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February 15, 2010

Analysts: January 2010 DM Estimates

The comics business news and analysis site offers their usual array of lists, estimates and analysis regarding the performance of comic books and graphic novels in the Direct Market of comic and hobby shops, this time for January 2010.

image* Overview
* Analysis
* Top 300 Comic Books
* Top 300 Graphic Novels

John Jackson Miller at The Comics Chronicles has begun his analysis of the month right here.

There are only two things that leap out at me this time out. One is that only two comic-book comics are over the 100K mark: the first issue of Marvel's current event comic and an anniversary issue of the series at the center of its ongoing event title. There are only 22 comics that sell over 50K, with 17 of those regular series. I'm not one of those that thinks it's automatically awesome when some goofy funnybook shoots up over 350,000 copies, but I like to see a group of individual titles with some heat in addition, a healthy middle class and a bunch of titles selling in the late four-figures early five-figures.

Another is that Walking Dead confirms its states as a true DM hit, crushing the competition three to one with its latest trade collection. I don't think I've seen one of those books dominate its chart like that, although it's clear that the book has performed like the freakin' Nicholas Brothers for a few years now.
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