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Ciel Phantomfive and his butler Sebastian must solve a mystery aboard the luxury liner Campania in Yen Press' Black Butler Volume 12, the best-selling manga title in to comics direct market retailers in January.

Yen Press had 4 titles in the top ten, includind Soul Eater Volume 12 at #2, A Bride's Story Book 4 at #4, and The Disappearanceof Nagato Yuki-Chan Volume 3 at #7.

Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top ten — Oremio Volume 2 at #3 and Deva Zan at #6.

VIZ Media had one title in the top ten — Loveless Volume 10 at #5.

Seven Seas had two titles in the top ten — Girl Friends: The Complete Collection Volume 2 at #8 and Gunslinger Girl Omnibus Volume 6 at #9.

Finally, Antarctic Press' The Zombie Kid Diaries Volume 3 ranked #10.

TOP 50 MANGA
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 0.95 NOV121384 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 12 $11.99 HAC
2 3 0.74 NOV121389 SOUL EATER TP VOL 12 $11.99 HAC
3 5 0.66 SEP120064 OREIMO TP VOL 02 $10.99 DAR
4 4 0.46 NOV121387 BRIDES STORY HC GN BOOK 04 $16.99 HAC
5 9 0.46 OCT121251 LOVELESS GN VOL 10 $9.99 VIZ
6 1 0.45 JUN120054 DEVA ZAN HC $49.99 DAR
7 8 0.35 NOV121388 DISAPPEARANCE OF NAGATO YUKI CHAN GN VOL 03 $11.99 HAC
8 6 0.33 OCT121200 GIRL FRIENDS COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 02 (MR) $17.99 ST.
9 7 0.31 OCT121201 GUNSLINGER GIRL OMNIBUS TP VOL 06 $17.99 ST.
10 14 0.26 OCT120741 ZOMBIE KID DIARIES GN VOL 03 WALKING DAD $10.99 ANT
11 13 0.25 OCT121252 LOVELESS 2-IN-1 ED TP VOL 02 $14.99 VIZ
12 21 0.23 OCT121255 CASE CLOSED GN VOL 45 $9.99 VIZ
13 24 0.23 OCT121250 07 GHOST GN VOL 02 $9.99 VIZ
14 11 0.22 OCT121202 I DONT LIKE YOU AT ALL BIG BROTHER GN COLL ED VOL 02 (MR) $16.99 ST.
15 10 0.21 SEP121079 LOVE ON THE JOB GN VOL 01 (A) $17.95 801
16 34 0.20 JUL084337 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 01 OCARINA OF TIME PT 1 $7.99 VIZ
17 20 0.20 NOV121238 MISSIONS OF LOVE GN VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
18 16 0.20 OCT121261 JORMUNGAND GN VOL 10 (MR) $12.99 VIZ
19 12 0.20 OCT121072 HOT AND STEAMY GN VOL 01 (A) $17.95 801
20 22 0.19 NOV121356 LIMIT GN VOL 03 $10.95 RAN
21 23 0.19 AUG128395 WALLFLOWER GN VOL 29 (MR) $10.99 RAN
22 18 0.19 OCT121260 AFTERSCHOOL CHARISMA TP VOL 07 $12.99 VIZ
23 25 0.18 NOV121233 BLOODY MONDAY GN VOL 09 $10.99 RAN
24 19 0.18 OCT121203 JACK THE RIPPER HELL BLADE GN VOL 03 (MR) $11.99 ST.
25 26 0.18 NOV121353 FLOWERS OF EVIL GN VOL 04 (MR) $10.95 RAN
26 28 0.17 JUL111150 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
27 17 0.16 AUG120768 HOW TO DRAW STEAMPUNK PKT MANGA TP $14.95 ANT
28 27 0.15 NOV121386 BLACK GOD TP VOL 18 $12.99 HAC
29 38 0.14 SEP121242 YU GI OH ZEXAL GN VOL 02 $9.99 VIZ
30 51 0.13 JUL053236 DEATH NOTE TP VOL 01 $7.99 VIZ
31 50 0.12 SEP121254 NURA RISE O/T YOKAI CLAN GN VOL 12 $9.99 VIZ
32 29 0.11 OCT121133 CALLING DR LAURA GRAPHIC MEMOIR GN $16.95 HOU
33 32 0.10 STAR10895 USAGI YOJIMBO SC VOL 01 RONIN $15.95 FAN
34 65 0.10 NOV084335 (USE DEC128232) LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 03 MAJORAS MASK $7.99 VIZ
35 42 0.10 SEP111140 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
36 74 0.10 NOV090986 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 09 LINK TO PAST $7.99 VIZ
37 76 0.10 STAR19389 ONE PIECE TP VOL 01 $7.95 VIZ
38 30 0.10 MAY120065 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 $19.99 DAR
39 31 0.10 DEC121300 BEAUTIFUL CREATURES HC GN (MR) $16.99 HAC
40 15 0.09 AUG090981 AKIRA KODANSHA ED GN VOL 01 (MR) $24.99 RAN
41 33 0.09 MAR100080 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DAR
42 43 0.09 NOV108173 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
43 49 0.09 NOV121301 PUNCH UP GN VOL 03 (A) $12.99 VIZ
44 44 0.09 SEP108189 SOUL EATER TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
45 89 0.08 AUG053265 DEATH NOTE TP VOL 02 $7.99 VIZ
46 46 0.08 NOV121390 BOOK GIRL & UNDINE WHO BORE A MOONFLOWER NOVEL $11.99 HAC
47 56 0.08 NOV111036 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 03 $10.99 RAN
48 105 0.08 JUN101159 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 10 PHANTOM HOURGLASS $7.99 VIZ
49 45 0.08 APR101112 CHI SWEET HOME GN VOL 01 $13.95 RAN
50 87 0.07 SEP121263 SAKURA HIME LEGEND OF PRINCESS SAKURA GN VOL 09 $9.99 VIZ

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