378,262 copies in two weeks

378,262 copies in two weeks

For the second consecutive week, Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea: A Graphic Novel (Dog Man #11): From the creator of Captain Underpants, was the best-selling guide in america, in keeping with figures published by Publishers Weekly offered by Circana Bookscan. The guide offered 152,650 copies.

This was Canine Man #11’s second week on the prime of the charts. Final week it debuted at primary with 225,612 copies sold. That is a two-week complete: 378,262. It is also the third week in a row {that a} graphic novel has topped BookScan’s bestseller listing. Three weeks in the past it was Spy X Household, Vol. 9, offered 31,486 copies.

Canine Man was the one graphic novel to make this week’s Prime Ten, nonetheless. And thought the gross sales are spectacular, it’s still slower than previous Dog Man volumes.

The return of Dav Pilkey’s insanely well-liked hero got here whilst – maintain on to your hats – guide gross sales this 12 months have elevated total, according to PW.

In accordance with preliminary figures from the US Census Bureau, bookstore gross sales in February rose 10.7% from a 12 months in the past to $609.

The February enhance adopted a jump of nearly 16% in sales in January. The mix of those two sturdy months resulted in a 14.3% enhance in bookstore gross sales within the first two months of 2023 in comparison with the comparable interval of 2022. Gross sales in 2023 amounted to 1.60 billion {dollars}, up from $1.40 billion within the first two months of 2022.

Circana’s numbers present guide gross sales sluggish, for a similar interval, however it’s an encouraging signal that guide gross sales will not be fully stalled by the financial turmoil we’re at present going by means of. As famous earlier, unbiased bookstores are among the most recession-proof companies.

The resilience of the guide market appears counterintuitive given the top of pandemic studying from residence…however a guide is a remarkably sturdy leisure platform. And, let’s not neglect, graphic novels rely as books.

This all comes amid a normal slowdown in comedian guide and graphic novel gross sales earlier this 12 months. In accordance with a February Bookscan report, found in Editorial Perspectives, though LARP gross sales stay sturdy, they’ve slowed within the first six weeks of 2023, down 13% from 2022, with juvenile comics declining for the primary time in over a decade.

Maybe the return of Canine Man, one of the well-liked comedian guide characters of all time, will enhance the numbers for spring. Listed below are some charts displaying Circana BookScan’s total comedian and LARP gross sales, as reported by Kristen McLean, government director and trade analyst.

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