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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--September 2008

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

Published: 10/21/2008, Last Updated: 10/22/2008 12:12am
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These are estimates of the sales on graphic novels by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during September 2008.


For an overview and analysis of comic sales in September see "'Secret Invasion' Rules Again."

For an analysis of the dollar trends in September, see "Comic Sales Up in September."

 

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

 

 

TOP 100 GNs -- SEPTEMBER 2008

 

 

 

Rank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

Est.Qty

1

11.91

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

  8,135

2

10.23

100 BULLETS TP VOL 12 DIRTY (MR)

$12.99

DC

  6,988

3

8.85

STAR WARS CLONE WARS TP VOL 01 SHIPYARDS O/DOOM

$7.95

DAR

  6,045

4

8.24

NARUTO TP VOL 31

$7.95

VIZ

  5,628

5

6.83

CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 02 DEATH O/CAPTAIN AMERICA

$14.99

MAR

  4,665

6

6.72

KINGDOM COME TP NEW EDITION

$17.99

DC

  4,590

7

6.32

WOLVERINE BLOOD DEBT TP

$12.95

MAR

  4,317

8

5.98

BLEACH TP VOL 24

$7.95

VIZ

  4,085

9

5.74

IMMORTAL IRON FIST TP VOL 02 CITIES O/HEAVEN

$17.99

MAR

  3,921

10

5.72

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER OMNIBUS TP VOL 05

$24.95

DAR

  3,907

11

5.59

JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA TP VOL 01 TORNADOS PATH

$17.99

DC

  3,818

12

5.56

ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 01 THE DROWNING

$17.95

DAR

  3,798

13

5.53

UNCANNY X-MEN TP DIVIDED WE STAND

$12.99

MAR

  3,777

14

5.5

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

  3,757

15

5.35

LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES #1

$14.99

FAN

  3,654

16

5.3

WATCHMEN TP INTERNATIONAL EDITION

$19.99

DC

  3,620

17

5.27

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

  3,600

18

5.21

BERSERK TP VOL 25 (MR)

$13.95

DAR

  3,559

19

5.2

BATMAN THE BLACK GLOVE HC

$24.99

DC

  3,552

20

5.11

ANGEL AFTER THE FALL HC VOL 02 FIRST NIGHT

$21.99

IDW

  3,490

21

5.08

SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN TP VOL 04

$16.99

DC

  3,470

22

4.99

ULTIMATE POWER TP

$29.99

MAR

  3,408

23

4.9

JLA SALVATION RUN TP

$19.99

DC

  3,347

24

4.82

BARKS ROSA COLL TP VOL 03 GOLDEN HELMET CHARTS COLUMBUS

$8.99

GEM

  3,292

25

4.78

FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH TP (MR)

$17.99

DC

  3,265

26

4.72

HELLBLAZER LAUGHING MAGICIAN TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

  3,224

27

4.46

X-MEN VS APOCALYPSE TP VOL 02 AGES O/APOCALYPSE

$29.99

MAR

  3,046

28

4.17

CONAN TP VOL 06 HAND O/NERGAL

$17.95

DAR

  2,848

29

4.16

NEGIMA GN VOL 19 (MR)

$10.95

RAN

  2,842

30

3.94

TWELVE PREM HC VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

  2,691

31

3.84

BAD BOY 10TH ANN HC*

$14.99

DE

  2,623

32

3.78

PATH O/ASSASSIN TP VOL 13 HATEFUL BURDEN (MR)

$9.95

DAR

  2,582

33

3.78

BLACK SUMMER TP (MR)

$24.99

AVA

  2,582

34

3.77

LOVELESS TP VOL 03 BLACKWATER FALLS

$19.99

DC

  2,575

35

3.76

INVASION TP

$24.99

DC

  2,568

36

3.73

MADAME MIRAGE TP VOL 01

$14.99

IMA

  2,548

37

3.52

LOVELESS GN VOL 08 (Of 8) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

  2,404

38

3.5

DEATH OF THE NEW GODS HC

$29.99

DC

  2,391

39

3.46

STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED GN

$15.95

DAR

  2,363

40

3.35

INCREDIBLE HERCULES AGAINST THE WORLD TP

$14.99

MAR

  2,288

41

3.31

GOTHAM CENTRAL HC VOL 01 IN THE LINE O/DUTY

$29.99

DC

  2,261

42

3.23

SUPERMAN KRYPTONITE HC

$24.99

DC

  2,206

43

3.18

SHOWCASE PRESENTS METAL MEN TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

  2,172

44

3.14

VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 05

$8.99

VIZ

  2,145

45

3.01

MMW FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 11*

$54.99

MAR

  2,056

46

3

SPIDER-MAN RED SONJA TP

$14.99

MAR

  2,049

47

3

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

  2,049

48

2.97

WOLVERINE ORIGINS VOL 05 DEADPOOL PREMIERE HC

$24.99

MAR

  2,029

49

2.8

IRON MANUAL TP

$19.99

MAR

  1,913

50

2.79

JANES IN LOVE**

$9.99

DC

  1,906

51

2.78

SPIDER-MAN PREM HC VOL 03 BRAND NEW DAY

$19.99

MAR

  1,899

52

2.77

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE TP VOL 03

$19.99

DC

  1,892

53

2.77

DR FATE COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY TP

$17.99

DC

  1,892

54

2.73

WONDER WOMAN THE CIRCLE HC

$24.99

DC

  1,865

55

2.68

MMW ATLAS ERA HEROES HC VOL 03*

$59.99

MAR

  1,831

56

2.63

SPAWN COLLECTION TP VOL 06

$29.99

IMA

  1,796

57

2.55

FREAK BROTHERS OMNIBUS TP (MR)

$35.00

DIA

  1,742

58

2.54

JSA PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN TP

$14.99

DC

  1,735

59

2.54

CHIBI VAMPIRE GN VOL 10 (Of 13) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

  1,735

60

2.53

CONAN HC VOL 06 HAND O/NERGAL

$24.95

DAR

  1,728

61

2.53

WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS TP ROOKIE

$12.99

MAR

  1,728

62

2.53

MPD PSYCHO TP VOL 06 (MR)

$10.95

DAR

  1,728

63

2.52

CABLE PREM HC VOL 01 MESSIAH WAR

$19.99

MAR

  1,721

64

2.51

LOCAL HC

$29.99

ONI

  1,714

65

2.46

BATMAN LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$19.99

DC

  1,680

66

2.43

MARVEL BOY PREM HC*

$24.99

MAR

  1,660

67

2.41

ELEKTRA & WOLVERINE REDEEMER HC

$29.95

MAR

  1,646

68

2.4

ABSOLUTE RONIN HC

$99.00

DC

  1,639

69

2.4

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 10 CRISIS DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

  1,639

70

2.35

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

  1,605

71

2.34

ETERNALS BY JACK KIRBY TP BOOK 02

$24.99

MAR

  1,598

72

2.29

CASTLEVANIA CURSE O/DARKNESS GN VOL 01 (Of 2)

$9.99

TKP

  1,564

73

2.29

BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC

$14.99

DC

  1,564

74

2.29

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 10 WHYS & WHEREFORES (MR)

$14.99

DC

  1,564

75

2.26

BEST O/SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 03

$29.99

MAR

  1,544

76

2.23

ZOMBIE-SAMA ONE SHOT

$6.99

BIG

  1,523

77

2.22

ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC (MR)

$17.99

DC

  1,516

78

2.2

ESSENTIAL OFF HB MARVEL UNIV MASTER ED TP VOL 03

$16.99

MAR

  1,503

79

2.18

COUNTER X TP VOL 02

$19.99

MAR

  1,489

80

2.16

UNCLE SAM FREEDOM FIGHTERS BRAVE NEW WORLD TP

$14.99

DC

  1,475

81

2.06

X-FACTOR PREM HC ONLY GAME IN TOWN

$19.99

MAR

  1,407

82

2.04

BLADE BLACK & WHITE TP

$15.99

MAR

  1,393

83

2.03

BLACK PANTHER TP BACK TO AFRICA

$16.99

MAR

  1,387

84

2.02

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR)

$14.99

IMA

  1,380

85

2.02

OMEGA UNKNOWN PREM HC*

$29.99

MAR

  1,380

86

2.01

IRON MAN PREM HC LEGACY O/DOOM

$19.99

MAR

  1,373

87

2

POKEMON DIAMOND & PEARL ADVENTURE GN VOL 02

$7.99

VIZ

  1,366

88

1.96

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC VOL 04 SPIDER-MAN

$24.99

MAR

  1,339

89

1.95

LOCKE & KEY HC

$24.99

IDW

  1,332

90

1.95

NANA TP VOL 12 (MR)

$8.99

VIZ

  1,332

91

1.94

CRIMINAL MACABRE MY DEMON BABY TP

$12.95

DAR

  1,325

92

1.92

ART O/MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 01

$29.99

MAR

  1,311

93

1.9

WELCOME TO NHK GN 08 (Of 8) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

  1,298

94

1.89

KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 07

$10.95

DAR

  1,291

95

1.84

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 05

$34.99

MAR

  1,257

96

1.83

THOR VISIONARIES WALT SIMONSON TP VOL 01

$24.95

MAR

  1,250

97

1.79

SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE O/HORROR TP VOL 05 DEAD MANS JEST

$15.95

HAR

  1,223

98

1.78

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME

$15.95

DAR

  1,216

99

1.78

ARMY O/DARKNESS TP VOL 06 FROM ASHES

$14.99

DE

  1,216

100

1.73

WITCHBLADE SHADES O/GRAY TP

$14.99

DE

  1,182


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
CAR = Cartoon Books
DE = Dynamite Entertainment
DDP = Devil's Due Publishing
FAN = Fantagraphics Books
GEM = Gemstone Publishing
IDW = IDW Publishing
MIR = Mirage Studios
NBM = NBM / Papercutz
ONI = Oni Press Inc.
SEV = Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC
SLG = Slave Labor Graphics
TIT = Titan Publishing
TKP = Tokyopop
VIZ = Viz Media
ZEN = Zenescope Entertainment, Inc.

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 Detective Comics (normally the title Batman is the title Diamond uses in its calculations, but no issue shipped this month), 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 September, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of September.  This information may not be reproduced in any format without also crediting Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Dynamite, 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 August, see "Top 100 Graphic Novel Actual--August 2008."

 

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

 

For an overview and analysis of the actual August orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see "'Watchmen' Top Dollar Book in August" and "ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in August, see "Comics Continue Slide in August."

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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