Thursday, January 06, 2011

Stats Week: Amazon Top 50 for 2010

Here are the top 50 comics from the weekly Amazon Top 50 posts of 2010:

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
  3. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
  4. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim Versus The World
  5. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour
  6. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 3: Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness
  7. Kick-Ass
  8. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
  9. The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
  10. The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb
  11. Watchmen
  12. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1
  13. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  14. The Walking Dead, vol. 11: Fear the Hunters
  15. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
  16. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
  17. The Walking Dead, vol. 12
  18. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, vol. 6: Retreat
  19. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
  20. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  21. Troublemaker Book 1: Alex Barnaby Series 3
  22. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
  23. The Walking Dead Book 5
  24. Batman: The Killing Joke
  25. V for Vendetta
  26. Odd Is On Our Side
  27. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules
  28. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  29. Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
  30. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books
  31. Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
  32. Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl
  33. Blackest Night
  34. Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead
  35. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future
  36. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, vol. 7: Twilight
  37. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
  38. Batman: Year One
  39. The Walking Dead, vol. 13
  40. Green Lantern: Blackest Night
  41. Superman: Earth One
  42. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
  43. The Walking Dead Book 6
  44. Dilbert: 2011 Day-to-Day Calendar
  45. Instructions
  46. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe
  47. Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover
  48. 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective
  49. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
  50. Big Nate: From the Top

Methodology: I took my weekly (compiled on Friday) lists of Amazon Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels, and for each week assigned a comic a numerical score equal to 51 minus its ranking; e.g. the #1 book got 50 points, the #2 book got 49 points, the #3 book got 48 points, etc., all the way down to the #50 book getting 1 point. I poured everything into a spreadsheet, and voila. There were a total of 345 different comics that made the Top 50 for at least one week during 2010. You can download a spreadsheet with all of the data here.

Several comics mysteriously dropped out of the Amazon Comics & Graphic Novels Comics & Graphic Novels Bestsellers lists at different points during the year, notably certain volumes of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Scott Pilgrim, due to Amazon for some reason re-classifying them to not be comics. What to do? I could have tried to use overall sales ranking to try to intuit their comics chart ranking for those I knew about, but that would only work if I knew it was missing from the chart, which couldn't possibly be the case for everything. In the end in the interest of fairness I decided to take everything at face value and only give it a ranking for the week if it appeared on the comics chart.

I'll be back either tomorrow or this weekend with more analysis and a bunch of (hopefully interesting) charts.

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