A technical glitch in Diamond Comic Distributors' computer system resulted in incorrect information that led to the inflation of January's direct market sales figures. Corrected figures are now available and rather than the previously reported 7% gain in periodical sales, they were actually just up 1% over January 2007, while graphic novels were up a modest 3%, not the gaudy 17% that was previously reported. Still nine comic titles sold over 100,000 copies (versus just six in December) and periodical sales did outpace (however slightly) a strong January of 2007, which posted a 26% gain over January of 2006.
The 3% increase in graphic novel sales continued to outpace gains in the sales of periodicals, continuing a trend that was apparent through most of 2007. But the gain in graphic novels was not enough to move the combined sales of comics and graphic novels above the 1% mark.
For the top 300 comics in January, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--January 2008."
For an overview and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in January, see "'Hulk' Tops January Charts."
For the top 300 comics in December, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--December 2007."
For the top 100 graphics novels in December, see "Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--December 2007."
For an overview and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in December, see "'Ultimates 3' Tops December Comic Sales." For an analysis of the dollar trends in December, see "December Caps Off Banner Year for Comics."
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through January 2008, see "ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index."