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
|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!|