Friday, August 29, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - August 29, 2014

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (-). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
2 (-). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
3 (+7). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4 (+2). The Complete Persepolis
5 (+9). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
6 (+1). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
7 (-2). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
8 (+4). American Born Chinese
9 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two #21 (Kindle)
10 (+7). Seconds: A Graphic Novel
11 (+11). Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
12 (-3). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
13 (N). Sword Art Online 2: Aincrad
14 (-11). Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel
15 (+4). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
16 (+32). Attack on Titan 13
17 (+7). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
18 (+5). Saga Volume 1
19 (-8). Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection Volume 1
20 (+1). Saga Volume 3
21 (-6). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
22 (-14). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances *
23 (+3). V for Vendetta
24 (+16). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
25 (-). Saga Volume 2
26 (+15). The Complete Maus (hardcover)
27 (-9). Goodnight Darth Vader
28 (R). The Walking Dead Book 10 *
29 (-2). Darth Vader and Son
30 (-10). Watchmen
31 (+4). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
32 (-3). Batman: Year One
33 (+5). Sex Criminals Volume 1
34 (+3). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
35 (-7). Marvel Encyclopedia
36 (R). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
37 (-7). Infinity Gauntlet
38 (+6). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
39 (+11). Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift Part 2
40 (+3). Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers
41 (-25). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two #20 (Kindle)
42 (R). Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History
43 (-4). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
44 (+1). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
45 (-14). Vader's Little Princess
46 (-14). Monster Musume Vol. 4
47 (-1). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
48 (R). Attack on Titan 1
49 (R). The Complete Maus (paperback)
50 (-14). Big Damn Sin City


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • Persepolis remains on top this week, taking the #1 and the #4 slots as back-to-school book buying ramps up even further. 
  • Aside from the obligatory new issue of Injustice, the only debut this week is the second volume of the manga adaptation of the light novel series Sword Art Online, which has also been made into a popular anime. Multimedia convergence FTW.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - August 22, 2014

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (-). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
2 (+5). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
3 (N). Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel
4 (-). Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy (Kindle)
5 (-3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
6 (+7). The Complete Persepolis
7 (-2). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
8 (R). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances *
9 (-). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
10 (+2). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
11 (-8). Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection Volume 1
12 (+5). American Born Chinese
13 (N). Wool: The Graphic Novel (Kindle)
14 (+15). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
15 (+5). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
16 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two #20 (Kindle)
17 (-3). Seconds: A Graphic Novel
18 (-). Goodnight Darth Vader
19 (-9). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
20 (-4). Watchmen
21 (-10). Saga Volume 3
22 (+4). Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
23 (-8). Saga Volume 1
24 (-5). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
25 (-1). Saga Volume 2
26 (+5). V for Vendetta
27 (-). Darth Vader and Son
28 (+8). Marvel Encyclopedia
29 (-1). Batman: Year One
30 (-7). Infinity Gauntlet
31 (+2). Vader's Little Princess
32 (N). Monster Musume Vol. 4
33 (N). Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel (Kindle)
34 (-26). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two #19 (Kindle)
35 (+10). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
36 (R). Big Damn Sin City
37 (-5). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
38 (-13). Sex Criminals Volume 1
39 (-2). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
40 (-18). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
41 (+9). The Complete Maus
42 (-1). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
43 (-22). Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers
44 (-). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
45 (+4). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
46 (-6). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
47 (-13). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
48 (N). Attack on Titan 13 *
49 (R). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2 (Kindle)
50 (-15). Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift Part 2


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • The University Effect continues, with Persepolis remaining on top of the chart for the second week in a row, with Maus, Fun Home, American Born Chinese and Understanding Comics also exhibiting strong sales.
  • The top debut this week is Jules Feiffer's new graphic novel Kill My Mother; the print edition debuts at #3 and the Kindle edition debuts at #33.
  • Also debuting this week and the Kindle edition of the Wool graphic novel, the latest issue of Injustice, and the latest volumes in two manga series: Monster Musume & Attack on Titan.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Digital Comics Picks of the Week for August 20, 2014

The Multiversity #1
Here is my weekly Pinterest board of this week's recommended new comics on comiXology:

Digital Comics Picks of the Week for August 20, 2014

Highlights include: The Multiversity #1, Ms. Marvel #7, The Fade Out #1, Atomic Robo: Knights of the Golden Circle #4, Bandette #8, and more!


Follow Dave's board Digital Comics Picks of the Week for August 20, 2014 on Pinterest.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - August 15, 2014

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (+2). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
2 (-). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
3 (-2). Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection Volume 1
4 (+2). Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy (Kindle)
5 (-). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
6 (R). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel (Kindle)
7 (+4). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
8 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two #19 (Kindle)
9 (-1). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
10 (+6). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
11 (-1). Saga Volume 3
12 (+11). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
13 (+1). The Complete Persepolis
14 (-10). Seconds: A Graphic Novel
15 (-8). Saga Volume 1
16 (+8). Watchmen
17 (+14). American Born Chinese
18 (-3). Goodnight Darth Vader
19 (-). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
20 (-7). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
21 (-12). Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers
22 (-10). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
23 (-1). Infinity Gauntlet
24 (-4). Saga Volume 2
25 (-). Sex Criminals Volume 1
26 (+16). Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
27 (-1). Darth Vader and Son
28 (+1). Batman: Year One
29 (+16). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
30 (-3). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
31 (+10). V for Vendetta
32 (+14). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
33 (+2). Vader's Little Princess
34 (+3). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
35 (-18). Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift Part 2
36 (-8). Marvel Encyclopedia
37 (-5). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
38 (N). Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Volume 5: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Universe
39 (-3). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
40 (-2). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
41 (-2). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
42 (N). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1
43 (+1). The Walking Dead Book 10 *
44 (-14). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
45 (R). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
46 (R). Attack on Titan 1
47 (N). Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods (Kindle)
48 (+2). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year-Secret City (The New 52)
49 (-16). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
50 (R). The Complete Maus


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • The University effect springs into full effect this week, pushing Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood into the #1 slot (helped by the fact that TCU has chosen it as their summer 'Common Read' this year). Also seeing the love of college students buying texts for class are Maus, Fun Home, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and American Born Chinese.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy may slip out of the top spot this week, but the movie's influence remains strong, with two volumes in the top ten, and two more (if you include Infinity Gauntlet) in the top twenty-five.
  • The Kindle edition of The Sworn Sword was one of the Kindle Deals of the Day earlier in the week, and it spent some time that day at #1, The first Sweet Tooth volume was also a Kindle Deal of the Day, but didn't quite rise as high.
  • The top debut this week is (no surprise) another issue of Injustice Year Two. Also debuting are the penultimate Scott Pilgrim color hardcover, and a collection of classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the latter helped no doubt by the new TMNT movie.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - August 8, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection Volume 1
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (+42). Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection Volume 1 *
2 (-1). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
3 (+5). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
4 (-2). Seconds: A Graphic Novel
5 (-1). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
6 (+10). Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy (Kindle)
7 (+10). Saga Volume 1
8 (+5). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
9 (+32). Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers
10 (+9). Saga Volume 3
11 (+12). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
12 (+8). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
13 (+5). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
14 (+17). The Complete Persepolis
15 (+10). Goodnight Darth Vader
16 (+8). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
17 (+5). Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift Part 2
18 (+3). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
19 (-5). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
20 (+16). Saga Volume 2
21 (N). Thanos: The Infinity Revelation
22 (R). Infinity Gauntlet
23 (R). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
24 (+5). Watchmen
25 (R). Sex Criminals Volume 1
26 (+1). Darth Vader and Son
27 (+5). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
28 (+20). Marvel Encyclopedia
29 (-1). Batman: Year One
30 (-4). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
31 (+18). American Born Chinese
32 (+1). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
33 (+12). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
34 (N). Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers (Kindle)
35 (-5). Vader's Little Princess
36 (+6). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
37 (-). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
38 (+12). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
39 (-4). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
40 (+4). Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
41 (+5). V for Vendetta
42 (R). Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
43 (-4). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
44 (N). The Walking Dead Book 10 *
45 (R). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
46 (N). Civil War
47 (N). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan (Kindle)
48 (N). Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude
49 (R). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
50 (-12). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year-Secret City (The New 52)


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • Guess which movie opened at #1? Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy rules the box office and also takes charge of the Amazon comics chart. Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection Volume 1 leaps to the #1 slot and is #75 on the overall Amazon books chart. There are five GotG collections in the top 50, including three of the top ten; and two Thanos/Infinty Gauntlet books show up as well.
  • Conventional wisdom has been that comic sales increase before a movie is released, but then quickly fall off after. That is clearly not the case for Guardians, and was also not the case this year for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's time to reconsider that conventional wisdom...
  • College students will be returning to class over the next month, and we're starting to see the University Effect take hold again: Persepolis, Maus, Fun Home, American Born Chinese and Understanding Comics once again start to move up the chart.
  • This week: Marvel: 9 titles; DC: 9 titles; Image: 9 titles.