Top Ten Graphic Novels for 1 September 2014

Top 10 Graphic Novels

On 1 September 2014

Despite all the new titles going up and down the Top 10 Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley remains supremely popular at Number 1 in our top ten for another week, after weeks of being up and down the chart of the most popular graphic novels today on Amazon UK.

The most interesting new addition is at Number 7. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman (alias The Oatmeal). Is it a graphic novel, a cartoon book, or how-to book? Perhaps a hybrid of all those things.

1 | 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.

2 | Storm

Tim Minchin, DC Turner and Tracy King (Orion)

At a London dinner party small talk descends into a row about science and belief. Comedian Tim Minchin’s  beat-poem becomes a graphic novel via the popular online animated film. Not published until 16 October 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 | Probably Nothing: A Diary Of Not-Your-Average Nine Months

Matilda Tristram (Viking)

Matilda Tristram was 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to having her first baby when she discovers she has cancer. A graphic memoir of the experiences that lead to the birth of her son James.

5 | 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.”

6 | The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)

Epic story-telling of gods, monsters, mad kings, old crones, shamans, medicine men, brothers and sisters, bad geography, and true love

7 | 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.

8 | Nemo: The Roses of Berlin

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (Knockabout Comics)

A rampage through twentieth century culture that tells of the volatile convergence of four startling women in long totalitarian shadows.

9 | The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (DC Comics)

Two League of Extraordinary Gentlemen books now in a one volume. Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, and the Invisible Man, unite to defeat deadly menaces.

10 | The Secret Service: Kingsman

Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons (Titan Books)

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

Lurking below the Top 10 are The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill; Blue Is The Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh, and Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (First time in English language, out October 2014).

We had a couple of tricky decisions this week. What if by Randall Munro was at number one to begin with but we realised it is not a fiction book and really can only be described as cartoon-book non-fiction. Very entertaining and informative, but it was not included.

The another cause of doubt was Wool by Hugh Howey and a team of others—appeared a number three. It looks interesting. It is complete in one volume, but on closer consideration it is part of a series, a compilation of several comic-books, and is also an adaptation of the science-fiction novel by Hugh Howey. So although it is a complete in one volume graphic novel it was not included because it was an adaptation.

Still some doubts too about Blacksad: Amarillo. It is being published for the first time in the English language and should be complete in one volume. However it is a serial character, who appears in a series of complete graphic novels, who has been publshed for many years in Europe.You should be able to buy any one without feeling you have missed something in the plot. It fits all the agreed criteria and will probably be listed if it gets any higher in popularity.

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 1 September 2014 at 15:00hrs.


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.

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.

Do you think we have let something off the list that should be included? 

Is something on the list that is not an original graphic novel or anthology?

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