ICv2,the website known for it’s comprehensive lists of comics sales numbers has revised its 2008 Graphic Novel sales chart, and BONE Vol. 1: Out from Boneville is now in the Top Ten and other BONE books made the list as well. The new list is here. This all started because we wondered why BONE never showed up on any monthly top 100 sales lists. Apparently, other folks were wondering about their titles too.
Of course, the situation is made all the more complicated by the industry’s obsession with secrecy, as well as all the different means of catagorizing. Also, many of our sales are never counted in the current system because Bookscan has no records of Bone books sold at school Book Fairs or Bookclubs catalogs, nor do they record sales from many comics retailers or their websites.
Still, with the Scholastic color BONE series hitting 3 million copies in print, our 1300 page Bone: One Volume Edition averaging 1,500 to two thousand a month, it seemed strange that not one of the volumes ever appeared at even #100.
It turns out that Bookscan had the books catagorized in such a way that they didn’t count. Our many thanks to Milton Griepp and the staff of ICv2 for putting in the time and effort to help try and straighten things out.
Next, we need to figure out why our records show that Diamond has moved 140,000 copies of our black & white BONE: One Volume Edition, and Bookscan only knows about 50, 000 of them…
Thanks also to The Beat for picking up the story, which you can read here.