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

Shadowman #2Media Release — Jack Boniface struggles in his first night as the new Shadowman in Valiant Entertainment’s Shadowman #2, the best-stelling Small Press Comic Book in December. Valiant took the top five spots on December’s Small Press charts; Shadowman was followed in order by Archer Armstrong #5, X-O Manowar #8, Harbinger #7, and Bloodshot #6.

Also in the top ten were Abstract Studios (Rachel Rising #13 ranked #6), Archie Comics (Sonic the Hedgehog #243 ranked #6), United Plankton (Spongebob Squarepants #15 ranked #9), and Zenescope Entertainment (two titles, led by Wonderland #6 at #8).

In addition to the month’s top selling Small Press comic, Valiant Entertainment also had the month’s top Small Press Graphic Novel as X-O Manowar Volume 1: By the Sword, the collected edition of the first four issues of the new series, topped the chart.

Also in the top ten were Archaia Entertainment, Archie Comics, Art of Fiction, Kodansha Comics, Rebellion, Red 5 Comics, 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 Title VendName 1 116 103 11.16 SHADOWMAN #2 VAL 2 143 106 9.60 ARCHER ARMSTRONG #5 VAL 3 144 108 9.54 X-O MANOWAR #8 VAL 4 156 123 8.43 HARBINGER #7 VAL 5 158 127 8.25 BLOODSHOT #6 VAL 6 195 213 5.78 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #243 ARC 7 205 195 5.13 RACHEL RISING #13 ABS 8 216 222 4.78 WONDERLAND #6 (MR) ZEN 9 218 234 4.75 SPONGEBOB COMICS #15 UNI 10 220 228 4.71 ROBYN HOOD #4 (MR) ZEN 11 222 134 4.54 GFT 2012 HOLIDAY SPECIAL (MR) ZEN 12 223 243 4.51 SONIC UNIVERSE #47 ARC 13 225 244 4.47 SIMPSONS COMICS #197 BON 14 235 235 4.29 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #80 (MR) ZEN 15 238 269 4.19 MEGA MAN #20 ARC 16 250 265 3.84 GFT BAD GIRLS #5 (MR) ZEN 17 260 270 3.57 FATHOM VOL 4 #8 ASP 18 261 281 3.56 GFT SLEEPY HOLLOW #3 (MR) ZEN 19 263 296 3.55 BART SIMPSON COMICS #78 BON 20 268 285 3.48 GFT MYTHS LEGENDS #24 (MR) ZEN 21 279 219 3.31 SIMPSONS WINTER WINGDING #7 BON 22 294 268 3.14 SOULFIRE VOL 4 #3 ASP 23 296 319 3.13 SIMPSONS SUPER SPECTACULAR #16 BON 24 309 280 2.93 STUMPTOWN V2 #4 ONI 25 315 287 2.84 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS VOL 3 #1 ASP 26 316 272 2.83 LENORE VOLUME II #7 TIT 27 320 327 2.72 GODSTORM #3 (MR) ZEN 28 326 297 2.65 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #6 ASP 29 331 290 2.54 GRIMM UNIVERSE #2 RED RIDING HOOD (MR) ZEN 30 332 308 2.54 ATOMIC ROBO FLYING SHE DEVILS O/T PACIFIC #5 RED 31 333 349 2.53 KEVIN KELLER #6 ARC 32 335 337 2.51 FLY VOL II #2 (MR) ZEN 33 345 359 2.32 ARCHIE #639 ARC 34 346 324 2.28 IDOLIZED #4 ASP 35 347 350 2.27 FLY VOL II #3 (MR) ZEN 36 356 372 1.99 NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #4 ARC 37 357 256 1.98 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #192 KEN 38 359 262 1.94 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #193 KEN 39 363 347 1.93 SIXTH GUN #27 ONI 40 370 371 1.82 WAKE THE F#CK UP #1 (MR) ZEN 41 371 356 1.80 COURTNEY CRUMRIN #8 ONI 42 374 363 1.68 LIFE WITH ARCHIE #25 ARC 43 381 389 1.54 BETTY VERONICA #263 ARC 44 398 388 1.19 GOLD DIGGER #145 ANT 45 400 393 1.09 VICTORIAN SECRET HOLIDAY FUN SPECIAL ANT 46 401 411 1.05 JOAN OF ARC FROM THE ASHES #2 (MR) BIG 47 402 403 0.99 VICTORIAN SECRET GIRLS OF STEAMPUNK #1 MASQUERADE ANT 48 403 405 0.98 BETTY VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #208 ARC 49 407 412 0.93 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #236 ARC 50 408 427 0.93 VERY ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS #4 ANT

 

QtyRank Overall QtyRank Overall DollarRank Index Title VendName 1 27 93 1.39 X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 BY THE SWORD VAL 2 50 80 1.03 ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV TP RED 3 74 107 0.82 BEST OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG TP VOL 01 ARC 4 76 156 0.80 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER TP VOL 16 RAN 5 78 63 0.80 JUDGE DREDD GARTH ENNIS COLL TP (MR) POC 6 89 47 0.74 CURSED PIRATE GIRL HC VOL 01 ARA 7 97 161 0.70 MEGA MAN TP VOL 04 SPIRITUS EX MACHINA ARC 8 98 52 0.70 SPACE 1999 AFTERSHOCK AWE ARA 9 109 202 0.65 DAMES IN THE ATOMIC AGE GN VOL 01 ART 10 124 172 0.56 PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA GN VOL 03 HAC 11 136 191 0.51 ALICE I/T COUNTRY OF HEARTS MY FANATIC RABBIT GN VOL 01 HAC 12 139 48 0.50 WEIRD HORRORS DARING ADV JOE KUBERT ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 FAN 13 140 194 0.50 PANDORA HEARTS GN VOL 13 HAC 14 143 51 0.49 POGO COMP SYNDICATED STRIPS HC VOL 02 BALDERDASH FAN 15 145 200 0.49 MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA GN VOL 14 HAC 16 147 271 0.49 DISNEY FAIRIES GN VOL 10 TINKER BELL RAINBOW NBM 17 149 92 0.47 TEZUKA MESSAGE TO ADOLF GN VOL 02 (MR) RAN 18 154 106 0.45 IRON OR THE WAR AFTER HC ARA 19 157 213 0.44 FUTURAMA TP VOL 01 O RAMA BON 20 165 125 0.42 RUST HC VOL 02 ARA 21 169 235 0.41 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE ONI 22 173 79 0.39 SPACEHAWK TP WOLVERTON FAN 23 179 224 0.38 CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RAILGUN GN VOL 06 ST. 24 184 177 0.37 ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW TP TRA 25 186 171 0.36 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 20 MASSACRE ARC PT 2 HAC 26 187 389 0.36 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST VOL 03 FIELD DAY OTHER STORIES APE 27 189 237 0.36 WAKING DREAMS END TP ZEN 28 190 150 0.36 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 ONI 29 198 142 0.33 DOCTOR WHO TP CHILD OF TIME PAN 30 200 190 0.33 BLOOD LAD GN VOL 01 HAC 31 201 134 0.32 SHARAZ DE HC ARA 32 205 182 0.32 JIM HENSONS DARK CRYSTAL HC VOL 01 CREATION MYTHS ARA 33 208 64 0.32 PHANTOM COMP SERIES HC VOL 02 GOLD KEY YEARS HER 34 211 262 0.31 MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 01 ST. 35 212 167 0.31 DELPHINE HC FAN 36 213 83 0.31 BEFORE THE INCAL CLASS COLL HC (MR) HUM 37 222 251 0.29 GLITTER KISS GN ONI 38 223 268 0.29 FUTURAMA TP VOL 02 ADVENTURES BON 39 225 39 0.29 ANOMALY HC ANO 40 231 253 0.28 SQUEE TP SLA 41 233 478 0.28 ANNOYING ORANGE GN VOL 01 SECRET AGENT ORANGE NBM 42 235 302 0.28 SIMPSONS COMICS TP VOL 01 EXTRAVAGANZA BON 43 237 201 0.28 HOBBIT TP RAN 44 244 209 0.27 DANCE I/T VAMPIRE BUND OMNIBUS VOL 01 ST. 45 245 307 0.27 MALLEUS MALEFICARUM GUIDE TO CATCHING WITCHES GN SLA 46 247 350 0.27 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 01 LTD PRICE CUT ED ZEN 47 250 87 0.26 CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC RAN 48 253 244 0.26 TEZUKA BOOK OF HUMAN INSECTS TP (MR) RAN 49 259 131 0.25 COMP FLASH GORDON LIBRARY HC VOL 02 TYRANT OF MONGO RAN 50 260 514 0.25 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 18 ARC

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