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Paul McCartney -- Off the GroundBOOM! Studios' Adventure Time: Playing With Fire, the first original graphic novel based on Cartoon Network's top-rated series, was the best-selling graphic novel to comic book specialty retailers in May. In total, BOOM! had two titles in the top ten, with Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens at #5 for the month.

Image Comics had two titles in the top ten — Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 ranked #2 and Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #3.

DC Comics had three titles in the top ten, led by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis' Superman: Earth One Volume 1 at #4. Also in the top ten were Grant Morrison's Superman in Action Comics: Volume 1: Superman and the Men of Steel at #9 and Vertigo's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Volume 2, based on the best-selling novel, at #10.

Marvel Comics' two titles in the top ten were Deadpool Volume 1: Dead Presidents at #7 and Superior Spider-Man Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy at #8.

Also in the top ten, IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Volume 1 ranked #7.

Rounding out the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 3: Guarded ranked #16 for the month.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 7.39 FEB130825 ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL GN VOL 01 PLAYING FIRE $11.99 BOO
2 17 5.85 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
3 15 4.17 NOV128157-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMA
4 27 3.79 FEB130226 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE TP VOL 01 $12.99 DC 
5 4 3.71 MAR130946 ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE & THE SCREAM QUEENS TP VOL 01 $19.99 BOO
6 16 3.68 MAR130727 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR
7 7 3.61 MAR130366 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
8 13 3.60 MAR130724 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 MY OWN WORST ENEMY NOW $17.99 MAR
9 21 3.27 FEB130215 SUPERMAN ACTION TP VOL 01 SUPERMAN MEN OF STEEL (N52) $16.99 DC 
10 12 3.23 JAN130329 GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO HC VOL 02 (MR) $19.99 DC 
11 25 3.14 FEB130206 AQUAMAN TP VOL 01 THE TRENCH (N52) $14.99 DC 
12 5 2.95 JAN130294 BATMAN INCORPORATED HC VOL 01 DEMON STAR (N52) $24.99 DC 
13 6 2.93 JAN130300 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS HC VOL 02 BULLETPROOF (N52) $24.99 DC 
14 11 2.90 JAN130293 AQUAMAN HC VOL 02 THE OTHERS (N52) $22.99 DC 
15 32 2.79 JAN130523 THIEF OF THIEVES TP VOL 02 $14.99 IMA
16 23 2.72 JAN130085 BTVS SEASON 9 TP VOL 03 GUARDED $17.99 DAR
17 68 2.70 MAR130464 BEDLAM TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
18 34 2.63 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
19 8 2.56 JAN131224 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 03 $24.99 ONI
20 35 2.40 DEC120744 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 MAR
21 75 2.25 FEB131179 NARUTO TP VOL 61 $9.99 VIZ
22 49 2.21 JAN130511 PETER PANZERFAUST TP VOL 02 HOOKED $14.99 IMA
23 39 2.19 SEP120922 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOO
24 20 2.18 MAR130722 ALL NEW X-MEN PREM HC VOL 02 HERE TO STAY $24.99 MAR
25 128 2.16 MAR130696 CAPTAIN UNIVERSE HERO WHO COULD BE YOU $7.99 MAR
26 22 2.09 JAN130307 BATMAN NOIR EDUARDO RISSO DELUXE ED HC $24.99 DC 
27 41 2.04 FEB130625 CABLE AND X-FORCE TP VOL 01 WANTED NOW $17.99 MAR
28 53 2.02 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
29 24 1.98 MAR130725 THOR GOD OF THUNDER PREM HC VOL 01 GOD BUTCHER $24.99 MAR
30 57 1.97 FEB130217 BATMAN DEATH BY DESIGN TP $14.99 DC 
31 56 1.96 SEP120449 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 IMA
32 52 1.95 FEB130627 THUNDERBOLTS TP VOL 01 NO QUARTER NOW $15.99 MAR
33 37 1.94 FEB130638 SPIDER-MEN TP $19.99 MAR
34 26 1.90 FEB130623 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK PREM HC VOL 01 AGENT OF SHIELD NOW $24.99 MAR
35 55 1.87 FEB130624 AVENGERS ARENA TP VOL 01 KILL OR DIE TP NOW $15.99 MAR
36 77 1.86 MAR131208 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 11 $10.99 RAN
37 54 1.77 DEC120323 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC 
38 62 1.69 OCT128106 STAR WARS DARTH MAUL DEATH SENTENCE TP $15.99 DAR
39 132 1.67 MAR130504 GREAT PACIFIC TP VOL 01 TRASHED (MR) $9.99 IMA
40 50 1.65 FEB130637 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS TP VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
41 48 1.64 MAR130399 DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
42 79 1.63 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
43 64 1.63 FEB130221 BATMAN BEYOND 10000 CLOWNS TP $16.99 DC 
44 66 1.63 MAR130745 PUNISHER TP ENTER WAR ZONE $16.99 MAR
45 44 1.60 MAR130857 CROSSED WISH YOU WERE HERE TP VOL 02 (MR) $19.99 AVA
46 51 1.57 JAN130335 HELLBLAZER TP VOL 05 DANGEROUS HABITS NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC 
47 94 1.54 JUN120470 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD $14.99 IMA
48 144 1.52 JUL110247 ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP $29.99 DC 
49 28 1.51 JAN130305 AUTHORITY HC VOL 01 $29.99 DC 
50 89 1.50 FEB130214 SUPERBOY TP VOL 02 EXTRACTION (N52) $14.99 DC 
51 73 1.50 DEC120941 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 02 $14.99 BOO
52 76 1.49 FEB130614 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON TP VOL 04 AVX $16.99 MAR
53 90 1.47 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
54 71 1.45 FEB130628 A PLUS X TP VOL 01 EQUALS AWESOME $17.99 MAR
55 97 1.40 FEB130210 PHANTOM STRANGER TP VOL 01 A STRANGER AMONG US (N52) $14.99 DC 
56 98 1.38 FEB130242 GET JIRO TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
57 103 1.37 JAN130500 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 02 $14.99 IMA
58 104 1.34 FEB130208 DEMON KNIGHTS TP VOL 02 THE AVALON TRAP (N52) $14.99 DC 
59 86 1.33 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
60 59 1.32 FEB130316 GODZILLA HALF CENTURY WAR TP $19.99 IDW
61 180 1.30 NOV120270 SUPERMAN FOR TOMORROW TP $24.99 DC 
62 177 1.29 JUN120225 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 02 $22.99 DC 
63 87 1.29 NOV058130 SUPERMAN RED SON TP $17.99 DC 
64 178 1.29 MAR130990 SILENCE & CO GN $9.99 CRY
65 38 1.28 FEB130247 LUCIFER TP VOL 01 (MR) $29.99 DC 
66 111 1.27 SEP088207 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (NEW PTG) (SEP088207) $14.99 IMA
67 154 1.25 NOV120020 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 04 SEARCH PART 1 $10.99 DAR
68 118 1.25 FEB130629 CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 02 DOWN $14.99 MAR
69 80 1.22 MAR130332 TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 05 $17.99 IDW
70 100 1.22 MAR130813 ARCHIES 1000 PG COMICS DIGEST TP $14.99 ARC
71 99 1.21 FEB130222 JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND KONSTRICTION TP $16.99 DC 
72 60 1.21 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
73 10 1.21 MAY110712 ART OF MARVEL STUDIOS HC SLIPCASE $150.00 MAR
74 83 1.20 MAR130740 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN BY BRIAN WOOD TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
75 63 1.20 JAN120300 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 DC 
76 58 1.19 FEB130631 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 04 AVX $24.99 MAR
77 123 1.19 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
78 122 1.18 MAR130496 COMEBACK TP $14.99 IMA
79 142 1.17 MAR130493 CLONE TP VOL 01 $12.99 IMA
80 105 1.17 FEB130213 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES TP VOL 02 DOMINATORS (N52) $16.99 DC 
81 61 1.16 DEC120356 WORLD OF WARCRAFT DARK RIDERS HC $24.99 DC 
82 88 1.15 MAR130424 BORDERLANDS ORIGINS TP $17.99 IDW
83 127 1.14 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
84 130 1.14 APR120487 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
85 92 1.11 FEB130639 UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN TP VOL 04 AVX $19.99 MAR
86 67 1.10 NOV120259 BATMAN HC VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 DC 
87 119 1.09 FEB130211 RAVAGERS TP VOL 01 THE KIDS FROM NOWHERE (N52) $16.99 DC 
88 95 1.08 FEB130635 FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 04 $19.99 MAR
89 40 1.08 JAN130771 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP AVX $34.99 MAR
90 30 1.08 FEB130604 KICK-ASS HC VOL 01 (MR) $39.99 MAR
91 46 1.07 MAR131167 WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 03 CASTLES SECRET $28.99 FAN
92 133 1.06 FEB130626 JIM FEATURING SIF TP VOL 01 STRONGER THAN MONSTERS NOW $15.99 MAR
93 14 1.06 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
94 376 1.06 OCT120270 SUPERMAN LAST SON OF KRYPTON TP $19.99 DC 
95 96 1.06 DEC120338 SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN FAMILY TP VOL 04 $19.99 DC 
96 65 1.03 JAN130115 STAR WARS OMNIBUS WILD SPACE TP VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
97 140 1.03 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
98 106 1.02 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC 
99 156 1.02 FEB131063 NEGIMA GN VOL 38 (MR) $10.99 RAN
100 211 1.00 MAR130469 BLACKACRE TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA

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