New York Times Bestseller Lists For Graphic Novels in April and May

Usually on Sundays, Bleeding Cool runs its Bestseller Lists, acquired from comic book stores. But with many shut down and many comic books not shipping, that has been less and less of a possibility in recent weeks. However, the New York Times Bestseller Lists, drawn from bookstores, continued to be running. The list is based on a proprietary method that uses sales figures, other data and internal guidelines that are unpublished—how the New York Times compiles the list is a trade secret.

Here are their latest monthly charts for graphic novels covering April and May. Though you may be hard-pressed to tell the difference from month to month, and why so many graphic novel publishers talk about their latest author being the next Raina Telegemeir. Also, why everyone wants to be published by Scholastic.

New York Times Bestseller Lists For Graphic Novels in April and May.
New York Times Bestseller Lists For Graphic Novels in April and May. image from Scholastic.

New York Times Bestseller Lists For Graphic Books and Manga – April 2020

  1. GUTS by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Raina finds her tummy trouble might be more than it first appears to be when she goes back to school.
  2. BABY-SITTERS LITTLE SISTER: KAREN'S WITCH by Ann M. Martin. Illustrated by Katy Farina. Scholastic. Karen wants to prove her neighbor is a witch named Morbidda Destiny.
  3. BEST FRIENDS by Shannon Hale. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. First Second. Shannon struggles to keep up with what is considered cool.
  4. FGTEEV PRESENTS: INTO THE GAME! by FGTeeV. Illustrated by Miguel Díaz Rivas. Harper. Four kids battle their way through video games to rescue Moomy and Duddy.
  5. NEW KID by Jerry Craft. HarperCollins. Jordan Banks, an artistically inclined seventh grader from Washington Heights, has a tough time navigating an upscale private school where diversity is low and maintaining his neighborhood friendships.
  6. DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Callie becomes the stage manager for her middle school's production of "Moon Over Mississippi."
  7. INVESTIGATORS by John Patrick Green. First Second. The super spy alligators Mango and Brash are awash in crimes to investigate.
  8. SMILE by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Raina experiences braces, boy troubles and other plagues of the sixth grade.
  9. STRANGE PLANET by Nathan W. Pyle. Morrow Gift. Moments from the life cycle of a planet's inhabitants including "Being Gains a Sibling" and "Being Begins a Vocation."
  10. GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Two sisters discover that their quiet coastal town is haunted.
  11. ONE-PUNCH MAN, VOL. 19 by ONE. Illustrated by Yusuke Murata. VIZ Media. The Monster Association kidnaps Tareo while the Hero Association tries to save Waganma.
  12. DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, VOL. 11 by Koyoharu Gotouge. VIZ Media. Will fighting two of Lord Muzan's Twelve Kizuki prove to be too much for Tanjiro?
  13. SISTERS by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Raina is stuck in the back seat between her younger brother and sister for a weeklong road trip in this family memoir.
  14. MY HERO ACADEMIA, VOL. 1 by Kohei Horikoshi. VIZ Media. In a world full of of people who can develop superpowers, Izuku Midoriya is just a "normal" teenager. Will a chance encounter with a superhero change his fate? Most likely!
  15. DRAGON BALL SUPER, VOL. 8 by Akira Toriyama. Illustrated by Toyotarou. VIZ Media. Goku and others from Universe 7 fight to save everyone they can.

New York Times Bestseller Lists For Graphic Books and Manga – May 2020

  1. GUTS by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Raina finds her tummy trouble might be more than it first appears to be when she goes back to school.
  2. BEST FRIENDS by Shannon Hale. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. First Second. Shannon struggles to keep up with what is considered cool.
  3. DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Callie becomes the stage manager for her middle school's production of "Moon Over Mississippi."
  4. NEW KID by Jerry Craft. HarperCollins. Jordan Banks, an artistically inclined seventh grader from Washington Heights, has a tough time navigating an upscale private school where diversity is low and maintaining his neighborhood friendships.
  5. BABY-SITTERS LITTLE SISTER: KAREN'S WITCH by Ann M. Martin. Illustrated by Katy Farina. Scholastic. Karen wants to prove her neighbor is a witch named Morbidda Destiny.
  6. GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Two sisters discover that their quiet coastal town is haunted.
  7. FGTEEV PRESENTS: INTO THE GAME! by FGTeeV. Illustrated by Miguel Díaz Rivas. Harper. Four kids battle their way through video games to rescue Moomy and Duddy.
  8. SISTERS by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Raina is stuck in the back seat between her younger brother and sister for a weeklong road trip in this family memoir.
  9. STRANGE PLANET by Nathan W. Pyle. Morrow Gift. Moments from the life cycle of a planet's inhabitants including "Being Gains a Sibling" and "Being Begins a Vocation."
  10. SMILE by Raina Telgemeier. Scholastic. Raina experiences braces, boy troubles and other plagues of the sixth grade.
  11. NAT ENOUGH by Maria Scrivan. Scholastic. As she starts a new school year, Natalie learns to focus on who she is rather than who she isn't.
  12. CAMP by Kayla Miller. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Olive and Willow's friendship is tested when they go to summer camp.
  13. INVESTIGATORS by John Patrick Green. First Second. The super spy alligators Mango and Brash are awash in crimes to investigate.
  14. CHECK, PLEASE!: STICKS AND SCONES by Ngozi Ukazu. First Second. Samwell University student Eric Bittle must manage new relationships with hockey teammates and a long-distance boyfriend.
  15. MY HERO ACADEMIA, VOL. 2 by Kohei Horikoshi. VIZ Media. In a world full of people who can develop superpowers, Izuku Midoriya is just a "normal" teenager. Will a chance encounter with a superhero change his fate?

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