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. (2) Naruto 28, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
2. (1) Fruits Basket 19, Natsuki Takay (Tokyopop)
3. (-) Vampire Knight 4, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
4. (3) Fullmetal Alchemist 16, Hiromu Arakawa (VIZ)
5. (15) Naruto 27, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
6. (4) Negima! 17: Magister Negi Magi, Toshifumi/Hiroe (Random House)
7. (30) Senior’s Discount, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
8. (11) Death Note 2, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
9. (5) Death Note 1, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
10. (14) Naruto 1, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
11. (7) Naruto 2, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
12. (6) Jellaby, Kean Soo (Hyperion)
13. (9) Death Note 4, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
14. (31) Complete Persepolis, Satrapi (Knopf)
15. (8) Vampire Knight 2, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
16. (13) Naruto 26, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
17. (10) Naruto 3, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
18. (12) Death Note 12, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
19. (-) Dark Wraith of Shannara, Terry Brooks et al (Random House)
20. (24) Death Note 3, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
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21. (17) Garfield Goes Bananas, Jim Davis (Random House)
22. (16) Fruits Basket 1, Natsuki Takaya (Tokyopop)
23. (21) Bleach, Vol. 22, Tite Kubo (VIZ)
24. (-) Naruto 20, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
25. (-) Naruto 19, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
26. (32) Death Note 13, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
27. (19) Death Note 7, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
28. (-) Yozakura Quartet , Suzuhito Yasuda/Satsuki Yamashita (Random House)
29. (18) Vampire Knight 3, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
30. (-) Skim, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
31. (20) Dark Tower:The Gunslinger Born, Peter David (Marvel)
32. (38) Naruto 24, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
33. (22) Persepolis 1, Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon)
34. (45) Death Note 5, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
35. (27) Black Cat 13, Kentaro Yabuk (VIZ)
36. (25) Naruto 25, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
37. (43) Authoritative Calvin And Hobbes, Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)
38. (-) Naruto 22, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
39. (-) Naruto 4, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
40. (26) Death Note 6, Tsugumi Ohba Takeshi Obata (VIZ)
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41. (-) Naruto 23, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
42. (-) Asterix and the Falling Sky,, Uderzo (Orion)
43. (-) Bleach 2, Tite Kubo (VIZ)
44. (-) Watchmen, Moore/Gibbons (DC)
45. (41) Hell Girl 1, Miyuki Eto (Random House)
46. (-) Naruto 5, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
47. (-) Essential Calvin And Hobbes, Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)
48. (-) Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons, Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)
49. (39) One Piece 17, Eiichiro Oda (VIZ)
50. (23) Vampire Knight 1, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)

The graphic version of Terry Brooks’ Shannara fantasy novels, Dark Wraith of Shannara makes an impressive debut at #19. Likewise a high debut for a Canadian book that has been creeping up the All-Canadian list, Skim, at #30. 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. (2) Senior’s Discount, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
2. (1) Jellaby, Kean Soo (Hyperion)
3. (5) Skim, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
4. (3) Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, Chester Brown (D+Q)
5. (25) The Spirit (Hardcover), Darwyn Cooke Jeph Loeb J Bone (DC)
6. (7) The New Frontier 2 (Paperback), Darwyn Cooke (DC)
7. (-) Paul Goes Fishing, Michel Rabagliati (D+Q)
8. (4) Essex County 1: Tales From the Farm, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
9. (-) Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe, John Bell (Dundurn)
10. (12) Extraction!: a comix reportage, Tessier/Dubois (Cumulous)
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11. (6) Teaching is a Learning Experience!, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
12. (8) The New Frontier 1 (Paperback), Darwyn Cooke (DC)
13. (13) I Never Liked You, Chester Brown (D+Q)
14. (14) She’s Turning into One of Them!, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
15. (19) Keep the Home Fries Burning, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
16. (22) Milk Teeth, Julie Morstad (D+Q)
17. (21) Therefore Repent! Jim Munroe Salgood Sam (NMK/IDW)
18. (28) Scott Pilgrim 4, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
19. (-) Never Wink at a Worried Woman, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
20. (-) Northwest Passage, Scott Chantler (Oni)
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21. (-) Just One More Hug, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
22. (-) Zombies Calling!, Faith Erins Hicks (Slave Labor)
23. (-) Middle Aged Spread, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
24. (9) The BackBench Collection, Graham Harrop (Ronsdale)
25. (10) Last Straw (1985), Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
26. (16) White Rapids, Pascal Blanchet (D+Q)
27. (17) Albert and the Others, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
28. (15) Essex County 2: Ghost Stories, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
29. (18) Dramacon 3, Svetlana Chmakova (Tokyopop)
30. (20) Dramacon 2, Svetlana Chmakova (Tokyopop)

I think Zombies Calling! is the only new new book on the list. Everything else has been off and on the list for some time. The top 4 on the All-Canadian list rank in the top 60 overall. #5 ranks at 125 overall. #8 is 360 overall. #14 is 560 overall. #22 is 800 overall. Etc.