Here by Richard McGuire remains at number 1 for the fourth week this year in our Top Ten Graphic Novels.
The Secret Service: Kingsman by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons continues to rise to number 2 and Charlie Hebdo pops in at number 5. Uzumaki by Junji Ito at number 9.
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 | 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 | 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.
3 | Building Stories
Chris Ware ( Jonathan Cape)
Stories of the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment house: told in a remarkable format
4 | 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.
5 | Charlie Hebo: Je Suis Charlie
A special edition of the magazine. Not really a graphic novel but a powerful symbol of distressing times.
6 | 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.
7 | XKCD: Volume 0
Selected favourites from the first 600 webcomics on romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
8 | Plumdog
Emma Chichester Clark (Jonathan Cape)
The diary of a dog.
8 | 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.
9 | 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!
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 Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast; Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlman and The Sculptor by Scott McCloud—which is not published until 3 February 2015.
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 29 January 2015 at 16:00hrs.
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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.
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