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Top 100 Graphic Novels: August 2010
Epicly Epic Slacker Dude!

Bryan Lee O'Malley's story of a twentysomething slacker musician and his quest for love reached its climax in Oni Press' Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, the sixth and final volume of the Oni Press series on which Edgar Wright's film Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is based, was the best-selling graphic novel for the second month in a row, giving Oni Press the top spot on the Graphics Novel sales chart in August. In total, four volumes of the Scott Pilgrim series placed in the top ten, and all six ranked within the top fifteen.

Also in the top ten were DC Comics with two volumes, led by Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love from the Vertigo imprint at #2. Marvel Comics' top graphic novel in August was The Dark Tower: The Battle of Jericho Hill Premiere Hardcover at #5. The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye, the first volume in Robert Kirkman's zombie apocalypse series (and soon to be a television series from producer/director Frank Darabont on the AMC network) ranked #5 and was one of Image's two volumes in the top ten. Also in the top ten was Cartoon Books with Bone: Tall Tales at #7.

Among Premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' The Chronicles of King Conan Volume 1, reprinting the classic Marvel Comics' sword-and-sorcery series by Roy Thomas and John Buscema from the early 1980's, ranked #16; and IDW Publishing's Locke & Key Volume 3: Crown of Shadows, the latest chapter in best-selling novelist Joe Hill's horror erpic, ranked #18 for the month in sales.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2010

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 11.02 MAY101089 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 06 FINEST HOUR $11.99 ONI
2 5 7.27 MAY100268 CINDERELLA FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
3 9 6.79 MAY100283 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 02 INSIDE MAN (MR) $12.99 DC 
4 8 6.56 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
5 2 5.22 MAY100674 DARK TOWER PREM HC BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL $24.99 MAR
6 34 5.17 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
7 23 4.70 JUN100889 BONE TALL TALES TP $10.99 SCH
8 20 4.63 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
9 22 4.59 FEB108443-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
10 31 4.11 FEB108444-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 03 INFINITE SADNESS $11.99 ONI
11 18 3.70 JUN100683 DAREDEVIL THE DEVILS HAND TP $19.99 MAR
12 42 3.61 MAY100185 BATMAN ARKHAM REBORN TP $12.99 DC 
13 10 3.51 MAY100275 LOSERS TP BOOK 02 (MR) $24.99 DC 
14 39 3.51 FEB108446-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 VS THE UNIVERSE $11.99 ONI
15 41 3.38 FEB108445-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 04 GETS IT TOGETHER $11.99 ONI
16 21 3.37 APR100036 CHRONICLES OF KING CONAN TP VOL 01 $18.99 DAR
17 85 3.18 MAY100763 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 13 $7.95 ARC
18 11 3.11 MAY100382 LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 03 CROWN OF SHADOWS $24.99 IDW
19 44 3.07 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
20 25 3.06 APR100264 FOGTOWN HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
21 7 2.83 MAY100519-M MARVELMAN CLASSIC PREM HC VOL 01 $34.99 MAR
22 50 2.73 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
23 32 2.73 JUN100694 PUNISHER MAX NAKED KILLS TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
24 16 2.63 MAR100240 BLACKEST NIGHT HC $29.99 DC 
25 54 2.55 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
26 58 2.54 JUN100687 WOLVERINE ORIGINS TP SEVEN HARD WAY $14.99 MAR
27 69 2.53 MAY100184 BATMAN THE BAT AND THE BEAST TP $12.99 DC 
28 24 2.50 APR100265 DARK RAIN A NEW ORLEANS STORY HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
29 38 2.47 MAY100193 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE DOOM PATROL TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC 
30 40 2.46 JUN100660 SIEGE THOR PREM HC $19.99 MAR
31 12 2.39 JUN100689 AVENGERS INVADERS TP $34.99 MAR
32 64 2.37 JUN100676 HULK FALL OF HULKS TP SAVAGE SHE-HULKS $14.99 MAR
33 63 2.37 JUN100688 WOLVERINE DARK WOLVERINE TP VOL 02 MY HERO $14.99 MAR
34 103 2.33 JUN100674 RUNAWAYS TP VOL 11 HOMESCHOOLING DIGEST $9.99 MAR
35 14 2.32 MAY100435 CHEW OMNIVORE ED HC VOL 01 (MR) $34.99 IMA
36 15 2.32 JUN100656 SECRET INVASION HC $34.99 MAR
37 46 2.23 APR100221 SUPERMAN BATMAN NIGHT AND DAY HC $19.99 DC 
38 71 2.12 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
39 73 2.11 MAY100186 FINAL CRISIS REVELATIONS TP $14.99 DC 
40 3 2.10 MAR100619-M MMW ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE HC VOL 03 $59.99 MAR
41 72 2.09 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
42 57 2.07 APR100922 PENNY ARCADE TP VOL 06 HALLS BELOW $15.00 RAN
43 19 2.07 JUN100680 ULTIMATES II ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $34.99 MAR
44 13 2.04 MAR100247 ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY HC VOL 01 $39.99 DC 
45 26 1.99 DEC091072 ESCAPE FROM WONDERLAND HC $24.99 ZEN
46 76 1.99 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
47 27 1.96 APR100408 HACK SLASH OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 (IMAGE ED) (MR) $29.99 IMA
48 55 1.94 JUN100658 SIEGE AVENGERS INITIATIVE PREM HC $19.99 MAR
49 80 1.94 MAY100274 HAUNTED TANK TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
50 17 1.89 APR100211 DC LIBRARY BATMAN THE ANNUALS HC VOL 02 $39.99 DC 
51 74 1.86 JAN101131 STREET FIGHTER TP VOL 06 FINAL ROUND $13.99 UDO
52 6 1.85 MAR100621-M MMW SGT FURY HC VOL 03 $54.99 MAR
53 45 1.82 APR100215 TEAM UPS OF THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD HC $24.99 DC 
54 61 1.81 MAY100680 SPIDER-MAN GAUNTLET PREM HC VOL 04 JUGGERNAUT $19.99 MAR
55 62 1.80 JUN100661 SIEGE THUNDERBOLTS PREM HC $19.99 MAR
56 47 1.77 MAR100645-M MOON KNIGHT COUNTDOWN TO DARK PREM HC $24.99 MAR
57 89 1.77 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
58 92 1.73 SEP088207-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
59 98 1.71 JUL100954 GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS TP VOL 05 THE FIREFLY & HIS MAJESTY $12.99 DE
60 106 1.69 JUL071937 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR) $12.99 IMA
61 68 1.69 JUN100662 X-FACTOR SECOND COMING PREM HC $19.99 MAR
62 95 1.69 DEC090428 CYBERFORCE HUNTER KILLER TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
63 67 1.69 JUN100696 ESSENTIAL HULK TP VOL 06 $19.99 MAR
64 96 1.68 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
65 83 1.67 MAY100693 CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR TP $16.99 MAR
66 84 1.67 JUN100693 X-MEN FOREVER TP VOL 04 DEVIL IN A WHITE DRESS $16.99 MAR
67 130 1.65 MAY101170 INU YASHA TP VOL 51 $9.99 VIZ
68 111 1.64 MAY100260 FILTHY RICH TP (MR) $12.99 DC 
69 29 1.63 JUN100684 THOR SON OF ASGARD TP $34.99 MAR
70 52 1.58 JUN100654-M MMW SILVER SURFER TP VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
71 56 1.55 DEC090575 KICK ASS PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
72 119 1.54 MAY100259 DARK ENTRIES TP (MR) $12.99 DC 
73 77 1.52 MAR100643-M THOR WARRIORS THREE PREM HC $19.99 MAR
74 109 1.50 MAY101126 RETURN TO LABYRINTH GN VOL 04 $12.99 TOK
75 108 1.48 MAY100191 REBELS TP VOL 02 STRANGE COMPANIONS $14.99 DC 
76 112 1.48 MAY101177 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 10 $12.99 VIZ
77 33 1.46 MAR100784 AMORY WARS ULTIMATE ED HC (MR) $29.99 BOO
78 87 1.41 JUN100691 INVADERS TP EVE OF DESTRUCTION $19.99 MAR
79 66 1.39 JUN100681 STRANGE TALES TP $24.99 MAR
80 107 1.39 APR100040 LITTLE LULU TP VOL 24 SPACE DOLLY & OTHER STORIES $14.99 DAR
81 171 1.38 APR058372 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $9.99 DC 
82 164 1.32 OCT098274-M SERENITY BETTER DAYS TP $9.99 DAR
83 121 1.32 JUN100682 MS MARVEL TP VOL 09 BEST YOU CAN BE $14.99 MAR
84 126 1.31 MAY101127 LEGENDS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL GN VOL 02 $12.99 TOK
85 177 1.27 FEB108516-M SERENITY THOSE LEFT BEHIND TP $9.99 DAR
86 167 1.26 JUN100755 ARCHIE & FRIENDS TP VOL 05 ARCHIES HAUNTED HOUSE $9.95 ARC
87 59 1.26 JUN100679 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP VOL 03 $29.99 MAR
88 105 1.24 MAY100190 MIGHTY TP VOL 02 $17.99 DC 
89 114 1.24 MAY100040 LITTLE LULU PAL TUBBY VOL 01 CASTAWAY OTHER STORIES $15.99 DAR
90 159 1.24 APR100791 CODE GEASS QUEEN GN VOL 01 $10.99 BAN
91 104 1.23 JUL101053 KODT BAG WARS SAGA GN $14.99 KEN
92 65 1.23 DEC090638 GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 01 AGATHA & BEETLEBURG CLANK COLOR ED $22.95 STU
93 160 1.22 MAY100813 GURREN LAGANN GN VOL 05 $10.99 BAN
94 128 1.22 MAR100467 IRON SAINT TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
95 78 1.21 JUN100664 SPIDER-WOMAN PREM HC AGENT OF SWORD $24.99 MAR
96 142 1.20 MAY101175 BIOMEGA GN VOL 03 (MR) $12.99 VIZ
97 149 1.20 MAY100973 NEGIMA GN VOL 27 (MR) $10.99 RAN
98 48 1.20 NOV090362 WALKING DEAD HC VOL 05 $34.99 IMA
99 113 1.17 APR100431 MICE TEMPLAR TP VOL 02 .1 DESTINY PT 1 $17.99 IMA
100 82 1.17 MAR100241 BLACKEST NIGHT GREEN LANTERN HC $24.99 DC 

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