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Perhaps the last of these lists for the year, featuring the bestselling comics-related books from the week before Christmas.

The Top 30 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 30 overall and (at the bottom) the top 30 by Canadian creators. See here for last week’s list.

Top 30 Comics and Graphic Novels in Canada

1. (1) Watchmen, Moore/Gibbons (DC)
2. (-) Naruto 33, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
3. (5) Garfield Spills the Beans, Jim Davis (Random House)
4. (6) Home Sweat Home, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
5. (8) Marvel Chronicle, Tom DeFalco (DK)
6. (3) Fruits Basket 21, Takaya Natsuki (Tokyopop)
7. (10) Simpsons Treehouse Horror, Groening et al (HarperCollins)
8. (4) Naruto 32, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
9. (7) Bleach 25, Tite Kubo (VIZ)
10. (14) Naruto 31, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
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11. (-) DC Comics Encyclopedia, Rbt Greenburger (DK)
12. (-) Complete Persepolis, Satrapi (Knopf)
13. (18) Death Note 1, Ohba/Obata (VIZ)
14. (11) 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna, Jim Davis (Random House)
15. (12) Skim, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
16. (-) Negima! 20, Ken Akamatsu (Random House)
17. (28) Simpsons Comics Dollars To Donuts, Groening et al (Harpercollins)
18. (21) Naruto 1, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
19. (9) What It Is, Lynda Barry (D+Q)
20. (-) Naruto 30, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
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21. (20) Louis Riel, Brown (D+Q)
22. (-) Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure 2, Shigekatsu Ihara (VIZ)
23. (16) Dilbert: This Is the Part Where You Pretend to Add Value, Adams (Andrews McMeel)
24. (-) Senior’s Discount, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
25. (-) Maus 1, Spiegelman (Knopf)
26. (-) The Joker (Hardcover), Azzarello/Bermejo (DC)
27. (-) The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home, King et al (Marvel)
28. (25) Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 19, Clamp (Random House)
29. (-) Marvel Encyclopedia, Tom Defalco (DK)
30. (-) Heroes, Various (DC)

Standard explanation: 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. This week: The return of some of the stronger sellers of the past year, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. The only “new” book on the list is the 20th volume in the Negima translated manga series.

In total, BookManager lists over 4000 graphic novels, trades, and strip collections. It is a wondrous, scary place, where everyone from Chris Onstad to Mort Todd to Edward Gorey battle for supremacy, and where one sale in one tiny bookstore can move a book from #999 to #200 (and into the top 30). This is also the place where you find books by Canadian creators and where our Canadian Top 30 comes from:

Sequential’s All-Canadian Top 30 from BookManager

1. (1) Home Sweat Home, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
2. (2) Skim, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
3. (3) Louis Riel, Chester Brown (D+Q)
4. (5) Senior’s Discount, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
5. (4) Big Foot, Graham Roumieu (Plume)
6. (6) The Burma Chronicles, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
7. (15) The Plain Janes, Cecil Castellucci et al, (DC/Minx)
8. (7) Ojingogo, Matt Forsythe (D+Q)
9. (8) Milk Teeth, Julie Morstad (D+Q)
10. (10) The Big 5-0, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
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11. (30) Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
12. (14) Essex County 1: Tales from the Farm, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
13. (16) Never Wink at a Worried Woman, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
14. (9) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
15. (-) Spirit 1, Darwyn Cooke (DC)
16. (-) Drop-In, Dave Lapp (Conundrum)
17. (12) Essex County 2: Ghost Stories, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
18. (17) the great hopeful someday, Elizabeth Belliveau (Conundrum)
19. (21) Paul Goes Fishing, Michel Rabagliati (D+Q)
20. (-) Middle Age Spread, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
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21. (-) Zombies Calling, Faith Erin Hicks (Slave Labor)
22. (19) It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken, Seth (D+Q)
23. (11) It’s the Thought That Counts, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
24. (-) Batman: Ego and other tales, Darwyn Cooke/Paul Grist (DC)
25. (13) Just One More Hug, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
26. (18) Dramacon Ultimate Edition, Svetlana Chmakova (Tokyopop)
27. (20) Last Straw, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
28. (22) Graduation, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
29. (-) Dramacon 1, Svetlana Chmakova (Tokyopop)
30. (24) Hall of Best Knowledge, Ray Fenwick (Fantagraphics)