I've been thinking about this for some time and I've talked to some of you guys about this. I think what we lack in the comics scene now is a sense of what people are reading. We have no sales figures/lists to fall back on. Is X-Men still the best selling comics (that's data from the 80s)? Are people still reading superheroes only? What are the hot titles? Nobody has a clear sense of that.
Sunday Life features a list of bestselling books in Singapore. We need something like that for comics.
Now, thanks to Kenny of Kinokuniya and his staff, we have a list of the Top 10 Bestselling Graphic Novels/Manga in Kinokuniya.
At least, we can say Singaporeans like superhero/sci-fi/horror comics, etc., which can be useful for aspiring writers and artists.
Anyone with contacts with other comic shops in Singapore or even shops like Comics Connection (for bestselling Chinese titles), do share. The more data we have, a clearer picture of our buying habits will be formed.
Kinokuniya Bookstores (S) P/L
(for the week of 01/04/2008 to 30/04/2008)
TOP 10 COMIC BESTSELLERS
1. VAMPIRE KNIGHT VOLUME 6
by MATSURI HINO
2. TSUBASA VOLUME 17
3. OURAN HIGH HOST CLUB VOLUME 11
by BISCO HATORI
4. SECRET INVASION: THE INFILTRATION
by STAN LEE, ET AL.
5. WHAT IF?: CIVIL WAR
by ED BRUBAKER, ET. AL.
6. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
by ALAN MOORE, BRIAN BOLLAND
7. NOSATSU JUNKIE VOLUME 5
by RYOKO FUKUYAMA
8. DEATH NOTE VOLUME 13
by TSUGUMI OHBA, TAKESHI OBATA
9. THE NEW AVENGERS VOLUME 7: THE TRUST
by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, LEINIL YU
10. INFINITE CRISIS
by GEOFF JOHNS, ET. AL.