October has just ended and here are the October 2016 top 25 graphic novels that sold at Rising Sun Comics in San Diego. Graphic novels sales are up double digits for the 22nd consecutive month (+21.23%). Single comics (floppies) continue their journey to extinction down for the 10th consecutive month (-9.33%) and Manga sales are up for the 17th consecutive month (+8.06%).

Image dominates graphic novels sales (as usual!) with 7 titles in the top 25, followed by Oni Press with 4 titles and Boom! with 3 titles. Marvel and DC (The Killing Joke) have 4 titles between the two of them in the top 25 and one of the Marvel titles is the Haunted Mansion. That means there are only 3 super-hero titles in the top 25 and it doesn’t get much better after that for super hero titles. Of Course Raina Telgemeier’s new OGN Ghosts is on the list at #4. Ghosts is at the top of the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller list and will probably remain there until the end of time as it should be.

The sales data at my store supports my theory that single issue (floppies) comics are no longer the preferred method of delivery for the comics medium and are becoming a sad relic of the past (yet the old guys running the comic publishers still think they are relevant somehow). Super-hero comics are losing their audience more and more with each passing month while other independent comics (especially creator owned comics!) are exploding in popularity and ushering us into a true Golden Age of comics entertainment with graphic novel collections clearly the overwhelming choice of delivery for the new modern comic reader as well as many of the older comic fans as well.

I would love to read your comments on this subject and whether you agree or disagree.

October 2016 Top 25 Graphic Novels

RANK TITLE PUBLISHER
1 RICK & MORTY VOL 1 TPB ONI PRESS
2 RICK & MORTY VOL 3 TPB ONI PRESS
3 OVER THE GARDEN WALL TPB BOOM!
4 RAINA TELGEMEIER’S GHOSTS GN SCHOLASTIC
5 SAGA VOL 06 TPB IMAGE
6 WALKING DEAD VOL 26:CALL TO ARMS TPB IMAGE
7 SAGA VOL 01 TPB IMAGE
8 HAUNTED MANSION HC MARVEL
9 BATMAN:KILLING JOKE HC DC
10 JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC:DIRECTOR’S CUT TPB SLG
11 BEE & PUPPYCAT:EASY EATS COOKBOOK VIZ
12 EAST OF WEST VOL 6 TPB IMAGE
13 LOW VOL 3:SHORE OF THE DYING LIGHT TPB IMAGE
14 BLACK BUTLER #01 YEN PRESS
15 PAPER GIRLS VOL 1 TPB IMAGE
16 SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS TPB DARK HORSE
17 JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE PHANTOM BLOOD #01 HC VIZ
18 HEAD LOPPER VOL 1:ISLAND/PLAGUE OF BEASTS TPB IMAGE
19 INVADER ZIM VOL 1 TPB ONI PRESS
20 RICK & MORTY VOL 2 TPB ONI PRESS
21 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL 1 TPB (BM ED) ARCHIE
22 HARLEY QUINN 2 VOL 2:POWER OUTAGE TPB DC
23 BLACK PANTHER VOL 1:NATION UNDER OUR FEET TPB MARVEL
24 STEVEN UNIVERSE VOL 1 TPB BOOM!
25 STEVEN UNIVERSE VOL 2 TPB BOOM!