September 2016 Sales Numbers

Diamond released their sales numbers over the weekend and ICv2 has extrapolated those and determined actual unit sales:Top 300 Comics Actual and Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual. Also worth noting is Diamond’s Top Ten Books. These numbers are for Diamond’s direct sales in North America only and don’t include Diamond UK or the bookstore market. It’s worth reading the additional information under the sales charts.

For the purposes of the AE Index, where we record initial sales month, no Artist Edition style books published in September 2016 made the sales chart.

# Title Sold
N/A Marvel Covers: The Modern Era Artist’s Edition N/A

The 300th spot on the chart sold 392 units, and I find it hard to believe Marvel Covers: The Modern Era Artist’s Edition didn’t sell at least that many. This normally moves us to the Top 10 Books list, but because this AE shipped with two covers it’s possible neither made it into the Top 10. All in all a complete lack of accurate sales data.

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  1. October 19, 2016

    I understood that when books shipped with multipile covers, orders were combined and the item was marked with an asterisk. That’s why the DC comic numbers are as high as they are. They factor in all the available-to-order covers.

    From our end, we used to order at lease 1 or 2 of every AE’s that were offered but the rising price tags and exchange rate have curtailed our orders. The Modern Artists Edition had no interest from any of our customers when generally there would be 3-5 pre-orders.

    • October 19, 2016

      For these books they were solicited with individual Diamond numbers and have their own ISBN numbers so I think they’re listed separately. Of course Diamond doesn’t have much consistency on where they end up, graphic novels or books, and no publisher will release their sales numbers.

      They are a luxury item, to be sure, but then again so are all comics.

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