Sales Charts: Barnes & Noble Graphic Novel Bestsellers: Mid-October 2012

So what’s news?  Besides the large number of titles ranking within the Top 1000?

The season three premiere of The Walking Dead doubled the ratings of the second season (itself a record), and it seems to have encouraged sales of the graphic novel collections.  The top two titles are 48-issue compilations of the series, listing at $60 each.  The “books” listed below are hardcover collections, with Volume Eight being the last chunk in the second compendium.  What’s unusual is that the more expensive titles are selling better than the trade paperbacks.  Possibly because of discounts, or perhaps those volumes have more bang for the buck.  Either way, it’s quite spectacular!

After zombies is Batman and Company.  The movie continues to spur sales, not just for the backlist, but also for the New 52 titles.

Chris Ware ranks high, amazing for a $50 box set of comics!

The rest are a mixed bag… only two manga titles.  Scott Pilgrim continues to sell, as does Jeffrey Brown’s Star Wars gift book.  The upcoming Hobbit movie raises interest in both the graphic novel and the deluxe edition hardcover prose novel.

Kids: Wimpy Kid and similar diary books continue to sell, which includes the comicstrip “Big Nate” (which pioneered the cartoon diary decades ago).  Avatar continues to sell, and the new adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time charts.  [Go ahead and grumble all you want about the diary titles not being "comics".  However, consider this: The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book currently ranks #155 on BN.com.  That's a lot of kids cartooning!  Geez, just what we need... more indie bio-comics!]

The Barnes & Noble website was searched at approximately Noon on Friday, October 19, 2012.

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Current kids graphic novel bestsellers can be seen here.

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The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 2

The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1

The Walking Dead, Book Eight

Batman: Knightfall Vol. 1

Nightwing Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes (The New 52)

The Walking Dead, Book Three

Batman: Knightfall Vol. 3: Knightsend

Building Stories

The Walking Dead, Book Two

Batman: Knightfall Volume 2: Knightquest

Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)

Batman: Hush

The Dark Knight Returns

The Amory Wars Ultimate Edition: The Second Stage Turbine Blade

The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic

Batman: The Long Halloween

Darth Vader and Son

Batman: Dark Victory

Negima! Magister Negi Magi 36: Magister Negi Magi

Batman: The Killing Joke

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

The Walking Dead, Book Six

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Boxset

Batman & Robin, Volume 1: Born to Kill (The New 52)

Middle School: Get Me out of Here!

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 3

The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #3)

by Jeff Kinney

Big Nate Makes the Grade

by Lincoln Peirce

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #1)

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Comments

  1. Not a single Marvel trade in that list. That isn’t gonna be good for Disney stockholders.

  2. Torsten Adair says:

    I doubt the stockholders even notice the publishing division of Disney. Most Disney fans aren’t even aware of Hyperion.

  3. John Shableski says:

    Disney stockholders may not notice but something tells me that we arent too far from seeing a new kind of focus on the book business for Marvel’s upper ranks. As more and more graphic novels generate dollars, and yes Wimpy Kid does play a role here, folks are bound to realize there is a new kind of gold rush to be had.

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