Diamond’s Top 50 Small Press Comics and Graphic Novels for July 2013

by Jeff

may130833 Diamond's Top 50 Small Press Comics and Graphic Novels for July 2013Media Release — One of Michael Turner’s most popular characters returned as part of Aspen’s “10 for 10” anniversary celebration in the publisher’s All New Fathom #1, the best-selling Small Press comic in July.

Archie Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Sonic the Hedgehog #250 at #4. Also with four titles in the top ten was Valiant, led by Quantum & Woody #1 at #3. Finally, Zenescope had one title in the top ten, Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz #1 at #2.

The latest chapter in David Petersen’s acclaimed murine fantasy, Mouse Guard Volume 3: The Black Axe from Archaia Entertainment, was July’s best-selling Small Press graphic novel.

Also with titles in the top ten were Archie Comics, Kodansha Comics, Picturebox, Top Shelf Productions, Valiant Entertainment, and Yen Press.

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.

QtyRank Overall QtyRank Overall RetailRank Index Comic Vendor
1 28 151 41.18 ALL NEW FATHOM #1 ASP
2 136 124 14.57 GFT OZ #1 ZEN
3 141 114 13.35 QUANTUM & WOODY #1 VAL
4 166 137 10.82 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #250 ARC
5 168 144 10.60 X-O MANOWAR #15 VAL
6 174 153 10.04 HARBINGER WARS #4 VAL
7 179 191 9.68 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #251 ARC
8 194 206 8.63 SONIC UNIVERSE #54 ARC
9 204 178 8.11 HARBINGER #14 VAL
10 209 230 7.82 MEGA MAN #27 ARC
11 212 181 7.64 SHADOWMAN #8 VAL
12 213 182 7.62 BLOODSHOT #13 VAL
13 216 187 7.48 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #11 VAL
14 217 307 7.46 MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS #1 ONI
15 220 310 7.43 MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS #2 ONI
16 241 212 6.44 RACHEL RISING #18 ABS
17 257 248 5.65 HELHEIM #5 (MR) ONI
18 264 284 5.45 GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #87 ZEN
19 271 298 5.32 SPONGEBOB COMICS #22 UNI
20 274 300 5.28 SIMPSONS COMICS #204 BON
21 277 290 5.20 GFT ROBYN HOOD WANTED #3 ZEN
22 280 293 5.08 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #81 (MR) BRO
23 285 286 4.58 BALLISTIC #1 BLA
24 290 269 4.48 GFT WEREWOLVES HUNGER #2 (MR) ZEN
25 292 287 4.38 JIRNI #4 ASP
26 293 196 4.30 GFT GRIMM UNIVERSE #5 ZEN
27 294 288 4.30 BUBBLEGUN #2 ASP
28 296 278 4.16 GFT DEMONS UNSEEN #2 ZEN
29 297 279 4.14 GFT WEREWOLVES HUNGER #3 ZEN
30 298 324 4.11 DEATH OF HAGGARD WEST ONE SHOT ST.
31 300 343 4.03 BART SIMPSON COMICS #85 BON
32 309 291 3.88 GFT ZOMBIES CURSED #1 ZEN
33 318 312 3.67 FATHOM ELITE SAGA #3 ASP
34 325 359 3.54 ARCHIE #646 ARC
35 326 318 3.53 FATHOM ELITE SAGA #4 ASP
36 327 319 3.52 FATHOM ELITE SAGA #5 ASP
37 329 320 3.50 ARCHIE #645 ARC
38 330 352 3.50 GFT HUNTERS SHADOWLANDS #3 ZEN
39 333 305 3.45 GFT JUNGLE BOOK LAST O/T SPECIES #5 (MR) ZEN
40 334 304 3.44 MERCY SPARX #1 (MR) DEV
41 336 355 3.33 SCREWED #2 (MR) ZEN
42 337 259 3.26 OPTIC NERVE #13 (MR) DRA
43 345 322 3.17 LENORE VOLUME II #8 TIT
44 350 339 3.07 CHARISMAGIC VOL 2 #3 ASP
45 351 350 3.04 12 REASONS TO DIE #2 BLA
46 357 351 2.90 SIXTH GUN SONS O/T GUN #5 ONI
47 360 334 2.83 STEAM ENGINES OF OZ #1 AST
48 366 353 2.61 SOLID STATE TANK GIRL #2 TIT
49 369 367 2.53 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #13 ASP
50 375 376 2.42 LEGEND O/T SHADOWCLAN #5 ASP


QtyRank Overall QtyRank Overall DollarRank Index Title Vendor
1 13 6 2.92 MOUSE GUARD HC VOL 03 BLACK AXE ARA
2 30 72 1.77 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 12 RAN
3 60 182 1.21 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 21 ARC
4 76 127 1.04 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 14 HAC
5 80 68 0.99 REASON FOR DRAGONS HC ARA
6 89 74 0.95 MONSTER ON THE HILL GN TOP
7 90 122 0.94 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG TP VOL 02 ETERNAL WARRIOR VAL
8 91 148 0.94 ARCHIE MEETS GLEE TP ARC
9 95 76 0.92 WALRUS GN PIC
10 100 66 0.88 JASON LOST CAT HC FAN
11 102 116 0.87 STORYTELLER GN ARA
12 109 97 0.83 WARS IN TOYLAND HC ONI
13 113 167 0.81 SOUL EATER TP VOL 15 (MR) HAC
14 121 128 0.78 GFT UNLEASHED TP VOL 01 ZEN
15 138 183 0.73 KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX TP VOL 01 HAC
16 144 192 0.71 KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX TP VOL 02 HAC
17 151 117 0.68 KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES TP HAC
18 173 136 0.59 PORCELAIN A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE GN (MR) IMP
19 175 200 0.59 HIDEYUKI KIKUCHIS VAMPIRE HUNTER D GN VOL 07 DIG
20 177 239 0.58 PUELLA MAGI ORIKO MAGICA GN VOL 01 HAC
21 181 142 0.57 MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD HC VOL 01 ARA
22 184 244 0.57 K ON COLLEGE TP VOL 01 HAC
23 191 123 0.56 GODDAMN THIS WAR HC FAN
24 192 150 0.55 KILLER HC VOL 04 UNFAIR COMPETITION (MR) ARA
25 193 269 0.55 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 27 RAN
26 207 139 0.51 BEST OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG VILLAINS HC ARC
27 211 236 0.50 ALICE I/T COUNTRY CLOVER CHESHIRE CAT WALTZ GN VOL 05 (MR) ( ST.
28 213 275 0.50 ARSENIC LULLABY BIG STALL ONE SHOT ARS
29 230 186 0.48 CAPOTE IN KANSAS HC (O/A) (MR) ONI
30 234 101 0.47 MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ORIGIN GN VOL 02 GARMA RAN
31 239 141 0.46 KILLER OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 (MR) ARA
32 242 198 0.46 GENIUS GN ST.
33 244 145 0.46 KITARO GN DRA
34 260 332 0.43 IS THIS A ZOMBIE GN VOL 05 (MR) HAC
35 266 138 0.42 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE COLOR SUNDAYS HC VOL 01 CALL WILD FAN
36 267 208 0.42 KINGDOM HEARTS II TP VOL 01 HAC
37 275 154 0.41 GAME OF THRONES HC GN VOL 01 (MR) RAN
38 282 272 0.40 PRINCELESS TP VOL 02 GET OVER YOURSELF ACT
39 295 156 0.39 LOVE AND ROCKETS COMPANION 30 YEARS SC FAN
40 302 452 0.38 KEVIN KELLER TP VOL 02 DRIVE ME CRAZY ARC
41 303 246 0.38 VELVET KISS GN VOL 03 (A) 801
42 313 339 0.37 WASTELAND TP VOL 08 LOST I/T OZONE ONI
43 354 457 0.34 GUNSLINGER GIRL OMNIBUS TP VOL 07 BOOK 15 ST.
44 357 418 0.34 MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 03 (MR) ST.
45 361 112 0.34 MARK SCHULTZ XENOZOIC COMPLETE NEW PTG TP FLE
46 366 310 0.33 ELDRITCH TP VOL 01 SLA
47 372 181 0.33 SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER HC ONI
48 373 333 0.33 LEGACY O/T CRUSADERS TP ARC
49 376 254 0.33 LOVE HAIR GN (RES) (A) 801
50 381 442 0.32 AMULET SC VOL 01 STONEKEEPER SCH

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