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As of approximately 17:30 EST, 11 January 2009, the following titles were among the top 1000 titles as calculated by www.BarnesAndNoble.com. 

Sales Rank   
Title (with link) and EAN/ISBN      List Price / BN.com Price (without member card)   Notes

28   
Watchmen  9780930289232 (1995 trade paperback edition)   19.99 / 13.99  

490   
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns  9781563893421    14.99 / 13.49

558   
Batman: The Killing Joke  9781401216672
    17.99 / 12.59   (discount change)
 
587   
In Odd We Trust  9780345499660    10.95 / 9.85  

760    Dark Tower: The Long Road Home (Premiere Hardcover) 
9780785135739    24.99 / 17.49   (discount change)      Graphic Novel homepage

777   
Joker  9781401215811    19.99 / 13.99  

786   
Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth: 15th Anniversary Edition  9781401204259    17.99 / 12.59   (discount change)


Dropped Titles From Previous Weeks

1191   
Welcome to the Jungle  9780345507464   19.95 / 15.96   (discount change)

1309   
Naruto, Volume-33  9781421520018    7.95 / 7.15  

1642   
DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded  9780756641191    40.00 / 32.00    (discount change)    Graphic Novel homepage

1725   
Marvel Chronicle  9780756641238    50.00 / 40.00

2158   
The Marvel  Comics Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe  9780756623586    40.00 / 32.00

2371   
Watchmen  9781401219260    (general hardcover edition, 2008)   39.99 / 31.99

2812   
Fruits Basket,Volume 21  9781427806826    9.99 / 8.99    

2867   
The DC Vault  9780762432578    49.95 / 39.96    

6043   
Watchmen: The Absolute Edition  9781401207137    75.00 / 60.00    Graphic Novel homepage 

6192   
The Absolute Sandman, Volume Four  9781401210854   99.00 / 79.20

7028   
The Absolute Sandman, Volume One  9781401210823    99.00 / 79.20


Other Notable Titles

5   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last-Straw  9780810970687    12.95 / 9.71

103  
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick-Rules  9780810994737    12.95 / 10.36

272  
Diary of a Wimpy Kid  9780810993136
    12.95 / 10.36

286    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do It Yourself Book  9780810979772    10.95 / 8.76  


Analysis

The numerous titles in the Top 1000 might mean that in relation to other subjects, graphic novels are selling better.  Watchmen and Batman titles continue to ride the coattails of cinematic journalism, although The Spirit shows no significant increase in sales.  (Another result of the mistake of releasing the Spirit movie in December, as any tie-in merchandising with the graphic novels was lost among the many Holiday promotions.  Had the movie launched in late Winter, like 300, DC could have merchandised select Spirit titles in parallel with Watchmen.)   Dark Knight Returns finally breaks into the Top 1000, the first time since last Summer, and this might be a result of both the Dark Knight DVD and press from The Spirit, although I place more influence on the former.

Art Spiegleman's Maus charted in the top 1000 earlier this week, before dropping back down to the 4,000 range.  I suspect this is a result of school reading lists.  One sees many classics break into the USA Today 150  list, and I expect this will appear there soon.


Methodology

From the home page of BarnesAndNoble.com, I search by the phrase "graphic novels".  Once that search loads, I select the "bestsellers" link located beneath "Browse Graphic Novels".  I then scan the first fifty titles as BN.com does not list the titles by rank.  If I find any titles posted at #30-50, I then meticulously scan the next fifty titles.  (There is also a "Current Bestsellers " panel on the right-hand side of the Graphic Novels homepage.  That listing does not correlate to the Sales Rank listed for each title, so I do not make note of it, as I do not know their methodology.)

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As of approximately 13:30 EST, 28 December 2008, the following titles were among the top 1000 titles as calculated by www.BarnesAndNoble.com. 

Sales Rank   
Title (with link) and EAN/ISBN      List Price / BN.com Price (without member card)   Notes

33   
Watchmen  9780930289232 (1995 trade paperback edition)   19.99 / 13.99  

964    Joker  9781401215811    19.99 / 13.99   


Dropped Titles From Previous Weeks

1144    In Odd We Trust  9780345499660    10.95 / 9.85  

1215    Marvel Chronicle  9780756641238    50.00 / 40.00     (Price change)

1281    DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded  9780756641191    40.00 / 24.00    Graphic Novel homepage

1407    The Marvel  Comics Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe  9780756623586    40.00 / 32.00 (price change)

1410    Welcome to the Jungle  9780345507464   19.95 / 15.96   (discount change)

1427    Batman: The Killing Joke  9781401216672    17.99 / 14.39   (discount change)

1534    Naruto, Volume-33  9781421520018    7.95 / 7.15  

1568   
The DC Vault  9780762432578    49.95 / 39.96   (discount change)  

1640    Dark Tower: The Long Road Home (Premiere Hardcover)  9780785135739    24.99 / 19.99   (discount change)      Graphic Novel homepage

2005    
Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth: 15th Anniversary Edition  9781401204259    17.99 / 14.39   (discount change)

2105    Watchmen  9781401219260    (general hardcover edition, 2008)   39.99 / 31.99   (discount change)       

2482   
Fruits-Basket,Volume 21  9781427806826    9.99 / 8.99    

3469    Watchmen: The Absolute Edition  9781401207137    75.00 / 60.00   (discount change)  

4832   
The Absolute Sandman, Volume One  9781401210823    99.00 / 79.20   (discount change)

4703   
The Absolute Sandman, Volume Four  9781401210854   99.00 / 79.20   (discount change)


Other Notable Titles

14   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last-Straw  9780810970687    12.95 / 9.71

357    Beowulf  9780641962806    8.99 / 1.99    After Holiday Sale

566    Diary of a Wimpy Kid  9780810993136    12.95 / 10.36  

Analysis

Well, the holidays are over, but the selling season continues onward, as retailers hope for Boxing Day shoppers in search of clearance items.  Barnes & Noble has actively marketed this period for many years, hoping to garner sales from gift cards.  In addition to the annual "New Year, New You" displays, there are also the annual clearance sale items of seasonal titles, disappointing sales from major publishers, and various bargain inventory titles which stores cannot return.  The Barnes & Noble website is no different, and offers an "After Holiday Sale", including items not found in the stores, such as home furnishings, toys, action figures, and collectibles.  (Many titles in the Top 100 are "After Holiday" titles.)  

Only two titles are in the Top 1000 this week, although Watchmen is in the Top 100.  (I suspect that Warner Brothers placed a Watchmen movie trailer before "The Spirit", which opened last Thursday.  Given the projected box office, this might not have much of an impact on sales.)

Methodology

From the home page of BarnesAndNoble.com, I search by the phrase "graphic novels".  Once that search loads, I select the "bestsellers" link located beneath "Browse Graphic Novels".  I then scan the first fifty titles as BN.com does not list the titles by rank.  If I find any titles posted at #30-50, I then meticulously scan the next fifty titles.  (There is also a "Current Bestsellers " panel on the right-hand side of the Graphic Novels homepage.  That listing does not correlate to the Sales Rank listed for each title, so I do not make note of it, as I do not know their methodology.)

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As of approximately 16:30 EST, 21 December 2008, the following titles were among the top 1000 titles as calculated by www.BarnesAndNoble.com. 

Sales Rank   
Title (with link) and EAN/ISBN      List Price / BN.com Price (without member card)   Notes

156   
Watchmen  9780930289232 (1995 trade paperback edition)   19.99 / 13.99   Holiday Gift Guide

208   
DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded  9780756641191    40.00 / 24.00   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

391    The Marvel  Comics Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe  9780756623586    45.00 / 31.50   Holiday Gift Guide

549   
Joker  9781401215811    19.99 / 13.99   

943    Watchmen  9781401219260    (general hardcover edition, 2008)   39.99 / 27.99   Holiday Gift Guide

998   
Marvel Chronicle  9780756641238    50.00 / 35.00


Dropped Titles From Previous Weeks

1030     The DC Vault  9780762432578    49.95 / 34.96   Holiday Gift Guide

1147     Dark Tower: The Long Road Home (Premiere Hardcover)  9780785135739    24.99 / 17.49   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

1211     Batman: The Killing Joke  9781401216672    17.99 / 12.59

1246     Welcome to the Jungle  9780345507464   19.95 / 13.96   

1294    
Naruto, Volume-33  9781421520018    7.95 / 7.15  

1405    
In Odd We Trust  9780345499660    10.95 / 9.85   Holiday Gift Guide

1895    
Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth: 15th Anniversary Edition  9781401204259    17.99 / 12.59 

2018    Fruits-Basket,Volume 21  9781427806826    9.99 / 8.99     Holiday Gift Guide   

3190    Watchmen: The Absolute Edition  9781401207137    75.00 / 52.50   Holiday Gift Guide

3659    
The Absolute Sandman, Volume One  9781401210823    99.00 / 69.30

4330    
The Absolute Sandman, Volume Four  9781401210854   99.00 / 69.30


Other Notable Titles

18   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last-Straw  9780810970687    12.95 / 9.71

81    Diary of a Wimpy Kid  9780810993136    12.95 / 10.36   Holiday Gift Guide

173    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book  9780810983748    10.95 / 8.76

233    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick-Rules  9780810994737    12.95 / 10.36

347   
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes  9780740748479    150.00 / 105.00   

505    The Complete Far Side  9780740721137    150.00 / 105.00   

910    Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat  9780740722998    9.98 / 8.98    (repackaged Bargain title)    

Analysis

Thursday, December 18, was  the last day to order books for arrival before Christmas.  Friday, a banner ad offered free shipping before Christmas for all purchases over $75, and today the ad offers free deliver by Christmas for all purchases over $100.  I suppose these dollar amounts cover the cost of expeditied shipping.  This might encourage browsers to buy more, or it might encourage them to shop at their local Barnes & Noble store.

Deluxe editions are selling nicely, with the Absolute Sandman, Watchmen Absolute Edition, the Complete Calvin and Hobbes, and the Complete Far Side all posting nice numbers.  (The Harry Potter gift set, a collection of all seven hardcover editions, is currently #70, with an online price of $146.50.)

Methodology

From the home page of BarnesAndNoble.com, I search by the phrase "graphic novels".  Once that search loads, I select the "bestsellers" link located beneath "Browse Graphic Novels".  I then scan the first fifty titles as BN.com does not list the titles by rank.  If I find any titles posted at #30-50, I then meticulously scan the next fifty titles.  (There is also a "Current Bestsellers " panel on the right-hand side of the Graphic Novels homepage.  That listing does not correlate to the Sales Rank listed for each title, so I do not make note of it, as I do not know their methodology.)

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As of approximately 15:30 EST, 14 December 2008, the following titles were among the top 1000 titles as calculated by www.BarnesAndNoble.com. 

Sales Rank   
Title (with link) and EAN/ISBN      List Price / BN.com Price (without member card)   Notes

94   
Watchmen  9780930289232 (1995 trade paperback edition)   19.99 / 13.99   Holiday Gift Guide

209   
DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded  9780756641191    40.00 / 24.00   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

289   
Joker  9781401215811    19.99 / 13.99   

303   
Marvel Chronicle  9780756641238    50.00 / 35.00

321   
The Marvel  Comics Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe  9780756623586    45.00 / 31.50   Holiday Gift Guide

345    
The DC Vault  9780762432578    49.95 / 34.96   Holiday Gift Guide

422    
Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth: 15th Anniversary Edition  9781401204259    17.99 / 12.59 

569   
Batman: The Killing Joke  9781401216672    17.99 / 12.59

664   
In Odd We Trust  9780345499660    10.95 / 9.85   Holiday Gift Guide

765   
Naruto, Volume-33  9781421520018    7.95 / 7.15  

968   
Fruits-Basket,Volume 21  9781427806826    9.99 / 8.99     Holiday Gift Guide  

989    Dark Tower: The Long Road Home (Premiere Hardcover) 
9780785135739    24.99 / 17.49   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

Dropped Titles From Previous Weeks

1152   
Welcome to the Jungle  9780345507464   19.95 / 13.96   

1408   
Watchmen  9781401219260    (general hardcover edition, 2008)   39.99 / 27.99   Holiday Gift Guide

3098   
Watchmen: The Absolute Edition  9781401207137    75.00 / 52.50   Holiday Gift Guide

3314  
The Absolute Sandman, Volume One  9781401210823    99.00 / 69.30

3527  
The Absolute Sandman, Volume Four  9781401210854   99.00 / 69.30

Other Notable Titles

27   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last-Straw  9780810970687    12.95 / 9.71

71   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick-Rules  9780810994737    12.95 / 10.36

77   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book  9780810983748    10.95 / 8.76

81   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid  9780810993136    12.95 / 10.36   Holiday Gift Guide

392   
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes  9780740748479    150.00 / 105.00  

688   
The Twelve Terrors of Christmas  9780764937101    9.95 / 7.96    Holiday Gift Guide   

922    
MAD for Decades  9781435101289    9.98 / 8.98     (repackaged Bargain title)    Holiday Gift Guide   

946   
Complete Peanuts 1967-1970 Box Set  9781560979487
    49.99 / 34.99

956   
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons  9780836218831    10.99 / 9.89  

Analysis

Earlier this week, the DC Vault broke into the Top 100, posting as high as #20.  Since I do not keep constant vigil on the website, it may have placed higher, but #20 is phemonal.  The book retails for $50, and considering that the Top Ten is dominated by Stepanie Meyer (Twilight) and Harry Potter, this is quite remarkable.
 
Watchmen also returns to the Top 100, posting a similar ranking on last week's USA Today Top 150.

Methodology

From the home page of BarnesAndNoble.com, I search by the phrase "graphic novels".  Once that search loads, I select the "bestsellers" link located beneath "Browse Graphic Novels".  I then scan the first fifty titles as BN.com does not list the titles by rank.  If I find any titles posted at #30-50, I then meticulously scan the next fifty titles.  (There is also a "Current Bestsellers " panel on the right-hand side of the Graphic Novels homepage.  That listing does not correlate to the Sales Rank listed for each title, so I do not make note of it, as I do not know their methodology.)

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As of approximately 14:30 EST, 07 December 2008, the following titles were among the top 1000 titles as calculated by www.BarnesAndNoble.com. 

Sales Rank    Title (with link) and EAN/ISBN      List Price / BN.com Price (without member card)   Notes

193   
Watchmen  9780930289232 (1995 trade paperback edition)   19.99 / 13.99   Holiday Gift Guide

284   
Marvel Chronicle  9780756641238    50.00 / 35.00

523   
Joker  9781401215811    19.99 / 13.99  

553   
In Odd We Trust  9780345499660    10.95 / 9.85   Holiday Gift Guide

791   
DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded  9780756641191    40.00 / 24.00   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

797  
Naruto, Volume-33  9781421520018    7.95/7.15 

927  
Batman: The Killing Joke  9781401216672    17.99/12.59

Dropped Titles From Last Week

1104   
Welcome to the Jungle  9780345507464   19.95 / 13.96  

1361   Dark Tower: The Long Road Home (Premiere Hardcover) 
9780785135739    24.99 / 17.49   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

1425   
The Marvel  Comics Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe  9780756623586    45.00 / 31.50   Holiday Gift Guide

1522   
Watchmen  9781401219260    (general hardcover edition, 2008)   39.99 / 27.99   Holiday Gift Guide

2381   
Watchmen: The Absolute Edition  9781401207137    75.00 / 52.50   Holiday Gift Guide

2504   
The-DC-Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the DC Universe  9780762432578    49.95 / 34.96   Holiday Gift Guide

2659  
The Absolute Sandman, Volume Four  9781401210854   99.00 / 69.30

3200   
The Absolute Sandman, Volume One  9781401210823    99.00 / 69.30

Other Notable Titles

39   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last-Straw  9780810970687    12.95 / 9.71

60    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book  9780810983748    10.95 / 8.76

91   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid  9780810993136    12.95 / 10.36   Holiday Gift Guide

120  
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick-Rules  9780810994737    12.95 / 10.36

393  
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes  9780740748479    150.00 / 105.00  

766  
Garfield: 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna: The Life and Times of a Fat , Furry Legend 9780345503794    35.00 / 24.50   Holiday Gift Guide

888   
The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker  9781603760805    19.98 / 17.98    (Bargain remainder)    Holiday Gift Guide

Analysis

This listing is relative to other titles on BN.com.  While the sales could be holding steady or increasing, there might be other titles in other categories selling even better.  (There are many juvenile and young adult titles in the Top 100, from Harry Potter and Twilight to many popular picture books.)  Wimpy Kid, a hybrid book (part comics, part chapter book) continues to sell amazingly well.

Naruto is strong, with Bleach, Fruit Baskets, and Warriors manga selling well.  No new superhero titles enter the Top 1000 list this week, and it should be noted that there are few "must-have" collections this season, aside from, perhaps, the final volume of the Absolute Sandman series.  (The Complete Calvin and Hobbes collection enters its fourth holiday season.)

Hanukkah begins on the 21st of December, so there might be a greater sales increase as Christmas approaches. 

Methodology
From the home page of BarnesAndNoble.com, I search by the phrase "graphic novels".  Once that search loads, I select the "bestsellers" link located beneath "Browse Graphic Novels".  I then scan the first fifty titles as BN.com does not list the titles by rank.  If I find any titles posted at #30-50, I then meticulously scan the next fifty titles.  (There is also a "Current Bestsellers " panel on the right-hand side of the Graphic Novels homepage.  That listing does not correlate to the Sales Rank listed for each title, so I do not make note of it, as I do not know their methodology.)


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As of approximately 13:00 EST, 30 November 2008, the following titles were among the top 1000 titles as calculated by www.BarnesAndNoble.com. 

Sales Rank    Title (with link) and EAN/ISBN      List Price / BN.com Price (without member card)   Notes

105   
Marvel Chronicle  9780756641238    50.00 / 35.00

183    Dark Tower: The Long Road Home (Premiere Hardcover) 
9780785135739    24.99 / 17.49   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

194   
DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded  9780756641191    40.00 / 24.00   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

200   
Watchmen  9780930289232 (1995 trade paperback edition)   19.99 / 13.99   Holiday Gift Guide

259   
The Marvel  Comics Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe  9780756623586    45.00 / 31.50   Holiday Gift Guide

280   
Watchmen  9781401219260    (general hardcover edition, 2008)   39.99 / 27.99   Holiday Gift Guide

358   
In Odd We Trust  9780345499660    10.95 / 9.85   Holiday Gift Guide

409   
Joker  9781401215811    19.99 / 13.99  

540   
Welcome to the Jungle  9780345507464   19.95 / 13.96  

558  
The Absolute Sandman, Volume One  9781401210823    99.00 / 69.30

725  
Watchmen: The Absolute Edition  9781401207137    75.00 / 52.50   Holiday Gift Guide

737   The-DC-Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the DC Universe  9780762432578    49.95 / 34.96   Holiday Gift Guide

769  
The Absolute Sandman, Volume Four  9781401210854   99.00 / 69.30

Analysis
DC is the big winner here, with eight of thirteen titles.  Of these eight, SEVEN are priced at $40 or more, with THREE absolute editions.  (Additionally, Absolute Sandman #2 and #3 are posting at #1399 and #2616 respectively, with the other Absolute editions selling much lower.)  This might lend credence to the "comics are recession proof" theory, which will help both comicbook and bookstore retailers.  Also worth noting is that all three regular editions of "Watchmen" are selling nicely.

It is also worth noting that many of the titles above are gift books, which appeal to two distinct markets: gift givers who wish for "something extra special" for their comicbook-loving loved one, and comicbook fans who think nothing of spending $20 for a variant issue of a $3.99 comicbook or $50 for a hardcover graphic novel.  (It should be noted that many of the titles listed above are holiday promotions, and discounted.  The listing of twenty-four holiday graphic novels can be found
here.)

[At 14:10 EST, the Marvel Chronicle posted a sales rank of #99. 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last-Straw

was posted at #45, but will not be available until January 13, 2009.  Other titles in the series were at #56, #85, and #111.]

Methodology
From the home page of BarnesAndNoble.com, I search by the phrase "graphic novels".  Once that search loads, I select the "bestsellers" link located beneath "Browse Graphic Novels".  I then scan the first fifty titles as BN.com does not list the titles by rank.  If I find any titles posted at #30-50, I then meticulously scan the next fifty titles.  (There is also a "Current Bestsellers " panel on the right-hand side of the Graphic Novels homepage.  That listing does not correlate to the Sales Rank listed for each title, so I do not make note of it, as I do not know their methodology.)

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