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Indie Month-to-Month Sales: August 2009

By Matthew Murray

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re giving an indie sales chart a whirl once again. Please let us know what you think!]

August was the best month for Archie for a long, long time in the direct market, with the first issue of the “Archie gets married” story line being the best selling non-Marvel/DC title in the direct market.

For other comics, Chew’s sales continue climbing very rapidly, while there seems to be an oddity relating to Tyrone Gibson’s Mayhem.

I’m listing all the non Marvel/DC titles in the top 100 (all seven of them) and a number of other titles, which are well known or “important”. Let me know if there’re any titles you’d like to see included next month.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which can be found at here.

 35 Archie (Archie)

08/2005: Archie #559 - 2,888
08/2006: Archie #568 - 2,697
08/2007: -
08/2008: Archie #588 - 2,818
=====
01/2009: Archie #593 – 2,318
02/2009: - 
03/2009: Archie #595 - 2,484
04/2009: - 
05/2009: Archie #597 - 2,563
06/2009: - 
07/2009: - 
08/2009: Archie #600 - 54,170
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (+1822.2%)
				2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (+1908.5%)
				4 year (+1775.7%)

The “Archie gets married” story begins. Percentagewise this must be one of the biggest increases any comic has ever received. As you can see, Archie (the best selling of the Archie universe* comics through the direct market) usually sells somewhere in the mid 2000s, and is generally pretty stable. The blanks are for months when its sales do not reach the minimum needed for the top 300.

I know the Archie digests are primarily sold through supermarkets and the like, but I’m not sure if/how well the full size comics do through those markets. Or if this particular issue would have been ordered more heavily there. It’ll be interesting to see how well these orders hold up for the rest of the storyline, and if any of the readership will stick around after that.

*By comparison, Archie’s best selling comic in the direct market is usually Sonic the Hedgehog, with this month’s issue (#203) selling 8,166 copies.

 37 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) 

08/2007: -
08/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #17 - 79,307
=====
01/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21 - 69,980 ()
02/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22 - 67,575 (-3.4%)
03/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #23 - 64,108 (-5.1%)
04/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #24 - 60,916 (-5.0%)
05/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #25 - 58,740 (-3.6%)  
06/2009: BTVS Tales of the Vampires one shot- 45,568 (-22.4)
07/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #26 - 55,393 (+21.6%)
08/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #27 - 53,403 (-3.6%)
				6 month (-20.1)
				1 year (-32.6)
				2 year (-)

Continues a slow decline.

 86 The Boys (Dynamite) 

08/2006: The Boys #1 (DC) - 31,636
08/2007: The Boys #9 - 32,570
08/2008: The Boys #21 - 27,523
=====
01/2009: The Boys #26 - 26,802
02/2009: The Boys #27 - 25,982 (-.31%)
03/2009: The Boys #28 - 26,328 (-1.3%)
04/2009: The Boys #29 - 26,033 (-1.1%)
05/2009: The Boys #30 - 28,365 (+9.0%)
06/2009: The Boys #31 - 25,460 (-10.0%)
07/2009: The Boys #32 - 25,231 (-0.8%)
08/2009: The Boys #33 - 24,684 (-2.1%)
				6 month (-4.9%)
				1 year (-10.3%)
				2 year (-24.2%)
				3 year (-22.0%) 

The best selling creator-owned title this month. The bump for issue 30 was for a Jim Lee cover that was split 50/50 with the normal one.

 87 The Walking Dead (Image)
 
08/2004: -
08/2005: The Walking Dead #21 - 17,668
08/2006: The Walking Dead #30 - 20,540
08/2007: The Walking Dead #40 - 22,989
08/2008: The Walking Dead #51 - 23,121
=====
01/2009: The Walking Dead #57 - 23,402
02/2009: The Walking Dead #58 - 22,720 (-2.9%)
03/2009: The Walking Dead #59 - 23,257 (+2.4%)
04/2009: The Walking Dead #60 - 23,585 (+1.4%)
05/2009: The Walking Dead #61 - 23,902 (+1.3%)
06/2009: The Walking Dead #62 - 23,910 (0%)
07/2009: The Walking Dead #63 - 24,001 (+0.3%)
08/2009: The Walking Dead #64 - 24,393 (+1.6%)
				6 month (+7.4%)
				1 year (+5.5%)
				2 year (+6.1%)
				3 year (+18.8%)
				4 year (+38.1%) 

Issue 63 was a flip book with issue 1 of Chew reprinted (in black and white), but that didn’t seem to affect sales. The slow, but steady, climb continues.

 93 Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)
08/2006: - 
08/2007: Star Wars Legacy #15 - 31,539
08/2008: Star Wars Legacy #27 - 28,549
=====
01/2009: Star Wars Legacy #32 - 25,814
02/2009: Star Wars Legacy #33 - 25,389 (-1.6%)
03/2009: Star Wars Legacy #34 - 25,304 (-0.3%)
04/2009: Star Wars Legacy #35 - 24,552 (-3.0%)
05/2009: Star Wars Legacy #36 - 24,166 (-1.6%)
06/2009: Star Wars Legacy #37 - 23,704 (-1.9%)
07/2009: Star Wars Legacy #38 - 23,162 (-2.3%)
08/2009: Star Wars Legacy #39 - 22,888 (-1.2%)
				6 month (-9.9%)
				1 year (-19.9%)
				2 year (-27.4%) 

The best selling Star Wars title.

 95 Angel (IDW)

08/2005: The Curse #3 (of 5) - 13,239
08/2006: Spotlight Conor One Shot - 8,101
08/2007: -
08/2008: After the Fall #11 - 44,905
=====
01/2009: After the Fall #16 - 34,801
02/2009: After the Fall #17 - 32,842 (-5.6%)
02/2009: Angel #18 - 32,061 (-2.4%)
03/2009: Angel #19 - 31,767 (-0.9%)
04/2009: Angel #20 - 30,308 (-4.6%)
05/2009: Angel #21 - 28,633 (-5.5%)
06/2009: Angel #22 - 27,496 (-4.0%)
07/2009: Angel: After the Fall – Epilogue #23 - 24,003 (-12.7%)
08/2009: Angel #24 - 22,795 (-5.0%)
				6 month (-30.6%)
				1 year (-49.9%)
				2 year (n.a)
				3 year (+181.4%)
				4 year (+72.2%) 

Ouch, even ignoring the massive one year drop, the last two months have not been kind to the Angel series. I’m sure IDW thought putting “After the Fall” on the cover would help sell more copies, but apparently not. The “season six” story, and Joss Whedon’s involvement, finished with issue 17, and after the five part “Aftermath” story from 18-22, we’re into one and two part stories for the foreseeable future.

Sales are still well above what they were before the series was relaunched, and IDW is happy enough with them as they continue to launch spin off mini series.

 97 The Boys: Herogasm (Dynamite)
 
05/2009: Herogasm #1 - 27,105
06/2009: Herogasm #2 - 23,500 (-13.3%)
07/2009: Herogasm #3 - 22,695 (-3.4%)
08/2009: Herogasm #4 - 22,073 (-2.7%) 

Just a couple thousand below its parent title. If Ennis wants to do any more spinoffs I’m sure Dynamite would be perfectly happy to publish them.

 102 Star Wars Invasion (Dark Horse)

07/2009: Invasion #1 (of 5) - 24,548
08/2009: Invasion #2 (of 5) - 21,004 (-14.4%) 

Outsells all the other Star Wars ongoings by at least several thousand.

 105 Hellboy (Dark Horse)
 
08/2007: Darkness Calls #5 (of 6) - 24,743
08/2008: The Crooked Man #2 (of 3) - 25,555
=====
01/2009: The Wild Hunt #2 [of 8] - 22,784
02/2009: The Wild Hunt #3 [of 8] - 21,664 (-4.9%)
03/2009: The Wild Hunt #4 [of 8] - 21,743 (+0.4%)
04/2009: -
05/2009: -
06/2009: -
07/2009: - 
08/2009: Wild Hunt #5 - 20,375 (-6.3%)
				6 month (-6.0%)
				1 year (-20.3%)
				2 year (-17.7%) 

Looks like the four month gap had a detrimental affect on sales, as they’d gone up slightly for the previous issue.

 115 Conan the Cimmerian (Dark Horse)

08/2004: Conan #7 - 47,052
08/2005: Conan #19 - 35,455
08/2006: Conan #’31 - 30,887
08/2007: Conan #43 - 23,843
08/2008: The Cimmerian #2 - 25,762
=====
01/2009: The Cimmerian #7 - 21,782
02/2009: The Cimmerian #8 - 20,983 (-3.7%)
03/2009: The Cimmerian #9 - 20,555 (-2.0%)
04/2009: The Cimmerian #10 - 20,419 (-0.7%)
05/2009: - 
06/2009: The Cimmerian #11 - 20,041 (-1.9%)
07/2009: The Cimmerian #12 - 19,268 (-3.9%)
08/2009: The Cimmerian #13 - 18,881 (-2.0%)

				6 month (-10.0%)
				1 year (-26.7%)
				2 year (-20.8%)
				3 year (-38.9%)
				4 year (-46.7%)
				5 year (-59.9%) 

Fell below sales of the previous series a long time ago. I wonder if it would have done better if they had named it “The Barbarian” or “The Destroyer” instead? I’m guessing there were copyright/trademark reasons why they couldn’t do that.

 116 GI Joe (IDW)
08/2004: GI Joe #33 (Devil’s Due) - 28,004
08/2005: GI Joe: America’s Elite #2 (Devil’s Due) - 22,130
08/2006: GI Joe: America’s Elite #14 (Devil’s Due) - 17,315
08/2007: GI Joe: America’s Elite #26 (Devils Due) - 15,354
08/2008: - 
=====
01/2009: GI Joe #1 - 32,840
02/2009: GI Joe #2 - 23,641 (-28.0%)
03/2009: GI Joe #3 - 22,902 (-31.2%)
04/2009: GI Joe #4 - 22,735 (-0.7%)
05/2009: GI Joe #5 - 21,968 (-3.4%)
06/2009: GI Joe #6 - 20,809 (-5.3%)
07/2009: GI Joe #7 - 20,319 (-2.4%)
08/2009: GI Joe #8 - 18,750 (-7.7%)
				6 month (-20.7%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (+22.1%)
				3 year (+8.9%)
				4 year (-15.3%)
				5 year (-33.0%) 

The best selling GI Joe comic has a bigger than average drop for no readily apparent reason. Suggestions?

 117/119 Star Wars Dark Times 
08/2007: -
08/2008: -
=====
01/2009: -
02/2009: -
03/2009: -
04/2009: Dark Times #13 Blue Harvest pt 1 (of 5) - 19,256
05/2009: -
06/2009: -
07/2009: -
08/2009: Blue Harvest #0 - 18,601
08/2009: Dark Times #14 Blue Harvest pt 2 (of 5) – 18,477

				6 month (n.a.) 

Issue 0 features stories originally published online by MySpace Dark Horse presents in January and February. Issue 12 of Dark Times came out in June 2008, as the part of the Vector crossover between all the Star Wars titles, and sold 23,888 copies. Based on sales of SW: Invasion it seems Dark Horse would have been better off doing this as a stand alone miniseries.

 122 Project Superpowers (Dynamite) 

08/2008: Project Superpowers #4 (of 7) - 33,124
=====
06/2009: Chapter Two #0 - 31,828
07/2009: Chapter Two #1 - 22,282 (-30.0%)
08/2009: Chapter Two #2 - 17,377 (-22.0%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (-47.5%) 

These are not healthy drops.

 127 Project Superpowers: Meet the Bad Guys (Dynamite)

08/2008: Meet the Bad Guys #1 (of 4) - 16,882 

About what you’d expect based on the previous spin-off mini series. (Masquerade ended in July with sales of 12,690.)

 133 Invincible (Image)    
08/2004: #14 - 8,219
08/2005: #24 - 12,031
08/2006: #34 - 13,610
08/2007: #45 - 14,123
08/2008: -
=====
01/2009: #58 - 14,233 
02/2009: #59 - 13,946 (-2.0%)
03/2009: #60 - 15,777 (+13.1%)
04/2009: #61 - 15,678 (-0.6%)
05/2009: #62 - 15,113 (-3.6%)
06/2009: #63 - 15,226 (+0.7%)
07/2009: #64 - 15,535 (+2.0%)
08/2009: #65 - 15,621 (+0.6%)
				6 month (+12.0%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (+10.6%)
				3 year (+14.8%)
				4 year (+30.0%)
				5 year (+90.0%) 

Issue 60 was the start of the Image universe crossover, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Invincible has held onto the increase from that issue.

 135 BPRD (Dark Horse)
08/2005: The Black Flame #1 (of 6) - 16,725
08:2006: Universal Machine #5 (of 5) - 15,655
08/2007: Killing Ground #1 (of 5) - 17,355
08/2008: The Warning #2 (of 5) - 16,729
=====
01/2009: Black Goddess #1 (of 5) - 15,984
02/2009: Black Goddess #2 (of 5) - 15,120 (-5.4%)
03/2009: Black Goddess #3 (of 5) - 15,045 (-0.5%)
04/2009: Black Goddess #4 (of 5) - 14,543 (-3.3%)
05/2009: Black Goddess #5 (of 5) - 14,357 (-1.3%)
06/2009: War on Frogs #3 (of 4) - 13,828 (-3.7%)
07/2009: 1947 #1 (of 5) - 15,845 (+14.6%)
08/2009: 1947 #2 (of 5) - 14,893 (-6.0%) 
				6 month (-1.5%)
				1 year (-11.0%)
				2 year (-14.2%)
				3 year (-4.9%)
				4 year (-10.1%) 

War on Frogs are occasional one shots between the normal series. Sales on the regular (series of mini) series is fairly consistent.

 142 Chew #3 (Image)
06/2009: #1 - 5,248 [8,937]
07/2009: #2 - 6,735 (-24.6%)
08/2009: #3 13,762 (+104.3%) 

Issue #1 sold 3,689 copies of the second printing this month (added in the [ ] brackets), and more than likely sold a similar number last month as well (the bottom comic on the chart for July sold just over 4,000 units), meaning the sales for issue one are probably around the first month sales for issue #3. A fourth printing of issue one was available in September. Issues 2 and 3 have also gone into multiple printings.

 153 Predator (Dark Horse)
06/2009: #1 (of 4) - 17,065
07/2009:-
08/2009: #2 (of 4) - 12,818 (-24.9%) 

Alternating months with Dark Horses Aliens comic, which sells a couple thousand better.

 162 Transformers: All Hail Megatron (IDW)
08/2008: All Hail Megatron #2 - 13,363
=====
01/2009: -
02/2009: All Hail Megatron #7 - 11,832
03/2009: All Hail Megatron #8 - 11,731 (-0.8%)
03/2009: All Hail Megatron #9 - 11,479 (-2.1%)
04/2009: All Hail Megatron #10 - 12,183 (+6.1%)
05/2009: All Hail Megatron #11 - 12,292 (+0.9%)
06/2009: All Hail Megatron #12 - 12,124 (-1.4%)
07/2009: All Hail Megatron #13 - 11,892 (-1.9%)
08/2009: All Hail Megatron #14 - 11,736 (-1.3%)
				6 month (-0.8%)
				1 year (-12.2%) 

The best selling of the Transformers titles was extended from its original plan of 12 issues up to 16. Issues 13-16 are standalones written by different writers, which doesn’t seem to have aversely affected sales.

 163 Red Sonja (Dynamite) 
08/2006: Red Sonja #13 - 28,996 
08/2007: Red Sonja #25 - 20,764
08/2008: Red Sonja #36 - 14,834
=====
01/2009: -
02/2009: Red Sonja #41 - 13,232
02/2009: Red Sonja She Devil with a Sword Annual #2 - 9,658 (-27.0%)
03/2009: Red Sonja #42 - 12,508 (+29.5%)
04/2009: Red Sonja #43 - 12,318 (-1.5%)
05/2009: Red Sonja #44 - 12,099 (-1.8%)
06/2009: Red Sonja #45 - 12,030 (-0.6%)
07/2009: Red Sonja #46 - 11,993 (-0.3%)
08/2009: Red Sonja #47 - 11,709 (-2.4%)
				6 month (-11.5%)
				1 year (-21.1%)
				2 year (-43.6%)
				3 year (-59.6%) 

While the year comparisons don’t look too good, the sales since March have been pretty steady.

 165 Witchfinder in the A Service of Angels (Dark Horse)

07/2009: Witchfinder #1 (of 5) - 13,724
08/2009: Witchfinder #2 (of 5) - 11,652 (-15.1%) 

A Hellboy/BPRD spinoff that I can’t help but think would have sold better if they’d put “BPRD” in the title

 179 Terry Moore’s Echo (Abstract)

08/2008: Echo #5 - 14,047
=====
01/2009: Echo #9 - 6,132 [12,056]
02/2009: Echo #10 - 3,325 [11,253] (-6.7%)
03/2009: -
04/2009: Echo #11 - 11,293 (+0.4%)
05/2009: Echo #12 - 11,093 (-1.8%)
06/2009: - 
07/2009: Echo #13 - 10,783 (-2.8%)
08/2009: Echo #14 - 10,663 (-1.1%)
				6 month (-5.2)
				1 year (-24.1%) 

Fairly solid over all.

 207 Astounding Wolf-Man (Image)

01/2009: Wolf-Man #12 - 7,244
02/2009: Wolf-Man #13 - 7,360 (+1.6%)
03/2009: -
04/2009: Wolf-Man #14 - 7,837 (+6.5%)
04/2009: Wolf-Man #15 - 7,455 (-4.9%)
05/2009: Wolf-Man #16 - 7,721 (+3.6%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Wolf-Man #17 - 7,724 (0.0%)
08/2009: Wolf-Man #18 - 7,411 (-4.0%)
				6 month (+0.7) 

The only one of Robert Kirkman’s books not to see much of a sales increase month to month. Also, I think, the only one to miss his promise of “on time in 09”.

 233 Tyrese Gibson’s Mayhem (Image)
08/2009: Mayhem #1 (of 3) - 5,868 

Hmm, what about those 10,000 sales to one store (Meltdown Comics in LA)? Well, they had an exclusive cover for issue one, which hasn’t been included here, as they were sold at a higher discount than the normal edition, and were thus deemed a “promo item” by Diamond and didn’t count towards chart placement.

 292 King City (Image/Tokyopop)
08/2009: King City #1 - 3,120 

I was unable to find a ranking for Brandon Graham’s graphic novel version of this that came out a few years ago from Tokyopop. It would have been interesting to see if sales go up with issue 7, which I think is where the completely new material will start, but with sales this low I doubt we’ll see it on the chart again.

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It is important to note that for some of these series reorders can make up a sizable percentage of orders. The bottom comic on the chart this month is Poe #2 (Boom), which sold 2,909 copies, anything selling less than that does not show up on these charts. For a comic selling 20,000 copies, reorders of 2,908 copies represent almost 15% of sales. For a comic selling in the thousands reorders of even a few hundred can be pretty important.

[Matthew Murray reads a lot of comics, and has, in the past, worked for a comic book store.]

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