January BookScan--Top 20 Graphic Novels
Amazon Reprint Makes Top 20
Published: 02/06/2014, Last Updated: 07/13/2014 03:36am
The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones) is material originally packaged by the Dabel Brothers and published by Marvel back in 2008. But that, of course, was before the premiere of the HBO series based on Game of Thrones, which elevated author George R.R. Martin’s universe to high geek status.
Amazon’s Jet City imprint (see "Amazon Enters Comic Book Publishing") has cleverly incorporated Game of Thrones into the title of the book, and has been rewarded with the #15 title in January for five year old material. Jet City does promise over 25 pages of bonus material, and the book appears to be sporting a new cover. And Amazon has a discount of over 40% from the $14.95 cover price, which makes the 176-page graphic novel only $8.55, a good price. The material is clearly in demand, with the Marvel hardcover edition going for $84 to $172 from ten Amazon resellers.
There's been a lot of discussion about Amazon entering the comic market as a publisher (see "Amazon and Comics: How Close Is the Apocalypse?"); it's now starting to play out in real time.
Manga had a good month in January, with eight manga titles in the Top 20. The mighty Naruto led the way, with the #1 title and two in the Top 20. The surging Attack on Titan, though, had four in the Top 20, including the #2 and #3 volumes.
The Walking Dead slowed down in January, in the period between the two halves of the television series, to a mere four volumes in the Top 20, down from eight in December.
For past BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see the "BookScan Top 20 GNs Index."
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