Diamond released their January 2018 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. 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, two Artist Edition style books were published in January 2018, with one making the sales chart. One from IDW, and one from Hermes. The bulk of sales for Hermes are from online sellers who do not purchase from Diamond.
Gene Colan’s Tomb Of Dracula Artist’s Edition
Frank Thorne’s Ghita, An Erotic Treasury Archival Edition Volume 1
Diamond sales will never accurately represent or report the Artist’s Edition format market because it’s too small of a data pool. We won’t know more until publishers are willing to share their sales data.