The Secret Service: Kingsman by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons is at number 1 in our Top Ten Graphic Novels.
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud jumps in at number 3 and Charlie Hebdo remains in the chart at number 6. Uzumaki by Junji Ito at number 10.
Perhaps the most notable thing about the top ten is the continuing popularity of Building Stories by Chris Ware. It has been in the chart now for months and never loses its appeal, despite its cost and avant garde nature.
1 | 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.
2 | 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.
3 | 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.
4 | Building Stories
Chris Ware ( Jonathan Cape)
Stories of the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment house: told in a remarkable format
5 | 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.
6 | Charlie Hebo: Je Suis Charlie
A special edition of the magazine. Not really a graphic novel but a powerful symbol of distressing times.
7 | The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
(Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Matthew Inman’s, AKA The Oatmeal, anthology of comics and stories about suffering, gluttony and jogging.
8 | Grandville Noel
Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard investigates the disappearance of Bunty Spall in this Christmas mystery.
9 | XKCD: Volume 0
Selected favourites from the first 600 webcomics on romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
10 | Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror
Junji Ito (Viz Media)
Kurozu-cho, a fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. The town is haunted by a pattern: uzumaki—the spiral. Madness spreads among the inhabitants who are pulled into a whirlpool of horror!
Lurking below the Top 10 are Plumdog by Emma Chichester Clark; Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor; and Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlman.
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 5 February 2015 at 14:00hrs.
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.