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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2008

Sales Estimates for March Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 04/22/2008, Last Updated: 05/30/2008 04:56pm
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These are estimates of the sales on graphic novels by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during March 2008.

 

For an overview and analysis of comic sales in March see "'Dark Tower' Tops March Comics."

 

For an analysis of the dollar trends in March see "Comics Slip in Q1."

 

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during March, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2008."

 

 

 

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS -- MARCH 2008

 

 

Rank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

Est.Qty

1

21.45

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

 10,602

2

11.71

FABLES 1001 NIGHTS O/SNOWFALL SC (MR)

$14.99

DC

   5,788

3

10.98

NARUTO TP VOL 28

$7.95

VIZ

   5,427

4

10.91

DMZ TP VOL 04 FRIENDLY FIRE (MR)

$12.99

DC

   5,392

5

10.75

FRUITS BASKET GN VOL 19 (Of 22)

$9.99

TKP

   5,313

6

9.43

SPIDER-MAN PREM HC ONE MORE DAY*

$24.99

MAR

   4,661

7

9.14

STAR WARS LEGACY TP VOL 02 SHARDS

$19.95

DAR

   4,517

8

8.78

EMPOWERED TP VOL 03 (MR)

$14.95

DAR

   4,340

9

7.91

PUNISHER MAX TP VOL 09 LONG COLD DARK (MR)

$15.99

MAR

   3,910

10

7.75

SPIDER-MAN REIGN TP

$14.99

MAR

   3,830

11

7.6

BERSERK TP VOL 22 (MR)

$13.95

DAR

   3,756

12

7.57

X-MEN VS APOCALYPSE TP VOL 01 TWELVE

$29.99

MAR

   3,741

13

7.47

MIGHTY AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 01 ULTRON INITIATIVE

$19.99

MAR

   3,692

14

7.15

AVENGERS INITIATIVE TP VOL 01 BASIC TRAINING

$14.99

MAR

   3,534

15

6.49

ULTIMATE POWER HC

$34.99

MAR

   3,208

16

6.47

CHRONICLES O/CONAN TP VOL 14

$16.95

DAR

   3,198

17

6.39

NEGIMA GN VOL 17 (MR)

$10.95

RAN

   3,158

18

6.38

CONAN TP VOL 05 ROGUES I/HOUSE

$17.95

DAR

   3,153

19

6.27

WONDER WOMAN WHO IS WONDER WOMAN HC

$19.99

DC

   3,099

20

6.2

BLEACH TP VOL 22

$7.95

VIZ

   3,064

21

6.14

MOUSE GUARD TP FALL 1152

$17.95

RAN

   3,035

22

6.1

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 16

$9.99

VIZ

   3,015

23

6.06

SPIDER-MAN PETER PARKER TP BACK IN BLACK

$24.99

MAR

   2,995

24

6.06

LOBO PORTRAIT O/BASTICH TP

$19.99

DC

   2,995

25

5.86

STAR WARS REBELLION TP VOL 02 AHAKISTA GAMBIT

$17.95

DAR

   2,896

26

5.74

JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS HC VOL 04

$49.99

DC

   2,837

27

5.67

SHOWCASE PRESENTS BOOSTER GOLD TP VOL 01

$16.99

DC

   2,802

28

5.67

WANTED GN (NEW PTG)

$19.99

IMA

   2,802

29

5.58

X-MEN TP DIE BY SWORD

$13.99

MAR

   2,758

30

5.51

NEW AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 07 TRUST

$24.99

MAR

   2,723

31

5.39

IRON MAN PREM HC DEMON I/BOTTLE*

$24.99

MAR

   2,664

32

5.35

SHOWCASE PRESENTS PHANTOM STRANGER TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

   2,644

33

5.25

GOON FANCY PANTS LTD SGN HC VOL 02

$24.95

DAR

   2,595

34

4.97

SUPERMAN MAN O/ STEEL TP VOL 06

$19.99

DC

   2,456

35

4.93

NEW UNIVERSAL TP EVERYTHING WENT WHITE

$14.99

MAR

   2,437

36

4.84

30 DAYS O/NIGHT TP VOL 09 BEYOND BARROW (MR)

$17.99

IDW

   2,392

37

4.73

X-FACTOR TP VOL 04 HEART OF ICE

$17.99

MAR

   2,338

38

4.64

FORGOTTEN REALMS TP VOL 06 HALFLINGS GEM

$18.99

DEV

   2,293

39

4.59

OUTSIDERS FIVE O/KIND TP

$14.99

DC

   2,269

40

4.53

MOON KNIGHT TP VOL 02 MIDNIGHT SUN

$14.99

MAR

   2,239

41

4.52

FIRST BORN TP VOL 01

$14.99

IMA

   2,234

42

4.5

IRON MAN DOOMQUEST PREM HC*

$19.99

MAR

   2,224

43

4.48

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL TP VOL 02 GOIN OUT WEST

$17.99

MAR

   2,214

44

4.42

GHOST RIDER TP TRAIL OF TEARS

$14.99

MAR

   2,185

45

4.37

NIGHTWING LOST YEAR TP

$14.99

DC

   2,160

46

4.25

XXXHOLIC GN VOL 11

$10.95

RAN

   2,101

47

4.2

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

   2,076

48

4.17

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL HC

$24.99

DC

   2,061

49

4.16

MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 04*

$54.99

MAR

   2,056

50

4.15

GENE SIMMONS HOUSE O/HORRORS #3

$9.99

IDW

   2,051

51

4.08

MMW ATLAS ERA HC VOL 02 TALES ASTONISH*

$59.99

MAR

   2,017

52

4.08

WANTED HC DIRECTORS CUT ED (MR)

$29.99

IMA

   2,017

53

3.95

EARTH X TP TRILOGY COMPANION

$29.99

MAR

   1,952

54

3.95

ESSENTIAL OFF HB MARVEL UNIV MASTER ED TP VOL 01

$16.99

MAR

   1,952

55

3.94

SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE TP VOL 06 HOURMAN & PYTHON (MR)

$19.99

DC

   1,947

56

3.93

ROBIN BIG LEAGUES TP

$12.99

DC

   1,942

57

3.89

GHOST RIDER TP VOL 04 REVELATIONS

$14.99

MAR

   1,923

58

3.89

SOULFIRE SC VOL 01

$14.99

ASP

   1,923

59

3.73

GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 01 SINESTRO CORPS WAR

$24.99

DC

   1,844

60

3.65

TERMINATOR OMNIBUS VOL 02

$24.95

DAR

   1,804

61

3.44

MPD PSYCHO TP VOL 04 (MR)

$10.95

DAR

   1,700

62

3.41

HARVEY COMICS CLASSICS TP VOL 03 HOT STUFF

$19.95

DAR

   1,685

63

3.39

SPIDER-MAN RED SONJA PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

   1,676

64

3.37

DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES VOL 3 DRAGONS O/SPRING DAWNING TP

$18.99

DEV

   1,666

65

3.24

DC NEW FRONTIER TP VOL 01

$19.99

DC

   1,601

66

3.23

MARVEL FANFARE STRANGE TALES TP

$24.99

MAR

   1,596

67

3.21

WITCHBLADE TP VOL 03

$14.99

IMA

   1,587

68

3.18

ONE PIECE TP VOL 17

$7.95

VIZ

   1,572

69

3.13

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

   1,547

70

3.13

STAR TREK YEAR FOUR TP

$19.99

IDW

   1,547

71

3.11

WORMWOOD TP VOL 02

$19.99

IDW

   1,537

72

2.99

CABLE CLASSIC TP VOL 01

$29.99

MAR

   1,478

73

2.98

ESSEX COUNTY TP VOL 01 TALES FROM THE FARM (MR)

$9.95

TOP

   1,473

74

2.97

MAGICIAN APPRENTICE PREM HC VOL 2*

$19.99

MAR

   1,468

75

2.97

WELCOME TO NHK GN VOL 06 (Of 8) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

   1,468

76

2.96

DC THE NEW FRONTIER TP VOL 02

$19.99

DC

   1,463

77

2.93

RED PROPHET TALES O/ALVIN MAKER VOL 1 TP

$15.99

MAR

   1,448

78

2.82

SPIDER-MAN FAMILY TP UNTOLD TEAM UPS DIGEST

$9.99

MAR

   1,394

79

2.79

LEGION O/SUPER HEROES I/31ST CENTURY TP VOL 01

$14.99

DC

   1,379

80

2.66

HOW TO MAKE WEBCOMICS TP

$12.99

IMA

   1,315

81

2.65

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO GN VOL 27 (Of 38) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

   1,310

82

2.63

NANA TP VOL 09 (MR)

$8.99

VIZ

   1,300

83

2.57

PRINCESS AT MIDNIGHT GN

$5.99

IMA

   1,270

84

2.57

HIGHWAYMEN TP

$17.99

DC

   1,270

85

2.55

BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME (MR)

$19.99

DE

   1,260

86

2.49

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 02 CYCLES (MR)

$12.99

DC

   1,231

87

2.45

DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

   1,211

88

2.44

FLIGHT EXPLORER TP VOL 01

$10.00

RAN

   1,206

89

2.41

APOCALYPSE NERD TP

$13.95

DAR

   1,191

90

2.39

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED LAST O/MOHICANS PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

   1,181

91

2.39

CLAYMORE TP VOL 11

$7.99

VIZ

   1,181

92

2.39

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER LONG WAY HOME TP

$15.95

DAR

   1,181

93

2.36

HAWKGIRL HATH SET TP

$17.99

DC

   1,166

94

2.32

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

MAR

   1,147

95

2.28

BOYS TP VOL 01 (MR)*

$14.99

DE

   1,127

96

2.26

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 03 ONE SMALL STEP (MR)

$12.99

DC

   1,117

97

2.25

BLACK CAT TP VOL 13

$7.99

VIZ

   1,112

98

2.25

SHAMAN KING TP VOL 15

$7.95

VIZ

   1,112

99

2.23

HAZED GN (MR)

$14.99

IMA

   1,102

100

2.2

SAVAGE SWORD O/CONAN TP VOL 02

$17.95

DAR

   1,087

 

Notes on this chart:

 

Some titles have been truncated or abbreviated for space reasons.  Publisher abbreviations have also been used:

MAR = Marvel Comics

DC = DC Comics

DAR = Dark Horse Comics

IMA = Image Comics

ABS = Abstract Studio

ADV = A.D. Vision

ALI = Alias Enterprises LLC

ANT = Antarctic Press

ARC = Archie Comic Publications

ASP = Apen MLT Inc.

AVA = Avatar Press

BON = Bongo Comics

BOO = Boom! Studios

CAR = Cartoon Books

DEV = Devil's Due Publishing

DYN = Dynamite Entertainment

FAN = Fantagraphics Books

GEM = Gemstone Publishing

IDW = IDW Publishing

MIR = Mirage Studios

ONI = Oni Press Inc.

SLG = Slave Labor Graphics

TIT = Titan Publishing

TKP = Tokyopop

UDO = Udon

VIZ = Viz Media

 

We are estimating actual sales by Diamond U.S. (primarily to North American comic stores), using Diamond's published sales indexes and publisher sales data to estimate a sales number for Detevtive Comics (the comic book title Batman is normally the anchor title Diamond uses in its calculations, but no Batman title shipped in March), and using that number and the indexes to estimate Diamond's sales on the remaining titles.  We can check the accuracy of our numbers by comparing the Detective Comics number that we calculate using multiple data points; our numbers for Detective Comics are within 1/10 of 1% of each other, ensuring a high degree of accuracy.  They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of March, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of March.  This information may not be reproduced in any format without also crediting Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Devil's Due, Avatar, Aspen Studios and Gemstone distribute 100% of their comic store orders through Diamond.  Some other publishers distribute directly to stores or through other distributors and as a result this analysis may underestimate their sales.

 

Most graphic novel publishers also release their titles through other channels, which make up a majority of graphic novel sales over-all.  These quantity estimates do not reflect distribution through those channels."

 

Most of the titles on this chart are also distributed to Europe by Diamond UK, which can account for significant sales for the publisher, ranging from 3-20% of the U.S. numbers.  Sales by Diamond UK are not included in the numbers above.

 

One other factor to consider is that sales through Diamond and other comic distributors are non-returnable to retailers.  That means that there is a considerable unknown percentage of books unsold at the retailer level, probably amounting to 5-20% of sales.

 

For the top 100 graphic novels actual orders in February, see "Top 100 Graphic Novel Actual--February 2008."

 

For the top 300 comic actual orders in February, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--February 2008."

 

For an overview and analysis of the actual February orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see "Top Comic Weakness" and "ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in February, see "Comic and Graphic Novel Sales Dip in February."

 

For links to all previous Top 300 Comic and Top 100 Graphic Novel articles (going back over three years, including preorder analysis through March 2003 and actual order analysis beginning March 2003) see: "ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index."

 
 
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