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

by Jeff

dec110813 Diamond's Top 50 Small Press Comics and Graphic Novels for February 2012Media Release — With Riverdale threatened by an monster invasion, it’s up to the Archies and KISS to save the world in Archie Comics’ Archie #630, the final chapter of the “Archie Meets KISS” crossover event and and the best-selling Small Press comic sold to comics retailers in February 2012. In total, Archie Comics had four titles in the top ten.

Other publishers in the top ten include Aspen MLT (Fathom Volume 4 #4 ranked #10), Bongo Comics (two titles, led by Ralph Wiggum Comics #1 at #5), United Plankton (Spongebob Comics #7 ranked #6), and Zenescop Entertainment (two titles, led by Grimm Fairy Tales: Alice in Wonderland #2 at #4).

Young wizard Negi Springfield has his hands full teaching an English class in Kodansha Comics’ Negima! Volume 33, February’s best-selling Small Press graphic novel.

Other publishers in the top ten include Abrams (Explorer: The Mystery Boxes ranked #9), Ape Entertainment (two titles, led by Strawberry Shortcake Digest: Pineapple & Other Stories at #5), Archie Comics (two titles, led by Sonic Universe Volume 2: 30 Years Later at #3), Archaia Studios Press (Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand ranked #7), UbiWorkshop (Assassin’s Creed: The Fall ranked #2), and Yen Press (Soul Eater Volume 8 ranked #6).

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.

OVERALL QTY RANK QTY RANK RETAIL RANK INDEX TITLE PUBLISHER
1 128 153 12.33 ARCHIE #630 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS PT 4 ) ARC
2 196 226 6.65 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #233 ARC
3 199 228 6.61 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #234 ARC
4 216 230 5.96 GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #2 (MR) ZEN
5 218 243 5.91 RALPH WIGGUM COMICS #1 BON
6 221 244 5.90 SPONGEBOB COMICS #7 UNI
7 239 242 5.45 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #67 (MR) ZEN
8 243 257 5.29 SIMPSONS COMICS #187 BON
9 244 258 5.29 SONIC UNIVERSE #37 ARC
10 249 247 4.98 FATHOM VOL 4 #4 ASP
11 251 249 4.92 RASL #13 (MR) CAR
12 254 271 4.80 MEGA MAN #10 ARC
13 255 272 4.78 FUTURAMA COMICS #59 BON
14 260 273 4.66 KEVIN KELLER #1 ARC
15 261 254 4.66 SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES #7 BON
16 263 265 4.61 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #12 (MR) ZEN
17 267 270 4.46 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #13 (MR) ZEN
18 274 289 4.14 BART SIMPSON COMICS #68 BON
19 278 278 3.95 GRIMM FAIRY TALES THE LIBRARY #4 ZEN
20 279 279 3.94 GFT PRESENTS NEVERLAND HOOK #3 ZEN
21 295 290 3.44 SOULFIRE VOL 3 #7 ASP
22 296 275 3.43 RACHEL RISING #5 ABS
23 301 362 3.26 GLAMOURPUSS #23 AAR
24 307 301 2.96 ATOMIC ROBO GHOST OF STATION X #5 RED
25 311 300 2.87 SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #1 BON
26 312 309 2.77 CHARMED #18 ZEN
27 314 320 2.74 HAUNTED CITY #2 ASP
28 325 318 2.48 SIXTH GUN #19 ONI
29 329 260 2.40 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #183 KEN
30 345 355 1.95 BETTY & VERONICA #258 ARC
31 348 347 1.88 BROKEN PIECES #2 ASP
32 350 341 1.78 LIFE WITH ARCHIE #17 ARC
33 352 335 1.74 MISADVENTURES OF ADAM WEST ONGOING #1 BLU
34 356 253 1.64 SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #2 ARC
35 361 349 1.57 VICTORIAN SECRET WINTER WARDROBE ONE SHOT ANT
36 362 376 1.56 JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE 5 #1 ZEN
37 363 368 1.55 BRIMSTONE #7 (MR) ZEN
38 365 350 1.53 GOLD DIGGER #135 ANT
39 367 364 1.48 DAMAGED #5 (MR) RAL
40 368 361 1.41 NAZI ZOMBIES #1 ANT
41 373 369 1.33 CAVEWOMAN FEEDING GROUNDS #1 (MR) AMR
42 374 373 1.33 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #198 ARC
43 375 395 1.30 PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL FALSE PROPHET #3 (MR) BIG
44 378 342 1.27 BERLIN #18 (MR) DRA
45 379 406 1.26 JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE 5 #2 ZEN
46 380 379 1.26 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #226 ARC
47 384 382 1.23 B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #222 ARC
48 385 381 1.23 LAST ZOMBIE NEVERLAND #1 ANT
49 387 414 1.15 WAR OF THE INDEPENDENTS #2 RED
50 388 389 1.15 ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #13 ARC

OVERALL QTY RANK QTY RANK DOLLAR RANK INDEX TITLE PUBLISHER
1 28 73 1.32 NEGIMA GN VOL 33 (MR) RANDOM HOUSE
2 42 36 1.13 ASSASSINS CREED THE FALL TP (MR) UBIWORKSHOP
3 45 99 1.10 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 30 YEARS LATER ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
4 60 117 0.97 MEGA MAN TP VOL 02 TIME KEEPS SLIPPING ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
5 61 190 0.96 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN PINEAPPLE & OTHER APE ENTERTAINMENT
6 63 104 0.95 SOUL EATER TP VOL 08 HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
7 68 24 0.92 A TALE OF SAND HC ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT LLC
8 77 133 0.89 XXXHOLIC GN VOL 19 RANDOM HOUSE
9 81 141 0.85 EXPLORER THE MYSTERY BOXES SC ABRAMS
10 88 224 0.80 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN BERRY SCARY STORM APE ENTERTAINMENT
11 104 81 0.73 LIFE & DEATH OF FRITZ THE CAT HC FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
12 108 63 0.72 ATHOS IN AMERICA HC FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
13 122 183 0.66 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 17 RANDOM HOUSE
14 127 178 0.64 MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA GN VOL 11 HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
15 128 185 0.62 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 RANDOM HOUSE
16 139 62 0.59 YOUNG ROMANCE BEST SIMON & KIRBY COMICS HC FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
17 144 74 0.58 MADWOMAN O/T SACRED HEART GN (MR) HUMANOIDS INC
18 145 120 0.57 KEVIN KELLER HC VOL 01 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
19 155 118 0.52 WHISPERS IN THE WALLS GN (MR) HUMANOIDS INC
20 161 226 0.51 GTO 14 DAYS IN SHONAN GN VOL 01 RANDOM HOUSE
21 171 137 0.47 MODESTY BLAISE TP VOL 21 LIVE BAIT RANDOM HOUSE
22 174 400 0.46 SHREK DIGEST GN VOL 02 APE ENTERTAINMENT
23 178 234 0.45 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 17 ATONEMENT ARC PT 3 HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
24 185 260 0.42 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 01 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
25 188 42 0.41 PHANTOM COMP SERIES HC CHARLTON YEARS VOL 01 HERMES PRESS
26 190 427 0.41 NINJAGO GN VOL 02 MASK OF THE SENSEI NBM
27 194 169 0.40 GOLIATH HC DRAWN & QUARTERLY
28 195 252 0.40 OMAMORI HIMARI GN VOL 06 (MR) HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
29 204 465 0.39 MEGAMIND DIGEST GN VOL 02 WHY SO BLUE APE ENTERTAINMENT
30 222 253 0.35 ZOMBIE RECOGNITION GUIDE GN ANTARCTIC PRESS
31 224 313 0.35 SHUGO CHARA CHAN GN VOL 02 RANDOM HOUSE
32 225 377 0.35 HOUSEWIVES AT PLAY KIDNAPPED (A) FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
33 229 306 0.35 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE ONI PRESS INC.
34 231 91 0.34 AMAZING MYSTERIES BILL EVERETT ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
35 240 191 0.34 JINCHALO GN DRAWN & QUARTERLY
36 246 123 0.32 IS THAT ALL THERE IS HC (MR) FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
37 250 340 0.32 SAYONARA ZETSUBOU SENSEI GN VOL 13 RANDOM HOUSE
38 253 293 0.32 GENTLEMENS AGREEMENT RABBIT & WOLF GN (MR) DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION
39 254 278 0.31 MEGAMIND MEGA COLLECTION TP APE ENTERTAINMENT
40 262 233 0.30 MY FRIEND DAHMER SC ABRAMS
41 267 369 0.30 AT FULL MOON GN VOL 02 RANDOM HOUSE
42 268 372 0.30 GON GN KODANSHA ED VOL 03 RANDOM HOUSE
43 270 324 0.29 MR TIGER AND MR WOLF GN VOL 02 (OF 2) (MR) DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION
44 272 231 0.29 SEX PISTOLS GN DIAMOND COMIC DIST–ENGLAND
45 273 359 0.29 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 03 RANDOM HOUSE
46 274 300 0.29 THE LAST ZOMBIE INFERNO TP ANTARCTIC PRESS
47 278 548 0.29 POSSESSIONS GN VOL 03 BETTER HOUSE TRAP ONI PRESS INC.
48 279 262 0.29 SPIKE TV 1000 WAYS TO DIE GN ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
49 281 332 0.28 BORDER GN VOL 03 (MR) DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION
50 283 198 0.28 HOW TO DRAW & DESIGN STEAMPUNK SUPERSIZE TP ANTARCTIC PRESS

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