The Top 50 Graphic Novels in Canada, courtesy of BookManager. The full list is available here. The list is compiled by BookManager based on sales through over 400 independent bookstores. Sales through 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. This list has two parts, the top 50 overall and (at the bottom) the top 30 by Canadian creators. I’ve added last week’s ranking in parentheses, with a (-) indicating an absence from the top 50 last week –although books that were not in the top 50 last week were most likely in the top 100, with the possible exception of a few newly published hits

Top 50 Comics and Graphic Novels in Canada

1. (-) Fruits Basket 19, Natsuki Takay (Tokyopop)
2. (1) Naruto 28, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
3. (21) Fullmetal Alchemist 16, Hiromu Arakawa (VIZ)
4. (2) Negima! 17: Magister Negi Magi, Ken Akamatsu Toshifumi Yoshida Ikoi Hiroe (Random House)
5. (4) Death Note 1, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
6. (8) Jellaby, Kean Soo (Hyperion)
7. (17) Naruto 2, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
8. (50) Vampire Knight 2, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
9. (11) Death Note 4, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
10. (-) Naruto 3, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
11. (16) Death Note 2, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
12. (-) Death Note 12, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
13. (5) Naruto 26, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
14. (10) Naruto 1, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
15. (3) Naruto 27, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
16. (-) Fruits Basket 1, Natsuki Takaya (Tokyopop)
17. (28) Garfield Goes Bananas, Jim Davis (Random House)
18. (31) Vampire Knight 3, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
19. (35) Death Note 7, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
20. (34) Dark Tower:The Gunslinger Born, Peter David (Marvel)
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21. (9) Bleach, Vol. 22, Tite Kubo (VIZ)
22. (7) Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon)
23. (33) Vampire Knight 1, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
24. (-) Death Note 3, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
25. (6) Naruto Vol. 25, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
26. (18) Death Note 6, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
27. (32) Black Cat, Vol. 13, Kentaro Yabuk (VIZ)
28. (13) Chibi Vampire 7, Kagesaki Yuna (Tokyopop)
29. (37) Death Note 8, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
30. (29) Senior’s Discount, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
31. (22) Complete Persepolis, Satrapi (Knopf)
32. (14) Death Note 13, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
33. (19) Bleach 1, Tite Kubo (VIZ)
34. (-) Fullmetal Alchemist 1, Hiromu Arakawa (VIZ)
35. (20) xxxHOLiC 11, Clamp (Random House)
36. (-) Death Note 9, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
37. (39) Fruits Basket 2, Natsuki Takaya (Tokyopop)
38. (15) Naruto Vol. 24, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
39. (38) One Piece 17, Eiichiro Oda (VIZ)
40. (-) Best of Pokemon Adventures: Red:Red, Hidenori Kusaka Mato (VIZ)
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41. (27) Hell Girl 1, Miyuki Eto (Random House)
42. (44) Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, Chester Brown (D+Q)
43. (30) Authoritative Calvin And Hobbes, Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)
44. (46) Hack Gu 1, Hamazaki Tatsuya (Tokyopop)
45. (-) Death Note 5, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
46. (-) Persepolis 2, Marjane Satrapi (Knopf)
47. (24) Wild Ones 2, Kiyo Fujiwara (VIZ)
48. (25) Maus I, Art Spiegelman (Knopf)
49. (23) Tsubasa 16: Reservoir Chronicle, Clamp (Random House)
50. (43) Mamotte! Lollipop 5, Michiyo Kikuta (Random House)

Naruto and Death Note seem to be having a friendly competition for most books in the top 50.

See here for last week’s list. . The pattern that emerges from looking at these lists over a period of weeks is that certain books, especially manga series, continuously jostle with each other, sliding up and down the longer list on the strength of a new volume or a spate of purchases for the kiddies.

The BookManager List is a wondrous, scary place, where everyone from Todd Hignite to Charles Schulz to Dan DeCarlo to Oor Willie to Avril Lavigne duke it out and where one sale in one tiny bookstore can move a book from #999 to #200. This is also the place where you find books by Canadian creators and where our Canadian Top 25 comes from:

Sequential’s All-Canadian Top 30
from BookManager

1. (1) Jellaby, Kean Soo (Hyperion)
2. (2) Senior’s Discount, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
3. (3) Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, Chester Brown (D+Q)
4. (4) Essex County 1: Tales From the Farm, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
5. (10) Skim, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
6. (5) Teaching is a Learning Experience!, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
7. (15) The New Frontier 2 (Paperback), Darwyn Cooke (DC)
8. (16) The New Frontier 1 (Paperback), Darwyn Cooke (DC)
9. (6) The BackBench Collection, Graham Harrop (Ronsdale)
10. (7) Last Straw (1985), Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
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11. (17) The Plain Janes, Cecil Castellucci et al (DC/Minx)
12. (-) Extraction!: a comix reportage, Tessier/Dubois (Cumulous)
13. (-) I Never Liked You, Chester Brown (D+Q)
14. (24) She’s Turning into One of Them!, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
15. (8) Essex County 2: Ghost Stories, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
16. (25) White Rapids, Pascal Blanchet (D+Q)
17. (27) Albert and the Others, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
18. (9) Dramacon 3, Svetlana Chmakova (Tokyopop)
19. (-) Keep the Home Fries Burning, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
20. (23) Dramacon 2, Svetlana Chmakova (Tokyopop)
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21. (11) Therefore Repent! Jim Munroe Salgood Sam (NMK/IDW)
22. (12) Milk Teeth, Julie Morstad (D+Q)
23. (13) Degrassi Extra Credit 3: Missing You, J Torres/Eric Kim (Pocket)
24. (14) There Goes My Baby, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
25. (19) The Spirit (Hardcover), Darwyn Cooke Jeph Loeb J Bone (DC)
26. (20) Degrassi Extra Credit 4, J Torres Steve Rolston (Pocket)
27. (21) What, Me Pregnant? (1991) Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
28. (18) Scott Pilgrim 4, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
29. (22) Dramacon 1, Svetlana Chmakova (Tokyopop)
30. (-) Scott Pilgrim 3, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)

Multiple books in the top 30 for Chester Brown, Lynn Johnston, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Svetlana Chmakova, Darwyn Cooke, J. Torres, and Jeff Lemire!

Although a perennial favourite, Brown’s I Never Liked You is the only new entry to the list that hasn’t been seen there in the last 5 months. Forgivable, since it was originally published in 2004. The New Frontier franchise continues its resurgence, spurred by dvd and comic book sales, perhaps? Of the most recently published, Skim seems to be showing the fastest growth outside the #1 spot.