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The Valiant Entertainment relaunch continued in August, and the publisher had the top four best-selling Small Press Comic Books for the month, led by Archer and Armstrong #1 at the top. X-O Manowar #4 ranked #2, Bloodshot #2 ranked #3, and Harbinger#3 ranked #4.

Other publishers in the top ten include Abstract Studios (Rachel Rising #10 ranked #7), Archie Comics (two titles, led by Sonic the Hedgehog #240 at #5), Bongo Comics (Li'L Homer #1 ranked #8), United Plankton (Spongebob Comics #11 ranked #9), and Zenescope Entertainment (The Call of Wonderland #3 ranked #10).

Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim returned in August with Scott Pilgrim Color Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life from Oni Press, a remastered and fully-colored hardcover edition of the first volume of the fan-favorite series that topped the sales chart as August's best-selling Small Press Graphic Novel.

Other publishers in the top ten include Archie Comics, Cartoon Books, Kodansha Comics, Scholastic, Studio Foglio, and Top Shelf Productions.

TOP 50 SMALL PRESS COMICS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2012

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 108 75 18.73 JUN121322-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 $3.99 VAL
2 143 119 13.48 JUN121330 X-O MANOWAR #4 $3.99 VAL
3 150 122 12.79 JUN121328 BLOODSHOT #2 $3.99 VAL
4 154 125 12.36 JUN121326 HARBINGER #3 $3.99 VAL
5 200 225 8.06 JUN120814-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #240 $2.99 ARC
6 207 237 7.37 MAY120856 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #239 $2.99 ARC
7 223 210 6.65 MAY120791 RACHEL RISING #10 $3.99 ABS
8 225 248 6.55 JUN120898 LIL HOMER #1 $2.99 BON
9 228 255 6.36 JUN120900 SPONGEBOB COMICS #11 $2.99 UNI
10 249 217 5.63 MAY121375-M CALL OF WONDERLAND #3 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
11 250 283 5.59 JUN120899 SIMPSONS COMICS #193 $2.99 BON
12 251 239 5.57 MAR120753 MOUSE GUARD BLACK AXE #5 $3.50 ARA
13 254 270 5.52 JUN121370-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #76 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
14 255 285 5.51 JUN120816 SONIC UNIVERSE #43 $2.99 ARC
15 260 298 5.23 MAY120933 FUTURAMA COMICS #62 $2.99 BON
16 269 243 5.03 JUN120827-M IDOLIZED #1 $3.99 ASP
17 271 219 4.93 APR120980 RASL #15 (MR) $4.99 CAR
18 278 308 4.83 MAY120854 MEGA MAN #16 $2.99 ARC
19 285 256 4.68 JUN120833-M SOULFIRE VOL 4 #1 $3.99 ASP
20 294 325 4.44 JUN120798-M ARCHIE #636 $2.99 ARC
21 295 306 4.43 MAY121389-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #19 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
22 299 328 4.37 JUN120897 BART SIMPSON COMICS #74 $2.99 BON
23 305 286 4.10 JUN120830-M HOMECOMING #1 $3.99 ASP
24 311 293 4.00 JUN120836-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #2 $3.99 ASP
25 322 291 3.67 MAY121292 LENORE VOLUME II #6 $3.99 TIT
26 327 324 3.50 MAY121266 ATOMIC ROBO FLYING SHE DEVILS O/T PACIFIC #2 $3.50 RED
27 335 353 3.37 MAY121267 ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV #5 $2.75 RED
28 336 305 3.35 APR120786 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE VOL 2 #1 $3.99 APE
29 349 337 2.81 APR121338-M WAKING DREAM END #3 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
30 354 378 2.68 JUN120881 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST #6 (MR) $3.50 BIG
31 356 384 2.65 MAY120851-M KEVIN KELLER #4 $2.99 ARC
32 359 352 2.57 MAY121231 COURTNEY CRUMRIN #4 $3.99 ONI
33 364 346 2.52 MAY121291 EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL #2 (MR) $3.99 TIT
34 367 355 2.49 JUN121218 SIXTH GUN #24 $3.99 ONI
35 371 359 2.46 JUN121221 COURTNEY CRUMRIN #5 $3.99 ONI
36 372 360 2.44 JUN120772 ADVENTURES OF A COMIC CON GIRL #1 (MR) $3.99 ANT
37 374 365 2.37 MAY120935 SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #3 $3.99 BON
38 375 368 2.36 JUN120809-M LIFE WITH ARCHIE #22 $3.99 ARC
39 381 396 2.25 JUN120804 BETTY & VERONICA #261 $2.99 ARC
40 386 323 2.06 MAY121185 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #189 $5.99 KEN
41 389 330 1.97 APR121334-M MHSG CASE FILES CHUPACABRA (MR) $5.99 ZEN
42 394 420 1.78 DEC111103 EXTINCTION SEED #3 $2.99 GG 
43 396 423 1.75 MAY120788 GLAMOURPUSS #26 $3.00 AAR
44 400 282 1.67 MAY120857 SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #4 $9.99 ARC
45 404 392 1.63 JUN121002 SCAM #1 (MR) $3.99 COM
46 409 409 1.55 MAR120723 GOLD DIGGER #140 $3.99 ANT
47 412 413 1.54 APR120766 GOLD DIGGER #141 $3.99 ANT
48 415 415 1.52 MAY120847 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #204 $3.99 ARC
49 418 435 1.47 MAY120921 URSA MINOR #2 (MR) $3.50 BIG
50 421 406 1.45 APR120783 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR VOL 2 #1 $3.99 APE

TOP 50 SMALL PRESS GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2012

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 7 5 3.12 MAY121234 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 $24.99 ONI
2 16 44 2.37 APR121134 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 06 $10.99 RAN
3 53 31 1.40 FEB120708 GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 11 HAMMERLESS BELL $22.95 STU
4 59 121 1.33 JUN120813 SONIC SAGA TP VOL 01 DARKEST STORM $11.99 ARC
5 60 101 1.33 JUN121162 AMULET SC VOL 05 PRINCE OF THE ELVES $12.99 SCH
6 65 140 1.23 MAY120858 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 03 KNUCKLES RETURNS $11.99 ARC
7 72 148 1.16 APR121133 NEGIMA GN VOL 35 (MR) $10.99 RAN
8 79 51 1.12 MAY121013 RASL TP VOL 04 LOST JOURNALS OF NIKOLA TESLA $19.95 PUB
9 87 81 1.05 JUN121291 LENORE SWIRLIES HC $17.95 RAN
10 96 68 0.99 JAN128076 UNDERWATER WELDER GN $19.95 TOP
11 98 72 0.99 DEC111102 ROUTE DES MAISONS ROUGES TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 GG 
12 99 142 0.98 MAY121235 PENNY ARCADE TP VOL 08 MAGICAL KIDS IN DANGER $14.99 ONI
13 100 199 0.98 MAY120846 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS TP VOL 02 $9.99 ARC
14 106 185 0.92 MAY120855 MEGA MAN TP VOL 03 RETURN OF DR. WILY $11.99 ARC
15 120 180 0.87 JUN121364 SOUL EATER TP VOL 10 $11.99 HAC
16 140 42 0.77 MAY121183 EYES OF THE CAT HC (MR) $34.95 HUM
17 148 322 0.73 JUN121215 NINJAGO GN VOL 04 TOMB O/T FANGPYRE $6.99 NBM
18 155 302 0.69 MAY121219 DISNEY FAIRIES GN VOL 09 TINKER BELL & HER MAGICAL ARRIVAL $7.99 NBM
19 160 94 0.68 JUN121134 COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 18 1985-1986 $28.99 FAN
20 162 201 0.67 DEC111265 NEVERLAND HOOK TP (MR) $12.99 ZEN
21 169 126 0.63 APR121178 COURTNEY CRUMRIN SPEC ED HC VOL 02 $24.99 ONI
22 172 231 0.62 FEB108442 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
23 175 230 0.60 JUN121363 PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA GN VOL 02 $11.99 HAC
24 178 233 0.59 JUN121360 MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA GN VOL 13 $11.99 HAC
25 189 256 0.58 APR121131 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 20 $10.99 RAN
26 191 265 0.57 NOV110737 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 30 YEARS LATER $11.99 ARC
27 219 259 0.48 MAY121172 CARDBOARD GN $12.99 SCH
28 223 329 0.48 APR121232 LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 (MR) $9.95 TOP
29 234 242 0.45 JUN121172 FOUR HORSEMEN O/T APOCALYPSE SC VOL 02 $14.95 HEA
30 235 332 0.45 DEC111121 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 04 $10.99 RAN
31 238 290 0.44 MAY121271 CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RAILGUN GN VOL 05 $12.99 ST.
32 240 99 0.44 JUL120749 MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD HC VOL 01 LEATHER BOUND ED (MR $39.95 ARA
33 249 491 0.42 OCT110819 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 17 $7.99 ARC
34 253 209 0.42 MAY120830 KUNG FU PANDA TP VOL 01 EVERYONE IS KUNG FU FIGHTING $19.99 APE
35 254 351 0.42 MAY121191 AIR GEAR GN VOL 25 (MR) $10.99 RAN
36 255 330 0.42 JUN121362 OMAMORI HIMARI GN VOL 08 (MR) $11.99 HAC
37 275 365 0.40 MAR121108 MILES EDGEWORTH ACE ATTORNEY GN VOL 01 (MR) $10.99 RAN
38 276 366 0.40 MAY121318 GTO 14 DAYS IN SHONAN GN VOL 04 $10.95 RAN
39 281 234 0.39 MAR121143 XOC JOURNEY OF A GREAT WHITE HC $19.99 ONI
40 286 78 0.38 OCT111130 PHANTOM COMP SERIES HC KING YEARS $49.99 HER
41 292 313 0.37 JUN121359 BUNNY DROP GN VOL 06 $13.99 HAC
42 307 347 0.35 APR128211-M AMULET SC VOL 01 STONEKEEPER $12.99 SCH
43 327 317 0.33 JAN120780 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 01 SHADOW OF DEATH $16.99 ABS
44 337 408 0.32 MAY121353 DISAPPEARANCE OF NAGATO YUKI CLAN GN VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
45 338 439 0.32 DEC110824 MEGA MAN TP VOL 02 TIME KEEPS SLIPPING $11.99 ARC
46 349 387 0.31 AUG118100 AMULET SC VOL 03 CLOUD SEARCHERS NEW PTG $12.99 SCH
47 350 165 0.31 APR121092 CAPTAIN EASY HC VOL 03 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE $39.99 FAN
48 361 615 0.31 JUN121189 LITTLE PRINCE GN VOL 01 PLANET OF THE WIND $7.95 LER
49 363 405 0.30 MAY121096 MAN I PICKED UP GN (MR) $12.95 DIG
50 368 402 0.30 APR121307 GTO EARLY YEARS GN VOL 13 $12.95 RAN

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