Manga Does Not Rule U.S. Graphic Novel Sales in July
posted on by Egan Loo
The ICv2 retail news source reports on the BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novels for July in the American retail market, and for the first time in recent months, Japanese manga titles do not dominate the chart. Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto volumes 30 takes the #2 spot as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen classic rises to #1 on the strength of the movie trailer that is attached to The Dark Knight film. That film's success also pushed five Batman titles into the top 20. Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket series nears its end as the 20th volume ranks at #3. Naruto volumes 29 and 28 take the #5 and #9 spots, respectively, while Queenie Chan's In Odd We Trust interpretation of Dean R. Koontz's Odd Thomas character stays in the chart at #7.
Yuna Kagesaki's Chibi Vampire volume 9 rises to #12, and Tite Kubo's Bleach volume 23 remains on the chart at #14. After almost three years, the first two volumes of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note continue to chart at #15 and #19. In between them is Shiro Amano's Kingdom Hearts II volume 2 at #18.