While researching the previous item, I cam across this every other month chart of graphic novel bestsellers in indie bookstores, via the ABA. It’s about what you’d expect, with Raina Telegemeier and Allie Brosh, Noelle Stevenson, Kate Beaton and Saga reigning supreme. In other words, the unstoppable forces of mainstream comics acceptance. A little surprised that no Walking Dead on there, but the new season hadn’t debuted when this chart was made.

Apparently the chart is released every other month, so I’ll try to check back on the next one.

One book I wasn’t familiar with is Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss (above). It seems to be as much an illustrated book as a ‘graphic novel’, but, hey, everyone talks about the weather. IN a profile of Redniss and the book, it’s interesting to see how it’s played as both a graphic narrative and a coffee table book.


1. Drama
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995

2. Sisters
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605

3. Smile
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545132060

4. Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosh, Touchstone, $19.99, 9781451666175

5. Nimona
Noelle Stevenson, HarperTeen, $12.99, 9780062278227

6. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir
Stan Lee, Peter David, Colleen Doran (Illus.), Touchstone, $30, 9781501107726

7. The Sandman: Overture
Neil Gaiman, J.H. Williams III (Illus.), Vertigo, $24.99, 9781401248963

8. How About Never — Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons
Bob Mankoff, Picador USA, $22, 9781250062420

9. Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future
Lauren Redniss, Random House, $35, 9780812993172

10. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Roz Chast, Bloomsbury, $28, 9781608198061

11. Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection
Kate Beaton, Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95, 9781770462083

12. Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts
Chip Kidd, Abrams Comicarts, $40, 9781419716393

13. The Last Kids on Earth
Max Brallier, Doug Holgate (Illus.), Viking, $13.99, 9780670016617

14. Lumberjanes, Volume 2
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, Boom! Box, $14.99, 9781608867370

15. Saga, Volume 1
Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Image Comics, $9.99, 9781607066019

16. The Best American Comics 2015
Jonathan Lethem (Ed.), Houghton Mifflin, $25, 9780544107700

17. Saga, Volume 5
Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Image Comics, $14.99, 9781632154385

18. Killing and Dying
Adrian Tomine, Drawn & Quarterly, $22.95, 9781770462090

19. The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage From 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution
Jonathan Hennessey, Mike Smith, Aaron McConnell (Illus.), Ten Speed Press, $18.99, 9781607746355

20. Watchmen
Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illus.), DC Comics, $19.99, 9781401245252

21. The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978–1984: A Graphic Memoir
Riad Sattouf, Metropolitan Books, $26, 9781627793445

22. 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die
Ricardo Cavolo, Nobrow Press, $22.99, 9781910620007

23. Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
Alison Bechdel, Mariner, $15.95, 9780544002234

24. Bitch Planet, Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Image Comics, $9.99, 9781632153661

25. Here
Richard McGuire, Pantheon, $35, 9780375406508