September BookScan--Top 20 Graphic Novels
'Attack on Titan' Passed 'The Walking Dead'
Published: 10/04/2013 01:31am
'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 Dead. The 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 Novel lists, see the "BookScan Top 20 GNs Index."
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