It Takes "Best Friends" With "Guts" to Top the Returning New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List

The New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List has returned after a two-year absence. It's a monthly list that combined the different lists from before into one, hardcovers, paperbacks, manga, YA, the lot. And what has happened in the interim? Um, not too much. Raina Telgemeier is still topping and middling the chart. Persepolis is still on it. IDW/Top Shelf has They Called Us Enemy instead of March. The Batman books managed to skip Tom King's run. Shannon Hale has one hell of a placement with Best Friends though, Umbrella Academy has hit since the TV show aired…

  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 and faces some fears.
  2. BEST FRIENDS by Shannon Hale. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham, First Second. Shannon struggles to keep up with what is considered cool by the sixth grade in-crowd known as the Group.
  3. THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: HOTEL OBLIVION by Gerard Way. Illustrated by Gabriel Ba, Dark Horse Comics. A few years after Sir Reginald Hargreeves's death, members of the Umbrella Academy have gone in different directions.
  4. THEY CALLED US ENEMY by George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott. Illustrated by Harmony Becker, Top Shelf Productions, A graphic novel of Mr. Takei's firsthand experiences while imprisoned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II.
  5. DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier, Scholastic. Callie becomes the stage manager for her middle school's production of "Moon Over Mississippi."
  6. PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi, Pantheon. A memoir of the author's life from ages six to fourteen in Iran, during and after its 1979 revolution, depicted through black-and-white comic strip images.
  7. SMILE by Raina Telgemeier, Scholastic. Raina experiences braces, boy troubles and other plagues of the sixth grade.
  8. PUMPKINHEADS by Rainbow Rowell. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, First Second. The last shift at the Omaha pumpkin patch for high school seniors Deja and Josiah might go to unexpected places.
  9. BATMAN: DAMNED by Brian Azzarello. Illustrated by Lee Bermejo, DC Comics. John Constantine and Batman scour the dark and dangerous parts of Gotham to find out who killed the Joker.
  10. MIGHTY JACK AND ZITA THE SPACEGIRL by Ben Hatke, First Second. Jack and Lilly team up with a new friend to protect the age of humans from an army of giants.
  11. THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS by Scott Snyder. Illustrated by Jock, DC Comics. While Bruce Wayne figures out how to stop the Batman Who Laughs, a new evil known as the Grim Knight enters the Dark Multiverse.
  12. SISTERS by Raina Telgemeier, Scholastic. Raina experiences braces, boy troubles and other plagues of the sixth grade.
  13. NEW KID by Jerry Craft, HarperCollins. Jordan Banks, an artistically inclined seventh grader from Washington Heights, has a tough time navigating an upscale privaschool where diversity is low and maintaining his neighborhood friendships.
  14. DRAGON BALL SUPER, VOL. 6 by Akira Toriyama. Illustrated by Toyotarou, Viz Media. Goku and his friends must win the Tournament of Power or face complete destruction.
  15. RUSTY BROWN by Chris Ware, Pantheon. The small moments lived in the first half of a single day by a family in a snowy Midwestern suburb that reveal big themes.

And there were celebrations…

It Takes "Best Friends" With "Guts" to Top the Returning New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List

About Rich Johnston

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