|$4,935,546.00||DORK DIARIES 10|
|$4,146,845.00||DORK DIARIES 9|
|$3,985,855.00||THE WALKING DEAD: COMPENDIUM V3 TP|
|$3,628,975.00||THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM V1 TP|
|$2,732,964.00||THE WALKING DEAD: COMPENDIUM V2 TP|
|$1,614,781.00||DORK DIARIES 1|
|$1,282,346.00||KRISTY'S GREAT IDEA: FULL-COLOR|
|$1,257,734.00||BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC|
|$1,233,792.00||CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT|
|$1,175,771.00||HYPERBOLE AND A HALF|
|$1,165,833.00||CIVIL WAR TP|
|$896,842.00||BIG NATE: SAY GOOD-BYE TO DORK|
|$869,005.00||BIG NATE'S GREATEST HITS|
|$815,071.00||DORK DIARIES 9 TALES FRO B&N EDITION|
What's also interesting is the gender makeup of the Top 20 Sales leaders. While we often read about how there is a lack of diversity in the big Two comic companies (and the industry at large I suspect), there is no denying that the All-Ages book market is playing by different rules. Check out this graph.
As a father of a daughter I can testify to the popularity of both the Dork Diary series by Rachel Renee Russell and the books Smile, Sisters and Drama by Raina Telgemeir. The Telgemeir books have a nice style we can all appreciate:
What's most interesting is that while this list is made of up book store numbers, my daughter and her friends get their books straight from their school at bi-monthly book fairs.
How it works is that her teacher hands out a sheet with new and popular books on it.(see example below)
The kids take the sheet home, show their parents what books they want. The parents can then send a check back with the form for the books they've agreed on. A few weeks later the books show up at the school. Now, that's a direct market!
While I'm discussing the topic, I would like to alert readers to a new All-Ages book coming out this week written by friend of the Flashback Universe, David Gallaher: The Only Living Boy: Prisoner of the Patchwork Planet
This is a collection of the issues that I've been reading on Comixology, and I've really been enjoying it. To me, it feels like a cool mashup of Jack Kirby's Kamandi, Baum's Oz Books and Micronauts (mostly because of the incredible design work artist Steve Ellis brings to the table.)
So, if you're one of those people looking for something cool to share with your kids, I would definitely encourage you to check out the first book!
Have a great week!