Guts

“Guts” (again) tops June 2020 New York Times graphic novel best seller list

Updated on December 10, 2021

The June 2020 New York Times graphic novel and manga best seller list is out. Here’s a look at this month’s list.

The top five

The top five best sellers are:

  1. “Guts,” by Raina Telgemeier
  2. “New Kid,” by Jerry Craft
  3. “Becoming Brianna,” by Terri Libenson
  4. “Best Friends,” by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  5. “Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen’s Witch,” by Ann M. Martin and Katy Farina

Telgemeier continues to dominate

"Drama" graphic novel
“Drama.” Art by Raina Telgemeier.

Unsurprisingly, Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels still have a heavy presence, making up four of the 15 slots, including number one (again).

The Big Two are (again) no-shows

Once again, the “Big Two” of DC and Marvel are no-shows for the best seller list. DC admittedly has bigger concerns right now, such as recently deciding to permanently ditch Diamond as a direct market distributor. (As a result, new comics day for DC will now be Tuesdays, to match the date new book channel books/graphic novels go on sale.) That said, DC did make the charts back in December (with a Raven graphic novel), which is more than I can say for Marvel.

A few newcomers

There’s one manga series on the list, Viz Media’s “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba” by Koyoharu Gotouge.

Another new graphic novel is “Jacky Ha-Ha,” adapted by Adam Rau and Betty Tang from a work by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. Patterson’s a very prolific writer across young adult and adult fiction genres, including murder mysteries, thrillers, and a few kids’ stories also set in middle school. Perusing “Jacky Ha-Ha”‘s preview pages on Amazon, I’d note “Super Mario” was the big game in 1990 rather than “Donkey Kong”; otherwise, interesting flashback to the early 90s.

Image from “Guts.” Art by Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic)

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