The Hollywood Reporter
Robert Kirkman’s special brand of ghouls known as “The Walking Dead” has taken the television airwaves by storm, and now that the show’s on hiatus, the graphic novels are taking a big bite out of book sales.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Walking Dead has taken over The New York Times graphic novel bestseller list like, well, a pack of zombies. The newest edition of the newspaper’s signature sales list will find The Walking Dead holding an unprecedented three of the top four paperback slots and three of the top nine hardcover spots.
No graphic novel series has ever dominated the list quite like Kirkman’s Walking Dead, and a sign of the series’ steady popularity can be seen in the growing sales for the Book 1, a sure indication that it is picking up new readers as well as holding on to its original fans. The graphic novels collect the monthly comics series published by Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. The comic debuted in 2003.
On The Times’ hardcover graphic novel list The Walking Dead owns the first, eighth and ninth spots. The Walking Dead: Book 1, which collects the first twelve issues, holds the top spot followed by Book 2 at No. 8 and the newest volume, Book 7, in ninth place. On the paperback list, The Walking Dead Compendium, which collects a whopping 48 issues in a volume that clocks in at 1,088 pages, is No. 1; Book 1, collecting just Issues #1-6 in a softcover volume, is in the second spot, and Book 3 is fourth. In addition, Kirkman’s prose novel The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor, charting the back story of the series’ most famous villain, is No. 18 on The Times’ bestseller list for all books.
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