Friday, February 28, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - February 28, 2014

The Walking Dead Compendium 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 (+1). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
2 (+1). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
3 (-2). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
4 (-). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War *
5 (N). Injustice Year Two #4 (Kindle)
6 (-1). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
7 (+1). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
8 (+7). Saga Volume 1
9 (+5). Saga Volume 3 *
10 (+3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After
11 (+7). The Walking Dead Book 1
12 (N). The Walking Dead #122 (Kindle)
13 (+3). Saga Volume 2
14 (+7). Vader's Little Princess
15 (-3). The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye (Kindle)
16 (+8). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
17 (+9). Darth Vader and Son
18 (R). Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega
19 (+9). The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something To Fear
20 (-9). Injustice Year Two #3 (Kindle)
21 (-2). Attack on Titan 1
22 (+1). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
23 (N). Infinity
24 (+15). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
25 (-). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
26 (-4). Watchmen
27 (-10). The Walking Dead Book 9
28 (+9). The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us (Kindle)
29 (-2). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
30 (+16). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
31 (+5). The Walking Dead Book 3
32 (N). The River *
33 (-23). Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2: Angela
34 (+9). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
35 (-28). Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers
36 (-1). The Walking Dead Book 2
37 (-6). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
38 (+12). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)
39 (R). The Walking Dead Book 4
40 (R). Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52)
41 (-8). Attack on Titan 2
42 (-10). Big Nate: I Smell a Pop Quiz! (Kindle)
43 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars
44 (+5). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
45 (-7). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
46 (-1). Batman: Year One
47 (R). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
48 (R). The Complete Persepolis
49 (-8). The Walking Dead #121 (Kindle)
50 (-2). Attack on Titan 3


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:
  • Back on top this week: The Walking Dead Compendia. It looks like they're going to play a little dance with Hyperbole and a Half for the top spot for the foreseeable future.
  • The top debuts are two Kindle single issues, usual suspects Injustice and Walking Dead. The top print debut this week is the collected edition of Marvel's Infinity. Unusual for Marvel, but the combination of a connection to Guardians of the Galaxy and a hefty Amazon discount seems to have turned out a few buyers.
  • Also debuting this week is Alessandro Sanna's The River. It's being marketed as a children's picture book, but looking at some preview pages it looks to me that, if it's not comics, it is awfully comics-adjacent. 
  • Dead Watch: There are sixteen Walking Dead-related titles on the top fifty chart this week. All hail the power of basic cable!
  • Sales chart fans: I have a new gig, doing the DC Comics Month-to-month summaries for The Beat. Come take a look and join in the discussion!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - February 21, 2014

Hyperbole and a Half
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). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
2 (-). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
3 (-2). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
4 (+4). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War *
5 (+4). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
6 (N). Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy (Kindle)
7 (R). Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers
8 (-4). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
9 (-4). Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega
10 (N). Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2: Angela
11 (-5). Injustice Year Two #3 (Kindle)
12 (+17). The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye (Kindle)
13 (+17). The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After
14 (-2). Saga Volume 3 *
15 (-5). Saga Volume 1
16 (+5). Saga Volume 2
17 (+19). The Walking Dead Book 9
18 (+19). The Walking Dead Book 1
19 (+4). Attack on Titan 1
20 (R). The Book of Revelation
21 (-8). Vader's Little Princess
22 (-2). Watchmen
23 (-7). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
24 (-). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
25 (-7). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
26 (-11). Darth Vader and Son
27 (-13). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
28 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something To Fear
29 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
30 (-23). My Dog, the Paradox
31 (-14). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
32 (-68). Big Nate: I Smell a Pop Quiz! (Kindle)
33 (+2). Attack on Titan 2
34 (N). Injustice Year Two #4 (Kindle) *
35 (R). The Walking Dead Book 2
36 (R). The Walking Dead Book 3
37 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us (Kindle)
38 (-11). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
39 (+3). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
40 (-15). Stephen King's N. (Kindle)
41 (-30). The Walking Dead #121 (Kindle)
42 (N). Annihilation, Book 1 (Kindle)
43 (+2). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
44 (R). The Planetary Omnibus
45 (-14). Batman: Year One
46 (-24). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
47 (R). V for Vendetta
48 (-14). Attack on Titan 3
49 (-30). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
50 (-4). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)


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:
  • Amazon raises its price back up on the two Walking Dead Compendia, and that's enough for Hyperbole and a Half to slip back up into the #1 slot this morning.
  • But still a very strong showing for The Walking Dead this week, taking four of the top five slots, eight of the top twenty, and fourteen in the top fifty.
  • Marvel releases the trailer for this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy movie this week, and three GoG collections pop into the top ten (with the related Annihilation also making a debut appearance further down in the chart). Maybe Marvel could boost their collection sales for other properties by just making movie trailers for them?
  • The only other debut this week is the pre-order for next week's issue of Injustice Year Two.

Friday, February 14, 2014

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Amazon Top 50 - February 14, 2014

The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
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 (+4). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
2 (+1). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
3 (-2). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
4 (-). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
5 (-3). Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega *
6 (N). Injustice Year Two #3 (Kindle)
7 (R). My Dog, the Paradox
8 (+2). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War *
9 (-1). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
10 (-4). Saga Volume 1
11 (N). The Walking Dead #121 (Kindle)
12 (-6). Saga Volume 3 *
13 (-4). Vader's Little Princess
14 (+6). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
15 (-3). Darth Vader and Son
16 (+7). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
17 (+13). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
18 (-). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
19 (-4). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
20 (+7). Watchmen
21 (+4). Saga Volume 2
22 (-1). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
23 (-3). Attack on Titan 1
24 (-10). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
25 (+1). Stephen King's N. (Kindle)
26 (+18). Big Nate: I Smell a Pop Quiz! (Kindle)
27 (-10). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
28 (-). Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
29 (R). The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye (Kindle)
30 (+13). The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After
31 (+9). Batman: Year One
32 (-21). Injustice Year Two #2 (Kindle)
33 (-11). Attack on Titan 11
34 (+11). Attack on Titan 3
35 (-3). Attack on Titan 2
36 (R). The Walking Dead Book 9
37 (R). The Walking Dead Book 1
38 (N). Attack on Titan 4
39 (N). Beautiful Darkness *
40 (-7). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
41 (R). Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
42 (-29). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
43 (-8). Attack on Titan 10
44 (-10). The Complete Persepolis
45 (-7). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
46 (-5). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)
47 (-10). Marvel Encyclopedia
48 (R). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (Kindle)
49 (R). Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52)
50 (-26). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic


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:
  • Amazon lowered the price on the two Walking Dead Compendia this week to just $25 (each), which combined with the return of the show to television results in their jumping ahead of Hyperbole for the first time in quite a while. They are currently #2 and #3 on the overall Amazon books chart, outpaced only by the bargain-priced hardcover of the soon-to-be-a-major-motion-picture The Fault in Our Stars.
  • The top two debuts this week are Kindle versions of single issues, the latest installments of Injustice and The Walking Dead.
  • Also debuting this week are Attack on Titan 4 (the only AoT volume that hadn't charted yet), and the pre-order for Fabien Vehlmann & Kerasco√ęt's Beautiful Darkness.
  • For some reason Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe returns to the chart. No sales, no media attention—maybe people are simply interested in reading it this week?

Friday, February 07, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - February 7, 2014

Hyperbole and a Half
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 (-). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
2 (N). Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega *
3 (+5). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
4 (-1). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
5 (-). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
6 (-2). Saga Volume 3 *
7 (+12). Saga Volume 1
8 (+6). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
9 (+14). Vader's Little Princess
10 (+6). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War *
11 (-4). Injustice Year Two #2 (Kindle)
12 (+8). Darth Vader and Son
13 (-3). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
14 (+8). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
15 (+11). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
16 (N). Preacher Book One
17 (-11). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
18 (+9). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
19 (+11). Attack on Titan 1
20 (+19). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
21 (-). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
22 (-4). Attack on Titan 11
23 (+10). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
24 (-15). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
25 (-1). Saga Volume 2
26 (+6). Stephen King's N. (Kindle)
27 (-14). Watchmen
28 (R). Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
29 (+9). V for Vendetta
30 (-5). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
31 (N). Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Search *
32 (R). Attack on Titan 2
33 (+1). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
34 (-19). The Complete Persepolis
35 (+7). Attack on Titan 10
36 (-7). Dilbert 2014 Day-to-Day Calendar: There's No Kill Switch on Awesome
37 (+13). Marvel Encyclopedia
38 (-3). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
39 (R). The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
40 (R). Batman: Year One
41 (R). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)
42 (R). Attack on Titan 9
43 (-7). The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After
44 (-). Big Nate: I Smell a Pop Quiz! (Kindle)
45 (R). Attack on Titan 3
46 (-15). Understanding Comics
47 (-35). Snowpiercer Vol. 1: The Escape
48 (N). The Planetary Omnibus
49 (-12). Injustice Year Two #1 (Kindle)
50 (-33). Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist


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:
  • Hyperbole and a Half regains its top spot this week. It is currently #102 on the overall Amazon books chart.
  • The top debut this week at an impressive #2 is the final Locke & Key collection, Alpha & Omega. This is an impressive showing for a comics property which, while it has dallied in the past with media adaptations, is so far a comic series with no other mass media ties.
  • Also debuting this week is the first hardcover collection of Ennis & Dillon's Preacher, which is absolutely due to the announcement yesterday that AMC has picked it up for a television series. Time for all the agents and actors in Hollywood to read up on what many are no doubt hoping will be the new Walking Dead.
  • Rounding out this week's debuts are a hardcover collection of the three Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Search volumes, and the Omnibus collection of Ellis & Cassaday's Planetary.
  • It's a pretty good week for DC on the chart; in addition to the debut showing for Preacher & Planetary and the requisite Batman volumes, The Sandman and Fables both see their first volumes return to the chart, perennial Alan Moore books Watchmen and V for Vendetta continue to chart, and the first two issues of Injustice Year Two remain as well, for a total of fourteen items on the chart this week. Marvel on the other hand see their last week's #1 The Ultimates tumble completely off the charts, with the Kindle edition of Stephen King's N. their only remaining top fifty entry. (The Marvel Encyclopedia is published by DK...)
  • Also having a good week is Attack on Titan, with six volumes of Hajime Isayama's manga making the chart this week.