'Walking Dead' #1 in Bookstores
'Scott Pilgrim' Still #2
Published: 01/06/2011, Last Updated: 03/04/2011 06:12am
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead graphic novels, powered by the hot, hot Walking Dead AMC series, finally cracked the #1 slot in the adult fiction graphic novel category in bookstores in December, according to data compiled by Nielsen BookScan. Three Walking Dead volumes appeared in the Top 10, and five in the Top 15.
Behind it, Scott Pilgrim, the little graphic novel series that could, held on to #2 and placed all six volumes in the Top 10. It appears that this series is well on its way to becoming a perennial, as Oni Publisher Joe Nozemack suggested when we talked to him in October (see “Scott Pilgrim: ‘We’re Hoping It’s a Perennial’”).
Superman: Earth One HC, the #1 title last month, slipped to #15 in December, with availability perhaps an issue as inventories in the book channel sold through without additional copies available to replenish. Bill Willingham’s latest Fables volume placed at #18, the only other title from one of the Big Two comic publishers on December’s chart, although there were also two titles about DC Comics (from DK and Workman) that placed.
Viz had four titles in the Top 20, with the new volume of Vampire Knight placing the highest, at #7. Those were the only manga titles on this month’s chart, a far cry from the times when manga titles dominated this list.
Dark Horse’s Serenity: The Shepherd’s TalE HC stayed on the chart in December, at #15.
For past BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see the "BookScan Top 20 GNs Index."
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