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

by Jeff

jan130867 Diamond's Top 50 Small Press Comics and Graphic Novels for March 2013Media Release — Aspen’s tenth-anniversary celebration continued with March’s launch of Shrugged2 #1, the best-selling Small Press comic sold to direct market specialty retailers for the month.

Valiant Entertainment had five titles in the top ten, led by X-O Manowar #11 at #2.

Also in the top ten with one title each were Abstract Studios, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, and Oni Pres.

Matt Wanger and Simon Bisley’s supernatural adventure continued in Legendary’s The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk Volume 4, the best-selling Small Press graphic novel sold in March.

Other publishers in the top ten include Archie Comics, Humanoids, Oni Press, Random House, Top Shelf Productions, Valiant Entertainment, 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.

QtyRank Overall QtyRank Overall RetailRank Index Comic VendName
1 78 206 22.23 SHRUGGED VOL 2 #1 ASP
2 135 108 11.43 X-O MANOWAR #11 VAL
3 153 130 9.53 SHADOWMAN #5 VAL
4 167 140 8.84 HARBINGER #10 VAL
5 171 143 8.61 HELHEIM #1 (MR) ONI
6 180 153 8.03 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #8 VAL
7 183 155 7.95 BLOODSHOT #9 VAL
8 196 139 7.12 SIMPSONS COMICS #200 BON
9 206 221 6.17 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #246 ARC
10 217 207 5.52 RACHEL RISING #15 ABS
11 220 214 5.34 SONIC UNIVERSE #50 ARC
12 226 243 5.08 SPONGEBOB COMICS #18 UNI
13 231 237 4.92 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #79 (MR) BRO
14 236 240 4.76 GFT WONDERLAND #9 (MR) ZEN
15 238 264 4.57 FUTURAMA COMICS #66 BON
16 239 246 4.51 GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #83 (MR) ZEN
17 242 249 4.39 DREW HAYES POISON ELVES #1 (MR) APE
18 250 223 4.17 GFT MADNESS OF WONDERLAND #2 (MR) ZEN
19 258 285 3.87 MEGA MAN #23 ARC
20 260 241 3.83 LEGEND O/T SHADOWCLAN #2 ASP
21 262 289 3.80 BART SIMPSON COMICS #81 BON
22 265 231 3.76 GFT GRIMM UNIVERSE #4 (MR) ZEN
23 287 325 3.24 ARCHIE #641 ARCHIE MEETS GLEE PT 1 ARC
24 296 272 3.05 ALL CRIME #1 (MR) ART
25 308 290 2.86 SIXTH GUN SONS O/T GUN #2 ONI
26 310 292 2.82 SOULFIRE VOL 4 #4 ASP
27 321 308 2.61 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS VOL 3 #3 ASP
28 331 314 2.53 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #9 ASP
29 335 321 2.39 MYLO XYLOTO #2 BON
30 336 309 2.38 FLY VOL II #5 (MR) ZEN
31 345 332 2.28 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST #5 BIG
32 355 259 2.11 GFT ST PATRICKS DAY SPEC (MR) ZEN
33 369 359 1.74 LIFE WITH ARCHIE #28 ARC
34 371 293 1.69 GFT ST PATRICKS DAY (MR) ZEN
35 376 358 1.59 ZOMBIES VS CHEERLEADERS VOL 2 #1 3 F
36 384 374 1.49 SIXTH GUN SONS O/T GUN #1 ONI
37 389 294 1.44 BEST OF ZENESCOPE SPECIAL ED #1 (MR) ZEN
38 395 376 1.34 LOOKOUTS RIDDLE VOL 01 #4 CRY
39 397 392 1.31 GOLD DIGGER #148 ANT
40 400 396 1.22 CAVEWOMAN OASIS #1 (MR) AMR
41 406 410 1.06 GEARHEARTS STEAMPUNK GLAMOR REVUE #6 ANT
42 410 416 1.02 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #211 ARC
43 411 407 0.99 FINDING GOSSAMYR #4 TH3
44 413 378 0.98 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #238 DOUBLE DOUBLE ARC
45 415 367 0.96 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #196 KEN
46 417 424 0.96 B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #232 ARC
47 418 427 0.95 ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #25 ARC
48 429 434 0.85 WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #27 ARC
49 431 442 0.84 CRITTER #9 BIG
50 433 437 0.84 LAST ZOMBIE BEFORE THE AFTER #5 ANT


QtyRank Overall QtyRank Overall DollarRank Index Title VendName
1 35 102 1.48 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 04 GEISTHAWK LEG
2 44 95 1.34 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (NEW) TP VOL 01 VAL
3 50 55 1.25 NEMO HEART OF ICE HC TOP
4 83 128 0.91 SONIC SAGA TP VOL 02 ORDER FROM CHAOS ARC
5 85 23 0.89 MUSE DLX HC (MR) HUM
6 100 137 0.80 SOUL EATER TP VOL 13 HAC
7 122 79 0.72 TANK GIRL EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL HC (MR) RAN
8 123 82 0.71 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS TP VOL 05 ZEN
9 124 136 0.71 PENNY ARCADE TP VOL 09 PASSIONS HOWL ONI
10 133 75 0.67 VALIANT MASTERS NINJAK HC VOL 01 BLACK WATER VAL
11 137 157 0.64 GFT SLEEPY HOLLOW TP (MR) ZEN
12 159 25 0.58 ROY THOMAS PRESENTS PHANTOM LADY COLL WORKS HC VOL 01 DIA
13 161 107 0.58 JUDGE DREDD ORIGINS TP (MR) POC
14 180 233 0.52 SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH MAGIC WITHIN TP VOL 01 ARC
15 191 125 0.50 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC SLA
16 195 131 0.49 HAWKEN GENESIS HC ARA
17 197 150 0.48 CROW SPECIAL ED TP POC
18 204 195 0.47 ALICE I/T COUNTRY CLOVER CHESHIRE CAT WALTZ GN VOL 04 (MR) ( ST.
19 207 259 0.47 JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 05 DOES SOMETHING TOP
20 209 222 0.46 DURARARA SAIKA TP VOL 01 HAC
21 238 122 0.39 COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 19 1987-1988 FAN
22 245 186 0.37 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 21 MASSACRE ARC PT 3 (NOTE PR HAC
23 255 198 0.35 BAD MACHINERY GN VOL 01 CASE O/T TEAM SPIRIT ONI
24 265 58 0.34 PHANTOM COMP DAILIES HC VOL 05 1943-1944 HER
25 274 238 0.33 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG COMPLETE COMIC ENCYCLOPEDIA TP ARC
26 282 124 0.32 JUDGE DREDD DAY OF CHAOS FOURTH FACTION GN (MR) DIA
27 284 271 0.32 MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 02 ST.
28 287 35 0.32 LUMINOUS INCAL DLX HC (MR) HUM
29 302 279 0.30 NEW CRUSADERS RISE O/T HEROES TP ARC
30 308 347 0.29 OLYMPIANS GN VOL 05 POSEIDON EARTH SHAKER ST.
31 310 78 0.29 MICKEY SPILLANE FROM FILES OF MIKE HAMMER VOL 01 HER
32 312 237 0.29 JULIOS DAY HC FAN
33 318 395 0.28 GERONIMO STILTON HC VOL 12 FIRST SAMURAI NBM
34 319 329 0.28 BTOOOM GN VOL 01 (MR) HAC
35 327 225 0.27 NEGIMA OMNIBUS GN VOL 06 (MR) RAN
36 328 320 0.27 DARK HUNTERS INFINITY TP VOL 01 HAC
37 329 241 0.27 BLOOD LAD OMNIBUS GN VOL 02 HAC
38 333 325 0.26 WITCH & WIZARD MANGA GN VOL 03 HAC
39 340 85 0.26 ROY THOMAS PRESENTS THE HEAP HC VOL 02 DIA
40 358 454 0.25 HARBINGER (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 OMEGA RISING VAL
41 386 345 0.23 BARRYS BEST BUDDY HC RAN
42 399 512 0.22 BLOODSHOT (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 VAL
43 409 274 0.22 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 01 ONI
44 410 226 0.21 LEONARD STARRS MARY PERKINS ON STAGE TP VOL 11 CLA
45 420 190 0.21 MESSAGES IN BOTTLE TP COMIC STORIES KRIGSTEIN FAN
46 423 218 0.21 HARVEY HORRORS CHAMBER OF CHILLS SOFTIE TP VOL 02 DIA
47 427 352 0.20 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 02 FEAR NO MALUS ABS
48 430 327 0.20 CALVIN & HOBBES DAYS ARE JUST PACKED POC
49 431 348 0.20 ARE YOU MY MOTHER A COMIC DRAMA SC HOU
50 434 323 0.20 COLORFUL DREAMS GN (A) 801

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