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Comix Experience Top Sellers 2008: Books

Brian Hibbs

I still need to get a little more caught up with End of Year stuff before I start writing reviews again (it’s really insane how Thanksgiving to Christmas kills me to do anything else whatsoever), but here’s some data stuff to look at, if you’re interested. You’ll find it after the jump!

We ended the year up by 6% compared to 2007. That’s pretty damn good for a nineteen year old business in a down economy, I think!

Here is a list of the Top 100 best selling “Book” items for 2008. “Book” is sometimes oddly categorized, but this is how Diamond uses the term — which is why, say, NEW LOVE & ROCKETS #1 is on this list, and not on the “comics” side.

“Books” were just over 51.5% of my gross sales

Item #1 is more than 300% of item #2.

Item #2 is more than 200% of item #25. Item #25 is just under 200% of item #100.

A list that was JUST “released for the first time in 2008″ would look VERY different than this one, of course — this shows you the power of backlist!

There are also more than a few books on this list which could have risen dramatically if only there was ANY source for them (DM or Bookstore market) for all 12 months of 2008.

1 WATCHMEN TP
2 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 10 WHYS AND WHEREFORES
3 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 1 UNMANNED TP
4 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 2 CYCLES TP
5 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER
6 BUFFY SEASON 8 TP VOL 02 NO FUTURE FOR YOU
7 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER LONG WAY HOME TP
8 FABLES TP VOL 10 THE GOOD PRINCE
9 THE FART PARTY TP
10 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 03 ONE SMALL STEP
11 LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES #1
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 05 RING OF TRUTH
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 09 MOTHERLAND
14 BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME
Y THE LAST MAN VOL 4 SAFEWORD TP
16 FABLES TP VOL 11 WAR AND PIECES (MR)
LOEG VOL ONE TP
18 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC
19 JUDENHASS GN
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 07 PAPER DOLLS
21 DMZ TP VOL 04 FRIENDLY FIRE
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 06 GIRL ON GIRL
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 08 KIMONO DRAGONS
24 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP
BLACK HOLE COLLECTED SC
COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS TP
DMZ TP VOL 05 THE HIDDEN WAR
WARREN ELLIS AETHERIC MECHANICS GN (MR)
29 UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE TP
30 HELLBOY TP VOL 08 DARKNESS CALLS
HELLBOY VOL 01 SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP
POWERS VOL 11 SECRET IDENTITY TP
SAM & MAX SURFIN HIGHWAY TP
SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES
35 ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY VOL 18 HC
ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 4 UNSTOPPABLE
CRIMINAL TP VOL 03 DEAD AND DYING (MR)
EX MACHINA TP VOL 07 EX CATHEDRA (MR)
FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE
LOEG VOL TWO TP
V FOR VENDETTA TP
42 ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY HC #19 (MR)
BOYS TP VOL 01
CRIMINAL TP VOL 02 LAWLESS
EX MACHINA VOL 6 POWER DOWN TP
SHORTCOMINGS HC
WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP
48 SANDMAN TP VOL 02 THE DOLLS HOUSE
49 100 BULLETS TP VOL 12 DIRTY (MR)
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN THE BLACK DOSSIER HC
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 02
52 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC
BOYS TP VOL 03 GOOD FOR THE SOUL
DC UNIVERSE THE STORIES OF ALAN MOORE
DMZ TP VOL 03 PUBLIC WORKS
PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION
57 ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP VOL 01
BUFFY SEASON 8 TP VOL 03 WOLVES AT THE GATE
FABLES TP VOL 02 ANIMAL FARM
HELLBOY VOL 07 THE TROLL WITCH & OTHERS TP
LAST MUSKETEER SC
PREACHER TP VOL 02 UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD NEW EDITION
WANTED GN (NEW PTG)
WE 3 TP
65 ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC
CASANOVA TP VOL 01 LUXURIA
EX MACHINA TP VOL 01 THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS
EX MACHINA TP VOL 02 TAG
FABLES 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL SC
FILTH TP
PREACHER TP VOL 04 ANCIENT HISTORY NEW EDITION
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOL 1 TP
SCOTT PILGRIM VOL 04 SCOTT PILGRIM GETS IT TOGETHER GN
TOP 10 BOOK ONE TP 01
ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE TP
76 ALL STAR SUPERMAN HC VOL 01
CRIMINAL VOL 1 COWARD TP
EX MACHINA TP VOL 03 FACT V FICTION
FABLES VOL 9 SONS OF EMPIRE TP
INVISIBLES TP #1 SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION VOL 01 (OF 7)
PREACHER TP VOL 03 PROUD AMERICANS NEW EDITION
82 BATMAN AND SON TP
BATMAN GRENDEL NEW PTG TP
BERLIN TP BOOK 02 CITY OF SMOKE (MR)
BPRD TP VOL 08 KILLING GROUND
BPRD VOL 07 GARDEN OF SOULS TP
FREAKANGELS TP VOL 01 (MR)
HELLBOY VOL 02 WAKE THE DEVIL TP
JOSS WHEDONS FRAY FUTURE SLAYER TP
LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 01 IRON PROMETHEUS
NEW YORK FOUR
PROMETHEA BOOK ONE TP VOL 01
WORLD WAR Z ORAL HISTORY OF ZOMBIE WAR SC
94 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN PREM HC
DMZ TP VOL 02 BODY OF A JOURNALIST
EX MACHINA TP VOL 04 MARCH TO WAR
FABLES TP VOL 04 MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS
HELLBOY VOL 04 RIGHT HAND OF DOOM TP
JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 03 THE BAD PRINCE
JEFFREY BROWN LITTLE THINGS SC MEMOIR IN SLICES
PREACHER TP VOL 05 DIXIE FRIED NEW EDITION
PRIDE OF BAGHDAD SC
THE ARRIVAL GN
WALKING DEAD VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE TP

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Now, here’s the same calculation sorted by dollars, instead, which changes some of the complexion of the list in fairly substantial ways. Suddenly you can see why $50+ HCs are being published!

1 WATCHMEN TP
2 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 10 WHYS AND WHEREFORES
3 ABSOLUTE SANDMAN HC VOL 03
4 ABSOLUTE SANDMAN HC VOL 01
5 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 1 UNMANNED TP
6 FABLES TP VOL 10 THE GOOD PRINCE
7 COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS TP
8 BUFFY SEASON 8 TP VOL 02 NO FUTURE FOR YOU
9 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER LONG WAY HOME TP
10 BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME
11 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER
12 LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN THE BLACK DOSSIER HC
13 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 2 CYCLES TP
14 FABLES TP VOL 11 WAR AND PIECES (MR)
15 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC
16 JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS HC VOL 04
17 ABSOLUTE SANDMAN HC VOL 04 (MR)
18 THE FART PARTY TP
19 LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES #1
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 05 RING OF TRUTH
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 09 MOTHERLAND
22 SAM & MAX SURFIN HIGHWAY TP
SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES
24 HELLBOY TP VOL 08 DARKNESS CALLS
POWERS VOL 11 SECRET IDENTITY TP
26 BLACK HOLE COLLECTED SC
27 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 4 UNSTOPPABLE
V FOR VENDETTA TP
29 LOEG VOL ONE TP
30 UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE TP
31 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 03 ONE SMALL STEP
32 SHORTCOMINGS HC
33 HELLBOY VOL 01 SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP
34 ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY VOL 18 HC
35 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 07 PAPER DOLLS
36 ABSOLUTE DARK KNIGHT HC
37 STARMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01
38 SANDMAN TP VOL 02 THE DOLLS HOUSE
39 ABSOLUTE LOEG THE BLACK DOSSIER HC
ABSOLUTE SANDMAN HC VOL 02 (JUN070259) (MR)
41 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 08 KIMONO DRAGONS
42 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 4 SAFEWORD TP
43 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP
44 BOYS TP VOL 03 GOOD FOR THE SOUL
DC UNIVERSE THE STORIES OF ALAN MOORE
46 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 02
47 BOYS TP VOL 01
48 WANTED GN (NEW PTG)
49 DMZ TP VOL 04 FRIENDLY FIRE
Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 06 GIRL ON GIRL
51 ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY HC #19 (MR)
52 COMIC BOOK TATTOO SC (C: 0-1-2)
53 LOEG VOL TWO TP
54 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN PREM HC
55 DMZ TP VOL 05 THE HIDDEN WAR
56 FILTH TP
57 ACME NOVELTY DATEBOOK VOL 2 HC
58 CRIMINAL TP VOL 02 LAWLESS
59 HELLBOY VOL 07 THE TROLL WITCH & OTHERS TP
60 LOST GIRLS DLX SLIPCASED ED CURR PTG
WATCHMEN THE ABSOLUTE EDITION HC
62 HOWARD THE DUCK OMNIBUS
63 OMEGA THE UNKNOWN PREM HC
64 ALL STAR SUPERMAN HC VOL 01
INVISIBLES TP #1 SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION VOL 01 (OF 7)
66 GRENDEL GOD & THE DEVIL TP
67 ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC
TOP 10 BOOK ONE TP 01
69 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOL 1 TP
70 EX MACHINA TP VOL 07 EX CATHEDRA (MR)
71 KIRBY KING OF THE COMICS HC
72 FREAKANGELS TP VOL 01 (MR)
73 BONE ONE VOL ED SC
74 BATMAN GRENDEL NEW PTG TP
BERLIN TP BOOK 02 CITY OF SMOKE (MR)
JOSS WHEDONS FRAY FUTURE SLAYER TP
77 ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER HC VOL 01
CIVIL WAR TP
79 EX MACHINA VOL 6 POWER DOWN TP
80 BUFFY SEASON 8 TP VOL 03 WOLVES AT THE GATE
81 FABLES VOL 9 SONS OF EMPIRE TP
82 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC
PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION
84 POWERS VOL 1 WHO KILLED RETRO GIRL TP (NEW PTG)
85 CRIMINAL TP VOL 03 DEAD AND DYING (MR)
86 THE ARRIVAL GN
87 PREACHER TP VOL 02 UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD NEW EDITION
88 MAKING COMICS STORYTELLING SECRETS OF COMICS MANGA & GN SC
89 BPRD TP VOL 08 KILLING GROUND
BPRD VOL 07 GARDEN OF SOULS TP
HELLBOY VOL 02 WAKE THE DEVIL TP
LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 01 IRON PROMETHEUS
93 BLACK SUMMER TP (MR)
ANGEL AFTER THE FALL HC
95 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
96 100 BULLETS TP VOL 12 DIRTY (MR)
97 JOKER HC
98 FABLES 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL SC
PREACHER TP VOL 04 ANCIENT HISTORY NEW EDITION
100 BLANKETS GN (NEW PTG)

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Always willing to listen, if you have any thoughts on any of this!

-B

 

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