What comics are Canadians ordering from Amazon.ca ?

Over at Sequential, I always enjoy reading Bryan Munn’s Bookscan compiled best-seller list, and in his intro he’s always pointing over to Amazon.ca and Chapters as alternative sites to check out, so I thought I’d see what Canadian-created books people are buying according to their respective websites. In this post I’ll try to make heads and tails out of the online retailing site Amazon.ca.

Wednesday, October 6th at 2pm – Top 100 Comics & Graphic Novels – updated hourly.

Today’s best selling comic book / graphic novel in Canada from Amazon.ca is:
1. The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diane Gabaldon

2. Parker: The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke
71 days in the top 100 (as a pre-order) – available to ship as of today.

3. Scott Pilgrim Bundle 1-6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley
63 days in the top 100

(I wonder if Ramona still delivers for Amazon.ca?)

18. Y the Last Man Book Three Deluxe Hardcover by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Pia Guerra and Goran Sudzuko
224 days in the top 100
note: this is only drawn by a Canadian

22. Y the Last Man Book Four Deluxe Hardcover by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Pia Guerra
102 days in the top 100
note: this is only drawn by a Canadian
this is a preorder item – available October 26

26. Y the Last Man Book Two Deluxe Hardcover by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Pia Guerra and Goran Parlov
375 days in the top 100
note: this is only drawn by a Canadian

Sadly, that’s it for the top 100. There’s a healthy dose of Wimpy Kid and Blackest Night volumes on the list.

They do have a number of sub-categories, but once you get past the first dozen or so you get the other books that were bubbling below the top 100.

Looking specifically at the Top 100 Comic Strips we also get:

86. Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour Vol. 6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

90. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

98. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Vol. 2 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Looking specifically at the Top 100 Cartooning books we also get:

14. DC: The New Frontier Vol. 1 by Darwyn Cooke

50. Y the Last Man book 7: Paper Dolls by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Pia Guerra

Top 100 Comics History & Price Guides

Otherwise known as the category most likely to have books in the top 100 that were released years ago. Aside from the top sellers (yay Blake!) I don’t think these numbers are based on a lot of new books sales. One person buying an old book from the site bumps it up significantly.

5. Fire and Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell

41. Strange and Stranger: The Worlds of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

49. Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe by John Bell

66. Modern Masters Vol. 7: John Byrne featuring the work of John Byrne

74. Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne Vol. 6 by John Byrne

80. Image Comics: The Road to Independance by George Khoury, featuring the work of Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane

Top 100 Children’s Comics

20. Runaways Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona

54: Three Thieves Book 1: Tower of Treasure by Scott Chantler

58. Star Wars: Vector Book 1 by various incl. Scott Hepburn, Doug Wheatley, Dave Ross

The Top 100 Manga

22. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together Book 4 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

26. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness Book 3 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

There are more categories but it’s an endless confusing maze where you wonder why was this book coded this way. Sorry, X-Men books are not manga…

Unfortunately, I could not find any books by Canadians published by Canadians except for Scott Chantler’s Tower of Treasure (Kids Can Press).

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