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Comix Experience 2012 Best Sellers: Books

Brian Hibbs

We sell more books than periodicals (dollars this year: 55% books v 40% comics), so this is my favorite category! I believe this is a wonderfully amazingly diverse list of material sold.

First off, by pieces:

1 SAGA TP VOL 01
2 LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009
3 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD
4 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE
5 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES
6 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD
7 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR
8 DARTH VADER AND SON HC
9 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 05
10 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01
11 ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON TP
MY FRIEND DAHMER SC
13 WATCHMEN TP
14 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC
15 CHEW TP VOL 05 MAJOR LEAGUE CHEW
FABLES TP VOL 17 INHERIT THE WIND
HARK A VAGRANT HC
NINJAGO GN VOL 01 CHALLENGE OF SAMUKAI
PROPHET TP VOL 01 REMISSION
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS
22 FLEX MENTALLO MAN OF MUSCLE MYSTERY DLX HC
OGLAF BOOK ONE
24 FATALE TP VOL 01 DEATH CHASES ME
25 HABIBI GN
RICHARD STARKS PARKER v3 THE SCORE
UNTERZAKHN GN
28 ARE YOU MY MOTHER A COMIC DRAMA HC
KING CITY TP
TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 01 BACK ON THE STREET
31 BATMAN EARTH ONE HC
BONE COLOR ED SC VOL 01 OUT FROM BONEVILLE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED
36 NINJAGO GN VOL 02 MASK OF THE SENSEI
SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED
THE INFINITE WAIT
39 LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969
NINJAGO GN VOL 03 RISE O/T SERPENTINE
V FOR VENDETTA NEW EDITION TP (MR)
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM
44 CHEW TP VOL 04 FLAMBE
CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC
FROM HELL TP
GET JIRO HC
48 AMULET SC VOL 01 STONEKEEPER
AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 01 PROMISE PART 1
BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP (new $19.99 printing)
BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC
BLACKSAD SILENT HELL HC
CHEW TP VOL 01
CRIMINAL TP VOL 01 COWARD
GONZO A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF HUNTER S THOMPSON
TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 02 LUST FOR LIFE NEW ED
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS
58 ANYAS GHOST GN
CHEW TP VOL 02 INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM
HARVEY PEKAR CLEVELAND HC
HELLBOY TP VOL 12 THE STORM AND THE FURY
INVISIBLES TP #1 SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION
JERUSALEM CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY HC
NINJAGO GN VOL 04 TOMB O/T FANGPYRE
SCALPED TP VOL 09 KNUCKLE UP
67 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER LOST ADVENTURES TP VOL 01
AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 02 PROMISE PART 2
BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS
BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP
BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 01
BLANKETS GN
CHI SWEET HOME GN VOL 01
DMZ TP VOL 12 THE FIVE NATIONS OF NEW YORK
LOEG III CENTURY #1 1910
PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION
UNWRITTEN TP VOL 05 ON TO GENESIS
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME
WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 01 LOST I/T ANDES
81 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01
BLACK HOLE COLLECTED SC NEW PTG
BOOK OF GENESIS ILLUS BY ROBERT CRUMB HC
BOYS TP VOL 10 BUTCHER BAKER CANDLESTICKMAKER
BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 02 GODS AND MONSTERS
DMZ TP VOL 11 FREE STATES RISING
FUN HOME TP
LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 01 WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT
LOEG VOL ONE TP
NOT THE ISRAEL MY PARENTS PROMISED ME GN
POLLY & PIRATES TP VOL 02
SCALPED TP VOL 01 INDIAN COUNTRY
WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN
95 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP NEW ED
BOYS TP VOL 11 OVER THE HILL W/T SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN
BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 03 RUSSIA
BTVS SEASON 9 TP FREEFALL
CHEW TP VOL 03 JUST DESSERTS
CORTO MALTESE TP VOL 01 BALLAD OF THE SALT SEA
DMZ TP VOL 01 ON THE GROUND
FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE NEW ED
FABLES TP VOL 02 ANIMAL FARM
HELLBOY TP VOL 01 SEED OF DESTRUCTION
I SAW YOU COMICS INSPIRED BY REAL LIFE MISSED CONNECTIONS
JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN
MONSTERS GN
PROMETHEA TP BOOK 01
SANDMAN TP VOL 04 SEASON OF MISTS NEW ED
SCALPED TP VOL 10 TRAILS END
SPY VS SPY TP DANGER INTRIGUE STUPIDITY
SWEET TOOTH TP VOL 01 OUT OF THE WOODS
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE
WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 01  POOR OLD MAN

 

 

SAGA, dayum — I ain’t seen a book sell this well (ESPECIALLY since we MURDERED with the serialization) since when the WATCHMEN trailer hit the theater. We’re selling like 1.2 copies a day when an average TP collection is super lucky to turn one time a year. SAGA sold far more than 2x the #3 book.

Let’s sort the same chart by dollars sold:

 

1 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01
2 SAGA TP VOL 01 (BKV)
3 CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC
4 LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009
5 HABIBI GN
6 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD
7 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02
8 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES
9 FROM HELL TP
10 ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON TP
11 WATCHMEN TP
12 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD
13 FLEX MENTALLO MAN OF MUSCLE MYSTERY DLX HC
14 MY FRIEND DAHMER SC
15 RICHARD STARKS PARKER v3 THE SCORE
16 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR
17 HARK A VAGRANT HC
18 DARTH VADER AND SON HC
19 BATMAN EARTH ONE HC
20 ARE YOU MY MOTHER A COMIC DRAMA HC
21 UNTERZAKHN GN
22 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 05
23 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE
24 OGLAF BOOK ONE
25 GET JIRO HC
26 KING CITY TP
27 INVISIBLES OMNIBUS HC
28 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC
29 BLANKETS GN
30 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 01
31 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED
32 FABLES TP VOL 17 INHERIT THE WIND
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS
35 V FOR VENDETTA NEW EDITION TP
36 FATALE TP VOL 01 DEATH CHASES ME
37 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS
BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP
39 CHEW TP VOL 05 MAJOR LEAGUE CHEW
40 BOOK OF GENESIS ILLUS BY ROBERT CRUMB HC
41 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP (new $19.99 printing)
42 JERUSALEM CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY HC
43 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 01 BACK ON THE STREET
44 HARVEY PEKAR CLEVELAND HC
45 WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 01 LOST I/T ANDES
46 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED
49 NOT THE ISRAEL MY PARENTS PROMISED ME GN
50 WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 01  POOR OLD MAN
51 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC
52 GONZO A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF HUNTER S THOMPSON
53 BLACKSAD SILENT HELL HC
54 MAUS SURVIVORS TALE COMPLETE HC
55 100 BULLETS HC BOOK 02
56 INVISIBLES TP #1 SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION
57 ALL OVER COFFEE v2: EVERYTHING IS ITS OWN REWARD
58 THE INFINITE WAIT
59 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP NEW ED
JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN
61 JOHN ROMITA AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTIST ED HC
62 BLACKSAD HC VOL 01
FEYNMAN GN
64 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM
66 CORTO MALTESE TP VOL 01 BALLAD OF THE SALT SEA
67 BEFORE THE INCAL CLASSIC COLL DLX HC
68 HELLBOY TP VOL 12 THE STORM AND THE FURY
69 WALKING DEAD HC VOL 01 NEW PTG
70 HOLY TERROR HC
Y THE LAST MAN DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 01
72 LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 01 WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT
73 CRIMINAL TP VOL 01 COWARD
TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 02 LUST FOR LIFE NEW ED
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS
76 PROPHET TP VOL 01 REMISSION
77 PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION
78 BLACK HOLE COLLECTED SC NEW PTG
79 DMZ TP VOL 11 FREE STATES RISING
80 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 02 KNIGHTQUEST
81 BONE COLOR ED SC VOL 01 OUT FROM BONEVILLE
82 ABSOLUTE DC THE NEW FRONTIER HC
TRANSIENT
84 HOUSE OF M TP
KICK-ASS 2 PREM HC
86 ANYAS GHOST GN
87 BLANKETS HC
88 CHEW TP VOL 04 FLAMBE
89 BOYS TP VOL 10 BUTCHER BAKER CANDLESTICKMAKER
SANDMAN TP VOL 04 SEASON OF MISTS NEW ED
91 KRAMERS ERGOT HC VOL 08
92 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BATTLE OF TULL PREM HC
93 MADWOMAN O/T SACRED HEART GN
94 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 02 GODS AND MONSTERS
95 FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS OMNIBUS TP
96 AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE HC
97 ASTONISHING X-MEN WHEDON CASSADAY ULT COLL TP BOOK 01
DEADENDERS TP
MARVEL FIRSTS 1960S TP
OMEGA THE UNKNOWN PREM HC

Right: always interested to hear what you say…. how many of these do you own?

-B

 

 

 

-B

7 Responses to “ Comix Experience 2012 Best Sellers: Books ”

  1. Interesting stuff, thanks for posting it :)
    Kinda comforting to see the Image trades doing so well.

  2. Saga is really damn good! But I see my favorite author can still come in at #2! Most of all, I’m encouraged by Love & Rockets coming in so high! Those two guys are at the top of their game and need to be mentioned in all the best ever discussions.

    I’m sad Adventure Time came in so low as that’s my personal favorite comic. I bet it will sell more this year as it came out so late in the year.

  3. It’s hard to call the eighty-first best-selling collection of the year as “low”?

    That’s also one where lack of supply bit us — there have been no reorders on the book since…. well the 22nd, I think? Otherwise, it would have jumped 2-3 groups, most likely.

    -B

  4. You know what I’m MOST proud of, as I look at this list again? All of the kids comics on it. We have at least one (NINJAGO) in our Top 20, and, depending on your personal categorization, maybe in our Top 10 (DARTH VADER & SON is a big hit with 9 year olds, really… though, yeah, lotsa hipsters buying it)

    And then I have like proper porno (OGLAF) in the top 25, plus only (am I counting right?) ten superhero GNs? (Well, 12, if you count BOYS and FLEX MENTALLO) (but not really)

    No Marvel collections on the qty list, but 5 on the $$$ list.

    The state of comics is CRAZY DIVERSE!

    -B

  5. Mr. Brian,

    You’re right, 81 isn’t low! It’s pretty cool it’s on the list at all. I was honestly thinking it was more the supply problem – I know the first 4 or 5 months I was having a very difficult time finding the single issues and every retailer I spoke to said they were having difficulty stocking it. Then the collection seemed to have come out near the end of the year, right? I know I only found it by accident when I was browsing the all ages section at Forbidden Planet in NYC.

    What I definitely forgot to mention is something you pointed out…you have an unbelievably diverse amount of sales! I badly want to take a trip out to SF to visit your store as it sounds more and more like a dream. I mean, your best selling book is Saga! How cool is that? Plus, in your top 10, joining Saga is LOEG, Love & Rockets, and Darth Vader and Son! That shows you’re dedicated to quality books because I can’t imagine all those copies selling themselves!

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