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Elvis Costello - Tramp the Dirt Down 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.

TOP 50 SMALL PRESS COMICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2013

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 78 206 22.23 JAN130867-M SHRUGGED VOL 2 #1 $1.00 ASP
2 135 108 11.43 JAN131298-M X-O MANOWAR #11 $3.99 VAL
3 153 130 9.53 JAN131302-M SHADOWMAN #5 $3.99 VAL
4 167 140 8.84 JAN131310-M HARBINGER #10 $3.99 VAL
5 171 143 8.61 JAN131225-M HELHEIM #1 (MR) $3.99 ONI
6 180 153 8.03 JAN131307-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #8 $3.99 VAL
7 183 155 7.95 JAN131312-M BLOODSHOT #9 $3.99 VAL
8 196 139 7.12 JAN130940 SIMPSONS COMICS #200 $4.99 BON
9 206 221 6.17 DEC120826 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #246 $2.99 ARC
10 217 207 5.52 JAN130798 RACHEL RISING #15 $3.99 ABS
11 220 214 5.34 JAN130861 SONIC UNIVERSE #50 $3.99 ARC
12 226 243 5.08 JAN130941 SPONGEBOB COMICS #18 $2.99 UNI
13 231 237 4.92 JAN131000 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #79 (MR) $2.95 BRO
14 236 240 4.76 JAN131358-M GFT WONDERLAND #9 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
15 238 264 4.57 JAN130938 FUTURAMA COMICS #66 $2.99 BON
16 239 246 4.51 JAN131364-M GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #83 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
17 242 249 4.39 JAN130830-M DREW HAYES POISON ELVES #1 (MR) $2.99 APE
18 250 223 4.17 JAN131360-M GFT MADNESS OF WONDERLAND #2 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
19 258 285 3.87 DEC120824 MEGA MAN #23 $2.99 ARC
20 260 241 3.83 JAN130874-M LEGEND O/T SHADOWCLAN #2 $3.99 ASP
21 262 289 3.80 JAN130937 BART SIMPSON COMICS #81 $2.99 BON
22 265 231 3.76 JAN131368-M GFT GRIMM UNIVERSE #4 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
23 287 325 3.24 NOV120859 ARCHIE #641 ARCHIE MEETS GLEE PT 1 $2.99 ARC
24 296 272 3.05 JAN130866 ALL CRIME #1 (MR) $3.95 ART
25 308 290 2.86 JAN131228 SIXTH GUN SONS O/T GUN #2 $3.99 ONI
26 310 292 2.82 OCT120804 SOULFIRE VOL 4 #4 $3.99 ASP
27 321 308 2.61 DEC120847-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS VOL 3 #3 $3.99 ASP
28 331 314 2.53 JAN130880-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #9 $3.99 ASP
29 335 321 2.39 JAN130939 MYLO XYLOTO #2 $3.99 BON
30 336 309 2.38 DEC121322-M FLY VOL II #5 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
31 345 332 2.28 DEC120892 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST #5 $3.50 BIG
32 355 259 2.11 JAN131362 GFT ST PATRICKS DAY SPEC (MR) $5.99 ZEN
33 369 359 1.74 JAN130855-M LIFE WITH ARCHIE #28 $3.99 ARC
34 371 293 1.69 JAN131363 GFT ST PATRICKS DAY (MR) $5.99 ZEN
35 376 358 1.59 JAN131270 ZOMBIES VS CHEERLEADERS VOL 2 #1 $3.99 3 F
36 384 374 1.49 DEC128216-M SIXTH GUN SONS O/T GUN #1 $3.99 ONI
37 389 294 1.44 DEC121321 BEST OF ZENESCOPE SPECIAL ED #1 (MR) $6.99 ZEN
38 395 376 1.34 OCT120979 LOOKOUTS RIDDLE VOL 01 #4 $3.99 CRY
39 397 392 1.31 DEC120797 GOLD DIGGER #148 $3.99 ANT
40 400 396 1.22 DEC120784 CAVEWOMAN OASIS #1 (MR) $3.75 AMR
41 406 410 1.06 DEC120799 GEARHEARTS STEAMPUNK GLAMOR REVUE #6 $3.99 ANT
42 410 416 1.02 JAN130848 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #211 $3.99 ARC
43 411 407 0.99 DEC121228 FINDING GOSSAMYR #4 $3.99 TH3
44 413 378 0.98 DEC120817 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #238 DOUBLE DOUBLE $5.99 ARC
45 415 367 0.96 DEC121144 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #196 $5.99 KEN
46 417 424 0.96 JAN130847 B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #232 $3.99 ARC
47 418 427 0.95 DEC120816 ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #25 $3.99 ARC
48 429 434 0.85 JAN130862 WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #27 $3.99 ARC
49 431 442 0.84 DEC120891 CRITTER #9 $3.50 BIG
50 433 437 0.84 OCT120742 LAST ZOMBIE BEFORE THE AFTER #5 $3.99 ANT

TOP 50 SMALL PRESS GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2013

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 35 102 1.48 JAN131201 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 04 GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
2 44 95 1.34 JAN131309 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (NEW) TP VOL 01 $9.99 VAL
3 50 55 1.25 DEC121247 NEMO HEART OF ICE HC $14.95 TOP
4 83 128 0.91 DEC120829 SONIC SAGA TP VOL 02 ORDER FROM CHAOS $11.99 ARC
5 85 23 0.89 DEC121142 MUSE DLX HC (MR) $34.95 HUM
6 100 137 0.80 JAN131351 SOUL EATER TP VOL 13 $11.99 HAC
7 122 79 0.72 SEP121198 TANK GIRL EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL HC (MR) $19.95 RAN
8 123 82 0.71 DEC121325 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS TP VOL 05 $19.99 ZEN
9 124 136 0.71 NOV121260 PENNY ARCADE TP VOL 09 PASSIONS HOWL $14.99 ONI
10 133 75 0.67 DEC121275 VALIANT MASTERS NINJAK HC VOL 01 BLACK WATER $24.99 VAL
11 137 157 0.64 JAN131371 GFT SLEEPY HOLLOW TP (MR) $12.99 ZEN
12 159 25 0.58 OCT121176 ROY THOMAS PRESENTS PHANTOM LADY COLL WORKS HC VOL 01 $47.99 DIA
13 161 107 0.58 JAN131250 JUDGE DREDD ORIGINS TP (MR) $19.99 POC
14 180 233 0.52 DEC120825 SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH MAGIC WITHIN TP VOL 01 $10.99 ARC
15 191 125 0.50 FEB100651 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC $21.95 SLA
16 195 131 0.49 JAN130839 HAWKEN GENESIS HC $19.95 ARA
17 197 150 0.48 MAY111095 CROW SPECIAL ED TP $18.00 POC
18 204 195 0.47 DEC121221 ALICE I/T COUNTRY CLOVER CHESHIRE CAT WALTZ GN VOL 04 (MR) ( $13.99 ST.
19 207 259 0.47 JAN131275 JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 05 DOES SOMETHING $9.95 TOP
20 209 222 0.46 JAN131348 DURARARA SAIKA TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
21 238 122 0.39 DEC121110 COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 19 1987-1988 $28.99 FAN
22 245 186 0.37 JAN131349 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 21 MASSACRE ARC PT 3 (NOTE PR $18.99 HAC
23 255 198 0.35 NOV121261 BAD MACHINERY GN VOL 01 CASE O/T TEAM SPIRIT $19.99 ONI
24 265 58 0.34 SEP121127 PHANTOM COMP DAILIES HC VOL 05 1943-1944 $49.99 HER
25 274 238 0.33 JUL120772 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG COMPLETE COMIC ENCYCLOPEDIA TP $16.99 ARC
26 282 124 0.32 DEC121215 JUDGE DREDD DAY OF CHAOS FOURTH FACTION GN (MR) $28.99 DIA
27 284 271 0.32 DEC121222 MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 02 $12.99 ST.
28 287 35 0.32 DEC121141 LUMINOUS INCAL DLX HC (MR) $79.95 HUM
29 302 279 0.30 JAN130863 NEW CRUSADERS RISE O/T HEROES TP $14.99 ARC
30 308 347 0.29 JAN131158 OLYMPIANS GN VOL 05 POSEIDON EARTH SHAKER $9.99 ST.
31 310 78 0.29 MAY121178 MICKEY SPILLANE FROM FILES OF MIKE HAMMER VOL 01 $49.99 HER
32 312 237 0.29 AUG121142 JULIOS DAY HC $19.99 FAN
33 318 395 0.28 JAN131220 GERONIMO STILTON HC VOL 12 FIRST SAMURAI $9.99 NBM
34 319 329 0.28 DEC121302 BTOOOM GN VOL 01 (MR) $11.99 HAC
35 327 225 0.27 DEC121163 NEGIMA OMNIBUS GN VOL 06 (MR) $19.99 RAN
36 328 320 0.27 JAN131347 DARK HUNTERS INFINITY TP VOL 01 $12.99 HAC
37 329 241 0.27 JAN131346 BLOOD LAD OMNIBUS GN VOL 02 $18.99 HAC
38 333 325 0.26 JAN131352 WITCH & WIZARD MANGA GN VOL 03 $12.99 HAC
39 340 85 0.26 OCT121177 ROY THOMAS PRESENTS THE HEAP HC VOL 02 $47.99 DIA
40 358 454 0.25 NOV121345 HARBINGER (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 OMEGA RISING $9.99 VAL
41 386 345 0.23 JAN131273 BARRYS BEST BUDDY HC $12.95 RAN
42 399 512 0.22 DEC121274 BLOODSHOT (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 $9.99 VAL
43 409 274 0.22 OCT101087 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 01 $19.99 ONI
44 410 226 0.21 NOV121032 LEONARD STARRS MARY PERKINS ON STAGE TP VOL 11 $24.95 CLA
45 420 190 0.21 NOV121172 MESSAGES IN BOTTLE TP COMIC STORIES KRIGSTEIN $35.00 FAN
46 423 218 0.21 NOV121276 HARVEY HORRORS CHAMBER OF CHILLS SOFTIE TP VOL 02 $24.99 DIA
47 427 352 0.20 SEP120729 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 02 FEAR NO MALUS $16.99 ABS
48 430 327 0.20 NOV120828 CALVIN & HOBBES DAYS ARE JUST PACKED $16.99 POC
49 431 348 0.20 JAN131202 ARE YOU MY MOTHER A COMIC DRAMA SC $15.95 HOU
50 434 323 0.20 DEC121100 COLORFUL DREAMS GN (A) $17.95 801

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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.