The New York Times has been running weekly bestseller lists for graphic novel hardcovers, paperbacks, and manga (the latter segregated out to keep them from overwhelming the domestic titles) since March 2009. Comics journalists rarely mention it, and aside from authors using it as an honorific (“New York Times Bestselling Author”) just like prose authors, most people don’t even know it exists. Comics shops don’t merchandise bestsellers like Barnes & Noble, and publishers rarely issue press releases about their titles hitting the charts.
But, there’s something interesting happening, a shift in what people are buying and reading. [Read more…]