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Godzilla Comic Sales Figures Thread

Postby Batagor » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:18 pm

The preliminary sales figures are in!

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page ... e&id=31827

Godzilla #1 ranked in at 16 just below Amazing Spider Man #656, and just above ASM #657. 16th place also puts Godzilla #1 ahead of such notable titles as "Batman", "Justice League of America", "Superman", "Captain America", "Invincible Iron Man", "Thor", and "Uncanny X-Men".

Way to go IDW! Here's so continued success!

Every comic series faces the infamous #2 drop off, usually something like 10-20% isn't it? Hopefully it won't be so steep for the Big G.
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Postby MechGamera » Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:18 am

That would still leave it somewhere in the region of 52991 - 47103 which for modern comics is still very good. Especially for an indie.
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Postby ljacone » Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:33 am

Very impressive numbers! Just goes to show that you say "Godzilla" and genre fans' ears perk up.
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Postby Bobby Curnow » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:42 am

I would wager the #2 sales will have a very big drop, as we got a big spike in sales came from our 'stomp your store' order incentive. However, even without that incentive, the debut was a success, with a 1-day sell out and a reprint on the way. I imagine the #2 sales will be very healthy based on all of that, but it will definitely be a big drop from #1.
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Postby Batagor » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:55 pm

MechGamera wrote:Agreed. Any one got sales figures for 4 and 5?


Since MechGamera mentioned it over in the Comic-Con Interview thread, I thought we could post the new sales data here...

JUNE Sales Estimates, Top 300 Comics
http://www.icv2.com/articles/markets/

158/300 Godzilla Gangsters and Goliaths #1 13,292

228/300 Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #4 7,570

From May--
114/300 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #3 14,588

Godzilla:KOM #4 experienced a drop of -7,018 books ordered by retailers, down 48.11% from G:KOM #3.
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Postby MechGamera » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:33 pm

That's a big big drop. Still ok for an indy but they really should be looking at the root cause of the drop.
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Postby Pkmatrix01 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:51 pm

Question to those who know the industry better: I've heard before that comics are not ordered month-to-month, but rather two or three months in advance. Is that true? If so, is this perhaps a reaction to retailers having trouble moving leftover stock of Issue #1? If not, is this a reaction to reader response toward Issue #3? :?:
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Postby Batagor » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:03 am

Pkmatrix01 wrote:Question to those who know the industry better: I've heard before that comics are not ordered month-to-month, but rather two or three months in advance. Is that true? If so, is this perhaps a reaction to retailers having trouble moving leftover stock of Issue #1? If not, is this a reaction to reader response toward Issue #3? :?:


Yep, it's about two months. So, for example, this month stores will be ordering for September.

So orders for Godzilla #4 would have been placed in April? Godzilla #2 had just come out--in fact, the order may have had to be in before #2 was even out, since Godzilla is out on the last Wed of each month.

Edited to say-- WHOOPS! Sorry, I just realize my first sentence makes no sense. Orders placed in JULY are for SEPTEMBER comics--that's my mistake guys, sorry. I'm always late turning in my comics orders, so I got mixed up since I just turned in my July order. :oops:

Anyway, yes, retailer orders are placed about two months in advance.
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Postby Batagor » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:44 am

MechGamera wrote:That's a big big drop. Still ok for an indy but they really should be looking at the root cause of the drop.


Well the numbers for KOM #5 and G&G#2 are out--and it makes the question of WTH happened to KOM#4 sales even more interesting!
http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/20795.html

148/300 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #5 $3.99 13,750
162/300 GODZILLA GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS #2 $3.99 11,611

From June
158/300 Godzilla Gangsters and Goliaths #1 13,292
228/300 Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #4 7,570

From May
114/300 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #3 14,588

Maybe the reporting figures for KOM#4 were botched. Another possibility is that readers picked up #5 since it is the start of a "new arc" (or at least new trade) and marks the start of a new artist with Santos taking over--but I would be surprised if that would trigger such a wild swing in numbers!
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Postby MechGamera » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:32 am

Very strange. Nice totals though. IDW must be very happy.
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Postby ZillaEra » Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:20 pm

Wasn't there a problem getting all the shipments for issue number four out on time? That might be why it dropped so much right?
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Postby MechGamera » Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:44 pm

That's right, I forgot about that. Only half of issue 4 went out when it should have. So if we take that as half the total it works out about the same as the other issues but for issue 1.
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Postby Batagor » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:57 pm

Comic Book Resources hosted a Non-Big Two publishers roundtable to discuss the impact of DC's New 52 relaunch this month. IDW's Ted Adams was on hand to field questions. They don't really talk about Godzilla, but the Big G does come up in passing.

CBR's Publishers Roundtable: Sales & Strategy
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page ... e&id=34346

Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Comics wrote:We already have our pre-orders for September and they exceeded our estimates. When we first heard about DC’s relaunch, we had some concern that retail dollars might move from us to DC but that didn’t happen. From our perspective, it looks like retailers increased their budgets to handle the new DC titles.

We had some big titles in September and the pre-orders on all of them were higher than our internal estimates. Our bigger releases for the month are the new ongoing "Star Trek" series that takes place in the movie universe, a new ongoing "Ghostbusters" series, a special issue of "Locke & Key" and the Definitive "Flash Gordon" and "Jungle Jim." We also saw steady or increased pre-orders for our ongoing titles like "Transformers," "GI Joe," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Godzilla" and "Doctor Who."

And we’ve seen strong re-order activity for both our comics and collected editions this entire year. Our relaunch of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sold through a large overprint, and books like "Locke & Key" continue to sell large quantities week-after-week of both the trade and hardcover versions. We also recently joined Diamond’s FOC program and, as of today, all of our adjustments have been positive.

The bottom line is that September is going to be a good month for IDW.
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Postby Batagor » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:59 am

Sales figures for August are in...

Top 300 Comics Actual--August 2011
http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/21030.html

172/300 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #6 12,524
196/300 GODZILLA GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS #3 10,525

Compare to previous months numbers...

172/300 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #6 12,524
148/300 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #5 $3.99 13,750
228/300 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #4 7,570
114/300 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #3 14,588

196/300 GODZILLA GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS #3 10,525
162/300 GODZILLA GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS #2 $3.99 11,611
158/300 GODZILLA GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS #1 13,292

Also interesting to compare to other IDW titles in August...

48/300 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #1 34,803
155/300 ROCKETEER ADVENTURES #4 14,749
169/300 HERO COMICS 2011 (ONE SHOT) 12,668
172/300 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #6 12,524
189/300 GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #4 10,824
196/300 GODZILLA GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS #3 10,525
200/300 TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #23 10,327
201/300 TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #24 10,097
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Postby MechGamera » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:25 am

Sales are slowly declining on both books it would seem. :(. I can honestly understand the reasoning why on KOM. Unfocused and dull story with equally dull art. But G&G is a quality story with good art.
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