Friday, August 31, 2012

Amazon Top 50

Here are the Top 50 Graphic Novels on Amazon this morning. All the previous caveats apply.

1 (-). The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) *
2 (-). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
3 (-). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
4 (+4). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
5 (+5). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
6 (-2). Dork Diaries 4 (Kindle)
7 (+9). Watchmen
8 (+7). Big Nate Makes the Grade (Kindle)
9 (-4). The Complete Persepolis
10 (+8). American Born Chinese
11 (+1). Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6)
12 (+8). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2 *
13 (-6). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
14 (-1). Big Nate Makes the Grade
15 (+11). Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 1
16 (+5). Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
17 (-6). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
18 (+7). Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 2
19 (+4). The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale
20 (-14). Batman: The Killing Joke
21 (-4). Amulet #5: Prince of the Elves *
22 (+13). Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise, Part 3 *
23 (-14). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You *
24 (-2). The Walking Dead, Vol. 16: A Larger World
25 (-6). Darth Vader and Son
26 (+10). Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess
27 (+4). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
28 (-14). Batman: Earth One
29 (+3). Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All *
30 (-6). V for Vendetta
31 (+3). Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1
32 (-5). The Walking Dead, vol. 1 (Kindle)
33 (+5). The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5)
34 (+14). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books
35 (-2). The Walking Dead, Book 8 *
36 (-6). Batman: The Long Halloween
37 (R). The Underwater Welder
38 (+3). Batman: Year One
39 (N). Drama
40 (R). Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4)
41 (+8). Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52)
42 (N). Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History
43 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear *
44 (R). Dork Diaries 2 (Kindle)
45 (-8). Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing
46 (N). Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones (The New 52)
47 (N). Sailor Moon 7 *
48 (+2). Superman - Action Comics Vol. 1: Superman and the Men of Steel (The New 52)
49 (R). Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works
50 (-7). Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition)

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

  • For a third week in a row, the pre-order for the new Wimpy Kid is at the top of the list. It's almost safe to say that it will be at the top of the list through the end of the year, but with a new season of The Walking Dead this fall, along with a new WD collection due out during that period, I suspect we'll have a battle on our hands later this year...
  • Every week when I'm compiling this chart, I have to weed out the non-comics items that make it on to the Amazon Best Sellers chart (usually due to poor categorization on Amazon's part). Usually this is an easy decision to make (like when a Stephen King novel shows up on it), but decisions have to be made sometimes. I usually air on the side of inclusiveness and keep things like The Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries on the chart, though I know that others would disagree with calling those comics. This week I had to made a difficult choice regarding Billionaires & Ballot Bandits by Greg Palast. It's a 300 page book that includes a 48-page comic by Ted Rall. I went back-and-forth on including it, but ultimately decided not to, figuring that 250 pages of prose outweighed 50 pages of comics. But I can see how you might see otherwise. (For reference, it would have debuted at #34, just above The Wimpy Kid Box of Books.)
  • The top debut this week is Raina Telgemeier's new YA graphic novel, Drama. Also debuting is Abina and the Important Men by Trevor Getz & Liz Clarke; the first New 52 Swamp Thing collection; and the latest Sailor Moon edition.
  • Dead Watch: Six Walking Dead collections on the chart this week, up one from last week.
  • Bat Watch: Eight Batman books on the chart this week, down three from last week. We're pretty much done with the Dark Knight Rises bump and Batman sales have returned to normal levels.

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