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The Cranberries -- I Still Do Rick Grimes' desperate struggle for survival in the face of the zombie apocalypse begins as Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye from Image Comics, the first volume of the fan-favorite series and inspiration for the AMC series, returns to the top of the sales charts as December's best-selling graphic novel.

Image Comics had December's top six best-selling graphic novels and seven of the top ten. Four of those seven books were volumes of The Walking Dead; in addition to the first volume, Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #2, Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars ranked #6, and Volume 17: Something to Fear ranked #9. Also from Image Comics, Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes ranked #3, Saga Volume 1 ranked #4, and Fatale Volume 2: Devil's Business ranked #5.

Dark Horse Comics' Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 2: On Your Own ranked #7.

DC Comics' Green Lantern Volume 2: Revenge of the Black Hand ranked #8.

Rounding out the top ten, Marvel Comics' Daredevil by Mark Waid Volume 2 ranked #10.

Finishing off the Premier Publishers, IDW Publishing's top book in December was Darwyn Cooke's Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter at #39.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2012

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 3 6.50 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
2 8 3.77 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 IMA
3 10 3.72 OCT120481 CHEW TP VOL 06 SPACE CAKES (MR) $14.99 IMA
4 28 3.13 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
5 16 2.83 OCT120474 FATALE TP VOL 02 DEVILS BUSINESS (MR) $14.99 IMA
6 15 2.80 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
7 11 2.60 AUG120067 BTVS SEASON 9 TP VOL 02 ON YOUR OWN $17.99 DAR
8 7 2.41 SEP120232 GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 02 REVENGE OF THE BLACK HAND $24.99 DC 
9 22 2.38 SEP120449 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 IMA
10 26 2.36 SEP120699 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 02 $15.99 MAR
11 31 2.27 OCT120493 REVIVAL TP VOL 01 YOU'RE AMONG FRIENDS $12.99 IMA
12 25 2.24 OCT120257 GREEN LANTERN TP VOL 01 SINESTRO (N52) $14.99 DC 
13 17 2.10 OCT120258 BATMAN INCORPORATED TP $19.99 DC 
14 29 1.97 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (MR) $14.99 IMA
15 18 1.96 AUG120063 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 04 DEVIL ENGINE & LONG DEATH $19.99 DAR
16 5 1.88 SEP120237 BATMAN NO MANS LAND TP VOL 04 NEW EDITION $34.99 DC 
17 21 1.85 SEP120696 CARNAGE USA TP $19.99 MAR
18 23 1.76 AUG120079 STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI TP VOL 01 FORCE STORM $18.99 DAR
19 24 1.70 AUG120710 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
20 27 1.63 SEP120712 FURY MAX TP VOL 01 MY WAR GONE BY (MR) $19.99 MAR
21 42 1.60 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 IMA
22 61 1.55 SEP120697 CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 01 IN PURSUIT OF FLIGHT $14.99 MAR
23 43 1.52 AUG120726 UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
24 32 1.50 SEP120706 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 03 $24.99 MAR
25 1 1.43 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
26 90 1.42 SEP121242 YU GI OH ZEXAL GN VOL 02 $9.99 VIZ
27 93 1.39 OCT121241 X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 BY THE SWORD $9.99 VAL
28 53 1.37 SEP088207 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 IMA
29 37 1.36 SEP120704 AVENGERS X-SANCTION TP $19.99 MAR
30 75 1.34 SEP120707 SPIDER-MAN TROUBLE ON HORIZON TP $16.99 MAR
31 104 1.26 SEP121245 BLEACH TP VOL 52 $9.99 VIZ
32 66 1.25 AUG120720 MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS AND MALEEV TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
33 105 1.24 SEP121246 BLEACH TP VOL 53 $9.99 VIZ
34 44 1.23 SEP120261 IZOMBIE TP VOL 04 REPOSSESSION (MR) $19.99 DC 
35 71 1.22 APR120487 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
36 30 1.21 SEP120715 INCREDIBLE HULK BY JASON AARON TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
37 114 1.20 OCT121253 BLEACH TP VOL 54 $9.99 VIZ
38 78 1.18 SEP088208 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR) $14.99 IMA
39 46 1.17 SEP120377 PARKER THE HUNTER SC $17.99 IDW
40 34 1.16 JAN120300 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 DC 
41 60 1.16 OCT120255 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 02 BREAKDOWN $16.99 DC 
42 62 1.15 SEP120700 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER TP VOL 02 $16.99 MAR
43 69 1.12 SEP120701 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 09 DEMON $16.99 MAR
44 82 1.11 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
45 13 1.11 SEP120687 DEADPOOL DEAD HC $39.99 MAR
46 2 1.10 AUG120496 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02 (MR) $59.99 IMA
47 85 1.09 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
48 38 1.08 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
49 129 1.07 SEP120716 MUPPETS TP FOUR SEASONS $14.99 MAR
50 80 1.03 SEP121182 ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV TP $13.95 RED
51 100 1.00 AUG120722 NEW MUTANTS TP VOL 07 FIGHT FUTURE $19.99 MAR
52 84 1.00 SEP120698 FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 03 $16.99 MAR
53 96 0.97 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 IMA
54 81 0.97 SEP120922 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOO
55 95 0.97 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
56 109 0.97 SEP120705 AVENGERS MYTHOS TP $19.99 MAR
57 41 0.96 AUG120083 GRENDEL OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 LEGACY $24.99 DAR
58 74 0.94 AUG120703 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON PREM HC VOL 04 $19.99 MAR
59 124 0.92 AUG120087 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 43 $12.99 DAR
60 89 0.92 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
61 102 0.92 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
62 127 0.90 AUG120047 DARKSIDERS II DEATHS DOOR HC VOL 01 $12.99 DAR
63 68 0.90 AUG120082 GRANDVILLE BETE NOIRE HC $19.99 DAR
64 76 0.89 SEP120709 WOLVERINE BACK IN JAPAN TP $19.99 MAR
65 112 0.89 SEP120241 SUPERMAN GROUNDED TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC 
66 36 0.89 AUG120068 BTVS SEASON 8 LIBRARY HC VOL 03 $29.99 DAR
67 14 0.87 AUG120257 KAMANDI LAST BOY ON EARTH OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $49.99 DC 
68 113 0.87 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
69 118 0.86 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
70 121 0.85 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
71 12 0.84 SEP120284 JUDGE DREDD COMPLETE BRIAN BOLLAND HC $49.99 IDW
72 72 0.83 SEP120323 TALES O/T TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
73 58 0.82 SEP120693 AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 04 $24.99 MAR
74 107 0.82 OCT120777 BEST OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG TP VOL 01 $14.99 ARC
75 49 0.80 MAR128057-M ROCKETEER ADVENTURES HC VOL 02 $24.99 IDW
76 156 0.80 SEP121138 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER TP VOL 16 $10.99 RAN
77 59 0.80 SEP120692 SPIDER-MAN DANGER ZONE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
78 63 0.80 OCT121185 JUDGE DREDD GARTH ENNIS COLL TP (MR) $19.99 POC
79 115 0.79 SEP120713 X-MEN LEGACY BACK TO SCHOOL TP $16.99 MAR
80 111 0.78 SEP120702 HALO TP FALL OF REACH INVASION $16.99 MAR
81 65 0.78 SEP120690 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 11 FUTURE $24.99 MAR
82 152 0.78 SEP120711 SPACE PUNISHER TP $12.99 MAR
83 9 0.77 JUL120634-M MMW GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 06 $74.99 MAR
84 56 0.76 AUG120080 STAR WARS OMNIBUS CLONE WARS TP VOL 03 REPUBLIC FALLS $24.99 DAR
85 122 0.76 AUG120059 EERIE PRESENTS EL CID HC $15.99 DAR
86 138 0.75 SEP120264 DOMINIQUE LAVEAU VOODOO CHILD TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 DC 
87 181 0.75 AUG120088 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 12 $9.99 DAR
88 70 0.74 SEP120431 COURIERS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP (MR) $24.99 IMA
89 47 0.74 MAR120749 CURSED PIRATE GIRL HC VOL 01 $24.95 ARA
90 139 0.74 OCT120494 THINK TANK TP $14.99 IMA
91 88 0.74 MAR120234 BATMAN EARTH ONE HC $22.99 DC 
92 128 0.73 SEP120238 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA OMEGA TP $16.99 DC 
93 147 0.73 SEP120695 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY TP VOL 04 MANCHESTER GODS $14.99 MAR
94 91 0.72 OCT120375 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CLASSICS TP VOL 03 $19.99 IDW
95 149 0.71 AUG120709 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 MAR
96 45 0.70 SEP120688 INCREDIBLE HULK BY JASON AARON HC VOL 02 $34.99 MAR
97 161 0.70 SEP120802 MEGA MAN TP VOL 04 SPIRITUS EX MACHINA $11.99 ARC
98 52 0.70 AUG120787 SPACE 1999 AFTERSHOCK & AWE $24.95 ARA
99 187 0.69 SEP121243 BAKUMAN TP VOL 17 $9.99 VIZ
100 55 0.69 SEP120691 FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 06 $29.99 MAR

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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.

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Please note that comics that were shipped to comic book retailers on December 28, 2012 with an on-sale date of January 2, 2013 were included in December's sales chart information.

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