compiled/edited by BK Munn
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 Sequential list.
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
1. (12) Percy Jackson and the Olympians – The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel, Rick Riordan/Robert Venditti/Attila Futaki
2. (2) Paying For It, Chester Brown (D+Q)
3. (1) Bone 1: Out from Boneville, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
4. (7) Bone 2: The Great Cow Race, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
5. (4) Bone 9: Crown of Horns, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
6. (6) Bone 11: Tall Tales, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
7. (5) Bone 3: Eyes of the Storm, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
8. (9) Bone 4: Dragonslayer, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
9. (8) Bone 5: Rockjaw, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
10. (3) Louis Riel, Chester Brown (D+Q)
11. (13) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O’Malley (ONI)
12. (n) Trickster: Native American Tales, Matt Dembicki (Fulcrum Publishing)
13. (10) Bone 8: Treasure Hunters, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
14. (18) Bone Prequel: Rose, Jeff Smith and Charles Vess (Scholastic)
15. (14) Bone 6: Old Man’s Cave, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
16. (11) Bone 7: Ghost Circles, Jeff Smith (Scholastic)
17. (n) Naruto 51, Masashi Kishimoto (VIZ)
18. (16) Negima! 29, Ken Akamatsu (Kodansha)
19. (n) Vampire Knight 12, Matsuri Hino (VIZ)
20. (17) Essex County, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
21. (15) Maximun Ride 4, Kames Patterson et al (Yen)
22. (r) Zeus: King of the Gods, George O’Connor (First Second)
23. (21) Simpsons Comic Meltdown, Groening et al (Harper Collins)
24. (25) Scott Pilgrim 2, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
25. (19) Black Bird 8, Kanoko Sakurakoji (VIZ)
26. (24) Black Butler 1, Yana Toboso (Yen)
27. (20) Zita the Spacegirl, Ben Hatke (First Second)
28. (r) The Amulet of Samarkand, Jonathan Stroud/Andrew Donkin/Lee Sullivan (Disney)
29. (22) Scott Pilgrim 3, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
30. (r) Maximun Ride 4, Kames Patterson et al (Yen)
I expect that new Naruto to rank higher over the next few weeks, probably accompanied by a return of a few other Nruto volumes to the top 30.
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
1. (1) Paying For It, Chester Browb (D+Q)
2. (2) Louis Riel, Chester Brown (D+Q)
3. (3) Scott Pilgrim 1, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
4. (4) Essex County, Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
5. (7) Scott Pilgrim 2, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
6. (5) Scott Pilgrim 3, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
7. (8) Scott Pilgrim 6, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
8. (6) Scott Pilgrim 4, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
9. (9) Scott Pilgrim 5, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni)
10. (29) 500 Years of Resistance, Gord Hill (Arsenal Pulp)
11. (10) The Klondike, Zach Worton (D+Q)
12. (13) Two Generals, Scott Chantler (McClelland and Stewart)
13. (11) The Next Day, Jason Gilmore/Paul Peterson/John Porcellino (Pop Sandbox)
14. (23) Reunion, Pascal Girard (D+Q)
15. (15) Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, Clem Martini/Olivier Martini (Freehand Books)
16. (14) The Never Weres, Fiona Smyth (Annick)
17. (12) Skim sc, Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
18. (r) Red: A Haid Manga,Michael Yahgulanaas (D&M)
19. (16) Something Old, Something New, Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel)
20. (r) Bigfoot, Graham Roumieu (Plume)
21. (18) Harvey, Herve Bouchard/Janice Nadeau (Groundwood)
22. 17. (14) Killing Velasquez, Philippe Girard (Conundrum)
23. (21) Bigfoot, Pascal Girard (D+Q)
24. 19. (17) Nightschool 2, Svetlana Chmakova (Yen)
25. 20. (18) Nightschool 3, Svetlana Chmakova (Yen)
26. 24. (24) Kill Shakespeare 1, Mccreery/Del Col/Belanger (IDW)
27. 25. (28) Constructive Abandonment, Michael Dumontier/Neil Farber (D+Q)
28. 27. (22) Chimo, David Collier (Conundrum)
29. (r) Nightschool 1, Svetlana Chmakova (Yen)
30. (r) Nightschool 4 Svetlana Chmakova (Yen)
Wow, that’s a big jump for 500 Years of Resistance. A regular on this list since its publication last year.
From the publisher:
The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book is a powerful and historically accurate graphic portrayal of Indigenous resistance to the European colonization of the Americas, beginning with the Spanish invasion under Christopher Columbus and ending with the Six Nations land reclamation in Ontario in 2006. Gord Hill spent two years unearthing images and researching historical information to create The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, which presents the story of Aboriginal resistance in a far-reaching format.
Other events depicted include the 1680 Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico; the Inca insurgency in Peru from the 1500s to the 1780s; Pontiac and the 1763 Rebellion & Royal Proclamation; Geronimo and the 1860s Seminole Wars; Crazy Horse and the 1877 War on the Plains; the rise of the American Indian Movement in the 1960s; 1973’s Wounded Knee; the Mohawk Oka Crisis in Quebec in 1990; and the 1995 Aazhoodena/Stoney Point resistance.
With strong, plain language and evocative illustrations, The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book documents the fighting spirit and ongoing resistance of Indigenous peoples through 500 years of genocide, massacres, torture, rape, displacement, and assimilation: a necessary antidote to the conventional history of the Americas.
The book includes an introduction by Ward Churchill, a writer, political activist, and co-director of the American Indian Movement of Colorado.