Manga Tops in Bookstores
Published: 03/07/2013 04:05am
The 60th volume of Viz's Naruto was the top-selling graphic novel in bookstores in February, according to the "Top 20 Graphic Novels" sold in the book channel, provided exclusively to ICv2 by Nielsen BookScan. The 9th volume of Kodansha’s Sailor Moon actually rose in its second month, to #4. That makes February the best showing for manga in the Top 5 since last September, when Sailor Moon was #1 and Naruto #2. There were three manga in the Top Ten, and five in the Top 20.
The Walking Dead was stronger than last month’s dip (see "'Walking Dead' Loosens Hold in Bookstores"), with eight of the Top 10 in February, up from six the previous month. Saga Vol. 1 is hanging on in Top 20, which means that Image had nine of the top 20 adult graphic novels in bookstores in February.
Three of the remaining titles were DC's, including the new Justice League hardcover collection and the Batman: Night of the Owls hardcover collection.
The adaptation of The Book of Revelation is hanging in the Top 20, with Building Stories and Fun Home rounding out the roster.
For past BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see the "BookScan Top 20 GNs Index."
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