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Our first list in a month! Lots of changes.
This semi-regular feature of Sequential presents a snapshot of comics sales in Canada.
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) Twilight 1, Stephanie Meyer et al (Orbit)
2. (2) Warriors 2, Erin Hunter (Harper Collins)
3. (-) Simpsons Comics Book Learnin’, Groening et al (HC)
4. (-) Black Bird 4, Kanoko Sakurakoji (VIZ)
5. (-) Black Butler 2, Yana Toboso (Orbit/Yen)
6. (14) Zeus, George O’Connor (First Second)
7. (-) Wilson, Dan Clowes (D+Q)
8. (-) Pride/Zombies, Seth Graeme-Smith, et al (Random House)
9. (17) Black Bird 3, Kanoko Sakurakoji (VIZ)
10. (6) Seekers: Toklo’s Story, Erin Hunter (Harper Collins)
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11. The Record of a Fallen Vampire 9, Shirodaira, Kyo (VIZ)
12. The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, Gord Hill (Arsenal Pulp Press)
13. (4) Book of Genesis, Robert Crumb (WW Norton)
14. (-) Tsuba 26, Clamp (Random House)
15. (-) Athena, George O’Connor (1st Second)
16. (-) Vampire Knight 8, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
17. (5) Rosario+Vampire II 1, Akihisa Ikeda (VIZ)
18. (-) Foiled, Mike Cavarallo (1st Second)
19. (-) Kenk, Richard Poplak, et al (PopSandbox)
20. (-) Trickster : Native American Tales, Matt Dembicki (Fulcrum)
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21. (8) Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks (Crown)
22. (-) Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 7, Nozomu Tamaki (7 Seas)
23. (3) Naruto 47, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
24. (-) Vampire Knight 7, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
25. (-) Skim sc, Tamaki/Tamaki (Groundwood)
26. (10) Red: A Haida Manga, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Douglas & McIntyre)
27. (-) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O’Malley (ONI)
28. (-) Watchmen, Moore/Gibbons (DC)
29. (19) Black Bird 1, Kanoko Sakurakoji (VIZ)
30. (11) Maus 1, Spiegelman (Pantheon)
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. (-) Kenk, Peter Poplak et al (PopSandbox)
2. (3) Skim sc, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
3. (1) Red: A Haida Manga, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Douglas & McIntyre)
4. (4) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
5. (2) Louis Riel, Chester Brown (D+Q)
6. (9) Scott Pilgrim 2, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
7. (23) The Plain Janes, Castelucci/Rugg (Minx/DC)
8. (8) Scott Pilgrim 4, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
9. (11) Scott Pilgrim 3, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
10. (6) Scott Pilgrim 5, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
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11. (17) Important Artifacts, Leanne Shapton (FSG)
12. (18) The Hipless Boy, Sully (Conundrum)
13. (7) Burma Chronicles, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
14. (-) Nightschool 3, Svetlana Chmakova (Orbit/Yen)
15. (20) Pyongyang, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
16. (13) Bigfoot 1, Graham Roumieu (Plume)
17. (-) The Great Hopeful Someday, Elizabeth Belliveau (Conundrum)
18. (25) Essex County, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
19. (22) It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken, Seth (D+Q)
20. (-) KRAZY!: The Delirious World of Anime +Comics + Video Games + Art, Bruce Grenville (Douglas & McIntyre)
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21. (29) New Frontier 1, Darwyn Cooke (DC)
22. (30) New Frontier 2, Darwyn Cooke (DC)
23. (10) Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws, Chad Solomon (Lone Pine)
24. (19) Senior’s Discount, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
25. (14) Rabbit and Bear Paws: True Heart, Chad Solomon (Lone Pine)
26. (5) Skim HC, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
27. (-) Northwest Passage, Scott Chantler (Oni)
28. (12) Home Sweat Home, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
29. (24) Hot Potatoe: Fine Ahtwerks, Marc Bell (D+Q)
30. (-) Sweet Tooth 1, Jeff Lemire (DC)
Every Scott Pilgrim volume is in the top 10 and we have a new number one in the just-released-at-TCAF Kenk.