Tuesday, March 23, 2010  
Canadian Bestsellers: March Break Edition

:: Posted by BK @ 3/23/2010 12:01:00 a.m.
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compiled/edited by B. Munn


Intro: The bestselling graphic novels and comics collections in Canada, courtesy of BookManager. The full list by BookManager is available, with some work, here. The list is compiled by BookManager based on sales through over 400 independent bookstores, including several comic book stores and the D+Q store. Sales through most comic shops and larger retailers like Chapters-Indigo are not reflected in this list. For balance, you might want to try the Amazon.ca and Chapters-Indigo lists. See here for our previous list.

Sequential's Over-All Top 30 from BookManager

1. (1) Naruto 47, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
2. (2) Vampire Knight 9, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
3. (7) Book of Genesis, Robert Crumb (WW Norton)
4. (3) Negima 25, Ken Akamatsu (Random House)
5. (9) Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Camille Rose Garcia (HC)
6. (11) Red: A Haida Manga, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Douglas & McIntyre)
7. (4) Seekers: Toklo's Story, Erin Hunter (Harper Collins)
8. (-) The Dark-Hunters 2, Sherrilyn Kenyon et al (St Martins)
9. (5) Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks (Crown)
10. (8) Bleach 30, Tite Kubo (VIZ)
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11. (10) Watchmen, Moore/Gibbons (DC)
12. (6) Footnotes in Gaza, Sacco (Henry Holt)
13. (22) Maximum Ride: The Manga 2, James Patterson/NaRae Lee (Orbit/Yen)
14. (-) Naruto 2, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
15. (13) Garfield Fat Pack, Davis et al (Random)
16. (14) Asterix/Obelix's Birthday, Uderzo (Orion)
17. (-) Inuyasha 46, Rumiko Takahashi (VIZ)
18. (18) Black Bird 3, Kanoko Sakurakoji (VIZ)
19. (15) Logicomix, Apostolos Doxiadis et al (Bloomsbury)
20. (12) Asterix/Olympic, Goscinny/Uderzo (Orion)
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21. (-) Skim SC, Tamaki (Groundwood)
22. (-) Zeus, George O'Connor (First Second)
23. (-) Walking Dead 1, Kirkman et al (Image)
24. (-) Black Butter 1, Yana Toboso (Orbit/Yen)
25. (20) One Piece 34, Eiichiro Oda (VIZ)
26. (-) Manga Mutiny (Tyndale)
27. (-) Naruto 1, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
28. (25) All Star Superman 2, Morrison/Quitely (DC)
29. (-) Dark Tower Fall of Gilead, Robin Furth et al (Marvel)
30. (-) Naruto 43, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)

Analysis: Only 2 Canadian Books in the top 30 overall.

Canadian Content: You have to wade through an awful lot of translated Japanese manga, U.S. superhero fantasies, and collected editions of Sherman's Lagoon to come up with a list of 30 bestselling books created by Canadians. In total, BookManager lists over 4000 graphic novels, trades, and strip collections, the vast majority of which are not by Canadians. On this list, a single sale in a single tiny bookstore can make all the difference. This list does not include books that are only illustrated but not written/created-by Canadians.


Sequential's All-Canadian Top 30 from BookManager

1. (1) Red: A Haida Manga, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Douglas & McIntyre)
2. (5) Skim sc, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
3. (2) Louis Riel, Chester Brown (D+Q)
4. (11) Senior's Discount, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
5. (3) Bigfoot, Graham Roumieu (Plume)
6. (4) Skim HC, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
7. (29) Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws, Chad Solomon (Lone Pine)
8. (16) The Hipless Boy, Sully (Conundrum)
9. (22) It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken, Seth (D+Q)
10. (8) Scott Pilgrim 4, Bryan Lee O'Malley (Oni)
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11. (10) Hot Potatoe: Fine Ahtwerks, Marc Bell (D+Q)
12. (6) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O'Malley (Oni)
13. (15) Burma Chronicles, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
14. (7) Scott Pilgrim 3, Bryan Lee O'Malley (Oni)
15. (28) Essex County, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
16. (23) Nightschool 1, Svetlana Chmakova (Orbit/Yen)
17. (9) Pyongyang, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
18. (22) Nightschool 2, Svetlana Chmakova (Orbit/Yen)
19. (25) The Plain Janes, Castelucci/Rugg (Minx/DC)
20. (30) The Big 5-0, Lynn Johnston (Andrews)
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21. (12) Home Sweat Home, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
22. (13) Important Artifacts, Leanne Shapton (FSG)
23. (14) Runaways: Homeschooling, K.Immonen/Pachilli (marvel)
24. (17) Ojingogo, Matthew Forsythe (D+Q)
25. (18) Scott Pilgrim 2, Bryan Lee O'Malley (Oni)
26. (19) Just One More Hug, Lynn Johnston (AM)
27. (21) In Me Own Words, Graham Roumieu (Plume)
28. (24) Parker The Hunter, Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
29. (26) George Sprott, Seth (D+Q)
30. (27) Collected Doug Wright 1, Doug Wright (D+Q)

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