Updated on December 10, 2021
Here’s a look at this month’s best selling graphic novels according to the New York Times.
The top five best sellers
- “Mothering Heights,” by Dav Pilkey (Amazon, Bookshop, Kobo)
- “Cat Kid Comic Club,” by Dav Pilkey (Amazon, Bookshop, Kobo)
- “Grime and Punishment,” by Dav Pilkey (Amazon, Bookshop, Kobo)
- “Claudia and the New Girl,” written by Ann M. Martin, art by Gabriela Epstein (Amazon, Bookshop, Kobo)
- “For Whom the Ball Rolls,” by Dav Pilkey (Amazon, Bookshop, Kobo)
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“Dog Man” (again) dominates the best seller list
Once again, Dav Pilkey’s “Dog Man” series dominates this month’s best seller list. It held onto the same number of slots as last month; the canine cop (and his pal Li’l Petey) occupy seven of the 15 slots. The newest “Dog Man” volume, “Mothering Heights,” is #1 this month, while four of the top five spots are “Dog Man” books.
In non-“Dog Man” news…
Manga takes up four spaces on this month’s chart. “My Hero Academia” continues to be the most popular superhero series, with volumes 1 (at #12) and 2 (at #14) appearing. “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba,” vol. 1, also appears at #11, while “Chainsaw Man,” vol. 1, appears at #8. I notice all are published by manga publishing giant VIZ Media.
The highest-ranking non-“Dog Man” book this month is “Claudia and the New Girl” (at #4), a “Baby-Sitters Club” graphic novel. It’s part of a series of graphic novel adaptions of the classic “Baby-Sitters Club” books.
Jerry Craft’s “New Kid” is still on the list, at #13.
Aside from the “Five Night at Freddy’s” graphic novel, almost everything on this list is either kid-friendly or aimed at middle-schoolers/teens. A far cry from the direct market and “Big Two” comics’ narrow focus on older teens and adults (DC’s young adult graphic novels aside).
Image from “Dog Man: Mothering Heights.” Art by Dav Pilkey. (Scholastic)