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Diamond Announces Top Direct Market Performers

posted on 2006-01-23 12:06 EST
Top Selling Manga at Direct Market

Diamond Comics Distributors has released a list of the top performing publishers, comics, graphic novels and manga of 2005. The list is based on sales through Diamond Distributors, which has a near monopoly on the North American direct market (comic book stores).

By publisher, Dark Horse (which sells mostly non-manga but has some very important manga releases) came in third with 5.59% of the market share (in dollars), Tokyopop came in fifth with 3.11%, Viz 6th with 2.15%, ADV 14th with .52% and Random House (Del Rey) 17th with .36%. Marvel and DC dominated sales with 36.97% and 32.96% respectively.

No manga made it into the top 100 comics list, and for the first time in several years, manga was mostly missing from the top 100 graphic novels list.

The Diamond Distributors / Direct Market rankings may not be reflective of the overall rankings at mainstream bookstores throughout North America. The direct market accoutns for less than 15% of all manga sold in North America.

The only manga that made the top 100 graphic novels were:

52. Fullmetal Alchemist #1
53. Fruits Basket #7
56. Samurai Executioner #3
72. Fruits Basket #10
74. Fruits Basket #9
81. Fruits Basket #8
83. Ghost in the Shell 2 Man Machine Interface #1
85. Naruto #6
94. Fruits Basket #11


The top manga and manga related list is as follows:
  1. Fullmetal Alchemist #1
  2. Fruits Basket #7
  3. Samurai Executioner # 3
  4. Fruits Basket VOL 10
  5. Fruits Basket # 9
  6. Fruits Basket # 8
  7. Ghost in the Shell 2 Man Machine Interface #1
  8. Naruto #6
  9. Fruits Basket #11
  10. Samurai Executioner #4
  11. Hellsing #6
  12. Megatokyo #3
  13. Naruto #7
  14. Fruits Basket #12
  15. Fruits Basket #1
  16. Fullmetal Alchemist
  17. Samurai Executioner #5
  18. Berserk #6
  19. Naruto #1
  20. Samurai Executioner #6
  21. Naruto #2
  22. Warcraft #1
  23. Berserk #7
  24. Naruto #5
  25. DNAngel #6
  26. Trigun Maximum #4
  27. Battle Royale #11
  28. DNAngel #7
  29. Samurai Executioner #7
  30. Battle Royale #12
  31. Battle Royale #13
  32. Hellsing #7
  33. Berserk #8
  34. Rurouni Kenshin #10
  35. Trigun Maximum #5
  36. Naruto #3
  37. Vampire Hunter D #1 NOVEL
  38. Fruits Basket #2
  39. Rurouni Kenshin #11
  40. DNAngel #8
  41. Naruto #8
  42. Naruto #4
  43. Rurouni Kenshin #12
  44. Negima #5
  45. Inu Yasha #21
  46. Fruits Basket #3
  47. Rurouni Kenshin #13
  48. Rurouni Kenshin #14

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