Diamond released their November 2017 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, five Artist Edition style books were published in November 2017, with one making the sales chart. Two from IDW, two from Fantagraphics and one from Titan. The bulk of sales for Fantagraphics and Titan are from online sellers who do not purchase from Diamond.
The one number we have this month is from Diamond’s Top Sellers: November 2017 which has a Top 10 Books chart, where Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition came in seven in units sold and first in dollars earned.
|NN||Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition||1247|
|NN||The Book Of Ballads, The Original Art Edition||NN|
|NN||Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole By Charles Burns||NN|
|NN||Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez||NN|
|NN||P. Craig Russell’s Strange Dreams Artist’s Edition||NN|
Diamond sales will never accurately represent or report the Artist’s Edition format market. Because of this December 2017 Sales Numbers will be the last time we report from these sources, until publishers are willing to share their sales data.