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Sheriff Rick Grimes wakes from a coma to discover the world in the throes of the zombie apocalypse in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye, the best-selling graphic novel of August and the basis for the top-rated program on AMC.

In total, Image Comics had four of the month's best-selling graphic novels. In addition to The Walking Dead, John Layman and Rob Guillory's Chew Volume 7: Bad Apples ranked #2, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 ranked #4, and Vaughan and Staples' Saga Volume 2 ranked #5.

Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten. Rocket Raccoon: Tales from the Half World, a collection of stories of the Guardians of the Galaxy character, was their best-selling book at #3. Also in the top ten were Deadpool Volume 2: Soul Hunter at #7 and Superior Spider-Man Volume 2: Troubled Mind at #8.

IDW Publishing's top book for August was the My Little Pony Digest Volume 1 at #6.

DC Comics' top book for the month at #9 was The Flash Volume 1: Move Forward.

Rounding out the top ten, Dark Horse Comics' B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Volume 6: The Return of the Master ranked #10.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 4 4.37 NOV128157-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMA
2 8 4.26 JUN130436 CHEW TP VOL 07 BAD APPLES (MR) $12.99 IMA
3 30 4.15 JUN130618 ROCKET RACCOON TP TALES FROM HALF WORLD $7.99 MAR
4 24 3.62 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
5 9 3.53 APR130443 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMA
6 54 3.17 MAY130361 MY LITTLE PONY DIGEST TP VOL 01 $6.99 IDW
7 12 3.11 MAY130727 DEADPOOL TP VOL 02 SOUL HUNTER NOW $15.99 MAR
8 13 2.73 MAY130724 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 02 TROUBLED MIND NOW $17.99 MAR
9 17 2.53 MAY130224 FLASH TP VOL 01 MOVE FORWARD (N52) $16.99 DC 
10 16 2.18 APR130044 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 06 RETURN O/T MASTER $19.99 DAR
11 58 2.17 MAY131322 NARUTO TP VOL 62 $9.99 VIZ
12 11 2.14 MAY130717 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY PREM HC VOL 01 COSMIC AVENGERS NOW $24.99 MAR
13 41 2.09 MAY130229 BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC 
14 33 2.06 JUN130682 YOUNG AVENGERS TP VOL 01 STYLE SUBSTANCE NOW $15.99 MAR
15 31 1.93 DEC120323 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC 
16 23 1.92 MAY130723 SPIDER-MAN TP DYING WISH $19.99 MAR
17 25 1.91 APR130053 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WILLOW WONDERLAND TP $17.99 DAR
18 38 1.91 JUN130690 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 04 $16.99 MAR
19 14 1.90 APR130222 FLASH HC VOL 02 ROGUES REVOLUTION (N52) $24.99 DC 
20 39 1.86 MAY130217 TALON TP VOL 01 SCOURGE OF THE OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC 
21 28 1.79 JUN130709 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 03 CEMETERY SONGS $16.99 ABS
22 37 1.79 MAY130729 WOLVERINE TP VOL 01 HUNTING SEASON NOW $17.99 MAR
23 10 1.75 MAY130257 LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN OMNIBUS TP $29.99 DC 
24 43 1.67 JUN131298 MARCH GN BOOK 01 $14.95 TOP
25 49 1.65 DEC120744 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 MAR
26 44 1.64 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
27 29 1.58 APR130065 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 14 $19.99 DAR
28 21 1.58 MAY130718 SAVAGE WOLVERINE PREM HC VOL 01 KILL ISLAND NOW $24.99 MAR
29 40 1.58 MAY130258 HELLBLAZER TP VOL 06 (MR) $19.99 DC 
30 62 1.56 MAY130214 SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 TP VOL 02 DETECTIVE $14.99 DC 
31 116 1.54 JUN130497 TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
32 63 1.54 APR130482 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 18 WHAT COMES AFTER $14.99 IMA
33 36 1.52 APR130078 LONE WOLF & CUB OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 $19.99 DAR
34 27 1.51 APR130226 BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED HC VOL 02 $22.99 DC 
35 19 1.50 JUN130811 CROSSED TP VOL 06 (MR) $24.99 AVA
36 61 1.50 MAY130735 VENOM TP TOXIN WITH A VENGEANCE $15.99 MAR
37 45 1.47 JUN130698 FURY MAX TP VOL 02 MY WAR GONE BY (MR) $19.99 MAR
38 47 1.43 MAY130730 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID PREM HC VOL 05 $19.99 MAR
39 68 1.38 MAY130726 FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 02 ROAD TRIP NOW $15.99 MAR
40 20 1.37 APR130253 FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 07 (MR) $29.99 DC 
41 66 1.37 MAR130726 HAWKEYE TP VOL 02 LITTLE HITS NOW $16.99 MAR
42 67 1.35 MAY130742 DR STRANGE AND DR DOOM TP TRIUMPH AND TORMENT $16.99 MAR
43 60 1.34 JUN130683 SECRET AVENGERS TP VOL 01 REVERIE TP NOW $17.99 MAR
44 35 1.31 MAY130719 IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 02 SECRET ORIGIN OF STARK BOOK 1 $24.99 MAR
45 76 1.31 MAY130230 NIGHTWING OLD FRIENDS NEW ENEMIES TP $14.99 DC 
46 56 1.28 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC 
47 26 1.27 JUN130807 ALAN MOORE FASHION BEAST TP (MR) $24.99 AVA
48 81 1.18 MAR130727 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR
49 90 1.18 DEC110276 FLASHPOINT TP $14.99 DC 
50 1 1.17 MAR130720-M MIGHTY THOR OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $99.99 MAR
51 79 1.12 OCT120252 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52) $16.99 DC 
52 97 1.11 AUG120709 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 MAR
53 87 1.10 MAY130725 FEARLESS DEFENDERS TP VOL 01 DOOM MAIDENS NOW $15.99 MAR
54 48 1.10 APR130241 WORLD OF WARCRAFT BLOODSWORN HC $24.99 DC 
55 51 1.09 MAY130743 THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
56 77 1.09 SEP120922 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOO
57 95 1.09 JUN130471 FRANK CHO WOMEN DRAWINGS & ILLUSTRATIONS TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMA
58 83 1.08 MAY130259 SAUCER COUNTRY TP VOL 02 RETICULAN CANDIDATE (MR) $16.99 DC 
59 46 1.08 APR130062 STAR WARS OMNIBUS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
60 85 1.07 MAY130721 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TP SCIENCE BROS NOW $16.99 MAR
61 109 1.06 MAY130737 WINTER SOLDIER TP VOL 04 ELECTRIC GHOST $14.99 MAR
62 71 1.04 MAY130732 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 05 $19.99 MAR
63 53 1.04 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
64 105 1.04 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
65 107 0.99 MAY130722 X-MEN LEGACY TP VOL 02 INVASIVE EXOTICS $15.99 MAR
66 55 0.98 MAY130228 SWORD OF SORCERY TP VOL 01 AMETHYST (N52) $24.99 DC 
67 22 0.97 FEB130220 IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB HC $39.99 DC 
68 98 0.96 AUG120686 KICK-ASS 2 TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
69 100 0.95 MAY130231 GREEN LANTERN SECTOR 2814 TP VOL 02 $16.99 DC 
70 82 0.95 JUL100259 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC 
71 106 0.94 APR110670-M KICK-ASS TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
72 52 0.92 JUN130982 MASKS TP VOL 01 $24.99 DE
73 84 0.92 MAY130746 ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 09 $19.99 MAR
74 111 0.92 JUN131325 X-O MANOWAR TP VOL 03 PLANET DEATH $14.99 VAL
75 6 0.89 MAR130730-M MMW FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 15 $69.99 MAR
76 86 0.89 JUN130487 ONE TRICK RIP OFF DEEP CUTS TP $19.99 IMA
77 114 0.87 MAY130223 LEGION LOST TP VOL 2 THE CULLING (N52) $16.99 DC 
78 3 0.87 APR130742 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG $99.99 MAR
79 89 0.87 MAY130733 FIRST X-MEN TP $19.99 MAR
80 120 0.87 APR130034 MIKE NORTONS BATTLEPUG HC VOL 02 $14.99 DAR
81 125 0.87 SEP120449 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 IMA
82 128 0.85 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
83 174 0.84 JUN130761 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS TP VOL 03 $9.99 ARC
84 177 0.83 MAY131332 POKEMON ADV HEARTGOLD & SOULSILVER GN VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ
85 57 0.82 MAR130733 MARVEL 1602 HC 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION $29.99 MAR
86 171 0.81 MAR130020 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 05 SEARCH PART 2 $10.99 DAR
87 142 0.80 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC 
88 93 0.80 APR130015 SACRIFICE HC $19.99 DAR
89 219 0.80 JUN130368 TMNT ANIMATED TP VOL 02 NEVER SAY XEVER / GAUNTLET $7.99 IDW
90 101 0.80 MAY130232 JACK KIRBYS OMAC ONE MAN ARMY CORPS TP $19.99 DC 
91 134 0.80 JUL120214 NIGHTWING TP VOL 01 TRAPS AND TRAPEZES (N52) $14.99 DC 
92 140 0.79 MAY130227 DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS TP VOL 02 VANDAL SAVAGE (N52) $14.99 DC 
93 189 0.78 MAY131321 BAKUMAN TP VOL 20 $9.99 VIZ
94 42 0.77 APR131131 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 07 1949-1950 $35.00 FAN
95 78 0.77 JUN130670-M MMW INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 03 $24.99 MAR
96 15 0.76 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
97 132 0.76 APR130073 DRAGON AGE HC VOL 03 UNTIL WE SLEEP $14.99 DAR
98 185 0.76 NOV120020 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 04 SEARCH PART 1 $10.99 DAR
99 127 0.75 JAN130296 BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS TP VOL 01 FACES OF DEATH (N52) $16.99 DC 
100 321 0.75 DEC090605 CAPTAIN MARVEL DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL PREM HC $24.99 MAR

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