Graphic Best Sellers, July 11

As George Gustines, who compiles the NYT Graphic Books bestsller lists, comments in this week’s blog post, the Manga list has many new titles. However, the names are all very familiar, with most of the titles at volume 10 or higher in their series. The only brand-new one is the manga version of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters. The second in the series will be released in September:

Dark Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 2 (Dark-Hunter Manga)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Retail Price: $9.99
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin – (2010-05-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0312554001 / 9780312554002

The next novel in the Dark Hunter series, Bad Moon Rising, comes out next month. The series began as paperback originals and St. Martins is reissuing the first in the series in hardcover in September.

Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter Novels)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (2009-09-15)
ISBN / EAN: 0312593554 / 9780312593551

Arriving at #2 on the Hardcover Graphic Best Seller list is Asterios Polyp, about an architect with the unlikely title name, who tries to solve his midlife crisis by leaving NYC for a small town. New York magazine called Mazzucchelli a “cartoonist’s cartoonist” and said,

What’s best about Asterios Polyp is that it succeeds so wildly at being what it is: a great graphic novel. Mazzucchelli doesn’t seem worried about competing with “real” literature. Nor does the book read, as so many contemporary graphic novels do, like a treatment for a future movie deal.

Entertainment Weekly also gave the novel a glowing review, saying “it’s as if John Updike had discovered a bag of art supplies and LSD.”

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