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Top 100 Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks: 2008

Graphic novels and trade paperbacks were a strong market segment for retailers in 2008. Fueled by summer blockbusters, media properties, and upcoming film excitement, DC Comics had seven of the top ten spots, including the top four, with Watchmen (FEB058406) taking the top spot and Batman titles such as Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition (NOV070226) and The Dark Knight Returns (DEC058055) rounding out the top. Image took positions #5 and #8, with Image/Top Cow Productions' Wanted (SEP072032) buoyed by the Angelina Jolie film. Dark Horse Comics completed the top ten with Buffy (FEB080102).

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in calendar year 2008.

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM
CODE
VENDOR
1 1 WATCHMEN TP* $19.99 FEB058406-V DC Comics
2 2 BATMAN KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC Comics
3 3 JOKER HC $19.99 JUL080124 DC Comics
4 8 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 10 WHYS & WHEREFORES (MR) $14.99 MAR080241 DC Comics
5 13 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 FEB082136 Image Comics
6 20 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DEC058055 DC Comics
7 10 FABLES TP VOL 10 GOOD PRINCE (MR) $17.99 FEB080297 DC Comics
8 9 WANTED GN (NEW PTG) $19.99 SEP072032 Image Comics
9 25 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 02 NO FUTURE FOR YOU $15.95 FEB080102 Dark Horse Comics
10 35 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED $12.99 OCT058020 DC Comics
11 15 BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME (MR) $19.99 DEC073541 Dynamite Entertainment
12 5 HULK WWH TP $24.99 MAR082264 Marvel Comics
13 6 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 Marvel Comics
14 32 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME $15.95 JUL070028 Dark Horse Comics
15 22 BATMAN LONG HALLOWEEN TP $19.99 DEC058083 DC Comics
16 28 UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE TP $17.95 MAR080049 Dark Horse Comics
17 92 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 JUL068351 Image Comics
18 30 FABLES TP VOL 11 WAR & PIECES (MR) $17.99 AUG080229 DC Comics
19 94 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $9.99 APR058372 DC Comics
20 36 STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED GN $15.95 DEC070070 Dark Horse Comics
21 14 GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 01 SINESTRO CORPS WAR $24.99 OCT070196 DC Comics
22 26 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 04 UNSTOPPABLE $19.99 APR082359 Marvel Comics
23 55 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 02 CYCLES (MR) $12.99 OCT058281 DC Comics
24 18 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN PREM HC $24.99 SEP072167 Marvel Comics
25 19 ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN BOY WONDER HC VOL 01 $24.99 FEB080250 DC Comics
26 51 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 OCT060163 DC Comics
27 72 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 03 ONE SMALL STEP (MR) $12.99 MAR068027 DC Comics
28 34 V FOR VENDETTA TP $19.99 APR058272 DC Comics
29 91 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR) $12.99 JUL071937 Image Comics
30 93 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (MR) $12.99 NOV068026 Image Comics
31 64 INFINITE CRISIS TP $14.99 OCT070197 DC Comics
32 38 BATMAN MAN WHO LAUGHS HC $19.99 SEP070214 DC Comics
33 46 ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC (MR) $17.99 AUG050185 DC Comics
34 68 PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION (MR) $14.99 MAR050489 DC Comics
35 39 MARVEL ZOMBIES ARMY OF DARKNESS HC* $19.99 JUL072223-V Marvel Comics
36 103 BATMAN HUSH TP VOL 01 $12.99 DEC058310 DC Comics
37 107 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 04 SAFEWORD (MR) $12.99 APR058056 DC Comics
38 70 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 19 DEATH O/GOBLIN $14.99 DEC072269 Marvel Comics
39 88 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 2 PLATINUM ED LEARNING CURVE TP $13.95 SEP048016 Marvel Comics
40 60 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 03 WOLVES AT GATE $15.95 JUL080042 Dark Horse Comics
41 29 GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 02 SINESTRO CORPS WAR $24.99 FEB080242 DC Comics
42 11 HULK TP PLANET HULK $34.99 FEB082298 Marvel Comics
43 250 TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL TURNER GN $8.99 SEP083746 Aspen
44 40 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES $19.99 DEC058090 DC Comics
45 672 WITCHBLADE TP VOL 01 WITCH HUNT (DIRECT MARKET ED) $4.99 NOV072077 Image Comics
46 41 MARVEL ZOMBIES 02 HC $19.99 APR082346 Marvel Comics
47 42 SECRET INVASION TP INFILTRATION $19.99 FEB082297 Marvel Comics
48 124 DMZ TP VOL 04 FRIENDLY FIRE (MR) $12.99 DEC070294 DC Comics
49 82 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 05 RING O/TRUTH (MR) $14.99 MAY050306 DC Comics
50 126 FABLES TP VOL 02 ANIMAL FARM $12.99 MAR058123 DC Comics
51 24 HEROES HC VOL 02* $29.99 JUL080198-V DC Comics
52 43 HELLBOY TP VOL 08 DARKNESS CALLS $19.95 JAN080090 Dark Horse Comics
53 84 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 09 MOTHERLAND (MR) $14.99 FEB070362 DC Comics
54 44 BOYS TP VOL 03 (MR) $19.99 AUG083939 Dynamite Entertainment
55 56 SAVAGE SWORD O/CONAN VOL 1 TP $17.95 AUG070123 Dark Horse Comics
56 33 DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME HC $24.99 JUN082298 Marvel Comics
57 144 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 06 GIRL ON GIRL (MR) $12.99 SEP050317 DC Comics
58 69 BOYS TP VOL 01 (MR) $16.99 DEC078191 Dynamite Entertainment
59 85 MARVEL ZOMBIES TP* $15.99 AUG082452-4 Marvel Comics
60 260 SERENITY TP $9.95 OCT050020 Dark Horse Comics
61 261 SERENITY BETTER DAYS TP $9.95 JUN080076 Dark Horse Comics
62 381 NARUTO TP VOL 28 $7.95 DEC073979 VIZ
63 161 100 BULLETS TP VOL 12 DIRTY (MR) $12.99 JUN080292 DC Comics
64 112 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 07 PAPER DOLLS (MR) $14.99 FEB060341 DC Comics
65 67 HELLBOY TP VOL 01 SEED OF DESTRUCTION $17.95 NOV030025 Dark Horse Comics
66 71 ULTIMATE X-MEN TP VOL 17 SENTINELS $17.99 NOV072217 Marvel Comics
67 118 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 08 KIMONO DRAGONS (MR) $14.99 AUG060299 DC Comics
68 172 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $12.99 FEB078167 Image Comics
69 177 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (MR) $12.99 SEP051681 Image Comics
70 180 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $12.99 DEC061874 Image Comics
71 125 CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 01 DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA $14.99 APR082360 Marvel Comics
72 186 BATMAN HUSH TP VOL 02 $12.99 FEB058024 DC Comics
73 131 FABLES 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL SC (MR) $14.99 DEC070297 DC Comics
74 16 WATCHMEN HC $39.99 JUL080172 DC Comics
75 191 ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP VOL 01 $12.99 MAY080205 DC Comics
76 198 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (MR) $12.99 MAR061834 Image Comics
77 453 DEATH NOTE TP VOL 01 $7.99 JUL053236 VIZ
78 143 FABLES TP VOL 03 STORYBOOK LOVE (MR) $14.99 MAY068085 DC Comics
79 205 PRIDE OF BAGHDAD SC (MR) $12.99 OCT070256 DC Comics
80 90 SAVAGE SWORD O/CONAN TP VOL 02 $17.95 OCT070029 Dark Horse Comics
81 66 BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP $19.99 MAR058151 DC Comics
82 210 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 20 & HIS AMAZING FRIENDS $12.99 JUN082431 Marvel Comics
83 153 PREACHER TP VOL 02 UNTIL END O/WORLD NEW EDITION $14.99 MAR050490 DC Comics
84 497 NARUTO TP VOL 29 $7.95 FEB084122 VIZ
85 158 JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 03 BAD PRINCE (MR) $14.99 MAR080229 DC Comics
86 217 DMZ TP VOL 05 THE HIDDEN WAR (MR) $12.99 APR080273 DC Comics
87 164 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 09 OUT OF THIS WORLD $14.99 OCT071979 Image Comics
88 75 HEROES SC $19.99 FEB080287 DC Comics
89 21 X-MEN HC MESSIAH COMPLEX $39.99 FEB082284 Marvel Comics
90 207 ULTIMATE X-MEN TP VOL 18 APOCALYPSE $13.99 MAY082367 Marvel Comics
91 176 NEW AVENGERS ILLUMINATI TP $14.99 MAR082271 Marvel Comics
92 179 KINGDOM COME TP $14.99 NOV058067 DC Comics
93 113 SUPERMAN RED SON TP $17.99 NOV058130 DC Comics
94 83 STAR WARS LEGACY TP VOL 02 SHARDS $19.95 OCT070066 Dark Horse Comics
95 237 INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM O/T CRYSTAL SKULL TP $12.95 JAN080049 Dark Horse Comics
96 189 THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI TP VOL 01 $14.99 MAY082369 Marvel Comics
97 87 JLA AVENGERS TP $19.99 AUG080178 DC Comics
98 568 NARUTO TP VOL 30 $7.95 APR084200 VIZ
99 574 STAR WARS CLONE WARS TP VOL 01 SHIPYARDS O/DOOM $7.95 JUN080125 Dark Horse Comics
100 199 JUSTICE TP VOL 01 $14.99 FEB080252 DC Comics

*- Various printings combined for total quantity V-Additional Item Codes not shown.


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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 4,000+ 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 brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and retail dollar sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts in 2008, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.