The comic market in the Spring Season of 2012 was the best in years, according to a report in ICv2's Internal Correspondence #79 (see "ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #79").  Comic periodicals are doing well, and graphic novel collections of the "New 52" did better than expected, given that many fans already owned the periodicals, according to the report.  TV drove sales of The Walking Dead and Avatar graphic novels, which also contributed.

The decline in specialty retail competition for comic stores, with the collapse of Borders and the cutbacks in anime space at Best Buy, are also re-opening manga and anime, categories that had been tough going for independent retailers the last few years.

Here are ICv2's top graphic novel properties across eight categories for:

Top 10 Genre Graphic Novel Properties--Spring 2012
Top 10 Fiction & Reality Graphic Novel Properties--Spring 2012
Top 10 Superhero Graphic Novel Properties--Spring 2012
Top 5 Comic Strip Properties--Spring 2012
Top 10 Kids & Tweens Graphic Novel Properties--Spring 2012
Top 10 Shojo Properties--Spring 2012
Top 10 Shonen Properties--Spring 2012
Top 25 Manga Properties--Spring 2012

For info on how to get your copy of the ICv2's Internal Correspondence #79 with the full market reports, Pick Hits of the best upcoming releases, and reviews, see "ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #79."