Top 10 Graphic Novels for 21 May 2015

Top 10 Graphic Novels for 21 May 2015

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua is at number 1 for a Fourth week in our Top 10 Graphic Novels.

The graphic novel is a Georgian adventure set in a steam-punk alternative reality yet with actual people from history as the protagonists. The book plays with the idea of what would have happened if Charles Babbage had succeeded in making the first computer function.

Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815 to 1852) was an English mathematician who worked on the early mechanical computer—the Difference Engine. She is recognised as the inventor of the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. She is now regarded as the first computer programmer.

Charles Babbage (1791 to 1871)  A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer. Babbage is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer in 1822. The Difference Engine was never completed.

Sydney Padua, creator of the graphic novel, is an animator and visual effects artist, usually employed in making monsters for the movies. She started drawing comics by accident with the webcomic 2D Goggles or The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. Originally from the Canadian prairie, she now lives in London with her husband.

XKCD Volume 0 by Randall Munroe is at 10. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman has completely disappeared. The rest of the Top 10 is much the same, however, lurking below the Top 10 is Syllabus by Lynda Barry at 11, Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie is at 12, and Through The Woods by Emily Carroll is at 13.

These have not be seen for sometime, and here they are again.

1 | 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?

2 | Nemo: River of Ghosts

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (Knockabout)

The Pirate Queen is 80 years old and losing her grasp on reality. Pursuing shadows from her past – or imagination? – she embarks on a voyage down the Amazon—along a river of ghosts—in an attempt to lay to rest spectres of old.

3 | Building Stories

Chris Ware ( Jonathan Cape)

Stories of the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment house: told in a remarkable format

4 | The Secret Service: Kingsman

Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons (Titan Books)

When Uncle Jack gets his nephew, Gary, out of trouble, their lives intersect in a way neither of them can foresee.

5 | The Sculptor

Scott McCloud (Selfmadehero)

Thanks to a deal with Death, David Smith, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands, but the deal is he now has only 200 days to live.

6 | Here

Richard McGuire (Hamish Hamilton)

Here is the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.

7 | The Metabarons

Alejandro Jodorowsky and Juan Giminez (Humanoids Inc)

A science-fiction saga, now complete in one volume, that tells the history of a dynasty of perfect warriors.

8 | Seconds

Bryan Lee O’Malley (Selfmadehero)

A talented young chef has plans to open a second restaurant but things start to go amiss. Much anticipated stand-alone graphic novel from the creator of Scott Pilgrim.

9 | Pablo

Julie Birmant & Clement Ouberie (Art Masters-SelfMadeHero)

The early life of Pablo Picasso from penury to the advent of Modern Art and his turbulent romances along the way.

10 | XKCD: Volume 0

Randall Munroe (Breadpig)

Selected favourites from the first 600 webcomics on romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

Lurking below the Top 10 are Syllabus by Lynda Barry, Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie, 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 21 May 2015 at 16:00 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. They should not be reprints of older works.

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 is filtered by “New and Popular”, for the words “Graphic Novels”.

It is not taken from the Bestsellers listing for Comics & Graphic Novels.

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 accurately shows the sales position in the listing at the time of the search.

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