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This semi-regular feature of Sequential presents a snapshot of comics sales in Canada.
Part 1 .
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) Bone Prequel, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
2. (3) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O’Malley (ONI)
3. (2) Warriors 3, Erin Hunter et al (HarperCollins)
4. (4) Scott Pilgrim 2, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
5. (5) Scott Pilgrim 6, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
6. (15) Maximum Ride 3, James Patterson et al (Orbit)
7. (7) Scott Pilgrim 5, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
8. (10) Scott Pilgrim 4, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
9. (11) Twilight 1, Stephanie Meyer et al (Orbit)
10. (16) Naruto 48, Masashi Kishimoto (Random House)
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11. (6) Scott Pilgrim 3, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
12. (27) 500 Years of Resistance, Gord Hill (Arsenal Pulp)
13. (18) Maus 1, Spiegelman (Pantheon)
14. (9) Rosario+Vampire : Season II, Vol. 2, Ikeda, Akihisa (VIZ)
15. (8) Black Bird 5, Kanoko Sakurakoji (VIZ)
16. (12) Warriors 2, Erin Hunter (Harper Collins)
17. (14) Negima 27, Ken Akamatsu (Random House)
18. (-) Death Note 1, Ohba/Obata (VIZ)
19. (20) Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon)
20. (13) Garfield Fat-Cat 3-Pack, Davis et al (Random House)
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21. (19) Watchmen, Moore/Gibbons (DC)
22. (-) Asterix and the Great Crossing Goscinny/Uderzo (Orion)
23. (-) Louis Riel, Brown (D+Q)
24. (-) Beach 32, Tite Kubo (VIZ)
25. (21) Walking Dead 12, Kirkman et al (Image)
26. (23) Logicomix, Doxiadis (Bloomsbury)
27. (25) Simpsons Comics Get Some Fancy Book Learnin’, Groening et al (HC)
28. (-) Manga Messiah (Tyndale)
29. (-) Vampire Knight 10, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
30. (17) Inuyasha 51, Rumiko Takahashi (VIZ)
Comment: The Scott Pilgrim movie has taken in $32 million worldwide to date and must in part explain the strong sales for the comics (last week it was still around the #10 movie in North America).
Part 2. 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. (1) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
2. (2) Scott Pilgrim 2, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
3. (3) Scott Pilgrim 6, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
4. (5) Scott Pilgrim 5, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
5. (6) Scott Pilgrim 4, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
6. (4) Scott Pilgrim 3, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
7. (7) 500 Years of Resistance, Gord Hill (Arsenal Pulp)
8. (8) Louis Riel, Chester Brown (D+Q)
9. (9) Neil Young’s Greendale, Chiang et al (DC)
10. (-) Indoor Voice, Jillian Tamaki (D+Q)
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11. (10) Red: A Haida Manga, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Douglas & McIntyre)
12. (22) Bigfoot 1, Graham Roumieu (Plume)
13. (-) Schenzhen, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
14. (-) Essex County, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
15. (13) Pyongyang, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
16. (14) Sweet Tooth 1, Jeff Lemire (DC)
17. (27) The Hipless Boy, Sully (Conundrum)
18. (12) Skim sc, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
19. (17) Children of the Atom, Dave Lapp (Conundrum)
20. (18) Wall-E Vol 1, J. Torres (Boom)
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21. (19) George Sprott, Seth (D+Q)
22. (16) The Selves, Sonja Ahlers (D+Q)
23. (11) Burma Chronicles, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
24. (-) Important Artifacts, Leanne Shapton (FSG)
25. (25) Skim hc, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
26. (15) Senior’s Discount, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
27. (24) Home Sweat Home, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
28. (23) Nightschool 3, Chmakova (Yen/Orbit)
29. (26) Graduation, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
30. (27) Nightschool 2, Chmakova (Yen/Orbit)
For the record, this week out, Prince Valiant Vol 2 by dead Canadian ex-pat Hal Foster would be #28 on the Canadian list if it was actually a Canadian creation (see here for background).