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Sales Charts: Barnes & Noble Graphic Novel Bestsellers: August 2012

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Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these lists…

It’s the beginning of the month and there’s nothing in the general Zeitgeist or newscycle driving comic book and graphic novel sales.  There is the recent Batman movie, but sales of that backlist are not a impressive as those encouraged by “Dark Knight”.  Perhaps most of the fans have already bought and read the canon, and these are the “Disney audience” which renews itself every seven years.   So I took a look and saw what’s selling at BarnesAndNoble.com.  This time, I include another list of the top five nook comics titles, which has a separate bestseller list.

What do I look at?  Any title in the Top 1000 titles overall.  A title in the Top 100 should be considered a bestseller, as B&N merges all books into one big list, just like USA Today.

This list was snapshot at about 2:00 PM, Tuesday, August 7. The Nook title list was generate at 2:30 PM.  I have no inside knowledge about what sells on this list, or how it is calculated.  The number rankings come from the distinct pages for each title, while the list is what appears when you click the B&N link above.  All of the data below, except for my commentary, comes from their website.  Click on the cover, title, or author for more information (including illustrators)!  All information is from BN.com, I’ve got nothing to do with what’s shown.

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#41

The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1 (5/6/2009)

by Robert Kirkman

List Price $59.99

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#93 

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Volume 9 (8/7/2012)

by Naoyuki Kageyama

List Price $9.99

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# 441

The Amory Wars Ultimate Edition: The Second Stage Turbine Blade (4/26/2011)

by Claudio Sanchez

List Price $29.99

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# 389

Batman: Earth One (7/10/2012)

by Geoff Johns

List Price $22.99

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# 397 

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (6/12/2012)

by Chris Hedges

List Price $28.00

[This is a hybrid.  Joe Sacco provides spot illustrations to the text from Chris Hedges, as well as graphic novel journalism inserted into the chapters.]

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#758

Batman: Knightfall Vol. 1 (5/1/2012)
by Various
List Price $29.99

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# 611

Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 Ultimate Edition (5/22/2012)

by Claudio Sanchez

List Price $29.99

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# 592

The Dark Knight Returns (5/28/1997)

by Frank Miller

List Price $19.99

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# 610

Skip Beat!, Volume 28 (7/3/2012)

by Yoshiki Nakamura

List Price $ 9.99

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# 639

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (6/1/2004)
by Marjane Satrapi
List Price $13.95

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# 425

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) (3/22/2011)

by George R. R. Martin

List Price $8.99
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# 806

Watchmen (4/28/1995)

by Alan Moore

List Price $19.99

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# 692

The Walking Dead, Volume 11: Fear the Hunters (1/19/2010)

by Robert Kirkman

List Price $14.99

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# 829

The Walking Dead, Volume 13: Too Far Gone (11/23/2010)

by Robert Kirkman

List Price $14.99

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# 862

Dengeki Daisy, Volume 10 (7/3/2012)

by Kyousuke Motomi

List Price $9.99

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Thirtieth title on the list:

# 20,096

Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (5/15/2012)

by Scott Snyder

List Price $24.99

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TOP 5 nook comics  (2:30 PM)   The top title is a free preview.

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# 1485

Batman: Earth One (Special Preview Edition)(NOOK Comics with Zoom View)(7/19/2012)

by Geoff Johns

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# 3688 

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Movie Prequel #1 (5/30/2012)

by John Barber
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# 4214 

Fathom #0 (NOOK Comics with Zoom View) (1/1/2000)

by Joe Weems
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# 4609

Fever Moon (7/10/2012)

by Karen Marie Moning

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Thirtieth title on the nook list:

# 9359

Billy the Monster Hunter #1 (NOOK Comics with Zoom View) (2/1/2009)

by R.H. Rusef
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  1. The Yugioh gx vol9 is selling well because it comes with a card that could easily be worth more than the book

  2. Whoops… I usually catch those! I should have… the graphic novels have a distinctive trade dress. This probably popped up because those editions are linked. (That happens sometimes when a graphic novel classic gets linked to the original prose classic.)

  3. I’m wondering how different the charts from actual bookstore sales are. Possibly more parents buying for their kids, purchases based on the impression from flipping through the book etc…

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