Scott Pilgrim Dominates August
Bookstore Graphic Novel Sales
Published: 09/01/2010, Last Updated: 09/13/2010 08:36pm
The grosses for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World have disappointed Universal, but the film helped drive sales of the six Bryan Lee O’Malley Scott Pilgrim graphic novels to the top six spots on Nielsen’s BookScan survey of graphic novels sold in bookstores in August. Interestingly it was the first volume in the series, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life rather than the just released sixth volume in the series that sold the most copies indicating that the movie was spurring interest from new readers.
DC’s Blackest Night hardcover remains on the list for a second straight month, an impressive feat for a comic crossover event, while Dark Horse’s Troublemaker Book 1, which is written by best-selling mystery scribe Janet Evanovich, also celebrated its second straight month in the Top 20.
With ten titles in the Top 20, manga fared better in August than it did in July, when there were only six manga represented, though it should be noted that the highest ranking manga title was at #8. Two of the ten manga are OEL (Original English Language) titles, the new volume of the Yen Press manga adaptation of James Patterson’s popular Maximum Ride YA series, and the latest volume in Jake Forbes’ series based on Jim Henson’s Return to Labyrinth from Tokyopop.
Viz Media’s Bakumen, the new series from Death Note creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, debuted strongly at #14, joining other relatively new series Black Bird and Rosario & Vampire II on the list. Manga stalwarts Naruto, Negima!, Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, and D. Gray-Man also made the Top 20.
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