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Comix Experience 2011 Best Sellers: Books

Brian Hibbs

Books are the majority of what I sell (this year: 56% of sales vs 40% on comics), so let’s look at those!

As usual, books on sale (damages, deleted items, overstock, whatever) come in on top — these are by UNITS, here.

I need to explain #3 — we had Chad Michael Murray in for a signing, and his legion of women admirers pushed that book up high. We’ve not sold a single copy since, and I’m not sure if I ever will? We also had Craig Thompson for a signing for HABIBI, but he had less people show up. Philistines!

 

1 Sale Book
2 LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969
3 EVERLAST HC
4 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT
5 HABIBI GN
6 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE
7 FABLES TP VOL 15 ROSE RED
8 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 04
9 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE
10 CHEW TP VOL 01
11 Comic Book Guide to the Mission
12 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US
13 BLACK HOLE COLLECTED SC NEW PTG
CHEW TP VOL 03 JUST DESSERTS
HARK A VAGRANT HC
SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE
17 FABLES TP VOL 14 WITCHES
18 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP
DAN CLOWES MISTER WONDERFUL LOVE STORY TP
SCENES FROM AN IMPENDING MARRIAGE HC
21 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE
22 CHEW TP VOL 04 FLAMBE
23 ASTERIOS POLYP GN
BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 08 LAST GLEAMING
25 CHEW TP VOL 02 INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD
V FOR VENDETTA NEW EDITION TP (MR)
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15
30 AMAZING SCREW ON HEAD & OTHER CURIOUS OBJECTS HC
BOYS TP VOL 08 HIGHLAND LADDIE
PLANETARY TP BOOK 04 SPACETIME ARCHAEOLOGY
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME
35 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC
DAYTRIPPER TP
LOEG III CENTURY #1 1910
LOEG VOL ONE TP (JUL068290)
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED
40 ALL OVER COFFEE v2: EVERYTHING IS ITS OWN REWARD
INCOGNITO TP
PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION (MAR050489) (MR
43 CATS ARE WEIRD & MORE OBSERVATIONS HC
HELLBOY TP VOL 11 BRIDE OF HELL & OTHERS
ORC STAIN TP VOL 01
PAYING FOR IT HC
R CRUMBS HEROES OF BLUES JAZZ & COUNTRY WITH CD HC
TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 01 BACK ON THE STREET
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS
WATCHMEN TP
51 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC
DRINKING AT THE MOVIES SC
WARREN ELLIS CROOKED LITTLE VEIN MMPB
54 ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON TP
CARNET DE VOYAGE
DMZ TP VOL 09 MIA
FABLES TP VOL 02 ANIMAL FARM
INCAL CLASSIC COLLECTION HC
59 ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP VOL 01
BATMAN AND ROBIN TP VOL 01 BATMAN REBORN
BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME NEW PTG
CRIMINAL TP VOL 01 COWARD (MR)
DMZ TP VOL 01 ON THE GROUND (MAR060383) (MR)
DMZ TP VOL 10 COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT
ELEPHANTMEN TP VOL 01 WOUNDED ANIMALS REVISED ED
FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM
FINDER GN VOL 01 VOICE
FROM HELL TP
GETTING CLOSE
HELLBOY HOUSE OF THE LIVING DEAD HC
MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 01 FOR A BETTER FUTURE
SCALPED TP VOL 07 REZ BLUES
UNWRITTEN TP VOL 03 DEAD MANS KNOCK
ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE TP (DEC058019)
75 100 BULLETS TP VOL 01 FIRST SHOT LAST CALL
ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP VOL 02
BATMAN THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE DELUXE ED HC
BLACK DYNAMITE SLAVE ISLAND GN
BLACKSAD HC VOL 01
BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 07 TWILIGHT
ISLE OF 100000 GRAVES GN
LOGICOMIX GN
SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED
SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 06 FINEST HOUR
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS (MR)
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 05 RING OF TRUTH (MAY050306) (MR)
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 06 GIRL ON GIRL (SEP050317) (MR)
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 08 KIMONO DRAGONS (AUG060299) (MR)
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 10 WHYS AND WHEREFORES (MAR080241) (MR
91 ALEXANDRO JODOROWSKY SCREAMING PLANET HC
CROSSED 3D GN VOL 01
FABLES TP VOL 03 STORYBOOK LOVE
FABLES TP VOL 13 THE GREAT FABLES CROSSOVER
FREAKANGELS TP VOL 05
HELLBOY TP VOL 02 WAKE THE DEVIL
INCOGNITO TP  VOL 02 BAD INFLUENCES
JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 08 THE FULMINATE BLADE TP
KAFKA GN
LOEG VOL TWO TP (FEB058407)
MOUSE GUARD TP FALL 1152 (JAN083948)
NEMESIS PREM HC
NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 05 METAL
PLANETARY TP VOL 01 ALL OVER THE WORLD AND OTHER STORIES
SANDMAN TP VOL 02 THE DOLLS HOUSE NEW ED
SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 03 INFINITE SADNESS
SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 04 GETS IT TOGETHER
SUPERGODS WHAT SUN GODS CAN TEACH US ABOUT BEING HUMAN HC
TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 02 LUST FOR LIFE NEW ED (MR)
WILSON HC
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 07 PAPER DOLLS (FEB060341) (MR)
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 09 MOTHERLAND (FEB070362) (MR)

 

Sorting this out by dollars instead? Craig wins this round against Chad!

 

1 Sale Book
2 HABIBI GN
3 EVERLAST HC
4 LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969
5 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT
6 FABLES TP VOL 15 ROSE RED
7 ASTERIOS POLYP GN
8 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01
9 INCAL CLASSIC COLLECTION HC
10 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 04
11 BLACK HOLE COLLECTED SC NEW PTG
12 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE
13 HARK A VAGRANT HC
14 FABLES TP VOL 14 WITCHES
15 ALL OVER COFFEE v2: EVERYTHING IS ITS OWN REWARD
16 DAN CLOWES MISTER WONDERFUL LOVE STORY TP
17 FROM HELL TP
18 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE
19 Comic Book Guide to the Mission
20 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US
21 BLANKETS HC
22 V FOR VENDETTA NEW EDITION TP (MR)
23 PAYING FOR IT HC
24 BLACKSAD HC VOL 01
25 BOYS TP VOL 08 HIGHLAND LADDIE
26 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP
27 DAYTRIPPER TP
28 CHEW TP VOL 03 JUST DESSERTS
29 BATMAN THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE DELUXE ED HC
30 AMAZING SCREW ON HEAD & OTHER CURIOUS OBJECTS HC
PLANETARY TP BOOK 04 SPACETIME ARCHAEOLOGY
32 R CRUMBS HEROES OF BLUES JAZZ & COUNTRY WITH CD HC
33 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 08 LAST GLEAMING
34 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE
35 INCOGNITO TP
36 HELLBOY TP VOL 11 BRIDE OF HELL & OTHERS
37 WATCHMEN TP
38 CHEW TP VOL 01
39 PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION (MAR050489) (MR
40 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM
41 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE
42 SUPERGODS WHAT SUN GODS CAN TEACH US ABOUT BEING HUMAN HC
43 ORC STAIN TP VOL 01
44 BLANKETS GN
45 CHEW TP VOL 04 FLAMBE
46 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME
49 ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON TP
50 LOGICOMIX GN
51 ALEXANDRO JODOROWSKY SCREAMING PLANET HC
52 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC
53 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC
54 LOEG VOL ONE TP (JUL068290)
55 ELEPHANTMEN TP VOL 01 WOUNDED ANIMALS REVISED ED
56 CHEW TP VOL 02 INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
57 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED
58 BEST AMERICAN COMICS HC 2011
59 COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS TP
60 FINDER GN VOL 01 VOICE
61 WILSON HC
62 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 01 BACK ON THE STREET
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS
64 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD
65 SCENES FROM AN IMPENDING MARRIAGE HC
66 SCALPED TP VOL 07 REZ BLUES
67 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED
68 DRINKING AT THE MOVIES SC
69 BOYS TP VOL 09 BIG RIDE
70 BATMAN NOEL DELUXE EDITION HC
71 FREAKANGELS TP VOL 05
NEMESIS PREM HC
73 SANDMAN TP VOL 02 THE DOLLS HOUSE NEW ED
74 WARREN ELLIS CROOKED LITTLE VEIN MMPB
75 MOUSE GUARD TP FALL 1152 (JAN083948)
76 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME NEW PTG
77 CATS ARE WEIRD & MORE OBSERVATIONS HC
78 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 07 TWILIGHT
79 CARNET DE VOYAGE
80 DMZ TP VOL 09 MIA
81 INVISIBLES TP #1 SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION
LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 01 WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT
SWAMP THING TP VOL 01 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING
JIMMY CORRIGAN THE SMARTEST KID ON EARTH SC
85 FABLES TP VOL 13 THE GREAT FABLES CROSSOVER
INCOGNITO TP  VOL 02 BAD INFLUENCES
NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 05 METAL
88 HELLBOY TP VOL 02 WAKE THE DEVIL
89 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 14 VILTRUMITE WAR
90 BATMAN AND ROBIN TP VOL 01 BATMAN REBORN
CRIMINAL TP VOL 01 COWARD (MR)
FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM
UNWRITTEN TP VOL 03 DEAD MANS KNOCK
94 LOEG BLACK DOSSIER TP (JUL080193)
95 KOKO BE GOOD GN
96 DMZ TP VOL 10 COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT
97 HONDO CITY LAW GN
98 FABLES TP VOL 02 ANIMAL FARM
99 ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE TP (DEC058019)
100 FABLES TP VOL 04 MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS

 

Any thoughts?

 

-B

16 Responses to “ Comix Experience 2011 Best Sellers: Books ”

  1. Walking Dead Vol 1 sells basically as well as Vol 14? And a Compendium in there as well?

    Everyone is basically going to want to be Robert Kirkman for an entire generation, aren’t they?

  2. So, the most successful book in terms of sold units is by Alan Moore, DCs bestselling book is Fables, followed by TDKR, which is 25 years old. Marvel is absent on this list.

    This is surprising. I know this is just one store, I guess they sell tons on Amazon or whatever, still would have thought at least one Marvel book of the last years would merit enough interest to buy it in collected form.

  3. Further to Mr Hibbs’ digital comics pc, which I won,T reopen here….’ I think it’s instructive looking at what books DC is doing as all the Nu52 reach the typical collection point at issue 5 or 6. We have JLA, Batman, WW and GL. That’s it. No BoP, no Batwoman no Action or Superman even!

    Maybe the return to ‘tentpole’ collections or (gasp! choke!) quality, will guide the market. We shall see.

    Marvel for their part, seems to be willing to canabalize their young, and drive down floppy sales for TP waiters who never buy, while still incurring the costs of publishing the trades. Market expectations are killing them.

    I hope 2012 brings us the turn around we need. Tough love, but love all the same.

  4. I imagine Marvel single issues blow away DC…at least before the “new 52″ revamp.

  5. Hibbs – in response to AndyD, is it true that Marvel might sell more back catalog trades than DC but that there are no single dominant titles (like Watchmen and DKR)to make it on a ‘Top 100′ list?

    Personally, I buy a lot more Marvel back catalog and practically zero DC back catalog. On the other hand, I of course have the obligatory copy of Watchmen and DKR. Is that a quasi-common pattern?

  6. David:

    WALKING DEAD (the book format), sells in a pretty perfect bell curve — the first three and the last three books sell the best.

    AndyD: Nothing of Marvel’s that sells well is ever in print long enough in a single format to build up the sales, or so it feels!

    Go look at the month-by-month indexes for the DM (this should be in everyone’s bookmarks: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/1850.html) and you’ll see that Marvel trades really don’t perform very well, and I’m certain that most of that is ultimately a result of their printing and inventory policies. BookScan shows almost the same thing in the bookstores — Marvel is NOT a significant player as their #1 DM periodical status would seem to indicate.

    Corey: your Marvel statement was double-plus perfect.

    DavidT: market-wide, that historically has been the tendency, yes.

    Chris: IN terms of superheroes, DC has DKR/WATCHMEN/KINGDOM COME/BATS YEAR ONE and so on: stories that stand extremely well on their own, as a single thought. Marvel has much fewer of those. But why DC really wins is because they have Vertigo, and FABLES/PREACHER/SANDMAN/Y THE LAST MAN/TRANSMET etc. Marvel has *nothing* to compare to those, in terms of their being in-print numbered series…

    -B

  7. There’s Criminal and Incognito. Those are almost Marvel books : )

  8. “Nothing of Marvel’s that sells well is ever in print long enough”

    Of course. I wanted to buy the Ennis Punisher Max HC collection. Imagine my surprise that Vol 4 (of 5) from 2008 is not avaiable while the rest is. (Or was, this was last year). The same problem I had with a Nova-Tp and some Essentials. Nobody is expecting that they keep books in print forever which don´t sell, but with three year old stuff this is a bit frustrating. Not only for customers, but also for the creators involved.

  9. Great bookmark suggestion, Brian and thanks for all your hard work this past year. The comics biz can be horribly difficult to understand and between SavCrit and your Tilting columns I always feel better informed.

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  11. I am curious with regard to the placing of Scenes Of An Impending Marriage. It seems like too niche of a title, yet the units sold indicate otherwise.

  12. JE:

    “Niche”, sure, but… Tomine. We sell a lot of his work.

    SCENES was probably our lowest selling new work in a long time….

    -B

  13. I was surprised to see that BATMAN AND ROBIN VOL. 1: BATMAN REBORN only placed at 90 — until I saw that it also placed at no. 59. WTF??? Are these different printings of the same book, and does that kind of thing play havoc with your efforts to track your “bestsellers”?

  14. Steve:

    The top chart (where B&R is #59) is PIECES SOLD, the bottom chart (where it was #90) is DOLLARS SOLD

    -B

  15. Clearly, my mom was right. Too many comicbooks have rotted my brain.

  16. How’d Morning Glories TPB 2 do so far?

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