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In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg Aric of Dacia crosses paths with another classic Valiant character — Ninjak — in Valiant Entertainment's X-O Manowar #5, the best-selling Small Press comic book in September. The publisher had the top four Small Press comics for the month, with X-O Manowar followed by Harbinger #4 at #2, Archer & Armstrong #2 at #3, and Bloodshot #3 at #4.

Other publishers in the top ten include Abstract Studios (Rachel Rising #11 ranked #7), Archie Comics (New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes #1, the relaunch of the Red Circle heroes, ranked #6), Bongo Comics (Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #18 ranked #10), United Plankton (Spongebob Comics #12 ranked #9), and Zenescope Entertainment (two titles led by Wonderland #2 at #4).

Legendary creators Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley teamed for a new graphic novel, The Tower Chronicles Volume 1: Geisthawk, from Legendary Comics, September's best-selling Small Press Graphic Novel.

Other publishers in the top ten include Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics, Archie Comics, Fantagraphics Books, Kodansha Comics, Oni Press, Titan Books, Yen Press, and Zenescope Entertainment.

Diamond Comic Distributors defines Small Presses as publishers outside the top-10 bestselling publishers over the previous six months. In offering these breakdowns of the bestselling small press comics and graphic novels, a spotlight is shown on these publishers, affording them recognition for their strong sales in a crowded marketplace. To help retailers contextualize the relationship between the Small Press sales rankings, each chart offers for each book the overall ranking for the month amongst all publishers.

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

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 94 70 15.20 JUL121254-M X-O MANOWAR #5 $3.99 VAL
2 144 113 9.77 JUL121259-M HARBINGER #4 $3.99 VAL
3 147 123 9.29 JUL121261 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #2 $3.99 VAL
4 148 124 9.27 JUL121263 BLOODSHOT #3 $3.99 VAL
5 187 195 6.58 JUN121368-M WONDERLAND #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
6 215 288 5.10 JUN120821-M NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #1 $2.99 ARC
7 219 205 5.06 JUL120701 RACHEL RISING #11 $3.99 ABS
8 221 229 5.00 JUL121313-M WONDERLAND #3 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
9 223 244 4.96 JUL120864 SPONGEBOB COMICS #12 $2.99 UNI
10 224 176 4.95 JUL120857 SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #18 $4.99 BON
11 238 251 4.44 JUL120923 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #76 (MR) $2.95 BRO
12 240 267 4.38 JUL120856 SIMPSONS COMICS #194 $2.99 BON
13 241 268 4.38 JUL120775 SONIC UNIVERSE #44 $2.99 ARC
14 242 250 4.37 JUL121316-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #77 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
15 244 253 4.32 MAY121380-M GFT JUNGLE BOOK #5 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
16 248 273 4.24 JUN120811-M MEGA MAN #17 $2.99 ARC
17 249 219 4.23 JUN121375-M CALL OF WONDERLAND #4 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
18 259 271 3.92 JUN121377-M GFT BAD GIRLS #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
19 266 242 3.77 JUL121175 STUMPTOWN V2 #1 $3.99 ONI
20 273 281 3.62 JUN121373-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #20 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
21 278 295 3.42 JUL120854 BART SIMPSON COMICS #75 $2.99 BON
22 279 282 3.39 APR120835-M FATHOM VOL 4 #7 $3.50 ASP
23 294 277 3.08 JUL120784-M SOULFIRE VOL 4 #2 $3.99 ASP
24 296 265 3.06 MAY121393-M IRRESISTIBLE #2 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
25 297 283 2.93 JUL120790-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #3 $3.99 ASP
26 302 290 2.71 JUL120787-M IDOLIZED #2 $3.99 ASP
27 303 345 2.65 JUL120930 LOOKOUTS RIDDLE VOL 01 #1 (C: 1-1-3) $3.99 CRY
28 304 300 2.64 JUN121260 ATOMIC ROBO FLYING SHE DEVILS O/T PACIFIC #3 $3.50 RED
29 310 316 2.55 JUL121319 GODSTORM #0 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
30 313 330 2.51 JUL121206 ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV #6 $2.75 RED
31 314 292 2.50 JUN121383-M IRRESISTIBLE #3 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
32 320 304 2.16 MAY121395-M WAKING DREAM END #4 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
33 322 326 2.03 APR121343 CHARMED #23 (MR) $3.50 ZEN
34 326 325 1.97 JUL121176 SIXTH GUN #25 $3.99 ONI
35 348 406 1.55 MAY121209 SAINT #0 $1.99 MOO
36 351 302 1.49 JUL121328 BASALDUA & DEBALFO COVER GALLERY $5.99 ZEN
37 354 369 1.44 JAN120864-M DEAD MANS RUN #3 $3.50 ASP
38 358 354 1.33 JUL120724 ADVENTURES OF A COMIC CON GIRL #2 (MR) $3.99 ANT
39 363 361 1.29 JUN120775-M LAST ZOMBIE BEFORE THE AFTER #1 $3.99 ANT
40 372 372 1.19 MAY120811 GOLD DIGGER #142 $3.99 ANT
41 376 376 1.13 JUL120732 GEARHEARTS STEAMPUNK GLAMOR REVUE #4 $3.99 ANT
42 379 378 1.10 JUN120805 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #205 $3.99 ARC
43 380 395 1.07 JUN121295 WESTWARD #1 $2.99 TOO
44 381 394 1.07 JUN120882 PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL FALSE PROPHET #7 (MR) $3.50 BIG
45 384 337 1.04 JUN121178 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #190 (C: 0-0-1) $5.99 KEN
46 385 384 1.04 JUN128173 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 $3.99 VAL
47 387 385 1.02 JUL120759 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #233 $3.99 ARC
48 394 393 0.89 JUL120758 ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #20 $3.99 ARC
49 395 411 0.89 JUL120842 CRITTER #4 $3.50 BIG
50 396 396 0.88 JUL121174 BAD MEDICINE #5 $3.99 ONI

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

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 6 36 3.11 JUL121137 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 01 GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
2 22 57 1.62 JUN121186 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 07 $10.99 RAN
3 23 43 1.58 JUN121130 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 05 $14.99 FAN
4 64 96 1.00 JUL121308 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 11 $11.99 HAC
5 67 69 0.95 JUN121372 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 12 $15.99 ZEN
6 70 116 0.94 JUL120776 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 06 $11.99 ARC
7 80 85 0.86 APR121228 ALIEN ILLUSTRATED STORY TP $14.95 RAN
8 83 91 0.85 STAR08102 SQUEE TP $15.95 SLA
9 85 147 0.84 JUN120808 KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 03 $9.99 ARC
10 107 109 0.67 JUN121222 WET MOON GN VOL 06 (MR) $17.99 ONI
11 115 177 0.63 JUL121329 WHORE GN (MR) $9.99 ZEN
12 123 80 0.58 MAY121234 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 $24.99 ONI
13 130 73 0.54 JUN121332 TEZUKA MESSAGE TO ADOLF GN VOL 01 (MR) $26.95 RAN
14 141 156 0.52 JUN121315 CHI SWEET HOME GN VOL 09 $13.95 RAN
15 146 120 0.50 JUN121083 BARBARA GN (MR) $19.95 DIG
16 154 192 0.47 APR120800 WHERES MY SHOGGOTH $11.95 ARA
17 160 211 0.46 JUN121274 AMELIA RULES S&S ED TP VOL 08 HER PERMANENT RECORD $10.99 POC
18 170 222 0.43 JUN121185 GENSHIKEN SECOND SEASON GN VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
19 174 114 0.42 JAN121043 GAME OF THRONES HC GN VOL 01 (MR) $25.00 RAN
20 176 239 0.41 JUL121102 DRAMA GN $10.99 SCH
21 181 195 0.40 JUN121269 ALICE I/T COUNTRY CLOVER CHESHIRE CAT WALTZ GN VOL 02 (MR) ( $13.99 ST.
22 193 29 0.37 APR121227 ALIEN ILLUSTRATED STORY LTD SGN ARTISTS ED HC $75.00 TIT
23 194 220 0.37 JUL121087 LEGENDS OF ZITA THE SPACEGIRL GN $12.99 ST.
24 213 313 0.34 APR121232 LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 (MR) $9.95 TOP
25 218 233 0.33 MAY121236 WASTELAND TP VOL 07 $14.99 ONI
26 223 180 0.33 JUL121302 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 19 MASSACRE ARC PT 1 $18.99 HAC
27 224 279 0.33 JUL121305 OMAMORI HIMARI GN VOL 00 (MR) $11.99 HAC
28 233 294 0.31 JUN121272 TORADORA GN VOL 05 $11.99 ST.
29 236 226 0.31 JUL121119 KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE TP VOL 38 $14.99 KEN
30 279 262 0.27 JUN121128 CAVALIER MR THOMPSON A SAM HILL GN $16.99 FAN
31 284 240 0.26 JUN121271 GUNSLINGER GIRL OMNIBUS TP VOL 05 $16.99 ST.
32 286 137 0.26 JUN121232 BEATLES GRAPHIC GN $27.95 DIA
33 287 31 0.26 MAY121286 HOLE OF TANK GIRL SLIPCASED HC COLL ED (MR) $99.99 RAN
34 312 400 0.25 MAY121197 MILES EDGEWORTH ACE ATTORNEY GN VOL 02 (MR) $10.99 RAN
35 320 450 0.24 MAY111195 LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969 (MR) $9.95 TOP
36 330 360 0.24 JUN121085 TYRANT FALLS IN LOVE GN VOL 07 (MR) $12.95 DIG
37 341 374 0.23 JUN121316 GTO EARLY YEARS GN VOL 14 (MR) $12.95 RAN
38 347 423 0.22 FEB108442 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
39 349 196 0.22 JUL121194 DARK COUNTRY HC $24.99 RAW
40 366 338 0.22 JUL121231 SECRET OF THE STONE FROG HC $14.95 RAN
41 367 448 0.21 FEB108443 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
42 384 280 0.21 JUL121306 UNTIL DEATH DO US PART GN VOL 02 $18.99 HAC
43 388 225 0.20 JUN121132 IS THAT ALL THERE IS TP (MR) $25.00 FAN
44 390 263 0.20 JUL121131 GENSHIKEN OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 $19.99 RAN
45 396 296 0.20 APR121093 CRACKLE OF THE FROST HC (MR) $19.99 FAN
46 421 503 0.19 MAY121192 BLOODY MONDAY GN VOL 07 $10.99 RAN
47 435 557 0.19 JUL121086 ADVENTURES IN CARTOONING CHRISTMAS SPECIAL $9.99 ST.
48 445 291 0.18 JAN128076 UNDERWATER WELDER GN $19.95 TOP
49 450 394 0.18 MAY121186 KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE TP VOL 37 $14.99 KEN
50 464 351 0.18 JUN121116 IDEAL DAY TO FALL IN LOVE GN (A) $17.95 801

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Item codes followed by -M indicate multiple covers and skus at the standard SRP.

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title — with a value of 100 — because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.

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Everybody likes to see how their favorites measure up over time, so we're happy to provide these archives of the top-selling comics and graphic novels charts, broken down by month, going all the way back to 2002!