Cimarronin written by Neal Stephenson, Mark Teppo, and Charles C. Mann, Ellis Amdur and illustrated by Dean Kotz and Robert Sammelin is at number 1 in our Top 10 Graphic Novels.
A graphic novel compedium of stories of a disgraced outcast samurai living in early seventeenth-century Manila, Kitazume is contemplating ritual suicide when a divine force intervenes: Luis, a rogue Jesuit priest and Kitazume’s longtime friend. At Luis’s insistence, the samurai agrees to help smuggle a Manchu princess to Mexico. But little does he know that he’s really been dragged into an epic struggle for power.
For Neal Stephenson, this is a first venture into graphic-novel writing, having built a reputation for writing speculative paperback fiction.
It is a sad thing that there are few graphic novels from any British Publisher on the list—it raises all sorts of questions about how Amazon lists its titles, but also how many people know about the British graphic novels that are available to buy.
This is a list created on a Saturday afternoon, usually we create lists on Thursdays. How interesting it is to see what new titles have appeared by changing the time of the sampling.
1 | Cimarronin
Neal Stephenson, Mark Teppo, and Charles C. Mann, Ellis Amdur. Illustrated by Dean Kotz and Robert Sammelin (Jet City Comics)
An outcast samurai living in early seventeenth-century Manila, Kitazume contemplates ritual suicide but divine force intervenes: a rogue Jesuit priest and Kitazume’s longtime friend. The samurai agrees to smuggle a Manchu princess to Mexico. Little does he know that he’s been dragged into an struggle for power.
2 | Pandora: End Of Days
Peter J. Ang and Jin Song Kim (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
The archaeological discovery an ancient sarcophagus is broadcast live on TV, but in their haste the scholars of the OBARI Foundation unleash an ancient plague upon the modern world.
3 | Drawn And Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels
Edited by Tom Devlin (Drawn And Quarterly)
The storied transformation of the Montreal publisher whose veneration of the medium’s best cartoonists has never wavered.
4 | If… The Graphic Novel
Steve Bell (Jonathan Cape)
Steve Bell collection of political rudeness covers the years of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, 2010-2015, fertile ground for Bell’s genius.
5 | Sex Pistols
Jim McCarthy and Steve Parkhouse (Omnibus Press)
The rise and fall of The Sex Pistols.
6 | Bozz Chronicles
David Michelinie (Dover Graphic Novels)
A suicidal alien and a plucky prostitute form a detective agency that accepts cases rejected by Scotland Yard. A Victorian setting evokes the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, spiced up with supernatural sleuthing with a touch of steampunk style.
7 | Democracy
Alecos Papadatos and Abraham Kawa (Bloomsbury)
The story of how, in 490BC when Athens is at war, democracy was forged from a chance contingency – but also through the cunning and courage of a group of highly talented, driven individuals.
8 | Castro
Reinhard Kleist (Arsenal Pulp Press)
In October 1958, a young German journalist arrives in Havana, Cuba, setting out to interview Fidel Castro on behalf of a German newspaper. A look at the life and politics of the Cuban ‘Maximo Lider’ Fidel Castro, from his childhood to the present day.
9 | The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage
Sydney Padua (Penguin Books)
The (mostly) true steam-punk story of the first computer. Ada Lovelace the mathematician daughter of Lord Byron, and Charles Babbage inventor of the Difference Engine a calculating machine that was never finished—but what if things had been different?
10 | Kill My Mother
Jules Feiffer (Liveright)
A thoughtful meditation, from the renowned cartoonist, on female identity and whether the not-so-simple art of murder can ever be defended as a moral necessity. It is a graphic novel about stories, the myths we have to create in order to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Lurking below the Top 10 are Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine; Civil War Adventure by Chuck Dixon; and Through The Woods by Emily Carroll.
The writer’s name or names are shown first, and then the comics illustrator’s name is shown second. The publisher’s name is in brackets.
The search was done on 3 October 2015 at 17:00 hrs.
The Top 10 includes original graphic novels, or original graphic short-story anthologies.
The story must be complete, but can be complete in no more than three volumes.
All graphic novels are published after 1st January 2010.
We have accepted that graphic novels that appear for the first time in the English language can be seen as new to the market, even if they are older works, provided they are published within the period.
The Top 10 does not include adaptations, illustrated books, cartoon-books, childrens’ books, film tie-ins, spin offs or part works or the superhero genre.
It does not include graphic novels that are listed as available on pre-order but not actually published.
The search was filtered by “New and Popular”, for the words “Graphic Novels” but this feature has been replaced with “Featured” which suggests it is now a paid-for feature for publishers. So we have kept to the term “Relevance.” Whatever it lists can only give a general indication of trends.
It is not taken from the Bestsellers listing for Comics & Graphic Novels, which we think is a feature paid for by pubishers and is not necessarily of merit.
Not only does a search for “graphic novels” generate a listing of every sort of comic book, but also includes illustrated childrens’ books, and sometimes porn, (back in evidence), and tie-in box-sets.
It shows the sales position of the graphic novel in the listing at the time of the search.