DC Comics once again topped the charts in December 2017, but comic sales were down nearly 10% for the year.

After achieving all-time highs in 2015 and 2016, the comic book specialty market took a step back in 2017 but still recorded its 4th highest year of sell-in to comic shops. Annual sales decreased -10.09% over the previous year; with comic book sales down -10.40%, while graphic novel sales were off by -9.38%. Over 89 million comic books were sold to comic book specialty stores in 2017, with over 7.4 million graphic novels units shipped.

PUBLISHERDOLLAR
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UNIT
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DC ENTERTAINMENT34.54%37.65%
MARVEL COMICS33.80%38.81%
IMAGE COMICS8.69%7.20%
IDW PUBLISHING3.92%2.92%
DARK HORSE COMICS2.69%2.06%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.28%1.98%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.08%1.84%
ONI PRESS1.00%0.52%
VIZ MEDIA0.96%0.35%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC0.96%1.08%
OTHER NON-TOP 109.08%5.59%
 DOLLARSUNITS
DECEMBER 2017 VS. NOVEMBER 2017
COMICS-16.13%-14.05%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-21.95%-10.88%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-18.11%-13.77%
TOYS-33.23%-30.05%
DECEMBER 2017 VS. DECEMBER 2016
COMICS-16.54%-24.11%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-10.17%-13.37%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-14.57%-23.23%
TOYS-27.60%-37.11%
FOURTH QUARTER 2017 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2017
COMICS-2.41%-5.19%
GRAPHIC NOVELS8.49%7.61%
TOTAL COMICS/GN0.82%-4.24%
TOYS9.14%2.15%
FOURTH QUARTER 2017 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2016
COMICS-13.90%-19.53%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-1.77%-7.71%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-10.37%-18.66%
TOYS-15.67%-24.40%
YEAR 2017 VS. YEAR 2016
COMICS-10.40%-9.69%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-9.38%-11.86%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-10.09%-9.86%
TOYS-12.55%-19.90%

While Diamond Comic Distributors is trying to put a positive spin on the news, and while a lot of creators say the comics industry is better than it has ever been, one has to wonder what the heck is going on.

Coming up, we’ll have the top 300 comics for December 2017.

via Diamond Comic Distributors

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