 IMAGE COMICS

dollar-share

unit-share

Walking Dead #115

Justice League of America #1

Superman Unchained #1

Saga Volume 1

 Saga Volume 2Walking Dead Volume 1

 

 

Comic Writing Tutorial

Writer Jim Zubkavich (Image’s entertaining Skullkickers) has created a handy tutorial to writing comics. So far there’s two parts, and you can read both at Jim’s blog and for your cat viewing pleasure, here’s the Comic-Con variant cover for Skullkickers #15.

Extra Sequential Podcast #85-Race Relations

65 mins. We finally get to this topic! The history of minority characters within comics, superheroes who are replaced by minority characters, or changed when adapted to other media. We also throw a few gnarly questions at one another.

LISTEN TO IT BELOW

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

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1:05 NEWS

Marsupilami film

Katsuhiro Otomo returns to long form manga

Ralp McQuarrie’s He-Man film sketches

Warner Bros. vs the Superman creators’ heirs. Again.

Perth’s Swancon, featuring Extra Sequential’s own Kris Bather speaking at 2 panels!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/ WATCHING

Hilarious Little League webcomic

Atomic Robo’s new series

2 foreign films – Cell 211, and Tais Toi

Hobbes and Bacon webcomic

IDW’s Locke and Key

David Boring

15:16 THEME – RACE RELATIONS

Replacement characters including:

War Machine

Steel

Ryan Choi as Atom

Miles Morales as Ultimate Spider-Man

History of minority superheroes including:

Black Panther and his wife Storm

Luke Cage

Falcon

Static Shock

The use of Black in character names, such as:

Black Manta, Black Lightning, Black Racer (he’s on skis!), and Black Vulcan

Asian characters like Amadeus Cho, James Woo, Green Arrow Connor Hawke, Batgirl Cassandra Cain, Katana, Lady Shiva and Nico Minoru from Marvel’s Runaways.

and many more characters.

As an added bonus, here’s the “Bruce Lee” film from 1977 that Mladen mentions.

Rachel Rising in The Walking Dead #95

Well, this is very nice of Robert Kirkman. The successful writer behind The Walking Dead comic, and the inspiration for the hit TV series, is showing an excerpt of Rachel Rising, the undead mystery comic from Terry Moore, in this month’s ish of The Walking Dead. Nice one, Kirkman. He did the same a while ago by running a preview of Chew, and that went on to great success. Good on Image for showing this excerpt too, considering Rachel Rising isn’t even a comic published by them. I’ve read its first issue and was pretty impressed so may just have to pick up the TPB when it goes on sale at the end of this month.

Oh, and if, like me, you’ve missed The Walking Dead TV series, you’ll be happy to know that the DVD and Blu-Ray collection of the first season is now on Aussie shores.

THE RISING DEAD
Rachel Rising excerpt to appear in THE WALKING DEAD #95

THE WALKING DEAD #95, in stores on March 28, will have a five-page preview of Terry Moore’s horror comic Rachel Rising, published by Moore’s own Abstract Studio. The trade paperback collecting the first six issues of the ongoing series by the Strangers in Paradise creator, Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death, will be in comic book stores the same day.

Rachel Rising tells the story of a young woman who cannot die. She wakes up at the foot of her own shallow grave, looking at her own freshly-murdered corpse. The events of her last night are hazy, and Rachel must piece together the events that led to her death — so that she can take revenge on the right person. Comic Book Resources described Rachel Rising as being “chock full of decadent mystery, unspeakable horror, strong characters, and beautiful black and white artwork, and it’s on its way to becoming the best of Terry Moore’s already impressive work.”

THE WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman decided to include the preview in the latest issue of the Image Comics bestseller to support Moore’s work.

“Terry is a personal hero of mine dating back to my self-publishing days,” he writes in his introduction to the preview. “I’ve always been a fan of his work and an admirer of everything he’s been able to accomplish independently.”

THE WALKING DEAD #95 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn continues the series’ “A Larger World” storyline. Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death (ISBN 978-1-89259-751-9) is a 120-page black-and-white trade paperback.

Extra Sequential Podcast #81-Meta-Comics

56 mins. We go high-brow and examine meta-comics. In other words, stories in which the writers appear as themselves, characters know that they’re in a comic, and more rule breaking craziness. Also, the best pirate joke you’ll ever hear.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The adventurous and entertaining Lord of the Jungle #2

The disappointing Danger 5 TV series, and Reading Comics book by Douglas Wolk

The erotic Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie

9:35 NEWS

The upcoming Image Comics doco

11: 30 THEME – META-COMICS

Characters and comics that break the fourth wall.

Grant Morrison’s work on Animal Man, and The Invisibles

Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Casasday, including the Batman cross-over one-shot featuring different versions of the superhero

Bat-Mite in TV’s Batman: Brave and the Bold

Ambush Bug

Deadpool. Here’s 10 of his best fourth wall breaking moments.

Dave Sim’s Cerbeus

Andrew Drilon’s Supermaker webcomic

 

 

 

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