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NY Times Manga Bestsellers: Last Airbender Soars Into #2 Debut

By July 10, 2010

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The Last Airbender While Naruto is still hanging on to the top spot in this week's New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List, there were two new upstarts staking their claim to their spot in the top 10: The graphic novel version of The Last Airbender movie, as adapted by Dave Roman, Joon Choi and Alison Wilgus from Del Rey Manga, and the latest volume of Maid Sama! By Hiro Fujiwara from TokyoPop.

Del Rey Manga has put out several Last Airbender graphic novels, including a prequel, Zuko's Story penned by Roman and drawn by Yokaiden creator Nina Matsumoto, and a few based on the Nickelodeon animated series. Will the almost universal panning at the box office for M. Night Shymalan's film affect sales for the graphic novel? We'll just have to wait until next week to see if it'll hang on in the top 10 for another week.

Box office buzz has been making its impact felt on the other parts of the Graphic Books Bestseller chart. Twilight the Graphic Novel continues its reign at #1 on the hardcover list and the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels continue to claim a significant portion of the soft-cover graphic novels list.

Here's the rest of the New York Times Graphic Books Manga Top 10 for the week ending June 19, 2010.

on List
Title Author/Artist Publisher
1 1 ↔ 5 wks Naruto Volume 48 Masashi Kishimoto Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
2 NEW 1 wk The Last Airbender Dave Roman, Joon Choi and Alison Wilgus Del Rey Manga
3 2 ↓ 5 wks Vampire Knight Volume 10 Matsuri Hino Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
4 4 ↔ 3 wks Soul Eater Volume 3 Atsushi Ohkubo Yen Press
5 7 ↑ 7 wks Black Butler Volume 2 Yana Toboso Yen Press
6 NEW 1 wk Maid Sama! Volume 5 Hiro Fujiwara TOKYOPOP
7 4 ↓ 3 wks Bleach Volume 31 Tite Kubo Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
8 6 ↓ 3 wks Hellsing Volume 10 Kohta Hirano Dark Horse
9 RET 19 wks Naruto Volume 47 Masashi Kishimoto Sonen Jump / VIZ Media
10 RET 16 wks Black Butler Volume 2 Yana Toboso Yen Press

NOTE: "RET" means that a title has returned to the Top 10 after an absence of a week or more. Weeks on the chart are counted as weeks on the Top 10.

Image credits: Nickelodeon Networks


July 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm
(1) Red says:

I believe Wilgus co-wrote both the “Airbender” books, including prequel.

But yes, it’ll be interesting to see if the surge in popularity lasts.

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