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Big Figure For Graphic Novel
Watchmen movie adaptation helps boost trade paperback sales in 2007
Regardless of how faithful Zack Snyders movie will end up being to the original comic, theres one thing most fans are happy about that the movie will get more people to read and recognize the genius that is Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Watchmen.
According to sales figures released by Diamond, one of the largest comics distributors in the U.S., it certainly seems like that is the case.
Please note that the following sales numbers below are estimates, and only covers the direct market served by Diamond. It does not include newsstands, book stores or overseas markets.
As of November 2007, the Watchmen trade paperback, distributed by DC Comics, has sold approximately 58,168 units year-to-date. Thats more units than any other trade paperback in 2007 so far.
To put those numbers in perspective, during the same time period, Marvel's Civil War sold 44,714 units and IDWs 30 Days of Night sales came in at around 31,270 units. Alan Moores highly anticipated The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier sold an incredible 20,711 units in November 2007 alone.
Watchmens biggest sales month came in August 2007 on the heels of Julys Comic-Con announcement of Warner Brothers planned movie adaptation helmed by Zack Snyder. That month, the trade paperback was in rank #13 with 3,617 units of reorder activity. Watchmens sales rank during all the other months of 2007 averaged at around the #57 position with 1,928 units of reorder activity.
News of Watchmens increased sales activity might be bittersweet to some fans who would prefer that the rights of the graphic novel revert back to its creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. According to the deal they signed with DC back in 1985, this can only happen after the comic has been out of print for 18 months. The graphic novels cult status combined with the fact that a major Watchmen motion will be released soon, makes it very unlikely that this will happen in the near future.
Source: Sales figures gathered form Comic Book Resources
They still have another 14 months until the movie is out and sales should be high for the rest of 2009 a$ well.