Diamond’s Top 50 Small Press Comics and Graphic Novels for April 2012

by Jeff

mar110876 Diamond's Top 50 Small Press Comics and Graphic Novels for April 2012Media Release — Sonic and his friends are torn apart by a loss in their ranks in Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog #225, the best-selling Small Press comic book to comics specialty retailers in April 2012.

Other publishers in the top ten include Abstract Studios, Bongo Comics, United Plankton, and Zenescope Entertainment.

Harvey Pekar explores life in his hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, in Top Shelf Production’s Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, the best-selling Small Press graphic novel in April.

Other publishers in the top ten include Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Oni Press, Yen Press, and Zenescope Entertainment.

Diamond Comic Distributors defines Small Presses as publishers outside the top-10 bestselling publishers over the previous six months. In offering these breakdowns of the bestselling small press comics and graphic novels, a spotlight is shown on these publishers, affording them recognition for their strong sales in a crowded marketplace. To help retailers contextualize the relationship between the Small Press sales rankings, each chart offers for each book the overall ranking for the month amongst all publishers.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics’ monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.

QUANTITY RANK OVERALL QUANTITY RANK OVERALL RETAIL RANK INDEX TITLE PUBLISHER
1 192 212 6.75 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #235 ARC
2 199 183 6.29 RACHEL RISING #7 ABS
3 207 215 6.10 GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #5 (MR) ZEN
4 209 217 6.06 GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #4 (MR) ZEN
5 210 230 6.05 SPONGEBOB COMICS #8 UNI
6 222 243 5.25 SONIC UNIVERSE #39 ARC
7 224 235 5.22 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #71 (MR) ZEN
8 225 247 5.17 SIMPSONS COMICS #189 BON
9 229 239 5.05 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #72 (MR) ZEN
10 237 250 4.71 GFT JUNGLE BOOK #2 (MR) ZEN
11 245 263 4.60 MEGA MAN #12 ARC
12 248 242 4.41 FATHOM KIANI VOL 2 #1 ASP
13 257 267 4.10 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #15 (MR) ZEN
14 259 276 4.04 BART SIMPSON COMICS #70 BON
15 265 275 3.80 GRIMM FAIRY TALES THE LIBRARY #5 ZEN
16 267 240 3.77 GFT APRIL FOOLS SPECIAL 2012 (MR) ZEN
17 269 287 3.65 ARCHIE #632 ARC
18 270 254 3.64 COURTNEY CRUMRIN ONGOING #1 ONI
19 281 352 3.27 GLAMOURPUSS #24 AAR
20 285 261 3.16 WAKING DREAM END #1 (MR) ZEN
21 290 269 3.06 LENORE VOLUME II #5 TIT
22 292 308 3.06 KEVIN KELLER #2 ARC
23 299 279 2.66 THEATER #5 (MR) ZEN
24 301 311 2.63 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST #3 BIG
25 309 325 2.49 ROUTE DES MAISONS ROUGES #7 (MR) GG
26 312 300 2.44 SIXTH GUN #21 ONI
27 313 303 2.38 SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER #2 ONI
28 314 251 2.33 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #185 KEN
29 324 312 2.11 VICTORIAN SECRET AGENTS STEAMPUNK ANGELS ONE SHOT ANT
30 327 316 2.06 LADY MECHANIKA #1 ASP
31 331 335 1.98 EXTINCTION SEED #2 GG
32 332 319 1.97 DEAD POOH ONE SHOT ANT
33 335 351 1.81 BETTY & VERONICA #259 ARC
34 338 342 1.72 STEAMPUNK SKETCHBOOK ONE SHOT ANT
35 344 246 1.56 SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #3 ARC
36 346 360 1.50 GORE #5 (MR) GG
37 347 370 1.50 ONE #7 GG
38 349 340 1.48 CAVEWOMAN MUTATION #1 AMR
39 350 344 1.48 GOLD DIGGER #137 ANT
40 351 347 1.42 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #200 ARC
41 354 343 1.35 ZOMBIES VS CHEERLEADERS #6 MOO
42 356 350 1.34 CAVEWOMAN FEEDING GROUNDS #2 (MR) AMR
43 359 356 1.30 CASTLE WAITING VOL II #16 FAN
44 363 386 1.22 PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL FALSE PROPHET #4 (MR) BIG
45 364 385 1.16 AIRBOY DEADEYE #1 ANT
46 367 366 1.15 ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #15 ARC
47 368 368 1.14 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #228 ARC
48 369 374 1.11 NAZI ZOMBIES #2 ANT
49 370 376 1.09 WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #16 ARC
50 376 365 1.06 HONEY WEST #5 MOO


QUANTITY RANK OVERALL QUANTITY RANK OVERALL DOLLAR RANK INDEX TITLE PUBLISHER
1 31 24 1.73 HARVEY PEKAR CLEVELAND HC TOP
2 40 83 1.38 ARCHIE MEETS KISS TP ARC
3 48 72 1.32 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 06 (MR) HAC
4 52 95 1.23 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 09 HAC
5 60 112 1.14 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 05 ARC
6 71 90 1.04 SIMPSONS CONFIDENTIAL TP BON
7 73 71 1.03 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 03 ONI
8 93 94 0.83 GRIMM FAIRY TALES DIFFERENT SEASONS TP VOL 02 ZEN
9 95 96 0.80 COURTNEY CRUMRIN SPEC ED HC VOL 01 ONI
10 99 67 0.78 JERUSALEM CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY HC (MR) DRA
11 112 148 0.71 TALES FROM NEVERLAND TP (MR) ZEN
12 116 136 0.68 STAN LEE STRIPPERELLA GN (MR) DEE
13 120 165 0.67 DURARARA GN VOL 02 HAC
14 123 210 0.64 DISNEY FAIRIES GN VOL 08 TINKER BELL STORIES FOR RAINY DAY NBM
15 125 51 0.63 MICHAEL TURNER SOULFIRE DEFINITIVE ED TP VOL 01 ASP
16 140 89 0.56 ARCHIE MEETS KISS COLLECTORS ED HC ARC
17 144 221 0.53 TINTIN YOUNG READER ED SHOOTING STAR HAC
18 145 160 0.53 CHARMED TP VOL 03 ZEN
19 146 222 0.53 TINTIN YOUNG READER ED CRAB & GOLDEN CLAW HAC
20 147 45 0.53 DARKSTALKERS ULTIMATE ED TP UDO
21 148 129 0.53 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC SLA
22 149 195 0.53 CODE GEASS QUEEN GN VOL 05 BAN
23 150 199 0.52 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE ONI
24 164 193 0.47 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 18 ATONEMENT ARC PT 4 HAC
25 169 244 0.46 OWLY GN VOL 05 TINY TALES TOP
26 173 117 0.45 POPEYE HC VOL 06 ME LIL SWEE PEA FAN
27 175 236 0.45 CODE GEASS KNIGHT GN VOL 05 BAN
28 181 143 0.43 KRAZY & IGNATZ TP 1922 1924 DRIM OF LOVE FAN
29 185 168 0.41 SENGOKU BASARA SAMURAI LEGENDS GN VOL 01 UDO
30 186 183 0.41 KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE TP VOL 35 KEN
31 187 185 0.40 KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE TP VOL 36 KEN
32 188 218 0.40 TORADORA GN VOL 04 ST.
33 193 239 0.39 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 RAN
34 195 243 0.38 GTO 14 DAYS IN SHONAN GN VOL 02 RAN
35 197 245 0.38 AIR GEAR GN VOL 23 (MR) RAN
36 206 172 0.36 JIM HENSONS DARK CRYSTAL HC VOL 01 CREATION MYTHS ARA
37 216 135 0.34 A TALE OF SAND HC ARA
38 218 300 0.34 GIRL WHO OWNED A CITY GN LER
39 224 188 0.33 AVALON CHRONICLES HC VOL 01 ONI
40 230 182 0.32 CAPTAIN COMMANDO GN VOL 01 UDO
41 236 169 0.31 DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH & OTHER STORIES HC MOC
42 238 225 0.31 DROPS OF GOD GN VOL 03 RAN
43 239 181 0.31 LOVECRAFT ANTHOLOGY TP VOL 01 ABR
44 243 305 0.31 SAYONARA ZETSUBOU SENSEI GN VOL 14 RAN
45 247 249 0.30 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR TP VOL 01 APE
46 256 198 0.29 BETRAYAL KNOWS MY NAME GN VOL 03 (MR) HAC
47 259 301 0.28 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 01 HAC
48 264 197 0.28 NEGIMA OMNIBUS GN VOL 04 (MR) RAN
49 265 288 0.27 GTO EARLY YEARS GN VOL 12 (MR) RAN
50 266 200 0.27 PANDEMONIUM GN (HUMANOIDS) (MR) HUM

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