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'Avatar' Tops Bookstore GN Sales in February

All 3 'Sailor Moon' Volumes on List

Published: 03/10/2012 03:06am
Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender by Gene Luen Yang topped bookstore graphic novel sales in February according to the Nielsen BookScan list of the Top 20 adult graphic novels.  All three volumes of Sailor Moon remained on the list, though the Volume 3 slipped to the number two spot.  After putting just one title on the list in January, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead placed four volumes in the Top 20 in February as the second half of Season 2 of the TV series got underway with huge ratings during the month.

Another media-aided book on the list was Dark Horse’s adaptation of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, which benefited from the 3-D release of the film during the month.  Movies and TV shows aren’t the only drivers of graphic novel sales, the Blizzard Entertainment video game tie-in Diablo III: Book of Cain dropped from #5 to #10, but remained on the list for the third month in a row.

BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novels in February 2012

Rank

Title

Author

Publisher

1

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: THE PROMISE PART 1

GENE YANG

DARK HORSE COMICS

2

SAILOR MOON VOL. 3

NAOKE TAKEUCHI

KODANSHA COMICS

3

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 15

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

4

NARUTO VOL. 54

MASASHI KISHIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

5

NEGIMA! VOL. 33

KEN AKAMATSU

KODANSHA COMICS

6

BLEACH VOL. 38

TITE KUBO

VIZ MEDIA

7

BLUE EXORCIST VOL. 6

KAZUE KATO

VIZ MEDIA

8

THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM ONE

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

9

BLACK BUTLER VOL. 8

YANA TOBOSO

YEN PRESS

10

DIABLO III: BOOK OF CAIN HC

DECKARD CAIN

INSIGHT EDITIONS

11

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

12

THE WALKING DEAD BOOK 1 HC

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

13

MAXIMUM RIDE: THE MANGA VOL. 5

JAMES PATTERSON

YEN PRESS

14

SAILOR MOON VOL. 1

NAOKE TAKEUCHI

KODANSHA COMICS

15

BAKUMAN VOL. 9

TSUGUMI OHBA

VIZ MEDIA

16

NARUTO VOL. 53

MASASHI KISHIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

17

SAILOR MOON VOL. 2

NAOKE TAKEUCHI

KODANSHA COMICS

18

DURARARA!! VOL. 1

RYOHGO NARITA

YEN PRESS

19

STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE

HENRY GILROY

DARK HORSE COMICS

20

NARUTO: THE OFFICIAL CHARACTER DATA BOOK

MASHASHI KISHIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA


After five months on the list Craig Thompson’s Habibi dropped out the Top 20. It should be noted that Habibi has clearly been the bestselling new literary graphic published in 2011. .

For the second month in a row manga took 13 spots on the list.  The manga juggernaut may not be what it used to be, but it remains a key player in the bookstore graphic novel market.  Three volumes associated with Masashi Kissimoto’s Naruto (two volumes of manga and a character guide) made the list.  Naruto has remained the bestselling manga property in North America for over five years, an unprecedented run for sure.

For past BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see the "BookScan Top 20 GNs Index."
 
 
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