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Elmore James Jack Boniface struggles in his first night as the new Shadowman in Valiant Entertainment's Shadowman #2, the best-stelling Small Press Comic Book in December. Valiant took the top five spots on December's Small Press charts; Shadowman was followed in order by Archer & Armstrong #5, X-O Manowar #8, Harbinger #7, and Bloodshot #6.

Also in the top ten were Abstract Studios (Rachel Rising #13 ranked #6), Archie Comics (Sonic the Hedgehog #243 ranked #6), United Plankton (Spongebob Squarepants #15 ranked #9), and Zenescope Entertainment (two titles, led by Wonderland #6 at #8).

In addition to the month's top selling Small Press comic, Valiant Entertainment also had the month's top Small Press Graphic Novel as X-O Manowar Volume 1: By the Sword, the collected edition of the first four issues of the new series, topped the chart.

Also in the top ten were Archaia Entertainment, Archie Comics, Art of Fiction, Kodansha Comics, Rebellion, Red 5 Comics, and Yen Press.

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 December 2012

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 116 103 11.16 OCT121233-M SHADOWMAN #2 $3.99 VAL
2 143 106 9.60 OCT121228-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #5 $3.99 VAL
3 144 108 9.54 OCT121239-M X-O MANOWAR #8 $3.99 VAL
4 156 123 8.43 OCT121235-M HARBINGER #7 $3.99 VAL
5 158 127 8.25 OCT121237-M BLOODSHOT #6 $3.99 VAL
6 195 213 5.78 SEP120803 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #243 $2.99 ARC
7 205 195 5.13 OCT120719 RACHEL RISING #13 $3.99 ABS
8 216 222 4.78 OCT121284-M WONDERLAND #6 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
9 218 234 4.75 OCT120873 SPONGEBOB COMICS #15 $2.99 UNI
10 220 228 4.71 OCT121290-M ROBYN HOOD #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
11 222 134 4.54 OCT121279-M GFT 2012 HOLIDAY SPECIAL (MR) $5.99 ZEN
12 223 243 4.51 OCT120776 SONIC UNIVERSE #47 $2.99 ARC
13 225 244 4.47 OCT120869 SIMPSONS COMICS #197 $2.99 BON
14 235 235 4.29 OCT121282-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #80 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
15 238 269 4.19 SEP120800-M MEGA MAN #20 $2.99 ARC
16 250 265 3.84 SEP121295-M GFT BAD GIRLS #5 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
17 260 270 3.57 JUN120839-M FATHOM VOL 4 #8 $3.50 ASP
18 261 281 3.56 OCT121288-M GFT SLEEPY HOLLOW #3 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
19 263 296 3.55 OCT120868 BART SIMPSON COMICS #78 $2.99 BON
20 268 285 3.48 OCT121286-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #24 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
21 279 219 3.31 SEP120882 SIMPSONS WINTER WINGDING #7 $4.99 BON
22 294 268 3.14 AUG120821-M SOULFIRE VOL 4 #3 $3.99 ASP
23 296 319 3.13 OCT120870 SIMPSONS SUPER SPECTACULAR #16 $2.99 BON
24 309 280 2.93 OCT121158 STUMPTOWN V2 #4 $3.99 ONI
25 315 287 2.84 OCT120795-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS VOL 3 #1 $3.99 ASP
26 316 272 2.83 SEP121200 LENORE VOLUME II #7 $3.99 TIT
27 320 327 2.72 OCT121292-M GODSTORM #3 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
28 326 297 2.65 OCT120798-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #6 $3.99 ASP
29 331 290 2.54 SEP121294 GRIMM UNIVERSE #2 RED RIDING HOOD (MR) $3.99 ZEN
30 332 308 2.54 AUG121283 ATOMIC ROBO FLYING SHE DEVILS O/T PACIFIC #5 $3.50 RED
31 333 349 2.53 SEP120796-M KEVIN KELLER #6 $2.99 ARC
32 335 337 2.51 SEP121299-M FLY VOL II #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
33 345 359 2.32 SEP120789 ARCHIE #639 $2.99 ARC
34 346 324 2.28 OCT120806-M IDOLIZED #4 $3.99 ASP
35 347 350 2.27 OCT121296-M FLY VOL II #3 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
36 356 372 1.99 SEP120807-M NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #4 $2.99 ARC
37 357 256 1.98 AUG121189 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #192 $5.99 KEN
38 359 262 1.94 SEP121133 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #193 $5.99 KEN
39 363 347 1.93 OCT121156 SIXTH GUN #27 $3.99 ONI
40 370 371 1.82 AUG121440 WAKE THE F#CK UP #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
41 371 356 1.80 OCT121159 COURTNEY CRUMRIN #8 $3.99 ONI
42 374 363 1.68 SEP120798-M LIFE WITH ARCHIE #25 $3.99 ARC
43 381 389 1.54 OCT120766 BETTY & VERONICA #263 $2.99 ARC
44 398 388 1.19 SEP120762 GOLD DIGGER #145 $3.99 ANT
45 400 393 1.09 OCT120740 VICTORIAN SECRET HOLIDAY FUN SPECIAL $3.99 ANT
46 401 411 1.05 SEP120874 JOAN OF ARC FROM THE ASHES #2 (MR) $3.50 BIG
47 402 403 0.99 AUG120760 VICTORIAN SECRET GIRLS OF STEAMPUNK #1 MASQUERADE $3.99 ANT
48 403 405 0.98 OCT120767 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #208 $3.99 ARC
49 407 412 0.93 OCT120762 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #236 $3.99 ARC
50 408 427 0.93 SEP120764 VERY ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS #4 $3.50 ANT

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

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 27 93 1.39 OCT121241 X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 BY THE SWORD $9.99 VAL
2 50 80 1.03 SEP121182 ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV TP $13.95 RED
3 74 107 0.82 OCT120777 BEST OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG TP VOL 01 $14.99 ARC
4 76 156 0.80 SEP121138 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER TP VOL 16 $10.99 RAN
5 78 63 0.80 OCT121185 JUDGE DREDD GARTH ENNIS COLL TP (MR) $19.99 POC
6 89 47 0.74 MAR120749 CURSED PIRATE GIRL HC VOL 01 $24.95 ARA
7 97 161 0.70 SEP120802 MEGA MAN TP VOL 04 SPIRITUS EX MACHINA $11.99 ARC
8 98 52 0.70 AUG120787 SPACE 1999 AFTERSHOCK & AWE $24.95 ARA
9 109 202 0.65 OCT120794 DAMES IN THE ATOMIC AGE GN VOL 01 $8.95 ART
10 124 172 0.56 OCT121275 PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA GN VOL 03 $11.99 HAC
11 136 191 0.51 OCT121268 ALICE I/T COUNTRY OF HEARTS MY FANATIC RABBIT GN VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
12 139 48 0.50 JUN121133 WEIRD HORRORS & DARING ADV JOE KUBERT ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $39.99 FAN
13 140 194 0.50 OCT121274 PANDORA HEARTS GN VOL 13 $11.99 HAC
14 143 51 0.49 OCT121089 POGO COMP SYNDICATED STRIPS HC VOL 02 BALDERDASH $39.99 FAN
15 145 200 0.49 OCT121273 MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA GN VOL 14 $11.99 HAC
16 147 271 0.49 OCT121145 DISNEY FAIRIES GN VOL 10 TINKER BELL RAINBOW $7.99 NBM
17 149 92 0.47 SEP121235 TEZUKA MESSAGE TO ADOLF GN VOL 02 (MR) $26.95 RAN
18 154 106 0.45 APR120795 IRON OR THE WAR AFTER HC $24.95 ARA
19 157 213 0.44 STAR17135 FUTURAMA TP VOL 01 O RAMA $12.95 BON
20 165 125 0.42 JUN120795 RUST HC VOL 02 $24.95 ARA
21 169 235 0.41 FEB108442 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
22 173 79 0.39 SEP121094 SPACEHAWK TP WOLVERTON $39.99 FAN
23 179 224 0.38 SEP121189 CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RAILGUN GN VOL 06 $12.99 ST.
24 184 177 0.37 AUG121317 ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW TP $17.99 TRA
25 186 171 0.36 OCT121271 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 20 MASSACRE ARC PT 2 $18.99 HAC
26 187 389 0.36 AUG120777 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST VOL 03 FIELD DAY & OTHER STORIES $6.99 APE
27 189 237 0.36 JUN121382 WAKING DREAMS END TP $12.99 ZEN
28 190 150 0.36 MAY121234 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 $24.99 ONI
29 198 142 0.33 AUG121251 DOCTOR WHO TP CHILD OF TIME $24.99 PAN
30 200 190 0.33 OCT121269 BLOOD LAD GN VOL 01 $18.99 HAC
31 201 134 0.32 MAR120754 SHARAZ DE HC $29.95 ARA
32 205 182 0.32 SEP110750 JIM HENSONS DARK CRYSTAL HC VOL 01 CREATION MYTHS $19.95 ARA
33 208 64 0.32 APR121114 PHANTOM COMP SERIES HC VOL 02 GOLD KEY YEARS $49.99 HER
34 211 262 0.31 SEP121191 MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 01 $12.99 ST.
35 212 167 0.31 AUG121140 DELPHINE HC $24.99 FAN
36 213 83 0.31 SEP121132 BEFORE THE INCAL CLASS COLL HC (MR) $44.95 HUM
37 222 251 0.29 SEP121167 GLITTER KISS GN $15.99 ONI
38 223 268 0.29 MAY042405 FUTURAMA TP VOL 02 ADVENTURES $14.95 BON
39 225 39 0.29 SEP120760 ANOMALY HC $75.00 ANO
40 231 253 0.28 STAR08102 SQUEE TP $15.95 SLA
41 233 478 0.28 OCT121143 ANNOYING ORANGE GN VOL 01 SECRET AGENT ORANGE $6.99 NBM
42 235 302 0.28 MAY128089 SIMPSONS COMICS TP VOL 01 EXTRAVAGANZA $12.99 BON
43 237 201 0.28 JUL121018 HOBBIT TP $20.00 RAN
44 244 209 0.27 SEP121190 DANCE I/T VAMPIRE BUND OMNIBUS VOL 01 $19.99 ST.
45 245 307 0.27 DEC110774 MALLEUS MALEFICARUM GUIDE TO CATCHING WITCHES GN $12.95 SLA
46 247 350 0.27 SEP111319 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 01 LTD PRICE CUT ED $9.99 ZEN
47 250 87 0.26 JUL121170 CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC $50.00 RAN
48 253 244 0.26 NOV121357 TEZUKA BOOK OF HUMAN INSECTS TP (MR) $16.95 RAN
49 259 131 0.25 JUN121290 COMP FLASH GORDON LIBRARY HC VOL 02 TYRANT OF MONGO $39.95 RAN
50 260 514 0.25 MAR120767 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 18 $7.99 ARC

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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

Please note that comics that were shipped to comic book retailers on December 28, 2012 with an on-sale date of January 2, 2013 were included in December's sales chart information.

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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