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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--October 2008

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

Published: 11/18/2008, Last Updated: 11/23/2008 01:26am
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These are estimates of the sales on graphic novels by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during October 2008.


For an overview and analysis of comic sales in October see "Top Comics Slide in October."

For an analysis of the dollar trends in October, see "Comics Up 9% Over 2007."

 

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

 

 

TOP 100 GNs -- OCTOBER 2008

 

 

 

Rank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

Est.Qty

1

16.64

JOKER HC

$19.99

DC

   17,296

2

8.4

MARVEL ZOMBIES TP*

$15.99

MAR

     8,731

3

8.24

BOYS TP VOL 03 (MR)

$19.99

DYN

     8,565

4

7.81

SERENITY BETTER DAYS TP

$9.95

DAR

     8,118

5

7.71

DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME HC

$24.99

MAR

     8,014

6

5.89

WATCHMEN TP*

$19.99

DC

     6,122

7

5.74

EX MACHINA TP VOL 07 EX CATHEDRA (MR)

$12.99

DC

     5,966

8

5.45

WARREN ELLIS AETHERIC MECHANICS GN (MR)

$6.99

AVA

     5,665

9

5.26

ULTIMATE X-MEN TP VOL 19 ABSOLUTE POWER

$12.99

MAR

     5,467

10

5.06

SAVAGE SWORD O/CONAN TP VOL 04

$19.95

DAR

     5,259

11

4.8

JUSTICE TP VOL 02

$14.99

DC

     4,989

12

4.63

LOEG BLACK DOSSIER TP

$19.99

DC

     4,812

13

4.29

PUNISHER MAX TP VOL 10 VALLEY FORGE (MR)

$16.99

MAR

     4,459

14

4.19

NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 01 SVEN THE RETURNED (MR)

$9.99

DC

     4,355

15

4.19

X-MEN TP MESSIAH COMPLEX

$29.99

MAR

     4,355

16

4.15

EMPOWERED TP VOL 04 (MR)

$14.95

DAR

     4,314

17

4.07

COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS TP VOL 03

$19.99

DC

     4,230

18

3.77

GREEN LANTERN REVENGE O/GREEN LANTERNS TP

$12.99

DC

     3,919

19

3.72

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 11 SALEMS SEVEN

$12.99

MAR

     3,867

20

3.66

Y THE LAST MAN DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 01 (MR)

$29.99

DC

     3,804

21

3.65

DAREDEVIL TP CRUEL UNUSUAL

$14.99

MAR

     3,794

22

3.6

HELLSING TP VOL 09

$13.95

DAR

     3,742

23

3.53

X-FORCE PREM HC VOL 01 ANGELS DEMONS*

$19.99

MAR

     3,669

24

3.46

MIGHTY AVENGERS TP VOL 02 VENOM BOMB

$14.99

MAR

     3,596

25

3.4

ULTIMATE IRON MAN II PREM HC*

$19.99

MAR

     3,534

26

3.39

SCALPED TP VOL 03 DEAD MOTHERS (MR)

$17.99

DC

     3,524

27

3.28

PUNISHER MAX TP FROM FIRST TO LAST (MR)

$15.99

MAR

     3,409

28

3.21

SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 BRAND NEW DAY

$19.99

MAR

     3,337

29

3.21

BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS TP VOL 01 CHRYSALIS

$14.99

DC

     3,337

30

3.17

HELLBLAZER FAMILY MAN TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

     3,295

31

3.12

ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY HC #19 (MR)

$15.95

DRA

     3,243

32

3.02

JIM BUTCHERS DRESDEN FILES HC VOL 01*

$19.95

RAN

     3,139

33

2.91

STAR WARS OMNIBUS EARLY VICTORIES

$24.95

DAR

     3,025

34

2.9

JUSTICE SOCIETY O/AMERICA THE NEXT AGE TP

$14.99

DC

     3,014

35

2.88

BERNIE WRIGHTSONS FRANKENSTEIN HC

$29.95

DAR

     2,994

36

2.8

OWLY GN VOL 05 TINY TALES

$10.00

TOP

     2,910

37

2.77

HELLBOY LIBRARY ED HC VOL 02 CHAINED COFFIN & OTHERS

$49.95

DAR

     2,879

38

2.75

SUPERMAN BATMAN SEARCH FOR KRYPTONITE HC

$19.99

DC

     2,858

39

2.74

SPIRIT FEMME FATALES TP

$19.99

DC

     2,848

40

2.72

BATMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 06

$14.99

DC

     2,827

41

2.71

GREEN LANTERN IN BRIGHTEST DAY TP

$19.99

DC

     2,817

42

2.62

SUPERMAN THIRD KRYPTONIAN TP

$14.99

DC

     2,723

43

2.6

ANNIHILATION CONQUEST TP BOOK 01

$24.99

MAR

     2,702

44

2.52

ALCOHOLIC HC (MR)

$19.99

DC

     2,619

45

2.48

SHOWCASE PRESENTS BLACKHAWK TP VOL 01

$16.99

DC

     2,578

46

2.47

SHOWCASE PRESENTS WORLDS FINEST TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

     2,567

47

2.42

YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS TP

$16.99

MAR

     2,515

48

2.37

ETERNALS BY NEIL GAIMAN HC VOL 01*

$29.99

MAR

     2,463

49

2.29

JLA THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW TP

$14.99

DC

     2,380

50

2.27

LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 01

$7.99

VIZ

     2,359

51

2.2

IMMORTAL IRON FIST PREM HC VOL 03 BOOK O/IRON FIST

$24.99

MAR

     2,287

52

2.2

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

     2,287

53

2.19

SPIRIT HC VOL 02

$24.99

DC

     2,276

54

2.16

GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 04

$15.99

ZEN

     2,245

55

2.15

GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY WEDDING ALBUM HC

$19.99

DC

     2,235

56

2.09

EVIL DEAD TP

$12.95

DAR

     2,172

57

2.05

GANTZ TP VOL 02

$12.95

DAR

     2,131

58

2.03

MMW X-MEN HC VOL 07*

$54.99

MAR

     2,110

59

2.02

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 09

$7.95

ARC

     2,100

60

2.02

X-MEN LONGSHOT PREM HC*

$24.99

MAR

     2,100

61

2.01

ESSENTIAL MARVEL HORROR TP VOL 02

$16.99

MAR

     2,089

62

1.97

BATMAN DEATH MASK COLLECTED EDITION

$9.99

DC

     2,048

63

1.93

JONAH HEX LUCK RUNS OUT TP

$12.99

DC

     2,006

64

1.92

V FOR VENDETTA TP

$19.99

DC

     1,996

65

1.92

TOKEN

$9.99

DC

     1,996

66

1.89

DC COMICS GOES APE TP

$19.99

DC

     1,964

67

1.88

BIRDS OF PREY METROPOLIS OR DUST TP

$17.99

DC

     1,954

68

1.87

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

     1,944

69

1.85

EMIKO SUPERSTAR

$9.99

DC

     1,923

70

1.81

MMW ATLAS ERA HC VOL 01 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY*

$59.99

MAR

     1,881

71

1.78

SPIDER-MAN TP A NEW GOBLIN

$12.99

MAR

     1,850

72

1.77

DOKTOR SLEEPLESS TP VOL 01 ENGINES O/DESIRE (MR)

$26.99

AVA

     1,840

73

1.75

PREDATOR OMNIBUS TP VOL 04

$24.95

DAR

     1,819

74

1.73

QUEEN & COUNTRY DEFINITIVE ED TP VOL 03

$19.95

ONI

     1,798

75

1.71

WILL EISNERS SPIRIT ARCHIVES HC VOL 25

$59.99

DC

     1,777

76

1.71

CATWOMAN CRIME PAYS TP

$14.99

DC

     1,777

77

1.69

HULK PREM HC HEART O/ATOM*

$29.99

MAR

     1,757

78

1.68

CAIRO SC (MR)

$17.99

DC

     1,746

79

1.66

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

     1,725

80

1.65

CROSSING MIDNIGHT TP VOL 03 SWORD I/SOUL (MR)

$14.99

DC

     1,715

81

1.64

IRON MAN TP DRAGON SEED SAGA

$16.99

MAR

     1,705

82

1.64

FATE STAY NIGHT GN VOL 01 (Of 5)

$9.99

TOK

     1,705

83

1.61

BLUE BEETLE TP VOL 04 ENDGAME

$14.99

DC

     1,673

84

1.6

HEAVY LIQUID HC (MR)

$39.99

DC

     1,663

85

1.6

SKY DOLL PREM HC (MR)

$24.99

MAR

     1,663

86

1.56

STREET FIGHTER TRIBUTE TP

$39.99

UDO

     1,621

87

1.55

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 17

$9.99

VIZ

     1,611

88

1.51

LOCKE & KEY HC

$24.99

IDE

     1,570

89

1.5

SPIDER-MAN PREM HC WITH GREAT POWER

$24.99

MAR

     1,559

90

1.5

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC VOL 05 MARVEL KNIGHTS

$29.99

MAR

     1,559

91

1.5

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES ENEMY RISING HC

$19.99

DC

     1,559

92

1.48

NUMBER O/BEAST TP

$19.99

DC

     1,538

93

1.46

STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED GN

$15.95

DAR

     1,518

94

1.46

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 02 NO FUTURE FOR YOU

$15.95

DAR

     1,518

95

1.43

JOSS WHEDONS FRAY FUTURE SLAYER TP

$19.95

DAR

     1,486

96

1.4

BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$19.99

DC

     1,455

97

1.4

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

     1,455

98

1.4

FRIDAY THE 13TH TP VOL 02 (MR)

$17.99

DC

     1,455

99

1.39

GRIMM FAIRY TALES PIPER TP

$15.99

ZEN

     1,445

100

1.39

INCREDIBLE HERCULES PREM HC SECRET INVASION

$19.99

MAR

     1,445


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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 Batman (the title Diamond uses in its calculations), 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 Batman number that we calculate using multiple data points; our numbers for Batman 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 October, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of October.  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 September, see "Top 100 Graphic Novel Actual--September 2008."

 

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

 

For an overview and analysis of the actual September orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see "'Secret Invasion' Rules Again" and "ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in September, see "Comic Sales Up in September."

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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