'Naruto' Back on Top in June
Plus the Return of 'The Walking Dead'
Published: 07/10/2011, Last Updated: 07/11/2011 04:27am
Viz Media’s Naruto, which remains the most popular manga property in North America, returned to the top of the “Adult Graphic Novels Sold in Bookstores” chart for June. The 51st volume of Masashi Kissimoto’s ninja saga, which debuted on June 7th, sped to its accustomed place at the top of the charts.
Perhaps fortunately for Naruto, the latest volume of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Volume 14: No Way Out didn’t hit bookstores until June 21st. Still it was able to secure the second spot on the list. May marked the end of a string of 9 straight months in which at least one volume of Kirkman’s zombie saga had been in the Nielsen BookScan Top 20 that started as the publicity for AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series ramped up in August of 2010. The 6-episode first season was over in December so the zombie saga has demonstrated excellent staying power, and the success of Volume 14 indicates that the series has developed a following in the bookstore market.
Speaking of staying power, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series placed two volumes in the Top 20 ten months after the debut of a movie adaptation that was a box office disappointment, but which has proven to be a roaring graphic novel sales-driving success.
Manga continues to dominate this chart, which is based on units rather than dollars. In June 13 of the Top 20 volumes were manga, and Viz Media reasserted its dominance with 10 of the 13 titles. Viz Media’s dominance was the result of fresh releases of books from its top series, which include the #1 Shonen (boys) manga Naruto, and the #1 Shojo (girl) manga Vampire Knight, plus volumes from other potent properties such as Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, and what appears to be a new hit, Blue Exorcist. Yen Press, which scored a rare coup in May (see “Yen Has Most Manga in the Top 20”), had two titles on the chart (versus 6 in May), and Kodansha Comics had one.
DC led on the American comics side with three title (all from DC Comics and two featuring Green Lantern--the big budget Green Lantern movie debuted on June 17th), followed by Oni Press with two, and Marvel and Image with one each.
For past BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see the "BookScan Top 20 GNs Index."
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