Graphic novels were the stronger category in August, with sales up 35% over the year ago period; comic growth was slower, at about 10% over August 2005. Comics and graphic novels over-all were up 14% vs. one year ago.
In graphic novels, it was hardcovers that pushed up sales; event comics were the story in comic periodicals.
But with five 52 issues, there were clearly more than four weeks in the month, so we'll wait for the full Q3 numbers before celebrating a massive increase in sales. It's likely that sales will be up strongly for the quarter, though, with two good months already in the bag.
For the top 100 graphics novels in August, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--August 2006.'
For an overview and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in August, see 'Meltzer's 'JLA' Tops 200k.'
For the top 300 comics in July, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--July 2006.'
For the top 100 graphics novels in July, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--July 2006.'
For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in July, see 'Civil War Stays On Top.' For an analysis of the dollar trends in July, see 'Graphic Novels Pick Up Pace.'
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through August 2006, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'