Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: 2012: Overview

As the end of the year approaches, it is commonplace to take a look back at the year, see where we’ve been, and if it foretells anything for the year ahead.  I’m a bookseller and librarian, and this past year saw a continuing growth of comics in bookstores and specialty shops.

The New York Times posts bestseller lists each week, and has tracked “Graphic Books” for the past three years.  So, since I’ve got nothing better to do (although there is a lot of something worse to do!), why not analyze the entire year in all three lists, and post my insights here?  (Yeah, it’s good to indulge my inner nerd!)  Instead of a yardstick (or even a meter stick!), I’ll be using my own unique method of weighting each ranking (10 points for #1, 9 for #2…) as well as special charts for categories, publisher imprints, and franchises.  (Mmm… pie…) [Read more…]