What comics sell best on the Kindle?

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As always, Amazon’s best seller lists are only rolling snapshots, but it’s always interesting to peek into what’s selling. The Kindle isn’t known as an ideal comics reading platform, but the top 20 free and paid comics includes both the usual suspects and some surprises. The paid list has the warhorses—Walking Dead, Big Nate, Geoff Johns—but the free list is a total mishmosh. Some commentary in red.

TOP 20 PAID

1. The Walking Dead, Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us #3, Tom Taylor, S. Miller Mike
3. Injustice: Gods Among Us #1, Tom Taylor, Jheremy Raapack
4. Injustice: Gods Among Us #2. Tom Taylor, Jheremy Raapack, Axel Giminez
No idea why this DC mini series is topping the chart.
5. How To Be A Superhero (A Fun Illustrated Children’s Picture Book; Perfect Bedtime Story), Rachel Yu
6. Big Nate Out Loud (Big Nate Comic Compilations), Lincoln Peirce
7. The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
8. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, The Oatmeal
9. Big Nate: From the Top. Lincoln Peirce
10. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1-Force Storm (Star Wars : Dawn of the Jedi), John Ostrander, Randy Stradley, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba, Gonzalo Flores
11. Omega Night (Wearing the Cape), Marion G. Harmon
Not actually a comic
12. Big Nate All Work and No Play, Lincoln Peirce
13. The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
14. The Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best Defense, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
15. Justice League (2011- ) #1, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee
16. The Magic of Reality, Richard Dawkins, Dave McKean
Not a comic. but I didn’t know Dawkins and McKean had teamed up.
17. You’re Mine Vol.1 (Manga Comic Book Graphic Novel), Ryoku, H.K., katu, Yu Reigen, Kanae Masuda, Shino Overlack
18. The Fart Book: Whiff it, Sniff it, Lay it, Rip it! – Milo Snotrocket’s Gross-out Guide to Thunderpants and Toilet Tunes. J.B. O’Neil
Wimpy Kid rip-off rips one. By the author of The Booger Book.
19. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller, Klaus Janson
20. The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

TOP 20 FREE
1. Children’s Bible Comic Book Kings and prophets, Toni Matas, Picanyol
2. Fathom V3 #0, Vince Hernandez, Frank Mastromauro, Ale Garza, Josh Reed, Sal Regla, John Starr, Michael Turner
3. The Shortkut: A Tail of the Porkus (Tails of the Porkus), Rick Sardinha
One of many oddball cartoon collections here. This is actually pretty cute.
4. Fathom: Dawn of War Beginnings, Talent Caldwell, Vince Hernandez, Frank Mastromauro, Dreamer Design , Jason Gorder, Ian Hannin, Christopher Steninger, Michael Turner
5. Gen #1, Arisa Karino, Gunya Mihara, Shige Nakamura, Yu Suzuki, Yousuke Abe, Richard Rodriguez
A sample of the Gen manga line
6. The Best of Pointless Conversations, Scott Tierney
7. The Wright Brothers, Lewis Helfand, Eman Chowdhary, Suparna Deb, Sankha Banerjee, Bhavanath Chaudhary, Prashant K G, Jayakrishnan K P
This is from Campfire’s line of edu-comics.
8. A Very Steamy Taxi Cartoon Book, Steamy Raimon
9. The Heavenly Bride Chapter 1 (The Heavenly Bride Chapters), Katrina Joyner
10. Steamy’s Cartoon Trip, Steamy Raimon
11. Don’t Have A Cow: Volume Two, Alex Vega
12. Little Nemo’s Wild Sleigh Ride, Roland Urbanek, Winsor McCay
13. Wearing the Cape: The Beginning, Marion G. Harmon
Not actually a comic.
14. Wandering Koala rides The Phantom Coach comic 1, Jeff Thomason, Jeff Thomason
15. Naebody’s Hero, Mark Wilson, Stephanie Dagg
While we were desperately hoping this was a story about a Scottish superhero, it’s not actually a comic either.
16. Dinosaurs vs. Aliens – Free Preview, Grant Morrison, Sharad Devarajan, Mukesh Singh, Barry Sonnenfeld, Liquid!
17. Pewfell #1 (Pewfell: The Comic Fantasy Comic), Adam Prosser, Chuck Whelon
18. Superman H’el On Earth Preview Book, Various
19. MEGABOOK M2, Mike Rickaby
20. Dads Army – A Shock for Walker, Bernard Wilds
Not a comic and very weird. Like a lot of free things on Amazon.

Comments

  1. “Injustice” is a video game tie-in. That would be my guess.

  2. DC mini “Injustice” is probably topping the chart since it’s based on a video game that’s being released soon. It’s developed by the makers of Mortal Kombat. There also might be some kind of preorder incentive as well, but not sure.

  3. Audrey says:

    http://www.comicsbulletin.com/columns/5355/lois-lane-refrigerators-and-supermans-dick/

    Really sad to see the Injustice Gods Among us comic topping the charts considering the truly horrible misogyny in the book against Lois Lane. One of the worst comics I’ve ever read and a true disgrace. I expect violence and poor behavior from DC at this point but this comic is without question one of the most vile things i’ve ever read and it’s shameful that it’s at the top of a best selling chart. Absolutely shameful. DC Comics should apologize openly for what they did in this comic. It’s one of the most offensive things i’ve ever seen in the genre.

    Shame on DC Comics. Shame on them.

    I hope more media outlets get wind of what’s going on and call them out on this. It’s an absolutely disgrace for both the comics and gaming industry.

    Honestly, given Heidi’s strong feelings about misogyny in the genre I hope to see her cover this disgrace at some point especially given the way the comic is selling.

  4. To add to what has been said above, Injustice is brand-new and began three weeks ago; its recent publication is also a factor of its high placement.

  5. John Smith says:

    Audrey, the Beat’s willingness to criticize misogyny only appears to go as far as it can without actually criticizing anyone with any amount of actual power, influence, cachet, or success in the comics industry.

  6. Jenny Jones says:

    I have a Kindle Fire HD and I love it! It was easy to understand and the interface is perfect. Here’s the one I have on Amazon http://amzn.to/11SRHbE. If you’re looking for a tablet you should check it out, I think it’s very underrated.

  7. The interest in Kindle comic book content has surprised me quite a great deal. Comic book reader apps for Kindle and the Kindle section are routinely the most popular places on my blog: http://www.comicbookreaderguide.com/kindle/
    I have no data to back this up… but my best guess is just the sheer ubiquity of Amazon – it may doing more for mainstreaming digital comics as medium then folks might think.

  8. “15. Naebody’s Hero, Mark Wilson, Stephanie Dagg
    While we were desperately hoping this was a story about a Scottish superhero, it’s not actually a comic either. ”

    Naebody’s Hero is a novel featuring a Scottish superhero and is currently being adapted into a graphic novel for release next year

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