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Carbon Leaf -- Desperation SongThe Vine have reached Earth in search of Aric's armor in Valiant Entertainment's X-O Manowar #9, the best-selling small press comic book in January. In total, Valiant had five of the month's top small press books, taking the top five spots on the chart.

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

The collected edition of the first story arc of the relaunched Harbinger in Valiant Entertainment's Harbinger Volume 1: Omega Rising gave the publisher January's best-selling small press graphic novel.

Other publishers in the top ten include Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, Fantagraphics Books, UDON Entertainment, 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 January 2013

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 119 93 11.38 NOV121333-M X-O MANOWAR #9 $3.99 VAL
2 145 117 9.13 NOV121340-M SHADOWMAN #3 $3.99 VAL
3 151 122 8.79 NOV121342-M HARBINGER #8 $3.99 VAL
4 155 125 8.66 NOV121338-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #6 $3.99 VAL
5 161 134 8.17 NOV121336-M BLOODSHOT #7 $3.99 VAL
6 187 205 5.97 OCT120775 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #244 $2.99 ARC
7 216 231 4.81 NOV120956 SPONGEBOB COMICS #16 $2.99 UNI
8 221 237 4.65 NOV120874 SONIC UNIVERSE #48 $2.99 ARC
9 222 222 4.65 NOV121391-M WONDERLAND #7 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
10 223 223 4.64 NOV121018 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #78 (MR) $2.95 BRO
11 225 247 4.52 NOV120951 SIMPSONS COMICS #198 $2.99 BON
12 233 262 4.26 OCT120772-M MEGA MAN #21 $2.99 ARC
13 236 239 4.21 NOV121393-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #81 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
14 239 265 4.17 NOV120954 FUTURAMA COMICS #65 $2.99 BON
15 261 292 3.56 NOV120949 BART SIMPSON COMICS #79 $2.99 BON
16 262 278 3.56 NOV121401-M GFT SLEEPY HOLLOW #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
17 301 280 2.92 NOV121259 STUMPTOWN V2 #5 $3.99 ONI
18 309 270 2.79 NOV121406 GFT ANIMATED SERIES ONE SHOT (MR) $3.99 ZEN
19 316 296 2.61 NOV120892-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #7 $3.99 ASP
20 317 297 2.57 NOV120804 RACHEL RISING #14 $3.99 ABS
21 320 300 2.53 NOV120883-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS VOL 3 #2 $3.99 ASP
22 326 334 2.41 NOV121408-M FLY VOL II #4 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
23 333 349 2.30 OCT120760 ARCHIE #640 $2.99 ARC
24 336 301 2.28 JUL120738 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE VOL 2 #2 $3.99 APE
25 345 329 2.16 OCT120861 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST ONGOING #3 $3.50 BIG
26 353 327 2.09 AUG120827-M HOMECOMING #3 $3.99 ASP
27 355 250 2.05 OCT121123 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #194 $5.99 KEN
28 357 333 2.01 NOV120950 SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #5 $3.99 BON
29 358 336 1.99 NOV121262 SIXTH GUN #28 $3.99 ONI
30 361 371 1.94 OCT120780-M NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #5 $2.99 ARC
31 372 405 1.80 NOV120843 CRAWLING SKY #1 $3.99 ANT
32 373 345 1.77 OCT120770-M LIFE WITH ARCHIE #26 $3.99 ARC
33 374 347 1.76 NOV121263 COURTNEY CRUMRIN ONGOING #9 $3.99 ONI
34 381 367 1.55 OCT121135 KOLCHAK & HONEY WEST ONE SHOT $3.99 MOO
35 390 378 1.26 OCT121053-M PLUME #1 $3.99 DEV
36 391 386 1.26 OCT120738 GOLD DIGGER #146 $3.99 ANT
37 393 385 1.16 SEP121197 FINDING GOSSAMYR #3 $3.99 TH3
38 400 397 1.06 SEP120756 CAVEWOMAN GANGSTER #3 $3.75 AMR
39 402 355 1.04 OCT121180 FAUST LOVE OF DAMNED ACT 15 (A) $5.95 REB
40 409 403 0.98 NOV120866 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #209 $3.99 ARC
41 412 420 0.96 OCT120865 URSA MINOR #4 (MR) $3.50 BIG
42 416 408 0.90 NOV120863 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #237 $3.99 ARC
43 421 411 0.86 OCT120761 ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #23 $3.99 ARC
44 422 426 0.86 NOV120839 GOLD DIGGER HOLIDAYS SPECIAL #2 $3.50 ANT
45 423 415 0.85 NOV120864 B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #231 $3.99 ARC
46 428 424 0.78 NOV120876 WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #25 $3.99 ARC
47 434 429 0.73 OCT120769 JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #188 $3.99 ARC
48 440 458 0.66 NOV120812 FUBAR WINTER SPECIAL ONE SHOT (MR) $2.99 ALT
49 443 433 0.65 OCT120789 RICHIE RICH GEMS #48 $3.99 APE
50 452 467 0.57 OCT121207 WESTWARD #3 $2.99 TOO

TOP 50 SMALL PRESS GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2013

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 44 131 1.13 NOV121345 HARBINGER (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 OMEGA RISING $9.99 VAL
2 59 78 1.00 SEP121301 ALICE IN WONDERLAND TP (MR) $15.99 ZEN
3 62 124 0.95 NOV121384 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 12 $11.99 HAC
4 78 102 0.87 OCT121298 WONDERLAND TP VOL 01 $15.99 ZEN
5 85 144 0.83 NOV120875 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 04 JOURNEY TO THE EAST $11.99 ARC
6 93 35 0.77 JUL121070 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 06 1947-1948 $35.00 FAN
7 94 32 0.77 AUG121326 SUPER STREET FIGHTER GN VOL 01 $34.95 UDO
8 95 114 0.76 NOV120952 SIMPSONS COMICS SUPERNOVA TP $15.99 BON
9 101 146 0.74 NOV121389 SOUL EATER TP VOL 12 $11.99 HAC
10 137 133 0.57 NOV120865 ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE TP VOL 03 $19.99 ARC
11 159 171 0.46 OCT121300 IRRESISTIBLE TP (MR) $15.99 ZEN
12 160 163 0.46 NOV121387 BRIDES STORY HC GN BOOK 04 $16.99 HAC
13 166 312 0.44 OCT120768 BETTY & VERONICA PROM PRINCESSES TP $9.99 ARC
14 171 135 0.42 MAY121234 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 $24.99 ONI
15 172 432 0.42 AUG120777 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST VOL 03 FIELD DAY & OTHER STORIES $6.99 APE
16 191 161 0.38 JUL121018 HOBBIT TP $20.00 RAN
17 202 293 0.35 NOV121388 DISAPPEARANCE OF NAGATO YUKI CHAN GN VOL 03 $11.99 HAC
18 203 179 0.35 JAN128076 UNDERWATER WELDER GN $19.95 TOP
19 207 70 0.34 JUL121170 CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC $50.00 RAN
20 214 216 0.33 OCT121200 GIRL FRIENDS COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 02 (MR) $17.99 ST.
21 224 224 0.32 SEP121168 BAD MEDICINE TP VOL 01 $19.99 ONI
22 228 232 0.31 OCT121201 GUNSLINGER GIRL OMNIBUS TP VOL 06 $17.99 ST.
23 233 82 0.31 SEP121126 ALEX TOTH ZORRO COMP DELL COMICS ADVENTURES HC $49.99 HER
24 234 213 0.31 NOV121316 DEAR BELOVED STRANGER GN $19.95 TOP
25 237 126 0.30 JUN121133 WEIRD HORRORS & DARING ADV JOE KUBERT ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $39.99 FAN
26 238 361 0.30 FEB108442 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
27 244 243 0.30 NOV121178 COMPLETE CRUMB COMICS TP VOL 03 FRITZ CAT (MR) $19.99 FAN
28 250 395 0.29 MAY120858 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 03 KNUCKLES RETURNS $11.99 ARC
29 260 137 0.28 FEB042691 FROM HELL TP (MR) $35.00 TOP
30 261 339 0.27 MAY042405 FUTURAMA TP VOL 02 ADVENTURES $14.95 BON
31 272 152 0.27 APR121096 JACK JACKSON AMERICAN HISTORY TEJANOS CAUSE HC $35.00 FAN
32 275 502 0.27 SEP121080 HOUSEWIVES AT PLAY HANKY SPANKY GN (A) $9.99 ERO
33 278 468 0.26 OCT120741 ZOMBIE KID DIARIES GN VOL 03 WALKING DAD $10.99 ANT
34 288 211 0.26 MAY111197 INFINITE KUNG FU GN $24.95 TOP
35 291 214 0.26 AUG121236 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 02 $24.99 ONI
36 293 48 0.25 OCT121119 BLACK INCAL DLX HC VOL 01 (MR) $79.95 HUM
37 301 108 0.24 AUG121263 ROY THOMAS PRESENTS THE HEAP HC VOL 01 $47.99 DIA
38 306 237 0.24 OCT121083 TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE HC VOL 02 $24.99 FAN
39 317 218 0.23 MAR120749 CURSED PIRATE GIRL HC VOL 01 $24.95 ARA
40 318 572 0.23 MAY120846 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS TP VOL 02 $9.99 ARC
41 321 277 0.23 SEP121145 AIRBOY & AIRFIGHTERS TP DANGEROUS LIAISONS $19.95 MOO
42 322 424 0.23 MAR108136 CALVIN & HOBBES TP $12.99 POC
43 335 345 0.22 OCT121202 I DONT LIKE YOU AT ALL BIG BROTHER GN COLL ED VOL 02 (MR) $16.99 ST.
44 338 348 0.22 OCT088197 CALVIN & HOBBES HOMICIDAL PSYCHO JUNGLE CAT SC $16.99 POC
45 347 436 0.21 APR128211 AMULET SC VOL 01 STONEKEEPER $12.99 SCH
46 348 435 0.21 MAR128109 BONE COLOR ED SC VOL 01 OUT BONEVILLE $12.99 SCH
47 352 247 0.21 OCT121216 ROBERT JORDAN EYE OF THE WORLD HC VOL 03 $24.99 ST.
48 354 344 0.21 SEP121079 LOVE ON THE JOB GN VOL 01 (A) $17.95 801
49 357 613 0.21 OCT121241 X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 BY THE SWORD $9.99 VAL
50 360 519 0.20 FEB108443 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI

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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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