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Peter Gabriel -- The Power of the Heart One of the legendary publishers of the 1990s, Valiant Entertainment, returned to comic shops in May with X-O Manowar #1, relaunching the series about a Visigoth barbarian who wears an alien suit of armor, giving the publisher the best-selling Small Press comic to comics retailers in 2012.

The rebirth of Valiant sent nine titles to the top of the charts for the year. Also in the top from from Valiant were Harbinger #1 at #2, Bloodshot #1 at #3, Archer & Armstrong #1 at #4, Shadowman #1 at #5, X-O Manowar #5 at #6, X-O Manowar #2 at #7, X-O Manowar #2 at #8, and Harbinger #2 at #9.

Also in the top ten was Zenescope Entertainment with Wonderland #1 at #10.

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #3: 2009, the conclusion to their century-spanning trilogy from Top Shelf Productions, was the year's best-selling Small Press graphic novel.

Other publishers in the top ten include Abstract Studios, Archaia Entertainment, Bantam Books, Kodansha Comics, Legendary Comics, and Oni 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.

TOP 100 SMALL PRESS COMICS 
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2012

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 440 268 JUN128136-M X-O MANOWAR #1 $3.99 VAL
2 767 485 AUG128057-M HARBINGER #1 $3.99 VAL
3 878 590 AUG128396-M BLOODSHOT #1 $3.99 VAL
4 1042 755 JUN121322-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 $3.99 VAL
5 1096 821 SEP121219-M SHADOWMAN #1 $3.99 VAL
6 1131 859 JUL121254-M X-O MANOWAR #5 $3.99 VAL
7 1164 878 MAY128153-M X-O MANOWAR #2 $3.99 VAL
8 1389 1068 MAY121315 X-O MANOWAR #3 $3.99 VAL
9 1427 1099 AUG128058-M HARBINGER #2 $3.99 VAL
10 1510 1428 MAY121361-M WONDERLAND #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
11 1513 1162 JUN121330 X-O MANOWAR #4 $3.99 VAL
12 1555 1195 AUG128397-M BLOODSHOT #2 $3.99 VAL
13 1575 1412 OCT121233-M SHADOWMAN #2 $3.99 VAL
14 1587 1225 AUG121335-M X-O MANOWAR #6 $3.99 VAL
15 1628 1756 NOV110720-M ARCHIE #629 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS PT 3 ) $2.99 ARC
16 1646 1283 JUN121326 HARBINGER #3 $3.99 VAL
17 1658 1824 DEC110813-M ARCHIE #630 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS PT 4 ) $2.99 ARC
18 1666 1306 JUL121259-M HARBINGER #4 $3.99 VAL
19 1724 1362 AUG121338-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #3 $3.99 VAL
20 1726 1367 JUL121261 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #2 $3.99 VAL
21 1733 1374 AUG121332-M HARBINGER #5 $3.99 VAL
22 1744 1388 JUL121263 BLOODSHOT #3 $3.99 VAL
23 1746 1394 SEP121229 X-O MANOWAR #7 $3.99 VAL
24 1759 1410 AUG121339-M BLOODSHOT #4 $3.99 VAL
25 1769 1425 OCT121228-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #5 $3.99 VAL
26 1773 1433 OCT121239-M X-O MANOWAR #8 $3.99 VAL
27 1833 1497 SEP121225-M HARBINGER #6 $3.99 VAL
28 1850 1515 SEP121227-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #4 $3.99 VAL
29 1881 1543 SEP121223-M BLOODSHOT #5 $3.99 VAL
30 1927 1586 OCT121235-M HARBINGER #7 $3.99 VAL
31 1952 1614 OCT121237-M BLOODSHOT #6 $3.99 VAL
32 1955 2007 FEB128088-M GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
33 2048 2081 JUL121310-M ROBYN HOOD #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
34 2056 1157 MAY121364-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #75 (MR) $5.99 ZEN
35 2097 2148 JAN121323-M GFT JUNGLE BOOK #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
36 2142 2379 JUN120814-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #240 $2.99 ARC
37 2157 2257 JUN121368-M WONDERLAND #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
38 2169 2418 JUL120773-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #241 $2.99 ARC
39 2172 2736 JAN120848-M STAN LEES MIGHTY 7 #1 $2.99 ARC
40 2291 2547 MAY120856 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #239 $2.99 ARC
41 2294 2551 APR120812 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #238 $2.99 ARC
42 2307 2553 DEC110902 RALPH WIGGUM COMICS #1 $2.99 BON
43 2325 2582 MAR120768 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #237 $2.99 ARC
44 2333 2584 FEB120761 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #236 $2.99 ARC
45 2338 2590 JAN120843 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #235 $2.99 ARC
46 2358 2609 DEC110827 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #234 $2.99 ARC
47 2361 2618 NOV110735 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #233 $2.99 ARC
48 2369 2197 NOV110674 RACHEL RISING #5 $3.99 ABS
49 2373 2631 AUG120809 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #242 $2.99 ARC
50 2374 2628 JUN120898 LIL HOMER #1 $2.99 BON
51 2389 2640 SEP120803 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #243 $2.99 ARC
52 2418 2256 DEC110765 RACHEL RISING #6 $3.99 ABS
53 2421 2263 APR120740 RACHEL RISING #9 $3.99 ABS
54 2427 2267 MAY120791 RACHEL RISING #10 $3.99 ABS
55 2433 2694 MAY120859-M SONIC UNIVERSE #42 $2.99 ARC
56 2435 2279 FEB120703 RACHEL RISING #7 $3.99 ABS
57 2447 2700 FEB120816 BART SIMPSONS PAL MILHOUSE #1 $2.99 BON
58 2452 2704 FEB120821 SPONGEBOB COMICS #8 $2.99 UNI
59 2455 2713 MAY120936 SPONGEBOB COMICS #10 $2.99 UNI
60 2459 2711 APR120886 SPONGEBOB COMICS #9 $2.99 UNI
61 2462 2725 JUN120900 SPONGEBOB COMICS #11 $2.99 UNI
62 2463 2310 MAR120703 RACHEL RISING #8 $3.99 ABS
63 2471 2729 DEC110905 SPONGEBOB COMICS #7 $2.99 UNI
64 2485 2767 OCT110817-M MEGA MAN #9 $2.99 ARC
65 2491 2334 JUL120701 RACHEL RISING #11 $3.99 ABS
66 2497 1925 JUL120857 SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #18 $4.99 BON
67 2501 2155 MAR121288-M CALL OF WONDERLAND #1 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
68 2513 2624 AUG121422-M WONDERLAND #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
69 2521 2629 FEB121212-M GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #5 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
70 2524 2794 AUG120895 MAGGIE #1 $2.99 BON
71 2528 2797 AUG120899 SPONGEBOB COMICS #13 $2.99 UNI
72 2531 2367 AUG120749 RACHEL RISING #12 $3.99 ABS
73 2535 2806 JUL120864 SPONGEBOB COMICS #12 $2.99 UNI
74 2537 2639 JAN121326-M GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
75 2538 2655 JUL121313-M WONDERLAND #3 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
76 2555 3328 JUN120819-M NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #1 $2.99 ARC
77 2574 2408 OCT120719 RACHEL RISING #13 $3.99 ABS
78 2595 2872 SEP120884 SPONGEBOB COMICS #14 $2.99 UNI
79 2612 2719 SEP121287-M WONDERLAND #5 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
80 2620 2302 APR121322-M CALL OF WONDERLAND #2 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
81 2628 2493 NOV110717 MOUSE GUARD BLACK AXE #4 $3.50 ARA
82 2635 2730 NOV111159-M GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
83 2661 2774 APR121323-M GFT JUNGLE BOOK #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
84 2680 2810 MAY120938 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #75 (MR) $2.95 BRO
85 2681 2945 APR120813 SONIC UNIVERSE #41 $2.99 ARC
86 2702 2957 APR120882 SIMPSONS COMICS #191 $2.99 BON
87 2708 2970 MAY120934 SIMPSONS COMICS #192 $2.99 BON
88 2710 2817 OCT121284-M WONDERLAND #6 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
89 2712 2843 SEP120950 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #77 (MR) $2.95 BRO
90 2717 2989 JUN120899 SIMPSONS COMICS #193 $2.99 BON
91 2719 2855 JUL120923 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #76 (MR) $2.95 BRO
92 2720 2987 MAR120769 SONIC UNIVERSE #40 $2.99 ARC
93 2722 2986 OCT120873 SPONGEBOB COMICS #15 $2.99 UNI
94 2729 2994 AUG120810 SONIC UNIVERSE #45 $2.99 ARC
95 2731 2831 DEC111256-M GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #3 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
96 2734 2839 AUG121420-M ROBYN HOOD #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
97 2736 2399 MAY121375-M CALL OF WONDERLAND #3 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
98 2740 3001 JUL120775 SONIC UNIVERSE #44 $2.99 ARC
99 2741 2845 OCT121290-M ROBYN HOOD #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
100 2745 2873 MAR120897 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #74 (MR) $2.95 BRO

TOP 100 SMALL PRESS GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2012

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 10 25 APR121232 LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 (MR) $9.95 TOP
2 88 63 MAY121234 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 (OF 6) $24.99 ONI
3 118 96 JAN128076 UNDERWATER WELDER GN $19.95 TOP
4 120 483 JUL121137 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 01 (OF 4) GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
5 140 82 JAN121043 GAME OF THRONES HC GN VOL 01 (MR) $25.00 RAN
6 145 352 NOV111036 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 03 $10.99 RAN
7 149 349 FEB108442 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
8 167 416 DEC111121 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 04 $10.99 RAN
9 180 267 JAN120780 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 01 SHADOW OF DEATH $16.99 ABS
10 183 163 SEP110750 JIM HENSONS DARK CRYSTAL HC VOL 01 CREATION MYTHS $19.95 ARA
11 189 133 AUG121236 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 02 (OF 6) $24.99 ONI
12 221 519 FEB121079 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 05 $10.99 RAN
13 251 556 JUL111150 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
14 255 663 MAY111195 LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969 (MR) $9.95 TOP
15 264 1101 OCT110819 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 17 $7.99 ARC
16 269 598 FEB108443 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
17 282 242 FEB100651 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC $21.95 SLA
18 291 651 APR121134 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 06 $10.99 RAN
19 305 126 JUL110825 A TALE OF SAND HC $29.95 ARA
20 318 246 DEC111207 HARVEY PEKAR CLEVELAND HC $21.99 TOP
21 319 713 NOV110737 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 30 YEARS LATER $11.99 ARC
22 339 1295 MAR120767 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 18 $7.99 ARC
23 340 265 AUG121252-M CHARLES BURNS HIVE GN $21.95 RAN
24 341 1179 SEP121141 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 02 (OF 4) GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
25 350 308 JUL121018-M HOBBIT TP $20.00 RAN
26 355 800 JUN121186 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 07 $10.99 RAN
27 358 726 MAR128109-M BONE COLOR ED SC VOL 01 OUT BONEVILLE $12.99 SCH
28 364 113 JUN111212-M HABIBI GN (MR) $35.00 RAN
29 373 717 JAN120832 ARCHIE MEETS KISS TP $12.99 ARC
30 378 902 MAY063495 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 01 $15.99 ZEN
31 382 206 MAR121056 WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 01  POOR OLD MAN $28.99 FAN
32 383 533 STAR08102 SQUEE TP $15.95 SLA
33 387 964 FEB121158 LOST DOGS GN (MR) $9.95 TOP
34 388 602 JUN121130 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 05 $14.99 FAN
35 412 76 JUL121170 CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC $50.00 RAN
36 415 395 JAN121241 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 06 GHOST OF STATION X $18.95 RED
37 421 915 AUG121202 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 08 $10.99 RAN
38 426 924 JAN120845 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 05 $11.99 ARC
39 429 897 FEB108444 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 03 INFINITE SADNESS $11.99 ONI
40 431 388 OCT091063 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 01 $18.95 RED
41 446 844 NOV111151 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 08 $11.99 HAC
42 475 692 NOV111155 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 05 (MR) $13.99 HAC
43 504 1017 FEB108445 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 04 GETS IT TOGETHER $11.99 ONI
44 526 976 FEB121204 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 09 $11.99 HAC
45 531 862 JUN121162 AMULET SC VOL 05 PRINCE OF THE ELVES $12.99 SCH
46 534 517 DEC111153 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 03 $19.99 ONI
47 538 677 SEP120729 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 02 FEAR NO MALUS $16.99 ABS
48 541 1573 FEB094465 LOEG III CENTURY #1 1910 (MR) $7.95 TOP
49 542 172 FEB042691 FROM HELL TP (MR) $35.00 TOP
50 547 1104 DEC110824 MEGA MAN TP VOL 02 TIME KEEPS SLIPPING $11.99 ARC
51 557 810 FEB121207 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 06 (MR) $13.99 HAC
52 575 1105 SEP111140 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
53 583 1127 FEB108446 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 VS THE UNIVERSE $11.99 ONI
54 600 424 FEB121067 ARE YOU MY MOTHER A COMIC DRAMA HC $22.00 HOU
55 609 488 AUG111018 HARK A VAGRANT HC (MR) $19.95 DRA
56 615 378 MAY090647 MOUSE GUARD HC VOL 02 WINTER 1152 W/ DUST JACKET $24.95 ARA
57 617 1486 OCT121241 X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 BY THE SWORD $9.99 VAL
58 641 438 DEC110826 SONIC GENESIS HC $24.99 ARC
59 645 789 JUL120772 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG COMPLETE COMIC ENCYCLOPEDIA TP $16.99 ARC
60 653 859 JAN120926 SIMPSONS COMICS TP VOL 20 CONFIDENTIAL $15.99 BON
61 674 1236 MAY101089 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 06 FINEST HOUR $11.99 ONI
62 684 1302 JUN120813 SONIC SAGA TP VOL 01 DARKEST STORM $11.99 ARC
63 689 370 SEP121088 WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 02 XMAS SHACKTOWN $28.99 FAN
64 701 809 OCT111219 STUFF OF LEGEND TP VOL 03 $15.95 TH3
65 703 1607 MAY120846 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS TP VOL 02 $9.99 ARC
66 717 1211 MAY121352 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 10 $11.99 HAC
67 719 2009 AUG120807 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 19 $7.99 ARC
68 721 818 JAN121332 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 11 (MR) $15.99 ZEN
69 730 1351 NOV111034 NEGIMA GN VOL 33 (MR) $10.99 RAN
70 736 635 SEP111252 ASSASSINS CREED THE FALL TP (MR) $18.99 UBI
71 762 1264 JUL121308 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 11 $11.99 HAC
72 767 1408 MAY120858 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 03 KNUCKLES RETURNS $11.99 ARC
73 777 1675 JUN110841 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS TP VOL 01 $9.99 ARC
74 782 1719 JAN120840 KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 02 $9.99 ARC
75 783 1054 MAY121355 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 07 (MR) $13.99 HAC
76 786 1564 AUG121299 ASSASSINS CREED GN VOL 01 DESMOND $9.99 RAN
77 787 518 FEB120708 GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 11 HAMMERLESS BELL $22.95 STU
78 794 724 DEC111155 COURTNEY CRUMRIN SPEC ED HC VOL 01 $19.99 ONI
79 799 463 FEB121003 JERUSALEM CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY HC (MR) $24.95 DRA
80 840 279 STAR03145 MAUS SURVIVORS TALE COMPLETE HC $35.00 RAW
81 848 1466 JUL110846 MEGA MAN TP VOL 01 $11.95 ARC
82 851 1617 MAY073862 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 02 $15.99 ZEN
83 855 1514 JUL120776 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 06 $11.99 ARC
84 856 781 OCT101087 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 01 $19.99 ONI
85 861 808 DEC110816 ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE TP VOL 02 $19.99 ARC
86 868 1667 AUG121300 ASSASSINS CREED GN VOL 02 AQUILUS $9.99 RAN
87 870 1524 FEB121078 NEGIMA GN VOL 34 (MR) $10.99 RAN
88 876 1359 NOV108173 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
89 935 1469 DEC111253 SOUL EATER TP VOL 08 $11.99 HAC
90 938 1750 AUG121301 ASSASSINS CREED GN VOL 03 ACCIPITER $9.99 RAN
91 941 405 STAR19060 BLANKETS GN $29.95 TOP
92 942 2636 NOV111057 SMURFS GN VOL 10 RETURN OF SMURFETTE $5.99 NBM
93 945 762 MAY128209-M BLACK HOLE COLLECTED SC $19.95 RAN
94 949 1475 AUG121391 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 11 $11.99 HAC
95 956 893 JUN121291 LENORE SWIRLIES HC $17.95 RAN
96 970 683 MAY121013 RASL TP VOL 04 LOST JOURNALS OF NIKOLA TESLA $19.95 PUB
97 985 2437 SEP110732 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN PINEAPPLE & OTHER $6.99 APE
98 988 1660 APR121133 NEGIMA GN VOL 35 (MR) $10.99 RAN
99 993 1985 AUG120795 ARCHIE COMIC SUPER SPECIAL #1 $9.99 ARC
100 995 927 JUL121177 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 04 $19.99 ONI

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Item codes followed by -M indicate multiple covers and skus at the standard SRP.

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

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.