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Worldwide Comic Pre-Orders vs. U.S. Sales

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Published: 04/15/2013 03:59am

Image Comics provided us with worldwide (including Diamond UK) pre-order numbers for 15 March releases, so we could compare them to the ICv2 estimates for sales from U.S. Diamond locations in March, drawn from our over-all estimates of Diamond U.S. sales to comic stores (see "Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2013").  So the differences between the numbers reflect two things:  the pre-order numbers include Diamond UK numbers, and the ICv2 estimates do not; and the ICv2 numbers include reorders, but the pre-orders do not.  One other key difference on East of West #1 is that the pre-order numbers include over-ship numbers; the ICv2 numbers include a Diamond reserve for returns.

Typically, we've seen the Diamond UK numbers amount to about 10% of the total Diamond sales in the past, but that percentage can vary wildly depending on the title.

Title

U.S. w/

Reorders

Worldwide

Preorders

The Walking Dead #108

67,423

70,080

Saga #11

50,023

53,985

East of West #1

49,518

60,385

Sex #1

23,630

25,512

Fatale #13

17,662

19,401

Revival #8

17,082

18,066

Manhattan Projects #10

17,028

18,594

Spawn #229

16,355

17,083

Invincible #101

15,540

16,349

Lost Vegas #1

15,273

15,720

Bedlam #5

13,701

14,925

Nowhere Men #4

13,168

14,439

Five Ghosts #1

13,163

14,621

Chew #32

12,671

13,449

Peter Panzerfaust #10

10,989

11,031

 
 
 
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