The industry itself showed improved sales in 2012, Diamond said, with comic book sales up nearly 15 percent and graphic novels up 14 percent from 2011.
"2012 was a terrific year for comic books and graphic novels," Diamond CEO Steve Geppi said in a statement. "Our publishers did a tremendous job of creating compelling story lines that comic book fans wanted to see — from Marvel's 'Avengers vs. X-Men' followed by its 'Marvel NOW!' titles later in the year to DC's powerful New 52 ongoing titles. Add in Dark Horse Comics' horror line-up, IDW's 'My Little Pony' and Image Comics' creator-driven hits and it was quite a year."
"The Walking Dead" remained popular among trade paperback and graphic novel sales, too, holding the top two spots among the top 10 as well as spots four through seven and nine. DC Entertainment's "Batman: Earth One" written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank was the third best-selling graphic novel while Scott Snyder's "Batman: The Court of Owls" was No. 8. Top Shelf Production's "League of Extraordinary Gentleman III: Century: 2009" by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill was No. 10.
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