For over a year, there’s been some consternation among comics publishing types that the prestigious New York Times bestseller list did not include graphic novels any more. There had been rumblings that a separate list was in the works, and indeed, THREE separate lists debuted online today. There are a hardcover list, a paperback list, and a manga list. As George Gene Gustines writes:
We’ll update those lists weekly in this space, and offer a few observations along the way.
Here’s the first: Notwithstanding Terry & the Pirates, Green Lantern, and a trippy ecological romance called “Beanworld,” there is going to be a lot of Alan Moore on these lists for the first couple of months. Moore is the author of the “Watchmen” series, first published in 1986 (and collected into a 12-issue edition that is No. 3 on our hardcover list). On the softcover side, he is comfortably seated at No. 1 for “Watchmen” and No. 7 for “The Courtyard,” about an F.B.I. agent investigating gruesome murders.
The lists are NOT what we expected to see, but they give multiple publishers the chance to crow “A NYTimes bestseller!” on blurbs from here on out.