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February 18 2008

Whedonverse comic book chart positions for January. Astonishing X-Men #24 took 5th place, Buffy #10 came in at no. 15 and Angel: After The Fall #3 was at no. 38. ETA: Estimated sales figures are now available.

I can't tell if this is a decline in readership numbers or not. Maybe more comics than usual were published that were very popular. If readership is declining though, that's discouraging, because the story will soon be too involved to attract new readers anyway.
I'm not sure about the Buffy or Xmen, but it seems to be an increase for the Angel comic, am I right?
I'm not sure about the Buffy or Xmen, but it seems to be an increase for the Angel comic, am I right?


Well last month Angel sold 62.92% of what Batman sold and this monthm it sold 67.74% of what Batman sold. Whether this means an increase in issues sold all depends if this month's issue of Batman sold more or less copies than last months issue.
I think Batman's doing fairly consistent numbers when Morrison's at the helm. I'm pretty sure he wrote the issue in January. It suggests that the retail market is gradually reacting to the unprecedented demand for the Angel comic.

As for Buffy's departure from the top ten, well, that's what you get when you replace an award-winning comic book auteur with Joss. Whedon. (ugh) Who does he think he is?!!
Meanwhile the Omnibus Vol. 3 was at #3, which is kinda cool... the Long Way Home TPB is also still there at #33
Of the first run prints Angel After The Fall #3 sold the most with some healthy re-ordering going on for the first two issues. Buffy season 8 slipped a little but nothing major to write home about just yet.

Here's a snap shot of the sales figures for both series.

November 2007
41 Angel After The Fall #1 $3.99 47,563

December 2007
52 Angel After The Fall #2 $3.99 44,792
185 Angel After The Fall #1 (2nd PTG) $3.99 9,055

January 2008
38 Angel After The Fall #3 $3.99 50,507
155 Angel After The Fall #2 $3.99 12,362
186 Angel After The Fall #1 $3.99 9,514


March 2007
9 Buffy #1 $2.99 109,919

April 2007
12 Buffy #2 $2.99 96,409
125 Buffy #1 $2.99 16,874 *

May 2007
12 Buffy #3 $2.99 106,634
111 Buffy #2 $2.99 20,207 *
144 Buffy #1 $2.99 15,239 *

June 2007
10 Buffy #4 $2.99 102,430
216 Buffy #3 $2.99 4,978*
218 Buffy #2 $2.99 4,972*
259 Buffy #1 $2.99 2,705*

July 2007
12 Buffy #5 $2.99 100,830
228 Buffy #4 $2.99 6,083*
299 Buffy #1 $2.99 2,136*

August 2007
243 Buffy #5 $2.99 5,318*

September 2007
8 Buffy #6 $2.99 96,556
178 Buffy #3 $2.99 8,354*
205 Buffy #1 $2.99 6,091*
206 Buffy #2 $2.99 6,069*
241 Buffy #4 $2.99 4,056*
254 Buffy #5 $2.99 3,174*

October 2007
7 Buffy #7 $2.99 94,144
289 Buffy #6 $2.99 3,354*

1 Buffy Long Way Home TPB $15.95 8,762**

November 2007
10 Buffy #8 $2.99 91,595
235 Buffy #1 $2.99 5,473*
237 Buffy #4 $2.99 5,297*
240 Buffy #3 $2.99 5,112*
248 Buffy #2 $2.99 4,775*

December 2007
12 Buffy #9 $2.99 89,556
297 Buffy #8 $2.99 2,278*

January 2008
15 Buffy #10 $2.99 88,458
285 Buffy #7 $2.99 3,266*
287 Buffy #8 $2.99 3,228*
292 Buffy #6 $2.99 3,050*

Well I had planned to stop buying BtVS and waiting for the trade paperback. My friend had said she was thinking about doing the same. I'm a wuss and bought it anyway, but maybe others aren't.
Well last month Angel sold 62.92% of what Batman sold and this monthm it sold 67.74% of what Batman sold. Whether this means an increase in issues sold all depends if this month's issue of Batman sold more or less copies than last months issue.

'Batman' Issue 672 (December) actually dipped slightly compared to 671 because 671 was the end of the 'Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul' cross-over storyline (so possibly people that normally read 'Detective Comics', 'Nightwing' or 'Robin' but maybe only bought 'Batman' to fill in the gaps stopped doing so). No. 673 recovered to around 75k though so in real terms it's an even bigger growth for A:ATF (if the estimated actual sales of 'Batman' are accurate).

Very healthy numbers and either holding fairly steady or increasing. Good news.
I stand by my earlier posts that urge everyone to buy multiple copies of these books when they initially print.
[Posted: http://whedonesque.com/comments/15211#207171]
I buy eight copies of Buffy each month, and the same for Angel. The only way we can ensure that Joss will be afforded the opportunity to continue these stories is through positive sales from us, the fans. Otherwise, if the demand declines for the comic books, then the compilation books and reissues will decline as well. Remember that being supportive isn't just about saving a show when it's in danger of cancellation; it applies to all formats and mediums. Otherwise, the stories stop when the sales show declining demand for the product.
So for everyone that can afford to support the medium, I urge fans to continue buying these books when they come out, not just when they are re-issued as paperback or graphic novel. (Sorry if the terminology is incorrect.)
Wow - so Angel actually made an increase on its 3rd issue.Excellent. Word of mouth must be good:), and those reprint sellings are nice.

Bodes well:)
I buy eight copies of Buffy each month, and the same for Angel. The only way we can ensure that Joss will be afforded the opportunity to continue these stories is through positive sales from us, the fans.

Eight copies? Seems a little extreme to me. Good word of mouth would be better. However, Top 15 - and often Top 10 - finishes for the first year is still damn impressive for a non-DC, non-Marvel title.
Extreme? Perhaps. Supportive? Definately.
It's your money toontimer and obviously your choice but how about just buying 4 of each (still above and beyond the call of duty IMO, good job ;) and then donating the $28 saved each month to 'Equality Now' or another worthy cause ?

'Angel: After the Fall #1' for instance was IDW's best selling comic ever so sales would have to completely tank before it got cancelled. 'Buffy' is doing similarly good business for Dark Horse.

(look at it this way - there are approx. 285 comics published each month that are below 'Buffy' in the rankings so surely the title is pretty safe from cancellation ? ;)
Yeah, none of those books are in any danger whatsoever of finishing prematurely. I hope those seven extra copies are finding suitable homes! (And not gathering dust on your bookshelf.)

Simon, I don't know where you got those sales figures from, but I can pretty much categorically tell you that they're wrong. None of the publishers release any information on sales figures and the figures that are available online are guesses based on the quantity index in the charts. The charts are useful for seeing how books perform with relationship to each other but not for month-to-month.
Saje - there's more than 285 comics below Buffy. That chart's just the top 300.
Yep, good point ;).
I bought every cover for the first run of the Serenity comic, and that's the most I've purchased as far as multiple copies of one comic. I can't really afford eight copies a month :-P but good going if you want to do that.

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