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BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels for July 2008

'Watchmen' #1, American Majority

Published: 08/07/2008 12:00am

Things changed dramatically in bookstores in July, according to the BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novels chart for the month, with a 20 year old title, Watchmen, taking over the #1 slot and American titles taking a majority of the top 20 positions.  Watchmen has been doing well all year, but with the release of the Watchmen movie trailer in conjunction with the huge hit The Dark Knight, sales have gone through the roof, prompting a huge new printing by DC (see “DC Orders 300,000 Watchmen”).



 

Top 20 Graphic Novels 7/6 - 8/3/08

 

 

 

Rank

Title

Author

Pub

PubDate

1

WATCHMEN

ALAN MOORE

DC

4/1/95

2

NARUTO VOL. 30

MASASHI KISHIMOTO

VIZ

7/1/08

3

FRUITS BASKET VOL. 20

NATSUKI TAKAYA

TKP

7/1/08

4

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE

ALAN MOORE

DC

3/1/08

5

NARUTO VOL. 29

MASASHI KISHIMOTO

VIZ

5/1/08

6

Y: THE LAST MAN VOL. 10

BRIAN VAUGHAN

DC

7/1/08

7

IN ODD WE TRUST

DEAN R. KOONTZ

DEL

6/1/08

8

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN

JEPH LOEB

DC

11/1/99

9

NARUTO VOL. 28

MASASHI KISHIMOTO

VIZ

3/1/08

10

WANTED

MARK MILLAR

IMA

5/1/05

11

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURN

FRANK MILLER

DC

5/1/97

12

CHIBI VAMPIRE VOL. 9

YUNA KAGESAKI

TKP

7/1/08

13

BATMAN: YEAR ONE

FRANK MILLER

DC

4/1/07

14

BLEACH VOL. 23

TITE KUBO

VIZ

6/1/08

15

DEATH NOTE VOL. 1

TSUGUMI OHBA

VIZ

10/1/05

16

ALL-STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER VOL. 1

FRANK MILLER

DC

7/1/08

17

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 8

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMA

4/1/08

18

KINGDOM HEARTS II  VOL. 2

SHIRO AMANO

TKP

5/1/08

19

DEATH NOTE VOL. 2

TSUGUMI OHBA

VIZ

11/1/05

20

MARVEL ZOMBIES 2

ROBERT KIRKMAN

MAR

6/1/08


These rankings, provided by Nielsen BookScan, track the bestselling U.S. graphic novels in major book chains, mass merchants, online retailers, and some independent bookstores using POS data from July 6 to August 3.

 

Watchmen wasn’t the only title that got a sales boost from the release of The Dark Knight, five Batman titles made the top 20, the first time that an American character has had that kind of presence in the top ranks of bookstore sales for years. 

 

Wanted, on the Top 20 chart for a second month (see “Bookscan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels for June”), rounded out the seven American titles with movie pedigrees on the chart this month. 

 

Y:  The Last Man Vol. 10, Del Rey’s In Odd We Trust (Dean Koontz and Queenie Chan), Image’s The Walking Dead Vol. 8:  Made to Suffer (Robert Kirkman), and Marvel Zombies 2 made up the rest of the 11 American titles in the top 20. 

 

Naruto remained the top manga property, placing all three Shippuden volumes in the list.  Other Viz titles included the perennial Bleach, with one volume, and Death Note, with two. 

 

The new volume of Tokyopop’s Fruits Basket made a strong showing at #3.  Tokyopop’s Chibi Vampire and Kingdom Hearts II made up the rest of its three manga titles in the top 20.  

 

DC was the top publisher in the Top 20 in July, with seven slots.  Most of that came out of Viz’s slots; Viz dropped from 12 of the top 20 titles in June to six in July.  Tokyopop was third with three titles, Image had two (including Wanted, from Top Cow), and Del Rey and Marvel each had one.

 

For comparisons, see also “Bookscan Top 20 Graphic Novels for May” and “Bookscan Top 20 Graphic Novels for April.”

 
 
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