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Paul McCartney -- My Very Good Friend the MailmanAnother classic Valiant character is relaunched for the 21st-century in Shadowman #1 from Valiant Entertainment, November's best-selling Small Press comic book. Valiant took the top five spots on the Small Press chart in November. Shadowman #1 was followed by X-O Manowar #7 at #2, Harbinger #6 at #3, Archer & Armstrong #5 at #4, and Bloodshot #5 at #5.

Also in the top ten were Archie Comics' Sonic Universe #46 at #9, Bongo Comics' Simpsons Comics #196 at #10, BroadSword Comics' Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #77 at #8, United Plankton's Spongebob Comics #14 at #6, and Zenescope Entertainment's Wonderland #5 at #7.

Oni Press continued their colorized reprinting of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim with November's Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Volume 2; Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, the best-selling Small Press graphic novel for the month.

Other publishers in the top ten include Abstract Studios, Archie Comics, Fantagraphics Books, Kodansha Comics, Legendary Comics, and Ubiworkshop.

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.

TOP 50 SMALL PRESS COMICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in November 2012

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 90 73 15.68 SEP121219-M SHADOWMAN #1 $3.99 VAL
2 150 121 9.09 SEP121229 X-O MANOWAR #7 $3.99 VAL
3 159 131 8.53 SEP121225-M HARBINGER #6 $3.99 VAL
4 162 132 8.44 SEP121227-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #4 $3.99 VAL
5 163 135 8.24 SEP121223-M BLOODSHOT #5 $3.99 VAL
6 214 237 4.78 SEP120884 SPONGEBOB COMICS #14 $2.99 UNI
7 216 223 4.75 SEP121287-M WONDERLAND #5 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
8 223 235 4.49 SEP120950 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #77 (MR) $2.95 BRO
9 226 248 4.41 SEP120805 SONIC UNIVERSE #46 $2.99 ARC
10 230 251 4.32 SEP120880 SIMPSONS COMICS #196 $2.99 BON
11 233 242 4.22 SEP121285-M ROBYN HOOD #3 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
12 235 243 4.17 SEP121289-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #79 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
13 239 265 4.03 SEP120881 FUTURAMA COMICS #64 $2.99 BON
14 245 255 3.89 SEP121283-M GFT SLEEPY HOLLOW #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
15 258 268 3.52 AUG121435-M GFT BAD GIRLS #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
16 259 282 3.52 AUG120804 MEGA MAN #19 $2.99 ARC
17 263 287 3.42 SEP120879 BART SIMPSON COMICS #77 $2.99 BON
18 270 276 3.33 SEP121297-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #23 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
19 274 281 3.23 SEP121291-M GODSTORM #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
20 281 285 3.15 AUG121437-M FLY VOL II #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
21 287 267 2.96 SEP121169 STUMPTOWN V2 #3 $3.99 ONI
22 297 275 2.75 AUG120805 SONIC SUPER DIGEST #1 $3.99 ARC
23 302 289 2.66 JUL121205 ATOMIC ROBO FLYING SHE DEVILS O/T PACIFIC #4 $3.50 RED
24 303 283 2.60 SEP120825-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #5 $3.99 ASP
25 311 313 2.40 MAY120883 FATHOM KIANI VOL 2 #4 $3.50 ASP
26 319 314 2.17 SEP120876 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST ONGOING #2 $3.50 BIG
27 326 341 1.91 AUG120812-M NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #3 $2.99 ARC
28 328 326 1.79 SEP121166 COURTNEY CRUMRIN ONGOING #7 $3.99 ONI
29 329 328 1.74 AUG120802-M LIFE WITH ARCHIE #24 $3.99 ARC
30 332 323 1.68 AUG121296 STUFF OF LEGEND TOY COLLECTOR #2 $3.99 TH3
31 341 263 1.23 AUG120806 SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #5 $9.99 ARC
32 342 363 1.20 AUG120883 JOAN OF ARC FROM THE ASHES #1 (MR) $3.50 BIG
33 343 350 1.17 AUG120761 ADVENTURES OF A COMIC CON GIRL #3 (MR) $3.99 ANT
34 344 351 1.15 AUG120759 GOLD DIGGER #144 $3.99 ANT
35 347 348 1.07 SEP120967 LOOKOUTS RIDDLE VOL 01 #3 $3.99 CRY
36 349 359 1.04 JUL121073 CASTLE WAITING VOL II #18 $3.95 FAN
37 353 361 1.00 SEP120793 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #207 $3.99 ARC
38 355 345 0.95 SEP120728 INDIE COMICS HORROR #1 (MR) $4.75 AAZ
39 358 368 0.92 SEP120791 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #235 $3.99 ARC
40 364 374 0.82 JUL120727 LAST ZOMBIE BEFORE THE AFTER #2 $3.99 ANT
41 365 373 0.80 JUL120704 PRINCELESS STORIES WARRIOR WOMEN ONE SHOT #1 $3.99 ACT
42 368 376 0.78 AUG120811 WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #23 $3.99 ARC
43 369 379 0.77 SEP120872 CRITTER #6 $3.50 BIG
44 373 382 0.71 SEP121170 WASTELAND #41 (MR) $3.99 ONI
45 376 378 0.69 SEP120953 OZ WONDERLAND CHRONICLES PRELUDE TO EVIL #2 $3.99 BUY
46 381 401 0.63 AUG121308 WESTWARD #2 $2.99 TOO
47 382 333 0.62 JUL121218 BETTIE PAGE IN DANGER #5 (MR) $9.95 SHH
48 386 366 0.57 JUL121243 RIDE SOUTHERN GOTHIC #2 $5.99 12 
49 387 306 0.55 SEP120757-M CAVEWOMAN GANGSTER #2 BUDD ROOT SP ED (NET) $8.00 AMR
50 414 413 0.41 AUG128396-M BLOODSHOT #1 $3.99 VAL

TOP 50 SMALL PRESS GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in November 2012

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 11 9 2.33 AUG121236 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 02 $24.99 ONI
2 18 66 1.86 SEP121141 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 02 GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
3 21 54 1.56 AUG121202 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 08 $10.99 RAN
4 31 39 1.31 SEP120729 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 02 FEAR NO MALUS $16.99 ABS
5 38 137 1.18 AUG120807 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 19 $7.99 ARC
6 39 21 1.16 SEP121088 WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 02 XMAS SHACKTOWN $28.99 FAN
7 48 111 1.00 AUG121299 ASSASSINS CREED GN VOL 01 DESMOND $9.99 RAN
8 50 133 0.96 AUG120795 ARCHIE COMIC SUPER SPECIAL #1 $9.99 ARC
9 53 120 0.94 AUG121300 ASSASSINS CREED GN VOL 02 AQUILUS $9.99 RAN
10 61 126 0.91 AUG121301 ASSASSINS CREED GN VOL 03 ACCIPITER $9.99 RAN
11 62 58 0.91 JUL121177 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 04 $19.99 ONI
12 71 119 0.86 JUL121135 NEGIMA GN VOL 36 (MR) $10.99 RAN
13 73 94 0.84 SEP120804 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG LEGACY VOL 02 $14.99 ARC
14 94 140 0.70 SEP121276 SOUL EATER TP VOL 11 $11.99 HAC
15 101 251 0.68 SEP121156 SMURFS GN VOL 13 SMURF SOUP $5.99 NBM
16 115 192 0.62 SEP121089 CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS STOCKING HC $9.99 FAN
17 120 122 0.59 AUG121432 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS TP VOL 04 $15.99 ZEN
18 122 156 0.57 SEP121278 SPICE AND WOLF GN VOL 07 (MR) $12.99 HAC
19 124 167 0.56 AUG121397 SOUL EATER NOT TP VOL 02 $11.99 HAC
20 131 179 0.53 AUG121143 PRISON PIT GN VOL 04 (MR) $12.99 FAN
21 140 107 0.51 JAN128076 UNDERWATER WELDER GN $19.95 TOP
22 142 110 0.50 SEP121270 INTERVIEW W/T VAMPIRE GN VOL 01 CLAUDIAS STORY $19.99 HAC
23 146 75 0.49 AUG121146 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC VOL 04 HOUSE O/T HAUNTS $29.99 FAN
24 147 131 0.49 SEP120875 LEGEND OF OZ WICKED WEST TP $17.99 BIG
25 151 153 0.48 SEP128175 FOUR HORSEMEN O/T APOCALYPSE SC VOL 03 (MR) $14.95 HEA
26 157 220 0.44 SEP121140 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 22 $10.99 RAN
27 165 186 0.43 AUG121291 ALICE I/T COUNTRY CLOVER CHESHIRE CAT WALTZ GN VOL 03 (MR) ( $13.99 ST.
28 171 198 0.40 AUG120808 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG GENESIS TP $14.99 ARC
29 175 181 0.39 JUL121327 CHARMED TP VOL 04 $15.99 ZEN
30 176 213 0.39 AUG121293 HAGANAI I HAVE NO FRIENDS GN VOL 01 $12.99 ST.
31 180 184 0.38 APR121344 THEATER TP $15.99 ZEN
32 182 234 0.37 SEP121269 IS THIS A ZOMBIE GN VOL 03 (MR) $11.99 HAC
33 183 155 0.37 MAY121288 MODESTY BLAISE TP VOL 22 LADY IN THE DARK $19.95 RAN
34 185 237 0.37 SEP121272 MELANCHOLY OF SUZUMIYA HARUHI CHAN GN VOL 06 $11.99 HAC
35 186 135 0.37 MAY121234 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 $24.99 ONI
36 188 226 0.36 AUG121072 HENTAI PRINCE AND THE STONY CAT GN VOL 01 $12.95 DIG
37 189 130 0.36 AUG121180 DIOSAMANTE HC (MR) $24.95 HUM
38 194 235 0.34 SEP121277 SOULLESS MANGA GN VOL 02 $12.99 HAC
39 195 375 0.34 JUL121160 POWER RANGERS SUPER SAMURAI GN VOL 02 TERRIBLE TOYS $6.99 NBM
40 196 252 0.34 SEP121274 OMAMORI HIMARI GN VOL 09 (MR) $11.99 HAC
41 197 166 0.34 JUN121292 TANK GIRL CARIOCA HC $19.95 RAN
42 199 264 0.33 JUL121125 AIR GEAR GN VOL 26 (MR) $10.99 RAN
43 205 231 0.32 SEP120758 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID HC VOL 07 THIRD WHEEL $13.95 ABR
44 207 305 0.31 JUL121233 UPSIDE DOWN A VAMPIRE TALE HC $9.95 TOP
45 210 405 0.31 AUG121223 NINJAGO GN VOL 05 KINGDOM O/T SNAKES $6.99 NBM
46 213 246 0.30 SEP121268 BUNNY DROP GN VOL 07 $13.99 HAC
47 216 477 0.30 OCT120724 SECRET ADVENTURES OF HOUDINI $6.99 ALT
48 217 298 0.29 JAN120845 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 05 $11.99 ARC
49 218 297 0.29 SEP121232 GTO 14 DAYS IN SHONAN GN VOL 06 $10.95 RAN
50 227 249 0.28 STAR08102 SQUEE TP $15.95 SLA

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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.