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Diamond Lists 2012's Top Market Shares, Graphic Novels

posted on 2013-01-12 16:05 EST
Sailor Moon, Naruto top list at comic retailers

Diamond Comics Distributors announced its top publisher market shares and its top 500 graphic novels of 2012 on Tuesday.

Diamond provides comic book specialty retailers with wholesale, non-returnable comic books and related merchandise. The numbers are based on total sales of comics, graphic novels, and magazines to comic book specialty stores in 2012.

The Diamond rankings may not reflect the overall sales rankings at all bookstores throughout North America. The direct market accounts for only a small percentage of all manga sold in North America. Tokyopop's then VP sales and distribution Steve Kleckner said in 2005 that direct market sales make up only 12 to 15 percent of Tokyopop's total manga sales.

By publisher, Dark Horse Comics came in at #5 with 4.81 percent of the market share. Viz Media came in at #9 with .93 percent, Marvel and DC dominated sales with a combined total of 66 percent of the market share.

No manga volumes ranked within the top 100. The other manga volumes that made the top 500 are listed below. 9 Viz volumes, 7 Kodansha volumes, 2 Dark Horse volumes and 2 Yen Press volume made the list:

Rank Title Author Publisher
145 Sailor Moon #03 Naoko Takeuchi Kodansha USA
167 Sailor Moon #04 Naoko Takeuchi Kodansha USA
195 Naruto #55 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media
201 Naruto #54 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media
215 Naruto #56 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media
221 Sailor Moon #05 Naoko Takeuchi Kodansha USA
240 Naruto #57 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media
251 Sailor Moon #01 Naoko Takeuchi Kodansha USA
291 Sailor Moon #06 Naoko Takeuchi Kodansha USA
310 Naruto #59 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media
312 Naruto #58 Masashi Kishimoto Viz Media
355 Sailor Moon #07 Naoko Takeuchi Kodansha USA
406 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX #09 Naoyuki Kageyama Viz Media
421 Sailor Moon #08 Naoko Takeuchi Kodansha USA
446 Black Butler #08 Yana Toboso Yen Press
448 Usagi Yojimbo #26 (American) Stan Sakai Dark Horse Comics
449 Bleach #38 Tite Kubo Viz Media
454 Berserk #36 Kentarou Miura Dark Horse Comics
472 Bleach #39 Tite Kubo Viz Media
475 Highschool of the Dead #05 Story: Daisuke Satō
Art: Shoji Sato
Yen Press
487 Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus #03 CLAMP Dark Horse Comics

Source: Comics Beat, ICv2


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