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Jonathan Hickman's God Is Dead #6, the final part of the first story arc of the Avatar Press title, was the best-selling Small Press comic book in February. In total, Avatar Press had three titles in the top ten.

Other publishers in the top ten include Abstract Studios, Archie Comics, Avatar Press, Oni Press, and Zenescope Entertainment.

Rep. John Lewis' memoir of the Civil Rights Movement, Top Shelf's MarchBook 1, was February's top-selling Small Press graphic novel.

Other publishers in the top ten include Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics, Archie Comics, Kodansha Comics, Oni Press, Red 5 Comics, 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 February 2014

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 146 116 11.26 DEC130892-M GOD IS DEAD #6 (MR) $3.99 AVA
2 153 128 10.53 DEC130899-M GOD IS DEAD #7 (MR) $3.99 AVA
3 172 149 9.10 DEC131233-M BUNKER #1 $3.99 ONI
4 184 187 8.44 OCT131416-M GFT OZ #6 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
5 187 208 8.17 NOV130785-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #257 $2.99 ARC
6 206 238 6.93 NOV130788-M SONIC UNIVERSE #60 $2.99 ARC
7 212 195 6.58 NOV130733 RACHEL RISING #23 $3.99 ABS
8 222 211 6.09 NOV131168 LETTER 44 #4 $3.99 ONI
9 224 199 5.95 DEC131380-M GFT WONDERLAND CLASH OF QUEENS #1 $3.99 ZEN
10 225 207 5.93 DEC130914-M ROVER RED CHARLIE #3 (MR) $3.99 AVA
11 235 264 5.71 DEC130961 SIMPSONS COMICS #209 $2.99 BON
12 239 148 5.60 DEC131366 GFT ROBYN HOOD AGE OF DARKNESS $5.99 ZEN
13 240 267 5.59 DEC130963 SPONGEBOB COMICS #29 $2.99 UNI
14 243 221 5.54 OCT130941-M EXTINCTION PARADE #5 (MR) $3.99 AVA
15 245 260 5.41 DEC131377-M GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #94 $2.99 ZEN
16 255 284 5.17 DEC130959 FUTURAMA COMICS #70 $2.99 BON
17 256 228 5.17 DEC130916-M CROSSED BADLANDS #47 (MR) $3.99 AVA
18 257 233 5.11 DEC130920-M CROSSED BADLANDS #48 (MR) $3.99 AVA
19 260 225 5.07 DEC131387-M GFT WONDERLAND #20 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
20 265 230 4.87 DEC131394-M GFT TALES FROM OZ #2 COWARDLY LION $3.99 ZEN
21 266 276 4.85 DEC131370-M GFT CODE RED #3 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
22 268 239 4.67 DEC131390-M GFT ASCENSION #1 $3.99 ZEN
23 274 243 4.54 DEC131384-M GFT WONDERLAND ASYLUM #2 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
24 290 261 4.01 DEC131374-M GFT QUEST #4 $3.99 ZEN
25 293 303 3.92 DEC130960 SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES #12 $3.50 BON
26 294 282 3.90 NOV130792-M ALL NEW SOULFIRE #3 $3.99 ASP
27 298 280 3.76 DEC130909-M GRAVEL COMBAT MAGICIAN #1 (MR) $3.99 AVA
28 313 304 3.55 DEC131397-M BAR MAID #3 (MR) $3.50 ZEN
29 321 348 3.44 NOV130769-M FOX #4 $2.99 ARC
30 326 310 3.38 NOV130854 SHAHRAZAD #3 $3.50 BIG
31 327 350 3.38 NOV130773-M ARCHIE #652 $2.99 ARC
32 345 336 2.81 DEC131236 SIXTH GUN #38 $3.99 ONI
33 349 329 2.71 OCT131320 DEATH SENTENCE #5 $3.99 TIT
34 355 346 2.60 OCT130899-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #18 $3.99 ASP
35 360 273 2.46 SEP131219 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #205 $5.99 KEN
36 364 363 2.29 OCT130953 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST ONGOING #15 $3.50 BIG
37 365 364 2.29 NOV130852 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST ONGOING #16 $3.50 BIG
38 367 361 2.23 NOV130830-M STITCHED #19 (MR) $3.99 AVA
39 376 366 1.98 OCT130878 DEVILS HOPYARD #1 (MR) $3.99 ARD
40 379 377 1.92 JAN140969 BALLISTIC #4 $3.50 BLA
41 383 378 1.83 NOV130781-M LIFE WITH ARCHIE #34 $3.99 ARC
42 384 372 1.72 DEC130818 NANCY DRAGON IN HELL ONE SHOT (MR) $3.99 AMI
43 387 411 1.60 DEC138150-M AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #3 $2.99 ARC
44 389 381 1.59 SEP131306 JOHN CARPENTERS ASYLUM #4 (MR) $3.99 STO
45 391 388 1.56 OCT130819 GOLD DIGGER #207 $3.99 ANT
46 399 401 1.38 NOV130760 STEAM WARS #4 $3.99 ANT
47 406 398 1.27 OCT130853 STEAM ENGINES OF OZ VOL 2 #3 GEARED LEVIATHAN $3.99 AST
48 412 408 1.19 NOV130751 CAVEWOMAN DEADLY VENOM ONE SHOT $3.75 AMR
49 414 415 1.14 DEC130862 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #221 $3.99 ARC
50 415 414 1.13 OCT130801 FUBAR GUTS AND GLORY ONE SHOT $3.99 ALT

TOP 50 SMALL PRESS GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in February 2014

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 18 34 2.06 JUN131298 MARCH GN BOOK 01 $14.95 TOP
2 32 39 1.72 DEC131294 BOJEFFRIES SAGA GN (MR) $14.95 TOP
3 39 42 1.39 OCT131257 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 06 (MR) $19.99 ONI
4 80 99 0.98 OCT131297 ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV TP VOL 02 $13.95 RED
5 91 201 0.91 OCT130805 WHERE BOLD STARS GO TO DIE GN (MR) $7.95 SLA
6 115 109 0.78 DEC131401 GFT WONDERLAND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS TP $15.99 ZEN
7 116 129 0.77 NOV130778 ARCHIE 1000 PG COMICS PALOOZA TP $14.99 ARC
8 134 166 0.72 MAR121101 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
9 172 150 0.59 NOV131357 GFT NO TOMORROW TP $15.99 ZEN
10 175 211 0.58 DEC131206 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 35 $10.99 RAN
11 184 244 0.56 DEC131293 ALONE FOREVER GN (MR) $9.95 TOP
12 193 121 0.55 FEB100651 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC $21.95 SLA
13 199 196 0.54 NOV131228 DRAGONAR ACADEMY GN VOL 01 (MR) $12.99 STM
14 201 220 0.54 JUN121182 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
15 203 261 0.53 DEC130821 CHARLIE BROWN & FRIENDS TP $9.99 POC
16 205 170 0.53 DEC121247 NEMO HEART OF ICE HC $14.95 TOP
17 214 199 0.52 NOV131229 STRIKE WITCHES MAIDENS I/T SKY GN VOL 01 (MR) $12.99 STM
18 223 157 0.50 SEP131250 MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS TP VOL 01 STRANGE WAYS $19.99 ONI
19 228 124 0.49 NOV131048 ANT COLONY HC (MR) $21.95 DRA
20 231 216 0.49 DEC131359 IS THIS A ZOMBIE GN VOL 07 (MR) $13.00 HAC
21 262 174 0.43 OCT131259 DOWN SET FIGHT GN $19.99 ONI
22 269 217 0.42 STAR08102 SQUEE TP $15.95 SLA
23 277 164 0.41 DEC131204 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER OMNIBUS VOL 03 $19.99 RAN
24 282 285 0.41 DEC131357 BTOOOM GN VOL 05 (MR) $11.99 HAC
25 287 265 0.40 DEC131358 DISAPPEARANCE OF NAGATO YUKI CHAN GN VOL 05 $13.00 HAC
26 288 300 0.40 SEP121137 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 03 $10.99 RAN
27 291 114 0.40 SEP130875 JOYNERS 3D HC (MR) $29.95 ARA
28 293 297 0.39 DEC131363 PUELLA MAGI KAZUMI MAGICA GN VOL 04 INNOCENT MALICE $11.99 HAC
29 299 59 0.39 JUN131248 ROY THOMAS PRESENTS VOL 03 PLANET COMICS HC (RES) $49.99 DIA
30 303 117 0.38 NOV131116 RETROWORLD HC (MR) $29.95 HUM
31 306 305 0.38 NOV131230 TORADORA GN VOL 06 $11.99 STM
32 311 180 0.38 DEC131356 BLOOD LAD OMNIBUS GN VOL 04 $20.00 HAC
33 328 202 0.36 OCT131258 MEGAGOGO GN VOL 01 $19.99 ONI
34 329 188 0.36 DEC131258 US JUDGE DREDD COMP CASE FILES TP VOL 07 $19.99 POC
35 330 350 0.36 DEC131203 AIR GEAR GN VOL 30 $10.99 RAN
36 335 304 0.35 NOV131312 DURARARA SAIKA TP VOL 03 $13.00 HAC
37 339 386 0.35 SEP130895 SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH MAGIC WITHIN TP VOL 04 $10.99 ARC
38 350 268 0.34 DEC131312 INSUFFICIENT DIRECTION GN $14.95 RAN
39 352 77 0.34 SEP131339 STREET FIGHTER CLASSIC HC VOL 02 CANNON STRIKE $49.99 UDO
40 359 321 0.34 DEC131313 KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA GN VOL 07 $12.95 RAN
41 371 378 0.33 DEC131208 SANKAREA GN VOL 05 $10.99 RAN
42 372 331 0.33 OCT131306 HAGANAI I HAVE NO FRIENDS GN VOL 05 (MR) $12.99 STM
43 375 185 0.32 DEC131122 BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS HC (MR) $22.95 DRA
44 376 365 0.32 JAN131196 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 04 $10.99 RAN
45 378 335 0.32 DEC131361 JUDGE GN VOL 03 $12.99 HAC
46 379 334 0.32 DEC131362 PANDORA HEARTS GN VOL 20 $13.00 HAC
47 386 339 0.32 NOV131225 A CENTAURS LIFE GN VOL 02 (MR) $12.99 STM
48 399 380 0.31 APR131170 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 05 $10.99 RAN
49 400 402 0.31 DEC131207 NO 6 GN VOL 05 $10.99 RAN
50 406 371 0.30 OCT131307 LOVE IN HELL GN VOL 02 (MR) $11.99 STM

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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.