1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
Abrams/Amulet, $7.95 ISBN 978-0-810-99473-7
2. Batman: The Killing Joke.
Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
DC Comics, $17.99 ISBN 978-1-401-21667-2
After missing July, this revised edition of Alan Moore and Brian Boland’s 1988 Batman: The Killing Joke returns to the list for the 4th time since May. Along with Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman the Long Halloween, it is credited with influencing the Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in the hit film Dark Knight.
3. Naruto, Volume 30.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51942-5 865-7
4. Fruits Basket, Volume 20.
Tokyopop, $9.99 ISBN 978-1-427-80009-1
5. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 2.
Laurell K. Hamilton, Jessica Ruffner and Ron Lim.
Marvel, $19.99 ISBN 978-0-785-12580-8
Bestselling fantasy novelist Laurell K. Hamilton’s hardboiled supernatural investigator, Anita Baker, is back in Guilty Pleasures, the second volume collecting the Marvel series in hardcover. In this volume Baker is blackmailed into investigating a series of vampire murders.
6. Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicle, Volume 18.
Del Rey, $10.95 ISBN 978-0-345-50409-8
7. Naruto, Volume 29.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51865-7
8. Y The Last Man: Whys and Wherefores, Volume 10.
Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
Vertigo, $14.99 ISBN 978-1-401-21813-3
9. Rosario + Vampire, Volume 1.
Viz Media, $7.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51903-6
10. Ultimate X-Men: Apocalypse, Volume 18.
Robert Kirkman and Tyler Kirkham..
Marvel, $13.99 ISBN 978-0-785-12550-1
At #14 on the list, the hit book at this year’s San Diego Comic-con, Comic Book Tatoo is a hefty full-color 480-page anthology featuring comics stories inspired by the songs of singer Tori Amos. It’s beautifully produced with an introduction by Neil Gaiman and works by more than 80 artists from Carla Speed McNeil to Pia Guerra. Image Comics’s Joe Keatinge says the book has been selling “even faster than we anticipated!”
Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons much acclaimed superhero epic, has always sold well as a backlist title. But since the July release of an online trailer to promote director Zack Snyder’s forthcoming film adaptation of the book, DC Comics has gone back to press for nearly 1 million copies of the graphic novel. “A pretty amazing record for a 21 year old book,” said DC president Paul Levitz. In fact, the popularity of the Watchmen trailer and the hit Dark Knight film, is giving several classic superhero collections a backlist sales push, among them, Moore’s V for Vendetta, Grant Morrison and Dave Mckean’s Arkham Asylum. David Mazzuchelli's Batman: Year One, The Long Halloween and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.