Top 50 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2003
Sales Estimates for March Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data
Published: 04/29/2003 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during March 2003.
For our estimates of preorders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during March, see 'Top 50 Graphic Novels (Preorders) March 2003.'
For our estimates of preorders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comics scheduled to ship during March, see 'Top 300 Comics (Preorders) March 2003.'
For an over-view and analysis of the top-ordered comics and graphic novels for March, see 'March Comic Orders Mixed.'
For an analysis of the pre-ordered dollars for March, see 'Q1 Comics Even with 2002.'
Notes on this chart:
Some titles have been truncated or abbreviated for space reasons.
Publisher abbreviations have also been used.
Mar = Marvel
Dar = Dark Horse
Dre = Dreamwave
Ima = Image
Bla = Black Bull
Car = Cartoon Books
Har = Harris
Cro = CrossGen
Bon = Bongo
Tok = Tokyo Pop
These estimates are based on ICv2 estimates of comic sales by Diamond North America during March, 2003. They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of March, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of March.
Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, CrossGen, and Image distribute 100% of their comic store orders through Diamond. Some other publishers distribute directly to stores or through other distributors and as a result this analysis may underestimate their sales.
Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and CrossGen distribute some of their titles through channels other than comic specialty stores, e.g., newsstands and bookstores. These quantity estimates do not reflect distribution through those channels.
Most of the titles on this chart are also distributed to Europe by Diamond UK, which can account for significant sales for the publisher, ranging from 3-20% of the US numbers. Sales by Diamond UK are not included in the numbers above.
One other factor to consider is that sales through Diamond and other comic distributors are non-returnable to retailers. That means that there is a considerable unknown percentage of books unsold at the retailer level, probably amounting to 5-20% of sales.
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through March 2003, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 50 GNs Index.'
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