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September BookScan--Top 20 Graphic Novels

'Attack on Titan' Passed 'The Walking Dead'

Published: 10/04/2013 01:31am
The monthly release of Kodansha’s Attack on Titan (see "'Attack on Titan' Goes Monthly") is continuing to wreak havoc on the bookstore Top 20; this month another milestone was passed, as there were more volumes of Attack on Titan in the Top 20 than of The Walking Dead.  Five volumes of Attack on Titan (of the seven available) made the September list of the "Top 20 Graphic Novels" sold in bookstore channel provided exclusively to ICv2.com by Nielsen BookScan, vs. two volumes of The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead is in its between-season slowdown, of course, but it’s still a remarkable accomplishment for a new property that only launched in the U.S. 15 months.

We noted the growth of Attack on Titan last month (see "August BookScan--Top 20 Graphic Novels"), but it’s now entering a new phase, ranking favorably with the major manga and graphic novel hits of the past.

There were nine manga titles in the Top 20, a solid performance, but the balance of power is shifting, at least in this part of the chart, with Kodansha Comics holding six of the Top 20 slots, while Viz Media has two and Vertical one.

DC had the same three titles in the Top 20 as last month, all decades-old classics.  Marvel had no titles in the Top 20, although there was one Marvel-based titles, from DK Publishing.

Two classic literary titles (what we call "Fiction and Reality" here), American Born Chinese and Fun Home, were in the Top 20 this month.
 

BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novels in September 2013

Rank

Title

Author

Publisher

1

SAILOR MOON SHORT STORIES VOL. 1

NAOKO TAKEUCHI

KODANSHA COMICS

2

THE WALKING DEAD BOOK VOL. 9 HC

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

3

NARUTO VOL. 62

MASASHI KISHIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

4

ATTACK ON TITAN VOL. 1

HAJIME ISAYAMA

KODANSHA COMICS

5

MARVEL AVENGERS: THE ULTIMATE CHARACTER GUIDE HC

ALAN COWSILL

DK PUBLISHING

6

ONE PIECE VOL. 68

EIICHIRO ODA

VIZ MEDIA

7

ATTACK ON TITAN VOL. 2

HAJIME ISAYAMA

KODANSHA COMICS

8

SAGA VOL. 2

BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

IMAGE COMICS

9

ATTACK ON TITAN VOL. 6

HAJIME ISAYAMA

KODANSHA COMICS

10

SAGA VOL. 1

BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

IMAGE COMICS

11

WATCHMEN

ALAN MOORE

DC COMICS

12

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 18

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

13

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN VOL. 3 HC

YOSHIKAZU YASUHIKO

VERTICAL

14

AMERICAN BORN CHINESE

GENE LUEN YANG

SQUARE FISH

15

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

FRANK MILLER

DC COMICS

16

ATTACK ON TITAN VOL. 3

HAJIME ISAYAMA

KODANSHA COMICS

17

GARFIELD CAUSTION: WIDE LOAD: HIS 56TH BOOK

JIM DAVIS

BALLANTINE BOOKS

18

ATTACK ON TITAN VOL. 7

HAJIME ISAYAMA

KODANSHA COMICS

19

FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC

ALISON BECHDEL

MARINER BOOKS

20

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE DLX ED HC

ALAN MOORE

DC COMICS


BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see the "BookScan Top 20 GNs Index."
 
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