About a year ago the New York Times shocked the publishing industry by dropping 11 of its bestseller charts for books. Some were for rather arcane formats – YA ebooks – others were low class formats – mass market paperbacks. But only one entire medium was ditched completely: graphic novels, hardcover and paperback and manga, were […]
As you may know, I keep a little feed of Amazon’s best selling graphic novels in my desktop, just to see what’s charting. It’s usually the same seven or eight books—Klling Joke, Watchmen, The Dark Knight, Saga, Fun Home, Persepolis and so on. But this week, along with a strong week for anything by Scott Snyder about Batman, there is a new #1 book, and it comes with a whiff of the new: Fart Wars by J.B. O’Neil. O’Neil who has self published this and several other volumes in The Disgusting Adventures of Milo Snotrocket series, has found a formula so profound it’s truly astonishing no one came up with it before: mix one part Star Wars parody, one part Wimpy Kid simple drawing, and 20 parts fart humor and you have something that is
smelling, er, selling briskly in the Kindle format.
Ah… another year draws to a close, and just like the Facebook New Years app, I analyze a year’s worth of data, run my quirky algorithms, and post it for all to see. And just like those “here’s the great things our family did this year” holiday letters, you’ll probably look at the graphs, skim […]
It’s a new year, and what better time to take a look back at what happened in 2013? Regular readers of The Beat know me as the comic BOOK guy. I’m a bookseller, a librarian, a comics evangelist, and, yes, a seeker of the esoteric. So that means while people (and websites) cover the comics […]
Every week, the New York Times runs bestseller listings, which include “Graphic Books”. There’s a listing for Hardcover, Paperback, and Manga titles. The Times dates the charts a week ahead of publication, while tabulating titles a week behind. That means that the chart from January 1, 2012 “reflects sales for the week ending December 17, […]
When the New York Times first started their “graphic books” bestseller lists, they included one for manga. Why manga? Why not one for superheroes, or comic strips, or any other segment of graphic novels? Torsten AdairI’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and […]
So as the new year approaches, I continue my look back at the graphic novels which made the New York Times bestseller lists in 2012. Torsten AdairI’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994. I’m a […]
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 […]
Here is a listing of the current comics bestsellers on BN.com, scanned at 11:20 AM this Tuesday, December 20, 2011.