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Aspen introduced readers to a new sword-and-sorcery heroine in J.T. Krul's new series, Jirni #1, giving the publisher the best-selling Small Press comic sold to direct market specialty retailers for April.

Valiant Entertainment had six titles in the top ten, led by Harbinger Wars #1 #2.

Archie Comics had two titles in the top ten with Mega Man #24 as their best-selling book at #7. Finally, Oni Press' Helheim #2 rounded at the top ten at #9.

Kodansha Comics continued their reprint of the fan-favorite Sailor Moon manga with Volume 10 in April, the month's best-selling Non-Premier graphic novel.

Other publishers in the top ten include Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, Digital Manga, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphiccs Books, Valiant Entertainment, 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 April 2013

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 60 180 27.07 FEB130746-M JIRNI #1 $1.00 ASP
2 110 93 14.17 FEB131152-M HARBINGER WARS #1 REG LAROSA $3.99 VAL
3 141 127 10.82 FEB131156-M HARBINGER #11 HARBINGER WARS REG EVANS $3.99 VAL
4 148 132 10.12 FEB131159-M BLOODSHOT #10 HARBINGER WARS REG SUAYAN $3.99 VAL
5 151 124 10.00 FEB131162-M X-O MANOWAR #12 REG DJURDJEVIC $3.99 VAL
6 170 136 8.90 FEB131166-M SHADOWMAN #6 REG ZIRCHER $3.99 VAL
7 174 192 8.45 JAN130857-M MEGA MAN #24 $2.99 ARC
8 175 148 8.42 FEB131164-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #9 REG LUPACCHINO $3.99 VAL
9 189 164 7.76 FEB131087-M HELHEIM #2 (MR) $3.99 ONI
10 192 215 7.50 FEB130739-M SONIC UNIVERSE #51 $2.99 ARC
11 204 225 6.81 JAN130860 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #247 $2.99 ARC
12 206 110 6.72 JAN131354-M GFT ROBYN HOOD VS RED RIDING HOOD #1 (MR) $5.99 ZEN
13 219 210 5.76 FEB130663 RACHEL RISING #16 $3.99 ABS
14 222 129 5.67 FEB131207-M GFT UNLEASHED #1 (MR) $5.99 ZEN
15 231 297 5.38 FEB131206-M GFT UNLEASHED #0 (MR) $1.99 ZEN
16 233 208 5.30 FEB131210-M GFT UNLEASHED VAMPIRES ETERNAL #1 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
17 235 254 5.25 FEB130824 SPONGEBOB COMICS #19 $2.99 UNI
18 238 257 5.18 FEB130822 SIMPSONS COMICS #201 $2.99 BON
19 243 246 5.03 FEB131218-M GFT WONDERLAND #10 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
20 249 255 4.76 FEB131216-M GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #84 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
21 257 231 4.41 FEB131220-M GFT MADNESS OF WONDERLAND #3 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
22 277 298 3.90 FEB130820 BART SIMPSON COMICS #82 $2.99 BON
23 281 248 3.72 JAN131366-M GFT JUNGLE BOOK LAST O/T SPECIES #2 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
24 286 308 3.64 JAN130845 ARCHIE #642 ARCHIE MEETS GLEE PT 2 $2.99 ARC
25 294 278 3.46 FEB130753-M SHRUGGED VOL 2 #2 $3.99 ASP
26 296 279 3.44 FEB130758-M LEGEND O/T SHADOWCLAN #3 $3.99 ASP
27 306 288 3.20 FEB131090 SIXTH GUN #30 $3.99 ONI
28 307 290 3.18 FEB131088 SIXTH GUN SONS O/T GUN #3 $3.99 ONI
29 326 345 2.63 JAN131256 ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV #7 $2.75 RED
30 336 333 2.39 JAN130935 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST ONGOING #6 $3.50 BIG
31 337 328 2.38 NOV120889-M IDOLIZED #5 $3.99 ASP
32 342 362 2.29 FEB130725-M BETTY & VERONICA #265 $2.99 ARC
33 343 336 2.21 FEB130821 MYLO XYLOTO #3 $3.99 BON
34 358 383 1.91 JAN130852-M KEVIN KELLER #8 $2.99 ARC
35 362 356 1.82 JAN130826 STEAM WARS #1 $3.99 ANT
36 365 351 1.74 NOV121310 STUFF OF LEGEND TOY COLLECTOR #4 $3.99 TH3
37 367 353 1.69 FEB130682 ROGUES #1 (MR) $3.99 AMI
38 375 390 1.56 MAR120776-M DEAD MANS RUN #4 $3.50 ASP
39 377 365 1.52 NOV121050 LOOKOUTS RIDDLE VOL 01 #5 $3.99 CRY
40 380 399 1.50 FEB131119 BODIE TROLL #1 $2.99 RED
41 384 386 1.37 JAN130816 GOLD DIGGER #149 $3.99 ANT
42 392 394 1.27 JAN130820 VICTORIAN SECRET AGENTS #1 IRONWORK ISLE $3.95 ANT
43 398 348 1.18 DEC121144 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #196 $5.99 KEN
44 399 393 1.16 FEB131070 BELA LUGOSI TALES FROM GRAVE #3 (RES) $3.99 MON
45 405 410 1.02 JAN138374-M HELHEIM #1 (MR) $3.99 ONI
46 406 376 1.02 FEB130727 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #212 $5.99 ARC
47 407 419 1.02 FEB131120 NEOZOIC TRADERS GAMBIT #1 $3.50 RED
48 410 413 1.00 DEC120801 LAST ZOMBIE #1 THE END $3.99 ANT
49 413 420 0.97 FEB130724 B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #233 $3.99 ARC
50 415 421 0.96 JAN130846 ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #26 $3.99 ARC

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

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 22 62 1.82 JAN131200 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 10 $10.99 RAN
2 68 82 1.24 JAN131306 X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) TP VOL 02 ENTER NINJAK $14.99 VAL
3 80 159 1.08 FEB131168 SHADOWMAN (VU) TP VOL 01 BIRTH RITES $9.99 VAL
4 81 117 1.08 FEB131197 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 13 $11.99 HAC
5 128 213 0.82 JAN130854 KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 04 $9.99 ARC
6 129 129 0.81 FEB130819 BART SIMPSON BIG SHOT TP $15.99 BON
7 133 75 0.80 MAR130991 MARBLE SEASON HC $21.95 DRA
8 142 60 0.76 OCT121087 EC WILLIAMSON 50 GIRLS 50 & OTHER STORIES HC $28.99 FAN
9 157 42 0.69 JAN131096 UNICO GN $34.95 DIG
10 165 76 0.66 OCT121084 EC JACK DAVIS TAINT MEAT ITS HUMANITY HC $28.99 FAN
11 172 102 0.63 DEC121189 COURTNEY CRUMRIN SPEC ED HC VOL 03 $24.99 ONI
12 189 341 0.57 FEB131083 DISNEY FAIRIES GN VOL 11 MOST PRECIOUS GIFT $7.99 NBM
13 195 248 0.56 JAN131198 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 24 $10.99 RAN
14 206 239 0.55 FEB131202 PANDORA HEARTS GN VOL 15 $11.99 HAC
15 212 245 0.53 FEB131196 ALICE I/T COUNTRY OF HEARTS MY FANATIC RABBIT GN VOL 02 $11.99 HAC
16 213 246 0.52 FEB131201 MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA GN VOL 15 $11.99 HAC
17 214 153 0.52 JAN131197 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER OMNIBUS VOL 01 $19.99 RAN
18 218 90 0.52 JAN131319 MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ORIGIN GN VOL 01 ACTIVATION $29.95 RAN
19 233 280 0.48 FEB131200 IS THIS A ZOMBIE GN VOL 04 (MR) $11.99 HAC
20 252 271 0.45 JAN131263 CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RAILGUN GN VOL 07 $12.99 ST.
21 264 144 0.44 FEB131018 JERUSALEM STORY OF CITY GN $24.99 ST.
22 268 208 0.43 FEB131017 RELISH MY LIFE IN KITCHEN GN $17.99 ST.
23 273 236 0.43 DEC121247 NEMO HEART OF ICE HC $14.95 TOP
24 275 184 0.42 DEC121234 MODESTY BLAISE TP VOL 23 GIRL IN IRON MASK $19.95 RAN
25 289 266 0.40 FEB130808 WHO IS AC GN $14.99 POC
26 308 230 0.37 AUG121142 JULIOS DAY HC $19.99 FAN
27 314 237 0.36 DEC121184 DOUBLE FINE ACTION COMICS TP VOL 01 $19.99 ONI
28 315 314 0.36 JAN131264 CRIMSON EMPIRE CIRCUMSTANCES TO SERVE A NOBLE GN VOL 01 $13.99 ST.
29 326 234 0.35 JAN131265 KANOKON GN COLL ED VOL 01 $18.99 ST.
30 328 166 0.35 DEC121110 COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 19 1987-1988 $28.99 FAN
31 339 402 0.34 JAN131317 GTO 14 DAYS IN SHONAN GN VOL 08 $10.95 RAN
32 341 231 0.34 JAN131261 HP LOVECRAFT CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD GN $19.95 ABR
33 343 258 0.33 DEC121185 DOUBLE FINE ACTION COMICS TP VOL 02 $19.99 ONI
34 365 369 0.32 FEB131171 KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA GN VOL 02 $12.95 RAN
35 371 351 0.32 FEB131198 BUNNY DROP GN VOL 08 $13.99 HAC
36 372 263 0.32 FEB131199 DOUBT OMNIBUS GN VOL 01 $18.99 HAC
37 381 86 0.31 OCT121173 HARVEY HORRORS COLL WORKS WITCHES TALES HC VOL 03 $47.99 DIA
38 382 323 0.31 JAN131202 ARE YOU MY MOTHER A COMIC DRAMA SC $15.95 HOU
39 384 147 0.31 JAN131190 ARMIES HC (MR) $34.95 HUM
40 397 345 0.30 DEC121162 LOVE HINA OMNIBUS TP KODANSHA ED VOL 05 $14.99 RAN
41 401 294 0.30 DEC121117 PETER BAGGE OTHER STUFF TP $19.99 FAN
42 406 449 0.29 JUL111150 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
43 420 433 0.28 JAN131251 JUDGE DREDD DIGEST TP JUDGE CHILD (MR) $11.00 DIA
44 432 326 0.27 NOV121192 SECRET HONEY O/T MOON (A) $19.99 ERO
45 433 106 0.27 NOV121279 HARVEY HORRORS COLL WORKS WITCHES TALES HC VOL 04 $47.99 DIA
46 443 240 0.26 DEC121064 LETTING IT GO HC (MR) $24.95 DRA
47 459 173 0.25 FEB042691 FROM HELL TP (MR) $35.00 TOP
48 473 497 0.24 FEB108442 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
49 486 405 0.24 DEC063563 CHARLES BURNS LIBRARY SC VOL 02 BIG BABY $16.95 FAN
50 493 568 0.23 FEB131080 THEA STILTON HC VOL 01 SECRET WHALE ISLAND $9.99 NBM

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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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