Top Books of 2013

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Here’s our annual run-down of our top-selling trade paperbacks of the year. Some series were notable standouts this year: Saga dominated all sales, with Adventure Time a strong seller with each volume. Walking Dead unsurprisingly appears on this list again, but not a single volume of Walking Dead outsold Saga 1 or 2, or Adventure Time vol.1. But for the purpose of having a list that isn’t just Saga, Adventure Time, and Walking Dead, we’ve only included the top selling volume of each series.

1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples – This sci-fi war romance is our new bestseller at the store, unseating Walking Dead after 2 years at the top of this list.

2. Adventure Time by Ryan North and various – This series based on the super-popular cartoon has attracted the attention of a wide variety of readers, and our sales numbers prove it.

3. Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard – All the Walking Dead volumes remain perennial bestsellers for us. People can’t get enough of this comic series, and it’s great to see so many previously non-comic readers embracing comics for the first time!

4. Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales (writer) and Juanjo Guarnido (artist) – This crime noir series originally published in French and featuring anthropomorphic characters has featured on our top sellers list for the past three years, proving just how good it is.

5. True Patriot by J. Torres, Jay Stephens, Scott Chantler, Tom Fowler, and more – This is the result of a number of hugely talented Canadian creators coming together to collaborate on a Canadian superhero anthology. The Dragon was very happy to back this Indiegogo campaign and is featured in the very first story in the book!

6. Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja – The top selling “mainstream” book on our list is a reinvention of an otherwise somewhat minor character in the Marvel universe. It has garnered lots of attention ever since it was first published last year, and continues to gain fans.

7. Comeback by Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh – A fantastic creative team and an enthralling story about crime and time-travel have combined to make this one of our customers’ favourite picks of the year.

8. Avatar the Last Airbender by various – This series is based on the hit animated series Avatar the Last Airbender, with each volume continuing the story. A favourite with kids and adult fans of the show.

9. Mouse Guard by David Petersen – We love Mouse Guard for readers of all-ages, and volume 3 hit the shelves this year with great success. We were thrilled to have had David Petersen in the store this year for a signing!

10. East of West by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta – This is the book we tell people to read once they’ve finished Saga. It’s a wild sci-fi ride with a unique romance story that will leave you wishing more than one volume was out.

11. Batman (New 52) by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo – Batman is always a good seller, but we particularly love Scott Snyder at the shop, and his books always sell well.

12. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama – This is the first time a manga has featured so high on our list, and definitely the first time there have been 3 manga on the list. Clearly the “manga decline” hasn’t hit us yet. Of course, this is the most wildly popular manga series to be released in years!

13. Black Butler by Yana Toboso – This has been a best-seller in the manga community for a few years now, but it seems to be only increasing in popularity.

14. Batman Black Mirror by Scott Snyder and Jock – Another Snyder favourite! Even though this story is about Dick Grayson as Batman, instead of Bruce Wayne, it still stands up as one of the best Batman stories to come out in recent years.

15. 20th Century Boys vol.1 by Naoki Urasawa – Urasawa is a national treasure in Japan and his books tend to appeal to a Western audience more than other traditional manga. This mind-bending series has won several Eisner awards.

16. Chew vol.1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory – This unique story about a detective who eats items to solve crimes is another perennial favourite.

17. Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire – We love all of Lemire’s works at the store, and while we’re surprised Sweet Tooth vol.6 is not on the list, we’re pleased that Lemire is represented. This is a heartfelt story, with a bit of a Twilight Zone feel.

18. Batwoman vol.1 Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III – Not only is Rucka a phenomenal writer, especially when it comes to writing women, but Williams art is out of this world. This is the best Batwoman story ever written!

19. Daredevil vol.1 by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera – This relaunch of Daredevil takes him back to basics and delivers a superbly well-written story of crime and struggle.

20. Amulet vol.1 by Kazu Kibuishi – This is the hottest all-ages series since Bone, indicated by the number of people still buying volume 1. We’re sure volume 6 will be on our list at the end of 2014 (hoping it will come out in 2014).