compiled/edited by BK Munn

This semi-regular feature of Sequential presents a snapshot of comics sales in Canada.
Part 1 .
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 and Chapters-Indigo lists. See here for our previous Sequential list from last week.
Guide: numbers in parentheses indicate previous rank; (n) indicates a new book making its debut on the list; (r) indicates a book making a return to the list after an absence.

Sequential’s Over-All Top 30
from BookManager

1. (1) Essex County, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
2. (4) Out from Boneville: Bone #1, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
3. (2) Bone 11: Tall Tales, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
4. (5) Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Riordan/Venditti/Attila Futaki (Hyperion)
5. (3) Bone 4: Dragonslayer, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
6. (10) Bone 2: The Great Cow Race, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
7. (8) Bone 5: Rockjaw, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
8. (12) Bone Prequel: Rose, Jeff Smith and Charles Vess (Scholastic)
9. (11) Bone 8: Treasure Hunters, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
10. (6) Bone 9: Crown of Horns, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
11. (7) Bone 6: Old Man’s Cave, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
12. (14) Bone 7: Ghost Circles, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
13. (9) Naruto 50, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
14. (15) Bone 3: Eyes of the Storm, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
15. (13) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O’Malley (ONI)
16. (16) Bone the Adventure Begin HC, Smith (Scholastic)
17. (17) Watchmen, Moore/Gibbons (DC)
18. (21) Scott Pilgrim 4, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
19. (19) Scott Pilgrim 2, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
20. (25) Scott Pilgrim 3, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
21. (18) Bleach, Vol. 34, Tite Kubo (VIZ)
22. (r) Maximum Ride: The Manga 3, James Patterson, et al (yen/Orbit)
23. (r) Scott Pilgrim 5, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
24. (22) Scott Pilgrim 6, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
25. (20) Zita the Spacegirl, Ben Hatke (First Second)
26. (r) Walking Dead 1, Kirkman/Moore (Image)
27. (n) Walking Dead 2, Kirkman/Adlard/Rathburn (Image)
28. (n) Walking Dead 4, Kirkman/Lee/Adlard (Image)
29. (23) Black Butler 4, Yana Toboso (Yen/Orbit)
30. (r) Anne Frank, Jacobson/Colan (FSG)
I’m not sure, but I think last week was the first in at least a year when all of the Scott Pilgrim volumes were not in the Top 30. This week they are all back, but this may be the first time that there are no Scott Pilgrim books in the Top 10?
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) Essex County, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
2. (2) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
3. (4) Scott Pilgrim 4, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
4. (3) Scott Pilgrim 2, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
5. (6) Scott Pilgrim 3, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
6. (9) Scott Pilgrim 5, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
7. (5) Scott Pilgrim 6, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
8. (7) Louis Riel, Chester Brown (D+Q)
9. (30) Kill Shakespeare 1, Mccreery/Del Col/Belanger (IDW)
10. (8) Two Generals, Scott Chantler (McClelland and Stewart)
11. (18) Bigfoot, Pascal Girard (D+Q)
12. (10) Harvey, Herve Bouchard/Janice Nadeau (Groundwood)
13. (12) Tangles, Sarah Leavitt (Freehand Books)
14. (14) Nightschool 1, Svetlana Chmakova (Yen/Orbit)
15. (15) Burma Chronicles, Guy Delisle (D+Q)
16. (13) 500 Years of Resistance, Gord Hill (Arsenal Pulp)
17. (17) Something Old, Something New, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
18. (19) Skim sc, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
19. (25) The Never Weres, Fiona Smyth (Annick)
20. (20) Mid-Life, Joe Ollman (D+Q)
21. (21) Nightschool 3, Svetlana Chmakova (Yen/Orbit)
22. (22) Big Foot, Graham Roumieu (Plume)
23. (24) Red A Haida Manga, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Douglas & McIntyre)
24. (16) Richard Stark’s Parker The Outfit, Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
25. (r) Nightschool 2, Svetlana Chmakova (Yen/Orbit)
26. (-) Scott Pilgrim Box, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
27. (r) My New York Diary, Julie Doucet (D+Q)
28. (23) Nightschool 4, Svetlana Chmakova (Yen/Orbit)
29. (r) The Hipless Boy, Sully (Conundrum)
30. (r) Indoor Voice, Jillian Tamaki (D+Q)
I think this is a new edition of Julie Doucet’s seminal autobio comic My New York Diary (at least the Bookmanager info says March 15, 2011). Doucet had one of 2010’s weirder releases with a Michael Gondry-directed movie called My NEW New York Diary, for which she drew a new documentary/introductory comic strip diary of the filming of a movie loosely based on her original graphic novel. Very meta. The whole thing was published by Picturebox and it was nice to have new Doucet comics, however slight, and getting to see Doucet experiencing the “movie star” treatment (ie, staying in Gondry’s tiny apartment where she had to buy her own groceries) was hilarious.