NYT Best Sellers for May 1st, 2011 - Mister Wonderful and Fables: Rose Red Top GNs for the Week!


clowes_mister_wonderful This morning, The New York Times released its list of best-selling books, as they will appear in the the May 1st, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending April 16, 2011.

fables-tp-vol-15-rose-red The top-selling title in the Hardcover Graphic Books category for the week, coming straight in at number one was Daniel’s Clowes’ Mister Wonderful, being a collection of his long-running New York Times cartoon strip, with special content exclusive to the collected edition.

The top-selling title in the Paperback Graphic Books category for the week, coming straight in at number one was Fables, Volume 15: Rose Red, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham. This volume contains issues #94-100 of the ongoing series, as the inhabitants of the farm prepare to wrest Fabletown back from the clutches of the malevolent Mister Dark.

Find the week’s top 10 lists below. Please click through to purchase from Amazon.com and help me pay server costs!

Top Selling Hardcover Graphic Books

Rank Title Weeks in Chart Amazon.com link
1 MISTER WONDERFUL, by Daniel Clowes. (Pantheon Books, $19.95.) The author explores the ups and downs of human connection via Marshall and Natalie, who are on a blind date. 1 Click to buy!
2 BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, by Grant Morrison and various. (DC Comics, $29.99.) The caped crusader, lost in times past, makes his return to Gotham City. 10 Click to buy!
3 TRUE BLOOD: ALL TOGETHER NOW, by Alan Ball and others. (IDW, $24.99.) The comic book adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, and her friends and enemies, get the hardcover treatment. It includes a story co-plotted by the “True Blood“ television creator Alan Ball. 9 Click to buy!
4 BLACKEST NIGHT, by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. (DC Comics, $29.99.) This collected edition of the event mini-series features some surprising deaths and even more surprising rebirths. Green Lantern and the recently resurrected Flash are at the forefront. 27 Click to buy!
5 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: TALES, by Joss Whedon and others. (Dark Horse Comics, $29.99.) This collection of short stories includes one by Mr. Whedon reveals the story of the first Slayer, illustrated by Leinil Yu. 11 Click to buy!
6 LAST UNICORN, by Peter B. Gillis and Renae DeLiz. (IDW, $24.99.) The novel, by Peter S. Beagle, receives the graphic novel adaptation treatment. The story: a unicorn refuses to believe she is the last of her kind and sets off on a dangerous journey to find others. 6 Click to buy!
7 THE WALKING DEAD, BOOK 1, by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. (Image Comics, $29.99.) This hardcover collection features the first 12 issues of the gripping series about the last human survivors in a world overrun by zombies. 29 Click to buy!
8 SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis. (DC Comics, $19.99.) This original graphic novel, the first in a planned series, offers a different take on Clark Kent’s earliest days as Superman. 23 Click to buy!
9 BRIGHTEST DAY, VOL. 1, by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi. (DC Comics, $29.99.) The mysterious return of 12 previously deceased heroes and villains is explored in this hardcover collecting the first eight installments of this 26-issue bi-weekly series. 19 Click to buy!
10 INVINCIBLE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOL. 6, by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley. (Image Comics, $34.99.) Action and mayhem reign in this deluxe collected edition of the on-going super-hero series by the author behind “The Walking Dead.” 1 Click to buy!


Top Selling Paperback Graphic Books

Rank Title Weeks in Chart Amazon.com link
1 FABLES, VOL. 15, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham. (DC Comics, $17.99.) The characters from folklore and fairy tales prepare for battle against the nefarious Mister Dark. Will Rose Red, the sister of Snow White, finally shake her malaise and assist? 1 Click to buy!
2 TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT, by Dan Jurgens. (DC Comics, $14.99.) Can the combined forces of Superman, Booster Gold and Green Lantern find Batman, who is lost in the time? One guess. 1 Click to buy!
3 SCOTT PILGRIM: PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) Meet Scott Pilgrim, twentysomething slacker, member of the band Sex Bob-Omb and would-be suitor of Ramona Flowers. 58 Click to buy!
4 THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 1, by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. (Image Comics, $14.99.) The gripping story of the human survivors in a world overrun by zombies begins. 74 Click to buy!
5 WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. (DC Comics, $19.99.) This epic tale from 1986 signaled a new maturity in comic books. 85 Click to buy!
6 SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) Scott Pilgrim faces off against the second of Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends. What will Knives Chau think? Aren’t THEY dating? 54 Click to buy!
7 THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 2, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image Comics, $14.99.) The gripping story of the human survivors in a world overrun by zombies continues. 13 Click to buy!
8 SCOTT PILGRIM AND THE INFINITE SADNESS, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) Scott must face not only Ramona’s third evil ex, but also his own! Oh, and the two exes just happen to be dating each other and in a band. Which can mean only one thing: Bass Battle! 46 Click to buy!
9 SCOTT PILGRIM: GETS IT TOGETHER, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) In this fourth volume of the series, Scott gets a job (Best. Dishwasher. Ever) and battles Roxie the ninja, another of Ramona’s evil exes. 50 Click to buy!
10 SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE UNIVERSE, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) Can Ramona’s twin ex-boyfriends be defeated? Sounds like a job for Scott Pilgrim. 50 Click to buy!


About the Best Sellers

These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the May 1, 2021 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending April 16, 2011.

Rankings reflect weekly sales for books sold in both print and electronic formats as reported by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles. The sales venues for print books include independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket and discount department stores; and newsstands. E-book rankings reflect sales from leading online vendors of e-books in a variety of popular e-reader formats.

E-book sales are tracked for fiction and general nonfiction titles. E-book sales for advice & how-to books, children’s books and graphic books will be tracked at a future date. Titles are included regardless of whether they are published in both print and electronic formats or just one format. E-books available exclusively from a single vendor will be tracked at a future date.

The universe of print book dealers is well established, and sales of print titles are statistically weighted to represent all outlets nationwide. The universe of e-book publishers and vendors is rapidly emerging, and until the industry is settled sales of e-books will not be weighted.

Among the categories not actively tracked at this time are: perennial sellers, required classroom reading, textbooks, reference and test preparation guides, journals, workbooks, calorie counters, shopping guides, comics, crossword puzzles and self-published books.

The appearance of a ranked title reflects the fact that sales data from reporting vendors has been provided to The Times and has satisfied commonly accepted industry standards of universal identification (such as ISBN13 and EISBN13 codes). Publishers and vendors of all ranked titles conformed in timely fashion to The New York Times Best Seller Lists requirement to allow for independent corroboration of sales for that week.

Publisher credits for e-books are listed under the corporate publishing name instead of by publisher’s division.

Weekly sales of both print books and e-books are reported confidentially to The New York Times. The Best Seller Lists are prepared by the News Surveys and Election Analysis Department of The New York Times. Royalty Share, a firm that provides accounting services to publishers, is assisting The Times in its corroboration of e-book sales.

An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above it. A dagger (†) indicates that some retailers report receiving bulk orders.

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