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Melody Gardot

Batman experiences past, present, and future as writer/artist Lee Bermejo riffs on Charles Dickens' classic ghost story A Christmas Carol for the Christmas-themed original hardcover graphic novel from DC Comics, Batman: Noel, which was November's top-selling graphic novel to the comics specialty market.

Overall, DC Comics had a strong month for graphic novels, taking five of the top ten spots on the best-sellers list. Other titles in the top ten include Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin Volume 2: Batman Vs. Robin ranked #5, Scalped Volume 8: You Gotta Sin to Get Saved at #6, Green Lantern: war of the Green Lanterns at #7, and Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy's Joe the Barbarian at #10.

Dark Horse Comics had two books in the top ten, led by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben's Hellboy: House of the Living Dead at #2, followed by B.P.R.D.: Being Human at #9.

Image Comics' The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye, collecting the first six issues of Robert Kirkman's zombie series and the source for AMC's acclaimed and highly-rated television series, continued its run in the upper echelons of the graphic novels sales chart in November with a sales ranking of #4.

Also in the top ten in November was Kodansha Comics with Sailor Moon Volume 2 at #8.

Rounding out the Premier Publishers, Marvel Comics' top book in November was Deadpool Volume 7: Space Oddity at #19. IDW Publishing's top selling graphic novel in November was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1 at #25.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in November 2011

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 8.60 JUL110245 BATMAN NOEL DELUXE EDITION HC $22.99 DC 
2 5 5.73 JUN118156 HELLBOY HOUSE OF THE LIVING DEAD HC $14.99 DAR
3 3 3.76 SEP110972 BOYS TP VOL 09 BIG RIDE $24.99 DE
4 31 3.55 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
5 14 2.78 AUG110241 BATMAN AND ROBIN TP VOL 02 BATMAN VS ROBIN $17.99 DC 
6 18 2.59 AUG110288 SCALPED TP VOL 08 YOU GOTTA SIN TO GET SAVED (MR) $17.99 DC 
7 7 2.48 JUL110252 GREEN LANTERN WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS HC $29.99 DC 
8 41 2.14 SEP111140 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
9 24 2.13 AUG110037 BPRD BEING HUMAN TP $17.99 DAR
10 9 2.08 MAY110294 JOE THE BARBARIAN DELUXE ED HC (MR) $29.99 DC 
11 46 1.88 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
12 22 1.86 JUN110266 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY HC $22.99 DC 
13 62 1.68 SEP111134 CODENAME SAILOR V TP VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
14 26 1.65 JUN110273 FLASH THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT HC $22.99 DC 
15 23 1.65 JUN110267 BATMAN A DEATH IN THE FAMILY TP NEW ED $24.99 DC 
16 15 1.64 JUL110249 BATMAN THE BLACK MIRROR HC $29.99 DC 
17 57 1.55 AUG110260 SUPERMAN RETURN OF DOOMSDAY TP $14.99 DC 
18 25 1.54 JUL110277 FLIGHT OF ANGELS HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
19 54 1.49 SEP110663 DEADPOOL TP VOL 07 SPACE ODDITY $15.99 MAR
20 28 1.47 SEP110657 UNCANNY X-FORCE DARK ANGEL SAGA PREM HC BOOK 01 $24.99 MAR
21 39 1.45 AUG110049 MILK & CHEESE DAIRY PRODUCTS GONE BAD HC $19.99 DAR
22 65 1.45 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
23 29 1.44 SEP110655-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN DOSM FALLOUT PREM HC $24.99 MAR
24 55 1.41 SEP110666 SPIDER-MAN MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH TP $19.99 MAR
25 6 1.39 JUN110375 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ULT COLL HC VOL 01 $49.99 IDW
26 77 1.36 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC 
27 102 1.35 AUG110024 ALIENS FAST TRACK TO HEAVEN HC $10.99 DAR
28 48 1.34 AUG110249 DCU ONLINE LEGENDS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
29 33 1.33 JUN110356 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING HC BOOK 06 (MR) $24.99 DC 
30 74 1.33 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
31 50 1.32 AUG110836 CAPTAIN SWING TP (MR) $17.99 AVA
32 83 1.30 SEP110662 DEADPOOL TEAM-UP TP VOL 03 BFFS $15.99 MAR
33 2 1.29 APR110255 ABSOLUTE SANDMAN HC VOL 05 (MR) $99.99 DC 
34 51 1.29 SEP110669 PUNISHERMAX BULLSEYE TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
35 30 1.27 AUG111043 WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 01 LOST I/T ANDES $24.99 FAN
36 60 1.27 AUG110247 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP VOL 02 SONG OF THE SIRENS $17.99 DC 
37 32 1.26 JUL110048 STAR WARS DARTH VADER & THE LOST COMMAND HC $24.99 DAR
38 124 1.26 SEP110433 SUPER DINOSAUR TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
39 53 1.25 AUG110245 BATGIRL TP VOL 03 THE LESSON $19.99 DC 
40 10 1.20 JUN110338 LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN OMNIBUS HC $49.99 DC 
41 86 1.17 SEP110673 ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA TP $14.99 MAR
42 69 1.17 AUG110246 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM TP VOL 02 LEVIATHAN $17.99 DC 
43 17 1.17 JUL110292 PREACHER HC BOOK 05 (MR) $39.99 DC 
44 58 1.16 JUL110261 ZATANNA TP VOL 02 SHADES OF THE PAST $19.99 DC 
45 95 1.16 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC 
46 98 1.16 SEP110660 5 RONIN TP $16.99 MAR
47 43 1.15 SEP110653-M MIGHTY THOR BY FRACTION PREM MOVIE HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
48 104 1.15 SEP111138 NEGIMA GN VOL 32 (MR) $10.99 RAN
49 75 1.13 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
50 63 1.12 SEP110683 ESSENTIAL SGT FURY TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
51 100 1.10 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
52 101 1.08 SEP110407 GLADSTONES SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS TP VOL 01 $15.99 IMA
53 47 1.08 SEP110665 OZ WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ TP $24.99 MAR
54 82 1.07 AUG110457 WHO IS JAKE ELLIS TP VOL 01 $16.99 IMA
55 45 1.07 AUG110023 STAR WARS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 AT WAR WITH THE EMPIRE $24.99 DAR
56 79 1.06 AUG110258 WONDER WOMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 02 $17.99 DC 
57 56 1.06 AUG110841 CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD LAST BATTLE TP (MR) $19.99 AVA
58 67 1.05 JUL110264 SHOWCASE PRESENTS GHOSTS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
59 89 1.03 SEP110664 INCREDIBLE HULKS HEART OF MONSTER TP $16.99 MAR
60 44 1.02 SEP110303 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 13 $24.99 IDW
61 121 1.01 AUG110715 THOR IRON MAN GOD COMPLEX TP $15.99 MAR
62 93 1.01 SEP110661 DEADPOOL CORPS TP VOL 02 YOU SAY REVOLUTION $16.99 MAR
63 71 1.00 JUL110262 ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE BOOK 02 BROTHERS IN ARMS $19.99 DC 
64 59 1.00 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
65 73 0.99 SEP110962 RASL TP VOL 03 $15.00 PUB
66 122 0.99 SEP110681 SPIDER-MAN TORMENT TP $15.99 MAR
67 78 0.97 JUL110279 RETURN TO PERDITION HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
68 92 0.96 AUG110248 JONAH HEX BURY ME IN HELL TP $17.99 DC 
69 116 0.94 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
70 94 0.93 AUG110259 SUPERMAN LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON TP VOL 01 $17.99 DC 
71 13 0.93 JUN110720-M MMW FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 13 $59.99 MAR
72 81 0.93 SEP110672 THOR WORLD EATERS TP $19.99 MAR
73 35 0.93 SEP110674 ULTIMATE COMICS DOOMSDAY TP $34.99 MAR
74 97 0.92 AUG110257 TEEN TITANS TEAM BUILDING TP $17.99 DC 
75 19 0.91 JUN110268 LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT MARSHALL ROGERS HC $49.99 DC 
76 106 0.87 AUG050185 ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC (MR) $17.99 DC 
77 64 0.86 AUG110252 THUNDER AGENTS TP VOL 01 $24.99 DC 
78 109 0.86 SEP110431 SKULLKICKERS TP VOL 02 FIVE FUNERALS & A BUCKET OF BLOOD $16.99 IMA
79 12 0.85 JUN110722-M MMW GOLDEN AGE ALL WINNERS HC VOL 04 $64.99 MAR
80 125 0.84 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
81 127 0.84 SEP088207-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (NEW PTG) (SEP088207) $14.99 IMA
82 131 0.83 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
83 8 0.83 MAY110370 PARKER MARTINI ED HC $75.00 IDW
84 118 0.81 JUL111251 MEGA MAN GIGAMIX TP VOL 03 (OF 3) $13.95 UDO
85 212 0.80 JUN111048 CHARLAINE HARRIS GRAVE SIGHT GN VOL 02 (OF 3) $7.99 DE
86 159 0.80 SEP110667 POWER MAN AND IRON FIST COMEDY OF DEATH TP $16.99 MAR
87 87 0.79 AUG110397 KILL SHAKESPEARE TP VOL 02 $19.99 IDW
88 90 0.78 SEP110285 GODZILLA GANGSTERS AND GOLIATHS TP $19.99 IDW
89 213 0.78 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
90 150 0.77 JUL110052 MPD-PSYCHO TP VOL 10 $12.99 DAR
91 113 0.77 AUG110351 LOVECRAFT LIBRARY HC VOL 01 HORROR OUT OF ARKHAM $16.99 IDW
92 138 0.76 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
93 4 0.76 JUN110717-M FANTASTIC FOUR BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 MAR
94 80 0.75 SEP110651 DEADPOOL MAX INVOLUNTARY ARMAGEDDON PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
95 115 0.75 SEP088030 V FOR VENDETTA TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
96 177 0.75 SEP110679 SKAAR KING OF SAVAGE LAND TP $15.99 MAR
97 195 0.74 AUG111252 CLAYMORE TP VOL 19 $9.99 VIZ
98 155 0.73 SEP110678 OFF HANDBOOK OF MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
99 112 0.72 SEP110325 DOCTOR WHO A FAIRYTALE LIFE TP $17.99 IDW
100 144 0.72 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA

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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.

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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.