At Art & Literature, graphic novels rarely receive their due. But with shifting definitions of what constitutes literature, I think it’s time that we give graphic novels some notice. Here is the graphic novel best seller list for the week of May 9 (as reported by The New York Times’ Art Beat):
Graphic Best Sellers (Hardcover)
1 DARK TOWER: TREACHERY, by Peter David and Robin Furth.
2 BATMAN: R.I.P., by Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel.
3 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
4 JOKER, by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo.
5 CIVIL WAR, by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.
6 UNCANNY X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY, by Ed Brubaker, Mike Carey and Matt Fraction.
7 WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
8 THE BEATS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY, by Harvey Pekar and others.
9 DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN, by Peter David and Robin Furth.
10 BATMAN: HEART OF HUSH, by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen.
Graphic Best Sellers (Paperback)
1 WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
2 STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN, by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci.
3 WOLVERINE: ORIGIN, by Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert.
4 THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: CENTURY – 1910, by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.
5 WOLVERINE: WEAPON X, by Barry Windsor-Smith.
6 THE SANDMAN: PRELUDES AND NOCTURNES, by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III.
7 TERMINATOR: SALVATION MOVIE PREQUEL, by Dara Naraghi and Alan Robinson.
8 BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, by Frank Miller.
9 Y THE LAST MAN: ONE SMALL STEP, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
10 Y THE LAST MAN: CYCLES, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
Should I be surprised how many of the titles are associated with existing franchises? Or is the spinoff in perpetuum pretty standard for graphic novels?