January 11th, 2009

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Barnes & Noble Graphic Novel Bestsellers 01/11/09

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.)