Top Ten Graphic Novels for 8 January 2015

Top Ten Graphic Novels

On 8 January 2015

Here by Richard McGuire is at Number 1 in our Top Ten Graphic Novels. The first Top Ten of 2015.

New at number 5 is Plumdog by Emma Chichester Clarke and Grandville Noel by Bryan Talbot at number 7.

1 | 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.

2 | 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 available on preorder until 14 August 2014.

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 Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

Matthew Inman (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Matthew Inman’s, AKA The Oatmeal, anthology of comics and stories about suffering, gluttony and jogging.

5 | Plumdog

Emma Chichester Clark (Jonathan Cape)

The diary of a dog.

6 | Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir

Roz Chast (Bloomsbury Press)

The long good-bye. New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast on watching her parents age well into their nineties and die.

7 | Grandeville Noel

Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)

Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard investigates the disappearance of Bunty Spall in this Christmas mystery.

8 | Through The Woods

Emily Carroll (Faber & Faber)

A sinister journey through the woods into the land of Faerie. Five graphic short stories including “His Face All Red.”

9 | Hip Hop Family Tree

Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)

An encyclopaedic history of the early days of Hip Hop.

10 | The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Stephen Collins (Jonathan Cape)

On the island of Here, all is neat until one famous day, when bald tidy Dave finds himself assailed by a monsterous beard

Lurking below the Top 10 are The Secret Service—Kingsman by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons; The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill; Legends of the Tour by Jan Cleijne.

Nemo : River of Ghosts by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill is listed as on pre-order. It is not available until 19 March 2015 so has not been included.

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 8 January 2015 at 16:00hrs.


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 popularity by sales, 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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