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Riverdale, USA continues to be ravaged by the zombie apocalypse in Archie Comics' Afterlife with Archie #4, March's best-selling small press comic book. In total, Archie Comics had four of the month's top small press books.

Oni Press had three titles in the top ten, led by The Bunker #2 at #3.

Also in the top ten were Bongo Comics (Simpsons Comics #210 ranked #9), United Plankton (Spongebob Comics #30 ranked #10), and Zenescope Entertainment (Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood Legend #1 ranked #7).

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's Nemo: The Roses of Berlin, a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen spin-off from Top Shelf Productions, was the month's best-selling small press graphic novel.

Other publishers in the top ten include Archie Comics, Bantam Books, Kodansha Comics, Fantagraphics Books, Oni 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 2014

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 92 96 20.67 NOV130771-M AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #4 $2.99 ARC
2 201 224 7.72 DEC130868-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #258 $2.99 ARC
3 224 202 6.73 JAN141259 BUNKER #2 $3.99 ONI
4 229 254 6.60 DEC130870-M SONIC UNIVERSE #61 $2.99 ARC
5 233 204 6.45 JAN141257-M AUTEUR #1 (MR) $3.99 ONI
6 250 277 5.72 DEC130865-M MEGA MAN #34 $2.99 ARC
7 252 266 5.66 JAN141450-M GFT ROBYN HOOD LEGEND #1 $2.99 ZEN
8 253 236 5.61 DEC131235 LETTER 44 #5 $3.99 ONI
9 258 285 5.42 JAN140978 SIMPSONS COMICS #210 $2.99 BON
10 261 287 5.35 JAN140980 SPONGEBOB COMICS #30 $2.99 UNI
11 263 230 5.20 JAN141440-M GFT WONDERLAND CLASH OF QUEENS #2 $3.99 ZEN
12 264 280 5.20 JAN141042 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #85 (MR) $2.95 BRO
13 267 279 5.16 JAN141431-M GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #95 $2.99 ZEN
14 271 238 5.08 JAN141447-M GFT WONDERLAND #21 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
15 276 241 4.92 JAN141457-M GFT TALES FROM OZ #3 $3.99 ZEN
16 278 288 4.86 JAN141427-M GFT NEVERLAND AGE OF DARKNESS #1 $2.99 ZEN
17 290 253 4.56 JAN141444-M GFT WONDERLAND ASYLUM #3 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
18 299 328 4.27 DEC130848-M FOX #5 $2.99 ARC
19 300 329 4.22 JAN140977 BART SIMPSON COMICS #89 $2.99 BON
20 302 317 4.18 JAN141434-M GFT CODE RED #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
21 321 281 3.82 JAN141437-M GFT QUEST #5 $3.99 ZEN
22 326 304 3.68 JAN140889-M FATHOM KIANI VOL 3 #1 $3.99 ASP
23 329 291 3.60 DEC131231 WWE ONGOING #3 $3.99 NBM
24 335 302 3.42 JAN141454-M GFT ASCENSION #2 $3.99 ZEN
25 336 319 3.42 JAN140821 RACHEL RISING #24 $3.99 ABS
26 339 358 3.35 DEC130856-M ARCHIE #653 $2.99 ARC
27 341 320 3.28 DEC138028-M BUNKER #1 $3.99 ONI
28 351 284 3.01 NOV131351-M HIT LIST #5 (MR) $4.99 ZEN
29 352 322 3.00 JAN140976 ANNE BONNIE #1 $3.99 BLU
30 357 336 2.78 JAN140974-M LIBERATOR EARTH CRISIS #1 (MR) $3.99 BLA
31 364 355 2.62 JAN141261 SIXTH GUN #39 $3.99 ONI
32 367 360 2.43 JAN140979 SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #10 $3.99 BON
33 369 361 2.42 AUG131025-M BUBBLEGUN #5 $3.99 ASP
34 372 354 2.39 NOV131237 DEATH SENTENCE #6 $3.99 TIT
35 374 298 2.35 OCT131227 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #206 $5.99 KEN
36 389 377 1.94 NOV130761 STEAMPUNK RED RIDING HOOD ONE SHOT $3.99 ANT
37 391 402 1.90 SEP138000 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 $2.99 ARC
38 399 391 1.62 DEC130888-M TRISH OUT OF WATER #5 $3.99 ASP
39 405 398 1.51 NOV130756 GOLD DIGGER #208 $3.99 ANT
40 409 380 1.35 FEB141441 MLK MONTGOMERY STORY ONE SHOT $5.00 TOP
41 413 412 1.24 NOV130853 PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL DEATH #6 (MR) $3.50 BIG
42 414 368 1.22 DEC130867 SONIC SUPER SIZED SUPER DIGEST #6 $6.99 ARC
43 425 422 1.14 DEC130857 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #249 $3.99 ARC
44 431 427 1.07 NOV130758 16-BIT ZOMBIES #1 $3.99 ANT
45 440 443 1.00 JAN141462 BAR MAID #4 (MR) $3.50 ZEN
46 441 437 0.98 DEC131232 WASTELAND #52 (MR) $3.99 ONI
47 442 442 0.95 DEC130863 WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #37 $3.99 ARC
48 447 449 0.90 DEC130858 ARCHIE FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #3 $3.99 ARC
49 457 433 0.81 JAN140877 WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #38 $4.99 ARC
50 460 471 0.80 DEC130809 ZOMBIE TRAMP VOL 2 #3 (MR) $2.99 ACT

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

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 3 5 7.51 JAN141334 NEMO ROSES OF BERLIN HC (MR) $14.95 TOP
2 39 81 1.78 JAN141232 ATTACK ON TITAN BEFORE THE FALL GN VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
3 47 19 1.66 JAN140957 GAME OF THRONES HC GN VOL 03 (MR) $25.00 RAN
4 49 90 1.57 NOV130784 SONIC MEGA MAN WORLDS COLLIDE TP VOL 02 $11.99 ARC
5 71 67 1.30 JAN141233 ATTACK ON TITAN JUNIOR HIGH GN VOL 01 $16.99 RAN
6 73 144 1.28 JAN141385 ONE PIECE GN VOL 70 $9.99 VIZ
7 113 183 0.96 JAN141386 BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL 11 $9.99 VIZ
8 122 49 0.92 DEC131166 CANNON WALLY WOOD TP $35.00 FAN
9 133 112 0.87 JAN141464 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 15 $15.99 ZEN
10 140 103 0.83 NOV131163 HELHEIM TP VOL 01 WITCH WAR (MR) $19.99 ONI
11 148 167 0.78 JAN141424 SOUL EATER TP VOL 19 (MR) $13.00 HAC
12 149 100 0.78 JAN141425 SWORD ART ONLINE GN VOL 01 AINCRAD $20.00 HAC
13 154 163 0.77 JAN141383 RANMA 1/2 2IN1 TP VOL 01 $14.99 VIZ
14 155 136 0.76 JAN141463 GFT WONDERLAND TP VOL 04 $15.99 ZEN
15 156 135 0.76 SEP130979 OCCUPY COMICS TP $15.99 BLA
16 161 242 0.74 JAN141285 POKEMON ADVENTURES GN VOL 21 RUBY SAPPHIRE $9.99 VIZ
17 171 500 0.70 JAN141289 POKEMON BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 14 $4.99 VIZ
18 172 198 0.70 MAR121101 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
19 180 214 0.68 JAN141234 UQ HOLDER GN VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
20 185 95 0.64 NOV131340 GFT OZ HC $24.99 ZEN
21 188 41 0.64 DEC131287 SIMON & KIRBY HC LIBRARY HORROR $49.95 RAN
22 192 426 0.62 JAN141278 SMURFS GN VOL 17 LAZY SMURF $5.99 NBM
23 197 217 0.61 JAN141422 KINGDOM HEARTS 358 / 2 DAYS GN VOL 03 $12.00 HAC
24 205 310 0.59 JAN141288 POKEMON ADV BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 03 $9.99 VIZ
25 211 120 0.57 JUL131134 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN VOL 01 $24.99 FAN
26 216 258 0.57 JAN141236 SEVEN DEADLY SINS GN VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
27 218 259 0.57 JAN141239 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 36 $10.99 RAN
28 233 347 0.53 JAN141384 NISEKOI FALSE LOVE GN VOL 02 $9.99 VIZ
29 240 238 0.52 DEC131279 HAGANAI I HAVE NO FRIENDS GN VOL 06 (MR) $12.99 STM
30 241 55 0.52 JUN131174 WALT KELLY POGO COMP DELL COMICS HC VOL 01 $49.99 HER
31 243 231 0.51 JAN141405 DRAGONBALL 3IN1 TP VOL 04 $14.99 VIZ
32 256 233 0.49 DEC131278 DANCE IN VAMPIRE BUND MEMORIES OF SLEDGE HAMMER GN VOL 02 (M $13.99 STM
33 258 119 0.49 DEC131161 NIJIGAHARA HOLOGRAPH HC (MR) $29.99 FAN
34 262 346 0.48 JAN141401 PHANTOM THIEF JEANNE GN VOL 01 $10.99 VIZ
35 282 339 0.44 JAN141240 GENSHIKEN SECOND SEASON GN VOL 04 $10.99 RAN
36 285 406 0.43 DEC130859 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS BETTY & VERONICA TP VOL 01 $9.99 ARC
37 288 291 0.43 DEC131282 SENRAN KAGURA SKIRTING SHADOWS GN VOL 02 (MR) $12.99 STM
38 290 294 0.43 JAN141423 PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA DIFFERENT STORY GN VOL 01 $13.00 HAC
39 294 124 0.43 JAN141382 MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ORIGIN HC VOL 05 CHAR & SAYLA $29.95 RAN
40 297 415 0.42 JAN141398 RIN-NE GN VOL 14 $9.99 VIZ
41 302 148 0.42 JAN141204 YOUNG ROMANCE BEST SIMON & KIRBY COMICS HC VOL 02 $29.99 FAN
42 304 281 0.41 DEC131276 ALICE I/T COUNTRY CLOVER MARCHS HARE GN (MR) $13.99 STM
43 306 349 0.41 JUN121182 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
44 312 361 0.41 JAN141237 MY LITTLE MONSTER GN VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
45 314 106 0.41 FEB042691 FROM HELL TP (MR) $35.00 TOP
46 322 438 0.40 JAN141402 BLACK BIRD GN VOL 18 $9.99 VIZ
47 324 405 0.40 DEC131265 BODIE TROLL TP $9.95 RED
48 325 312 0.39 JAN141400 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 3IN1 ED TP VOL 07 $14.99 VIZ
49 326 80 0.39 JAN141228 METABARONS GENESIS CASTAKA DLX HC $49.95 HUM
50 328 328 0.39 DEC131280 MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 05 (MR) $12.99 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.