Saturday, September 24, 2005

Some hard bookscan numbers... 

So, David Taylor mentioned the Book Standard's Bestseller Awards.

The interesting thing for me isn't so much the category splits (overall, manga, and superhero) but the fact that it gives hard sales numbers. So, over the course of about a year:

Comics & Graphic Novels
In the Shadow of No Towers, Art Spiegelman (49,000)

Comics & Graphic Novels – Manga
.hack//Legend of the Twilight, Vol. 3, Tatsuya Hamazaki (45,000)

Comics & Graphic Novels – Superheroes
Batman: Hush, Vol. 1, Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams (20,000)

Just to compare a little, I also looked at ICv2's estimation of sales in the DM. Hush seems to have sold around the same amount during that period (around 22k).

In the Shadow of No Towers is pretty dramatically different. It showed up for 2k in the month of its release in the DM and then dropped off of the radar after that. It is similar with .hack, which did 4k when released and disappeared.

Just goes to show how different the markets really are. Also, I've seen comments on forums sometimes asking just how well GNs actually sell in the bookstore market. This gives us at least a bit of an idea.

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