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The epic battle between X-O Manowar and Ninjak continued in Valiant Entertainment's X-O Manowar #6, the the best-selling Small Press comic book in October. The publisher had the top four Small Press comics for the month, with X-O Manowar followed by Archer & Armstrong #3 at #2, Harbinger #5 at #3, and Bloodshot #4 at #4.

Other publishers in the top ten include Abstract Studios, Archie Comics, United Plankton, and Zenescope Entertainment.

The Hive, the second volume in Charles Burns' Tintin-esque existential tale from Pantheon Books, was the best-selling Non-Premier Graphic Novel for October.

Other publishers in the top ten include Archie Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics Books, St. Martin's Press, Random House, 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 October 2012

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 149 125 10.99 AUG121334-M X-O MANOWAR #6 $3.99 VAL
2 163 136 9.92 AUG121337-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #3 $3.99 VAL
3 164 137 9.85 AUG121332-M HARBINGER #5 $3.99 VAL
4 166 139 9.70 AUG121339-M BLOODSHOT #4 $3.99 VAL
5 188 193 7.64 JUL121310-M ROBYN HOOD #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
6 200 216 6.86 JUL120773-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #241 $2.99 ARC
7 211 239 5.86 AUG120809 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #242 $2.99 ARC
8 219 214 5.39 AUG120749 RACHEL RISING #12 $3.99 ABS
9 222 248 5.30 AUG120899 SPONGEBOB COMICS #13 $2.99 UNI
10 223 240 5.29 AUG121422-M WONDERLAND #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
11 225 249 5.25 AUG120895 MAGGIE #1 $2.99 BON
12 241 276 4.79 AUG120810 SONIC UNIVERSE #45 $2.99 ARC
13 246 279 4.71 AUG120896 SIMPSONS COMICS #195 $2.99 BON
14 248 258 4.70 AUG121420-M ROBYN HOOD #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
15 249 261 4.64 AUG121424-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #78 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
16 251 267 4.53 AUG121418-M GFT SLEEPY HOLLOW #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
17 256 295 4.42 JUL120769-M MEGA MAN #18 $2.99 ARC
18 257 298 4.42 JUL120855 FUTURAMA COMICS #63 $2.99 BON
19 264 179 4.16 AUG121426-M GFT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2012 $5.99 ZEN
20 267 299 4.02 JUL121320-M GFT BAD GIRLS #3 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
21 286 312 3.74 JUL121317-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #21 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
22 288 313 3.74 AUG121430-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #22 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
23 293 320 3.71 AUG120894 BART SIMPSON COMICS #76 $2.99 BON
24 298 254 3.52 JUL121322-M GRIMM UNIVERSE #1 NEPTUNE ANGEL (MR) $3.99 ZEN
25 307 291 3.39 AUG121233 STUMPTOWN V2 #2 $3.99 ONI
26 308 321 3.38 AUG121428-M GODSTORM #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
27 310 307 3.34 AUG120884 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST #1 $3.50 BIG
28 313 373 3.29 JUL120779-M NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #2 $2.99 ARC
29 318 174 3.19 AUG121433-M GIANT-SIZE GFT 2012 (MR) $7.99 ZEN
30 321 314 3.10 AUG120819-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #4 $3.99 ASP
31 328 311 2.86 JUL121324-M IRRESISTIBLE #4 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
32 335 322 2.71 AUG120824-M IDOLIZED #3 $3.99 ASP
33 338 366 2.58 JUL120757 ARCHIE #637 $2.99 ARC
34 339 369 2.55 AUG120793 ARCHIE #638 $2.99 ARC
35 341 332 2.54 SEP120817-M CHARISMAGIC DEATH PRINCESS #1 $3.99 ASP
36 354 338 2.21 JUL121224 STUFF OF LEGEND TOY COLLECTOR #1 $3.99 TH3
37 355 348 2.21 JUL120792-M HOMECOMING #2 $3.99 ASP
38 357 384 2.19 JUL120765-M KEVIN KELLER #5 $2.99 ARC
39 361 357 2.13 MAY121397 CHARMED #24 (MR) $3.50 ZEN
40 366 358 2.05 AUG121237 SIXTH GUN #26 $3.99 ONI
41 367 359 2.03 JUL120767-M LIFE WITH ARCHIE #23 $3.99 ARC
42 368 293 2.03 JUL121118 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #191 $5.99 KEN
43 372 363 1.98 AUG121235 COURTNEY CRUMRIN #6 $3.99 ONI
44 373 365 1.95 AUG120897 SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #4 $3.99 BON
45 376 352 1.91 JUN121294 EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL #3 (MR) $3.99 TIT
46 377 273 1.90 JUL121165 TICK #101 TICK MEETS MADMAN $6.99 NEW
47 381 393 1.85 AUG120798 BETTY & VERONICA #262 $2.99 ARC
48 387 382 1.61 JUL121223 FINDING GOSSAMYR #2 $3.99 TH3
49 394 360 1.48 JUL121093 TRANSFORMERS TIMELINES #7 INVASION $4.95 FUN
50 412 383 1.26 JUL121091 GI JOE VS COBRA SPECIAL #5 OPERATION BEAR TRAP $4.95 FUN

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

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 22 17 1.87 AUG121252-M CHARLES BURNS HIVE GN $21.95 RAN
2 37 30 1.45 JUL121018 HOBBIT TP $20.00 RAN
3 40 5 1.41 JUL121170 CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC $50.00 RAN
4 55 65 1.18 JUL120772 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG COMPLETE COMIC ENCYCLOPEDIA TP $16.99 ARC
5 72 136 0.97 AUG121391 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 11 $11.99 HAC
6 102 50 0.81 APR121089 EC WALLY WOOD CAME THE DAWN AND OTHER STORIES HC $28.99 FAN
7 103 152 0.80 JUL121326 CALL OF WONDERLAND TP (MR) $12.99 ZEN
8 124 108 0.69 JUL121085 WRINKLE IN TIME GN $19.99 ST.
9 126 76 0.68 MAY121379 ALICE IN WONDERLAND HC (MR) $24.99 ZEN
10 130 55 0.67 JUL121025 NEW YORK DRAWINGS ADRIAN TOMINE HC $29.95 DRA
11 137 96 0.65 AUG121341 VALIANT MASTERS BLOODSHOT HC VOL 01 $24.99 VAL
12 146 171 0.61 JUN121379 GFT PRESENTS JUNGLE BOOK TP (MR) $15.99 ZEN
13 149 85 0.59 APR121090 EC KURTZMAN CORPSE O/T IMJIN AND OTHER STORIES HC $28.99 FAN
14 158 420 0.56 AUG120797 ARCHIES GIANT KIDS JOKEBOOK TP $6.99 ARC
15 161 311 0.54 JUL120760 ARCHIE LOVE SHOWDOWN TP $9.99 ARC
16 176 264 0.51 AUG121396 PANDORA HEARTS GN VOL 12 $11.99 HAC
17 177 266 0.50 AUG121394 DURARARA GN VOL 04 $11.99 HAC
18 179 284 0.50 JUL121130 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 21 $10.99 RAN
19 183 236 0.49 AUG121398 TRIAGE X GN VOL 01 (MR) $13.99 HAC
20 191 279 0.46 JUL121211 DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND GN VOL 13 (MR) $11.99 ST.
21 193 197 0.46 JUL121132 GHOST IN THE SHELL GN VOL 1.5 (MR) $17.99 RAN
22 202 262 0.44 AUG120808 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG GENESIS TP $14.99 ARC
23 205 249 0.43 AUG121309 AUGUST MOON GN $14.95 TOP
24 208 270 0.43 MAY120880 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS TP VOL 02 $14.99 ASP
25 217 126 0.40 JUL110825 A TALE OF SAND HC $29.95 ARA
26 218 372 0.40 JUN120761 PINOCCHIO VAMPIRE SLAYER GN VOL 04 WOOD & BLOOD PT 2 $10.95 SLA
27 222 222 0.39 MAY120881 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT HIT LIST AGENDA TP $19.99 ASP
28 223 370 0.39 APR121232 LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 (MR) $9.95 TOP
29 224 291 0.39 JUN121217 MIKE NORTONS CURSE GN $14.99 ONI
30 232 172 0.38 JAN121043 GAME OF THRONES HC GN VOL 01 (MR) $25.00 RAN
31 237 469 0.37 JUL121137 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 01 GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
32 241 183 0.37 AUG121136 SAILOR TWAIN GN $24.99 ST.
33 242 173 0.37 AUG121265 DOCTOR WHO DALEK PROJECT GN $23.99 RAN
34 246 348 0.36 AUG121393 DISAPPEARANCE OF NAGATO YUKI CLAN GN VOL 02 $11.99 HAC
35 248 185 0.36 AUG121178 BEST AMERICAN COMICS HC 2012 (MR) $25.00 HOU
36 249 49 0.36 JUL121114 METABARONS ULTIMATE COLL ED (MR) $59.95 HUM
37 262 258 0.34 JUL121213 GIRL FRIENDS COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 01 (MR) $17.99 ST.
38 263 204 0.34 MAY121234 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 $24.99 ONI
39 269 350 0.33 AUG121395 INFERNAL DEVICES CLOCKWORK ANGEL GN VOL 01 $12.99 HAC
40 270 409 0.33 JUL121296 GTO 14 DAYS IN SHONAN GN VOL 05 $10.95 RAN
41 271 199 0.33 MAY090647 MOUSE GUARD HC VOL 02 WINTER 1152 W/ DUST JACKET $24.95 ARA
42 273 328 0.33 MAY121355 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 07 (MR) $13.99 HAC
43 274 453 0.33 AUG121217 GERONIMO STILTON HC VOL 11 WELL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS $9.99 NBM
44 277 360 0.32 JUL121116 KANE CHRONICLES GN BOOK 01 RED PYRAMID $12.99 HAR
45 281 431 0.32 JUL121297 LIMIT GN VOL 01 $10.95 RAN
46 286 326 0.31 AUG121080 PIPPI LONGSTOCKING HC VOL 01 PIPPI MOVES IN $14.95 DRA
47 289 440 0.31 AUG120801 KEVIN KELLER TP VOL 01 WELCOME TO RIVERDALE $11.99 ARC
48 294 640 0.30 AUG121223 NINJAGO GN VOL 05 KINGDOM O/T SNAKES $6.99 NBM
49 302 322 0.30 JAN120780 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 01 SHADOW OF DEATH $16.99 ABS
50 304 135 0.29 JUL121433 STAR WARS ART ILLUSTRATION HC $40.00 ABR

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

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

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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