Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Publisher's Weekly - Best Books of the Year

Publisher's Weekly, a website designed for book sellers and publishers, has their Best Books of 2006 list up. Their top picks for graphic novels are:
Lost Girls, Fun Home, Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness, Making Comics, Ghost of Hoppers, Curses, American Born Chinese, Can't Get No, 9/11 Report Graphic Adaptation, and Dragon Head Vol 1.

Dragon Head is a manga, and the only one to make the list, which I was quite surprised with, since manga like Death Note and Naruto have been doing extremely well on the NYT Best Seller's and Bookscan lists.

Interesting list - some we don't have, a few I've never even heard of, and many of the ones we do have in the store haven't sold all that well. Now, that doesn't mean they're not good. I think it means that these types of books, because they are non-super hero based, probably sell better in regular book stores and on-line, to people who don't ordinarily go into comic book stores.

Interesting side note - I just participated in another interview with Newsarama writer Vaneta Rogers, where she asked questions about non-super hero comics and graphic novels and how they play into the comic book retail market.

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