Comic retailers entered 2014 optimistic about the future, after a 2013 that saw increases across formats, genre, and channel, according to a new report in ICv2’s Internal Correspondence #84. The broad-based growth, however, did not preclude some concern about trends that direct market retailers feel hold risk for 2014.
There’s some hope among savvy retailers that publishers will avoid the over-production that has dampened earlier booms, although the concern remains.
The overuse of limited variant covers, especially tied to order levels that some called "impossible," was decried, and there are indications that the aftermarket for variants may be softening in the face of the large numbers being produced, some said.
Media exposure continues to drive sales, with The Walking Dead off the charts, and shows like My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Adventure Time, and Bravest Warriors all driving sales. Adult-targeted live action superhero shows, on the other hand (Arrow and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) have yielded little in the way of graphic novel sales.
Beyond The Walking Dead, Image’s non-media creator-owned titles are also selling, with some seeing an industry-altering dynamic in the trend.
Manga sales appear to be picking up in comic stores, with the impact of Kodansha’s Attack on Titan a significant factor. The strength of that relatively new series produced the biggest shake-up in years in the Internal Correspondence Top Properties charts for the Fall selling season (September through December): Attack on Titan knocked the mighty Naruto out of the top spot on the manga charts after a run at #1 that began in 2005, nearly a decade ago.
Here’s a list of ICv2’s bestseller charts of the top graphic novel properties across eight categories for Fall/Holidays (September-December) 2013, which appeared in Internal Correspondence #84:
Top 10 Genre Graphic Novel Properties--Fall/Holidays 2013
Top 10 Fiction & Reality Graphic Novel Properties--Fall/Holidays 2013
Top 10 Superhero Graphic Novel Properties--Fall/Holidays 2013
Top 5 Comic Strip Properties--Fall/Holidays 2013
Top 10 Kids & Tweens Graphic Novel Properties--Fall/Holidays 2013
Top 25 Manga Properties--Fall/Holidays 2013
Top 10 Shojo Properties--Fall/Holidays 2013
Top 10 Shonen Properties--Fall/Holidays 2013
For info on how to get your copy of ICv2's Internal Correspondence #84, with the full market reports, Pick Hits of the best upcoming releases, and reviews, see "ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #84."
Although Concerned about Some Publisher Strategies
Posted by ICv2 on March 12, 2014 @ 1:24 am CT
Week of December 1, 2015
November 29, 2015
The hit cable series Fear the Walking Dead leads this week’s parade of home entertainment releases that also includes a 2-disc release from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, a beautifully re-mastered version of the classic mecha anime series, and a brutally scary horror film from Austria, which was that country’s 2015 Oscar entry.
'The Good Dinosaur,' & 'Creed' Are Solid, 'Victor Frankenstein' Bombs
November 29, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 dropped just 49.7% over its second weekend, and with the help of solid debuts from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and the boxing drama Creed , led the box office to a 12% gain over the Thanksgiving weekend last year.