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While My Guitar Gently WeepsOne of Michael Turner's most popular characters returned as part of Aspen's "10 for 10" anniversary celebration in the publisher's All New Fathom #1, the best-selling Small Press comic in July.

Archie Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Sonic the Hedgehog #250 at #4. Also with four titles in the top ten was Valiant, led by Quantum & Woody #1 at #3. Finally, Zenescope had one title in the top ten, Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz #1 at #2.

The latest chapter in David Petersen's acclaimed murine fantasy, Mouse Guard Volume 3:The Black Axe from Archaia Entertainment, was July's best-selling Small Press graphic novel.

Also with titles in the top ten were Archie Comics, Kodansha Comics, Picturebox, Top Shelf Productions, 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 July 2013

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 28 151 41.18 MAY130833-M ALL NEW FATHOM #1 $1.00 ASP
2 136 124 14.57 MAY131356-M GFT OZ #1 $2.99 ZEN
3 141 114 13.35 MAY131302-M QUANTUM & WOODY #1 $3.99 VAL
4 166 137 10.82 APR130826-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #250 $3.99 ARC
5 168 144 10.60 MAY131306-M X-O MANOWAR #15 $3.99 VAL
6 174 153 10.04 MAY131294-M HARBINGER WARS #4 $3.99 VAL
7 179 191 9.68 MAY130821-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #251 $2.99 ARC
8 194 206 8.63 MAY130823-M SONIC UNIVERSE #54 $2.99 ARC
9 204 178 8.11 MAY131298-M HARBINGER #14 $3.99 VAL
10 209 230 7.82 APR130822-M MEGA MAN #27 $2.99 ARC
11 212 181 7.64 MAY131310-M SHADOWMAN #8 $3.99 VAL
12 213 182 7.62 MAY131300-M BLOODSHOT #13 $3.99 VAL
13 216 187 7.48 MAY131312-M ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #11 $3.99 VAL
14 217 307 7.46 MAY131215 MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS #1 $3.99 ONI
15 220 310 7.43 MAY131216 MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS #2 $3.99 ONI
16 241 212 6.44 MAY130757 RACHEL RISING #18 $3.99 ABS
17 257 248 5.65 MAY131221-M HELHEIM #5 (MR) $3.99 ONI
18 264 284 5.45 MAY131385-M GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #87 $2.99 ZEN
19 271 298 5.32 MAY130928 SPONGEBOB COMICS #22 $2.99 UNI
20 274 300 5.28 MAY130924 SIMPSONS COMICS #204 $2.99 BON
21 277 290 5.20 MAY131378-M GFT ROBYN HOOD WANTED #3 $2.99 ZEN
22 280 293 5.08 MAY130930 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #81 (MR) $2.95 BRO
23 285 286 4.58 APR130918 BALLISTIC #1 $3.50 BLA
24 290 269 4.48 APR131335-M GFT WEREWOLVES HUNGER #2 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
25 292 287 4.38 MAY130857-M JIRNI #4 $3.99 ASP
26 293 196 4.30 MAY131359-M GFT GRIMM UNIVERSE #5 $5.99 ZEN
27 294 288 4.30 MAY130849-M BUBBLEGUN #2 $3.99 ASP
28 296 278 4.16 MAY131366-M GFT DEMONS UNSEEN #2 $3.99 ZEN
29 297 279 4.14 MAY131369-M GFT WEREWOLVES HUNGER #3 $3.99 ZEN
30 298 324 4.11 MAY131160 DEATH OF HAGGARD WEST ONE SHOT $2.99 ST.
31 300 343 4.03 MAY130923 BART SIMPSON COMICS #85 $2.99 BON
32 309 291 3.88 MAY131362-M GFT ZOMBIES CURSED #1 $3.99 ZEN
33 318 312 3.67 MAY130840-M FATHOM ELITE SAGA #3 $3.99 ASP
34 325 359 3.54 MAY130806-M ARCHIE #646 $2.99 ARC
35 326 318 3.53 MAY130843-M FATHOM ELITE SAGA #4 $3.99 ASP
36 327 319 3.52 MAY130846-M FATHOM ELITE SAGA #5 $3.99 ASP
37 329 320 3.50 APR130807-M ARCHIE #645 $3.99 ARC
38 330 352 3.50 MAY131364-M GFT HUNTERS SHADOWLANDS #3 $2.99 ZEN
39 333 305 3.45 APR131354-M GFT JUNGLE BOOK LAST O/T SPECIES #5 (MR) $3.99 ZEN
40 334 304 3.44 APR131082-M MERCY SPARX #1 (MR) $3.99 DEV
41 336 355 3.33 MAY131389-M SCREWED #2 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
42 337 259 3.26 JUN131066 OPTIC NERVE #13 (MR) $5.95 DRA
43 345 322 3.17 FEB131137 LENORE VOLUME II #8 $3.99 TIT
44 350 339 3.07 MAY130853-M CHARISMAGIC VOL 2 #3 $3.99 ASP
45 351 350 3.04 APR130921 12 REASONS TO DIE #2 $3.50 BLA
46 357 351 2.90 MAY131220 SIXTH GUN SONS O/T GUN #5 $3.99 ONI
47 360 334 2.83 APR130795 STEAM ENGINES OF OZ #1 $3.99 AST
48 366 353 2.61 MAR131299 SOLID STATE TANK GIRL #2 $3.99 TIT
49 369 367 2.53 MAY130863-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #13 $3.99 ASP
50 375 376 2.42 APR130854-M LEGEND O/T SHADOWCLAN #5 $3.99 ASP

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

QTY
RANK
OVERALL
QTY
RANK
OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 13 6 2.92 APR130800 MOUSE GUARD HC VOL 03 BLACK AXE $24.95 ARA
2 30 72 1.77 MAY131185 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 12 $10.99 RAN
3 60 182 1.21 MAY130825 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 21 $7.99 ARC
4 76 127 1.04 MAY131345 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 14 $11.99 HAC
5 80 68 0.99 MAR130801 REASON FOR DRAGONS HC $19.95 ARA
6 89 74 0.95 MAY131277 MONSTER ON THE HILL GN $19.95 TOP
7 90 122 0.94 MAY131314 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG TP VOL 02 ETERNAL WARRIOR $14.99 VAL
8 91 148 0.94 MAY130810 ARCHIE MEETS GLEE TP $12.99 ARC
9 95 76 0.92 MAR131259 WALRUS GN $19.95 PIC
10 100 66 0.88 MAR131169 JASON LOST CAT HC $24.99 FAN
11 102 116 0.87 MAY130803 STORYTELLER GN $14.95 ARA
12 109 97 0.83 MAR131251 WARS IN TOYLAND HC $19.99 ONI
13 113 167 0.81 MAY131350 SOUL EATER TP VOL 15 (MR) $11.99 HAC
14 121 128 0.78 MAY131372 GFT UNLEASHED TP VOL 01 $15.99 ZEN
15 138 183 0.73 FEB138626 KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX TP VOL 01 $12.00 HAC
16 144 192 0.71 FEB138627 KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX TP VOL 02 $12.00 HAC
17 151 117 0.68 FEB138628 KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES TP $19.00 HAC
18 173 136 0.59 MAY131178 PORCELAIN A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE GN (MR) $19.99 IMP
19 175 200 0.59 MAR131113 HIDEYUKI KIKUCHIS VAMPIRE HUNTER D GN VOL 07 $13.95 DIG
20 177 239 0.58 MAY131349 PUELLA MAGI ORIKO MAGICA GN VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
21 181 142 0.57 AUG100760 MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD HC VOL 01 $19.95 ARA
22 184 244 0.57 MAY131348 K ON COLLEGE TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
23 191 123 0.56 DEC121111 GODDAMN THIS WAR HC $24.99 FAN
24 192 150 0.55 JUL120747 KILLER HC VOL 04 UNFAIR COMPETITION (MR) $19.95 ARA
25 193 269 0.55 APR131171 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 27 $10.99 RAN
26 207 139 0.51 MAY130826 BEST OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG VILLAINS HC $24.99 ARC
27 211 236 0.50 MAR131273 ALICE I/T COUNTRY CLOVER CHESHIRE CAT WALTZ GN VOL 05 (MR) ( $13.99 ST.
28 213 275 0.50 MAR130831 ARSENIC LULLABY BIG STALL ONE SHOT $11.99 ARS
29 230 186 0.48 APR138292 CAPOTE IN KANSAS HC (O/A) (MR) $19.99 ONI
30 234 101 0.47 APR131315 MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ORIGIN GN VOL 02 GARMA $29.95 RAN
31 239 141 0.46 MAY120839 KILLER OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 (MR) $24.95 ARA
32 242 198 0.46 MAY131161 GENIUS GN $17.99 ST.
33 244 145 0.46 JAN131107 KITARO GN $24.95 DRA
34 260 332 0.43 MAY131347 IS THIS A ZOMBIE GN VOL 05 (MR) $11.99 HAC
35 266 138 0.42 FEB131020 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE COLOR SUNDAYS HC VOL 01 CALL WILD $29.99 FAN
36 267 208 0.42 JUN131377 KINGDOM HEARTS II TP VOL 01 $19.00 HAC
37 275 154 0.41 JAN121043 GAME OF THRONES HC GN VOL 01 (MR) $25.00 RAN
38 282 272 0.40 MAY130762 PRINCELESS TP VOL 02 GET OVER YOURSELF $14.95 ACT
39 295 156 0.39 NOV121179 LOVE AND ROCKETS COMPANION 30 YEARS SC $29.99 FAN
40 302 452 0.38 MAY130816 KEVIN KELLER TP VOL 02 DRIVE ME CRAZY $11.99 ARC
41 303 246 0.38 MAR131150 VELVET KISS GN VOL 03 (A) $17.95 801
42 313 339 0.37 APR138280 WASTELAND TP VOL 08 LOST I/T OZONE $14.99 ONI
43 354 457 0.34 APR131226 GUNSLINGER GIRL OMNIBUS TP VOL 07 BOOK 15 $11.99 ST.
44 357 418 0.34 APR131228 MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 03 (MR) $12.99 ST.
45 361 112 0.34 JUN131155 MARK SCHULTZ XENOZOIC COMPLETE NEW PTG TP $39.95 FLE
46 366 310 0.33 APR130768 ELDRITCH TP VOL 01 $17.95 SLA
47 372 181 0.33 DEC121186 SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER HC $29.99 ONI
48 373 333 0.33 APR130829 LEGACY O/T CRUSADERS TP $16.99 ARC
49 376 254 0.33 MAR131147 LOVE HAIR GN (RES) (A) $19.95 801
50 381 442 0.32 APR128211 AMULET SC VOL 01 STONEKEEPER $12.99 SCH

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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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