Diamond Lists 2012's Top Market Shares, Graphic Novels
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Diamond Comics Distributors announced its top publisher market shares and its top 500 graphic novels of 2012 on Tuesday.
Diamond provides comic book specialty retailers with wholesale, non-returnable comic books and related merchandise. The numbers are based on total sales of comics, graphic novels, and magazines to comic book specialty stores in 2012.
The Diamond rankings may not reflect the overall sales rankings at all bookstores throughout North America. The direct market accounts for only a small percentage of all manga sold in North America. Tokyopop's then VP sales and distribution Steve Kleckner said in 2005 that direct market sales make up only 12 to 15 percent of Tokyopop's total manga sales.
By publisher, Dark Horse Comics came in at #5 with 4.81 percent of the market share. Viz Media came in at #9 with .93 percent, Marvel and DC dominated sales with a combined total of 66 percent of the market share.
No manga volumes ranked within the top 100. The other manga volumes that made the top 500 are listed below. 9 Viz volumes, 7 Kodansha volumes, 2 Dark Horse volumes and 2 Yen Press volume made the list:
|145||Sailor Moon #03||Naoko Takeuchi||Kodansha USA|
|167||Sailor Moon #04||Naoko Takeuchi||Kodansha USA|
|195||Naruto #55||Masashi Kishimoto||Viz Media|
|201||Naruto #54||Masashi Kishimoto||Viz Media|
|215||Naruto #56||Masashi Kishimoto||Viz Media|
|221||Sailor Moon #05||Naoko Takeuchi||Kodansha USA|
|240||Naruto #57||Masashi Kishimoto||Viz Media|
|251||Sailor Moon #01||Naoko Takeuchi||Kodansha USA|
|291||Sailor Moon #06||Naoko Takeuchi||Kodansha USA|
|310||Naruto #59||Masashi Kishimoto||Viz Media|
|312||Naruto #58||Masashi Kishimoto||Viz Media|
|355||Sailor Moon #07||Naoko Takeuchi||Kodansha USA|
|406||Yu-Gi-Oh! GX #09||Naoyuki Kageyama||Viz Media|
|421||Sailor Moon #08||Naoko Takeuchi||Kodansha USA|
|446||Black Butler #08||Yana Toboso||Yen Press|
|448||Usagi Yojimbo #26 (American)||Stan Sakai||Dark Horse Comics|
|449||Bleach #38||Tite Kubo||Viz Media|
|454||Berserk #36||Kentarou Miura||Dark Horse Comics|
|472||Bleach #39||Tite Kubo||Viz Media|
|475||Highschool of the Dead #05||Story: Daisuke Satō |
Art: Shoji Sato
|487||Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus #03||CLAMP||Dark Horse Comics|
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