'Scott Pilgrim,' 'Blackest Night' Dominate
Only 6 Manga in Bookstore GN Top 20
Published: 08/05/2010, Last Updated: 08/06/2010 03:50am
All six of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, published by Oni Press, made the top ten in Nielsen’s BookScan list of the bestselling graphic novels in bookstores in July. The final volume in the series, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, which wasn’t released until July 20th, topped the charts followed by Dark Horse’s Troublemaker by Janet and Alex Evanovich, which also didn’t hit stores until the 20th, but whose appearance on this list was expected given the popularity of the authors and news about the number of copies ordered (see “Troublemaker Over 80K”).
Geoff Johns’ flagship Blackest Night hardcover debuted on at number 3 for July and four other Blackest Night hardcovers all made the “Top 20” in a very impressive mainstream showing for a comic book crossover event.
Predictably Naruto Vol. 48, which topped the list last month, was the highest ranking manga for July, but the fact that it was the only manga in the top ten was unprecedented as was the fact that only six manga titles made the “Top 20” for the month. Viz Media had four titles including the perennially strong Full Metal Alchemist (Vol. 23), and two popular shojo series, Vampire Knight (Vol.10) and the Ouran High School Host Club. Yen Press’s popular new series Black Butler remained in the “Top 20” for the third straight month and Del Rey popular harem comedy Negima! (Vol. 27) made its usual appearance on the list. Del Rey also had two tie-in volumes for The Last Airbender movie make the “Top 20,” proving once again that a film doesn’t necessarily have to be a critical and box office success to spur graphic novel sales.
The rankings, provided by Nielsen BookScan, track the bestselling
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