Looking at the top 10 graphic novels of last year is a fascinating peek at an alternative comic-reading audience to the direct market single issue one we’re all more familiar with: Six volumes of Walking Dead? And what’s interesting is seeing that it’s the three most recent volumes and the first three, suggesting two different sizable groups – Clearly, the AMC show is bringing in newcomers to the comic itself, which is great. Also, note the almost complete lack of superheroes, with the exception of the OGN Batman: Noel; is this a sign that superhero readers prefer the single issue format, perhaps? (Also, clearly there’s an audience out there for superhero OGNs, too; I wonder if next year’s chart will feature appearances by Marvel’s various Season One books?)
What’s worth remembering is that this is just the Diamond book chart – Publishers also use other distributors, so this is a potentially misleading idea of where the book market actually is. Don’t both DC and Marvel have additional distribution outside of the direct market? I wonder if that information would significantly change the idea of what sells and what doesn’t? I guess we’ll have to wait until the Bookscan numbers for the year get revealed.