By Avi Ehrlich

owner of Silver Sprocket radical indie comic book store and publisher

[Editor’s note: My recent campaign for more comics sales information has led to many conversations and several folks have reached out with more information. You’ll see more data coming in the next few weeks, but publisher/retailer Avi Ehrlich wrote to us with information on their own sales, and we’re excited to share their thoughts. Of course this is one store, and one set of data but everything helps paint a picture. PS: if you haven’t read Fun Girl you are missing out!]

Greetings from independent-only comic book store Silver Sprocket in San Francisco!

The following is intended to be helpful to fellow retailers by sharing the sales figures of our best selling comics of 2022 from our in-person comic book store. This is part of an effort to encourage comic shops to pay more attention to indie comics and to show off how well our in-house publications do when put on display. 

Our store does not carry any periodicals, with every mini-comic or graphic novel being an evergreen quality read that will still be worth championing next month or next year. Included in this chart is not only each title’s sales for 2022, but also the same title’s sales from 2021 when applicable, to show that a curated selection of evergreen quality comics has staying power. 

We do not carry any Marvel, DC, or any corporate owned IP at all. We do carry some books from major publishers like Abrams, PRH, and Scholastic, but they are all creator-owned and not contract work for a corporate overlord. We are a hub for comics appreciation and creation, not a fan-club for an intellectual property farm that barely cares about our existence.

We’ve curated a fantastic community of readers, many of whom didn’t realize they liked comics before visiting our store and are now self-publishing their own diy comic-zines that we are thrilled to feature in the shop. As a store owner, it is extremely fulfilling and fun to curate this utility and fertile creative space with our community. 


I’m not saying everyone has to or should do things our way, and nothing against mainstream superhero comics. You obviously know your store best and the things about it that bring you joy! My point is that a hand-picked curation of your favorite stand-alone reads (superhero or not!) will be a lot more accessible and immediately fulfilling than something a reader needs to commit to and remember a schedule for. But please consider that indie books from publishers firmly in the business of making comics (not speculation on TV and movie rights) sell well and have a long lifecycle. We’re sharing our data in the spirit of community with hopes that the rising tides of indie comics can lift all boats.

Every book in our store is displayed face-out so that our customers can literally judge these books by their covers. Anything in shrink-wrap or a polybag is opened up so at least one display copy is accessible, and we have plenty of places for people to sit and read anything they want.

On the publishing side of the business, I’ve been losing my mind with comic shops who will “give our books a chance” and be impressed with how their initial order sell out over just a few days, but not re-order the books that sold out, opting to “check out the new books we have next month” instead. This is maddening because the books we publish stay relevant and worthwhile, and will still be new to future people who walk into your store and haven’t had a chance to check them out yet.

Have some faith in your favorite comics, put them in places of honor, and champion them to the people who come into your store. 

This “top 200” accounts for about 50% of our in-store comic sales, out of 1,882 titles overall that had sales this year. Our in-house publications are near the shop entrance but otherwise displayed in the exact same way as everything else. This chart is for in-person sales at our Valencia St location only, and not for any mail-order, wholesale, conventions, or anything else

RankTitlePublisher2022Sorted by:2021
1Catboy by Benji NateSilver Sprocket300$5,945.09284$5,656.87
2American Cult edited by Robyn ChapmanSilver Sprocket114$2,818.9186$2,061.66
3Don't Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O'ConnellShort Box101$2,795.839$252.00
4Fungirl by Elizabeth PichSilver Sprocket92$2,724.5936$1,040.66
5Hell Phone, Book One by Benji NateSilver Sprocket154$2,266.100$0.00
6Stages of Rot by Linnea StertePeow Studio81$2,011.9168$1,778.11
7The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
Random House Graphic
8A Frog In The Fall by Linnea StertePeow Studio62$1,664.600$0.00
9The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale By Art SpiegelmanPantheon48$1,662.510$0.00
10Shintaro Kago: ARTBOOK
The Mansion Press
11On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
First Second Books
12GLEEM by Freddy CarrascoPeow Studio64$1,381.6038$803.01
13GNARTOONS by James the StantonSilver Sprocket46$1,357.050$0.00
14Puppy Knight: Den of Deception by Michael Sweater and Josue CruzSilver Sprocket106$1,355.530$0.00
15Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal
Drawn And Quarterly
16The Art of Melf
The Mansion Press
17Ex.Mag vol. 2 "PARANORMAL ROMANCE: Cross My Heart" from PEOW PressPeow Studio65$1,291.0043$772.81
18Heart Shaped Tears by Abby JameSilver Sprocket51$1,264.5181$1,949.24
19Mr. Boop by Alec RobbinsSilver Sprocket32$1,261.690$0.00
20God is Disappointed in You by Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler
Top Shelf Comics
21Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer
Top Shelf Comics
22Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It by ANNE ISHII, GRAHAM KOLBEINS, CHIP KIDD
Fantagraphics Books
23Ex.Mag vol. 4 "MECHA" from PEOW StudioPeow Studio61$1,186.000$0.00
24Garfield and Friends Anthology Zine by Tiny Splendor and FriendsTiny Splendor40$1,183.5037$1,092.00
25Oh No by Alex Norris
Andrew McMeel Publishing
26The Art of Drag by Helen Li, Jake Hall, Jasjyot Singh Hans, Sofie BirkinNobrow Press51$1,145.2076$1,693.71
27Let's Make Ramen! A Comic Book Cookbook By Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan
Penguin Randomhouse
28Girl in the World by Caroline CashSilver Sprocket80$1,104.5089$1,178.65
29Fangs by Sarah Andersen
Andrew McMeel Publishing
30Stolen Sharpie Revolution by Alex WrekkSilver Sprocket100$1,064.51107$1,085.25
31Zines by Natalie AndrewsonDIY51$1,018.000$0.00
32The Complete Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiPantheon39$978.318$207.60
33Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice OsemanScholastic65$972.860$0.00
34Skip (Hardcover) by Molly MendozaNobrow Press43$969.980$0.00
35The Cruising Diaries by Brontez Purnell and Janelle HessigSilver Sprocket61$969.7658$896.97
36Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen RadtkePantheon32$957.007$201.00
37Monsterama #1 by Allan GravesBuy Olympia48$952.0018$360.00
38Let's Summon Demons A Creepy Coloring and Activity Book by Steven RhodesHachette74$948.590$0.00
39Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt
Drawn And Quarterly
40Magic Mayhem Metal by Tom HunterPeow Studio33$919.807$196.00
41Clay Bodies: A Collage Zine by Sarah DuyerSarah Duyer38$906.0011$230.41
42Night Bus by Zou Ma
Drawn And Quarterly
43Ex.Mag vol. 1 "CYBERPUNK: Full Metal Dreamland" from PEOW PressPeow Studio45$893.0040$711.35
44Worf Anthology Zine by Tiny Splendor and FriendsTiny Splendor36$887.5235$875.00
45Beneath the Moon by Yoshi Yoshitani
Ten Speed Press
46Good Boy Magazine #2Silver Sprocket89$865.310$0.00
47Pinky and Pepper Forever by Eddy AtomsSilver Sprocket71$838.2028$332.40
48Magical Beatdown Vol. 1 by Jenn WoodallSilver Sprocket141$837.30101$602.40
49Tender by ChooShort Box23$828.0056$1,518.70
50One Million Tiny Fires by Ashley Robin FranklinSilver Sprocket83$825.5167$650.00
51Ducks: Two Yeas in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
Drawn And Quarterly
52Smut Peddler Presents: Sordid Past Antology Edited by Andrea PurcellIron Circus28$819.011$30.00
53Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set By Katsuhiro OtomoKodansha5$817.980$0.00
54Magical Beatdown Vol. 2 by Jenn WoodallSilver Sprocket101$800.4089$708.00
55Smut Peddler Presents: My Monster Boyfriend AnthologyIron Circus27$797.104$114.00
56Bun's Comfort food by Chu NapShort Box40$797.006$116.00
57The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History by David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame AndersonPRH40$795.6134$679.66
58Freak Comics Anthology 9 + 10 Double IssueTiny Splendor27$793.5128$778.00
59Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger
Random House Graphic
60Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon and Mu Collector's Edition (Hardcover)
Penguin Randomhouse
61Let’s Get Burgers by ash s.Silver Sprocket39$769.350$0.00
62Uzumaki (3-in-1 Deluxe Edition) by Junji ItoViz Media28$764.1418$498.23
63GIRLS by Jenn WoodallSilver Sprocket65$763.2068$816.00
64Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
First Second Books
65Spooky Babes Art Book by Peo MichieDIY34$739.2012$260.70
66Bark Bark Girl by Michael FurlerPeow Studio40$738.160$0.00
67Monsterama #2 by Allan GravesBuy Olympia37$736.0016$314.00
68Good Boy Magazine #1Silver Sprocket74$728.2837$346.65
69Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
First Second Books
70Zodiac Risograph Calendar by Jenn WoodallSilver Sprocket14$714.0018$902.70
71Hilda: The Wilderness Stories Collection by Luke PearsonNobrow Press24$710.770$0.00
72Cyanide Milkshake by Liz SuburbiaGimme Action36$709.2130$576.56
73Food Baby by LuchieShort Box59$704.4049$575.40
74Arrive In My Hands: Queer Erotic Comics By Trinidad Escobar
Black Josei Press
75The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier, and More Beautiful by Yumi Sakugawa
Henry Holt and Co.
76The Nib Issue 10: NatureThe Nib47$698.2613$195.00
77Boy's Club by Matt Furie
Fantagraphics Books
78Secret Lives of Dragons by by Zoya Agnis and Alexander UtkinNobrow Press36$683.6415$277.26
79Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume by Jeff SmithCartoon Books15$674.250$0.00
80Billionaires: The Lives of the Rich and Powerful by Darryl Cunningham
Drawn And Quarterly
81Mooncakes: Hardcover Collector's Edition by Suzanne Walker and Wendy XuOni Press27$672.236$149.94
82She Would Feel The Same by Emma HunsingerShort Box34$671.0037$675.00
83Skip (Paperback) by Molly MendozaNobrow Press34$668.680$0.00
84Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura GaoHarper44$667.670$0.00
85Ex.Mag vol. 3 "DARK FANTASY: Crumbling Kingdom" from PEOW PressPeow Studio34$663.0059$1,086.35
86Beneath the Dead Oak Tree by Emily CarrollShort Box39$659.6042$552.85
87Girl From The Sea by Molly Knox OstertagScholastic44$659.5632$477.44
88Sobek by James StokoeShort Box35$657.4072$1,167.80
89Alone in Space: A Collection by Tillie Walden
Avery Hill Publishing
90Night Hunters by Alexis Ziritt and Dave Baker
Floating World Comics
91Pantheon by Hamish SteeleNobrow Press28$636.8628$642.60
92The Pleasure of the Text by Sami Alwani
Conundrum Press
93Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan DanielsOni Press32$626.365$99.95
94My Little Occult Book Club: A Creepy Collection by Steven RhodesHachette42$624.9124$358.80
95I Want You by Lisa Hanawalt
Drawn And Quarterly
96Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia KobabeOni Press35$618.8639$698.07
97Syllabus: Notes from an accidental professor by Lynda Barry
Drawn And Quarterly
98Making Comics by Lynda Barry
Drawn And Quarterly
99The Emotionary by Eden Sher & Juliz Wertz
Penguin Randomhouse
100Yes, Roya: Color Edition by Emilee Denich and C. Spike TrotmanIron Circus40$600.007$102.75
101Next World Tarot: Hardcover Art CollectionSilver Sprocket12$600.0016$795.01
102Tomie Complete Edition by Junji ItoViz Media17$594.8313$433.88
103My Brain is Different: Stories of ADHD and Other Developmental Disorders By Monzusu
Seven Seas Entertainment
104Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët
Drawn And Quarterly
105Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of HumankindHarper23$589.970$0.00
106My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Fantagraphics Books
107Leonard Cohen: On a Wire by Philippe Girard
Drawn And Quarterly
108This Might Hurt Tarot Deck by Isabella RotmanDIY12$587.5012$600.00
109Prayer to Saint Therese by Alabaster Pizzo
Perfectly Acceptable Press
110The Real Folk Blues: A Cowboy Bebop Fanbook AnthologyShort Box16$580.9147$1,373.32
111Dungeon Critters by Natalie Riess and Sarah Goetter
First Second Books
112No Love Lost by Luca OliveriPeow Studio35$579.700$0.00
113Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
First Second Books
114Smut Peddler Presents: Silver Anthology Edited by Andrea PurcellIron Circus20$570.003$90.00
115The Secret Lives of Mermaids by Anja Sušanj, Professor Anuk TolaNobrow Press30$568.5012$227.40
116The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
First Second Books
117Satanic Feminism by S KatzSilver Sprocket84$559.44119$792.54
118Garbage Night by Jen LeeNobrow Press30$559.0335$661.36
119Think I've Still Got It! by Wang XX
Paradise Systems
120The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket and Matthew ForsytheHachette31$545.100$0.00
121Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau
First Second Books
122Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna GanucheauMira Ong Chua23$540.010$0.00
123This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
First Second Books
124ONLY by Diane Zhou
Paradise Systems
125Be Gay Do Comics: Queer History, Memoir, and Satire from The NibThe Nib21$521.0525$603.50
126Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben PassmoreSilver Sprocket27$521.0162$1,192.00
127Mindviscosity by Matt Furie
Fantagraphics Books
128Making Comics by Scott McCloudHarper20$519.800$0.00
129Little Tunny’s Snail Diaries by Grace GogartySilver Sprocket21$517.290$0.00
130Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn by Ryan HeshkaNobrow Press25$512.2333$691.35
131Lorna by Benji NateSilver Sprocket51$510.0059$587.20
132A Self Defense Study Guide for Trans Women and Gender Non-Conforming / Nonbinary AMAB FolksSilver Sprocket108$508.2695$263.00
133Andy Warner's Oddball Histories: Pests and Pets by Andy WarnerHachette41$507.6813$164.32
134Schappi by Anna Haifisch
Fantagraphics Books
135Grip by Lale Westvind
Perfectly Acceptable Press
136Lore Olympus: Volume 1 by Rachel Smythe
Penguin Randomhouse
137Gender Queer: A Memoir Deluxe Edition by Maia KobabeOni Press20$497.310$0.00
138They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Top Shelf Comics
139Smut Peddler Presents: Sex Machine ( Smut Peddler Presents #3Iron Circus17$490.511$30.00
140Am I Overthinking This by Michelle RialHachette33$490.350$0.00
141Temple by Jack T ColeShort Box25$486.005$93.00
142The Antifa Super Soldier Cookbook by Mattie LubchanskySilver Sprocket33$484.9340$584.61
143Shiver by Junji ItoViz Media21$482.7912$275.88
144The Well by Jake Wyatt/Choo
First Second Books
145Apocrypha Now by Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler
Top Shelf Comics
146In Defense of Ska by Aaron CarnesClash Books25$473.759$162.03
147Bags (Or A Story Thereof) by Patrick Mchale, Whitney Cogar, Gavin Fullerton, and Marie EngerBoom! Box37$472.840$0.00
148The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson
Drawn And Quarterly
149ish by Adam de SouzaSilver Sprocket32$466.210$0.00
150Lure by Lane Milburn
Fantagraphics Books
151Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice OsemanScholastic31$464.690$0.00
152How Do You Smoke A Weed? by OwlinIron Circus46$457.5025$250.00
153Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Drawn And Quarterly
154Yummy: a History of Desserts by Victoria Grace Elliott
Penguin Randomhouse
155The Wizerd #1 by Michael Sweater and Rachel DukesOni Press30$449.7043$629.58
156Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony SocietyLast Gasp15$449.259$269.55
157Familiar Face by Michael DeForge
Drawn And Quarterly
158The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga Vol. 1 by Anne Ishi, Chip Kidd, and Graham Kolbeins
Fantagraphics Books
159Loop of the Sun by Daria Tessler
Perfectly Acceptable Press
160My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata KabiSeven Seas32$443.510$0.00
161J&K by John Pham
Fantagraphics Books
162BUBBLE Written by Jordan Morris and Sarah Morgan; illustrated by Tony Cliff; colors by Natalie Riess
First Second Books
163Deserter (Collection) by Junji ItoViz Media19$436.810$0.00
164FTL, Y'all! AnthologyIron Circus15$435.0023$690.00
165Megahex by Simon Hanselmann
Fantagraphics Books
166Witchcraft & Melancholia by Loic Locatelli KournwskyPeow Studio20$434.5018$391.60
167The Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend Is My Girlfriend by Maddy Court & Kelsey WrotenHachette22$432.9229$575.55
168Understanding by Becca Tobin
Retrofit Comics
169Backroom by Yann Taillefer
The Mansion Press
170Acid Nun by Corinne HalbertSilver Sprocket15$431.880$0.00
171Big Kids by Michael DeForge
Drawn And Quarterly
172The Witch Boy by Molly Knox OstertagScholastic33$427.3727$342.94
173Stray by Molly Mendoza
Bulgilhan Press
174Making Comic Zines by Eddy AtomsSilver Sprocket88$424.1510$10.00
175Palestine by Joe Sacco
Fantagraphics Books
177Wont 2 Cant by Ian Mackay and Gavin Owens
Cold Cube Press
176Marx's Capital Illustrated by by David Smith and Phil Evans
Haymarket Books
178This Must Be The Place: A Please Keep Warm Collection by Michael SweaterSilver Sprocket21$418.0026$430.00
179What It Is by Lynda Barry
Drawn And Quarterly
180A Graphic Cosmogony AnthologyNobrow Press14$416.3114$419.30
181The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist by Adrian Tomine
Drawn And Quarterly
182Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook, Ko Hyung-Jo, and Ryan EstradaIron Circus29$414.0367$1,001.46
183Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji ItoViz Media18$413.824$91.96
185Frankie Comics *Signed* by Rachel DukesOni Press23$413.7733$591.87
184Fragments of Horror by Junji ItoViz Media23$413.770$0.00
186Pinball by Jon Chad
First Second Books
187Cry Wolf Girl by Ariel RiesShort Box23$412.2044$716.00
188Pipette and Dudley Charming Dog Adventure Comic by Charlotte MeiShort Box21$412.0026$514.00
189Magickal Tarot: Spreads, Spellwork, and Ritual for Creating Your Life by Robyn ValentineFair Winds18$411.5314$321.86
190Loudest and Smartest by Alex KrokusSilver Sprocket14$410.870$0.00
191War and Peas: Funny Comics for Dirty Lovers by Jonathan Kunz and Elizabeth Pich
Andrew McMeel Publishing
192Sports Is Hell By Ben PassmoreSilver Sprocket29$410.0432$465.75
193You Will Be Okay by Meggie RammSilver Sprocket82$410.00203$988.51
194Fata Morgana by Jon Vermilyea
The Mansion Press
195The World Ends With A Poot! by Sarah MaloneyDIY34$405.600$0.00
196The Nib Issue 4: ScamsThe Nib27$405.0010$148.50
197The Nib Issue 11: FoodThe Nib27$402.760$0.00
198Crimes by Kelsey WrotenPyrite Press34$400.8039$463.80
199LAAB Magazine Issue #2: Eat / ShitDIY20$400.0019$375.00
200Mountebank by D.W.
Fantagraphics Books

Please reach out if you’d like introductions to any of these alternative publishers or their distributors. We would love to help anyone source any of the fantastic books on this list and make comic shops better for everyone. Shops looking to carry Silver Sprocket books can order directly from us for 50% off and free shipping, or use your existing accounts with Lunar, Diamond, Ingram, or SCB.


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