Everyone knows you can check out a “rolling” best-seller list on Amazon in any category—including comics and graphic novels— any time you want. But did you know you can make a feed of it? If you use such things as feeds, that is. Anyway I made a little widget and check it every day or so. And I can tell you the Top Ten Graphic Novels for the last six months has pretty much looked like this:
#1: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
#2: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
#3: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
#4: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
#5: Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
#6: The Complete Persepolis
#8: The Walking Dead: Compendium One
#9: The Walking Dead: Compendium Two
#10: Dilbert 2014 Day-to-Day Calendar: There’s No Kill Switch on Awesome.
The Dilbert calendar is not a comic and also new to the list—the #10 spot can be Saga, an Oatmeal collection, or one of Jeffrey Brown’s Star Wars comics, or another volume of Maus, or maybe another Walking Dead comic. But it is safe to say that Persepolis, Fun Home, Maus, Watchmen and The Walking Dead are the best selling graphic novels month in and month out.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh has been on the list since it came out—it’s on the list twice because one is print and one is Kindle. I predicted this would be the best selling graphic novel of the year, and okay maybe it didn’t beat Asterix or One Piece, or the new Wimpy Kid (which was the best selling book of the year, according to Bookscan) but it is still a monster hit. According to Bookscan number reprinted by Publishers Weekly, it sold 144,549 copies in 2013 and has already sold 15,212 copies in 2014. I suspect it may be joining the list of hardy perennials on this list, at least for the next year or so.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.