New York Times Paperback Graphic Books Best Sellers 2012 Complete List Page 1

There are 125 books in the New York Times Paperback Graphic Books Best Sellers 2012 list. Here are the 30 books ranked from 1 to 30.

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1. The Walking Dead Compendium, Vol. 1

Weeks on the list: 43

by: Robert Kirkman others
Release date: Jan 01, 2009
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This massive collected edition – over 1,000 pages – reprints the first 48 issues of “The Walking Dead.” The TV version of the comic book series starts on AMC in October.

2. The Walking Dead, Vol. 1

Weeks on the list: 38

by: Robert Kirkman Tony Moore
Release date: Jan 01, 2005
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The gripping story of the human survivors in a world overrun by zombies continues.

3. Smile

Weeks on the list: 33

by: Raina Telgemeier
Release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Raina experiences braces, boy troubles and other plagues of the sixth grade.

4. Avatar: The Last Airbender, Part 1

Weeks on the list: 20

by: Gene Luen Yang others
Release date: Jan 24, 2012
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This series explores the world of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” from where the animated film left off.

5. The Walking Dead, Vol. 15

Weeks on the list: 18

by: Robert Kirkman Charlie Adlard
Release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Tensions mount at the latest safe haven for this group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies. It is tough to say much else without spoiling the story.

6. Batman: Night Of The Owls

Weeks on the list: 16

by: Scott Snyder others
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
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Batman and his allies are pushed to the limit by the Court of Owls, an evil with roots in the earliest days of Gotham City.

7. Drama

Weeks on the list: 14

by: Raina Telgemeier
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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Callie becomes the stage manager for her middle school’s production of “Moon Over Mississippi.”

8. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Frank Miller
Release date: Jan 01, 2002
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Another classic from 1986: The caped crusader comes out of retirement to save Gotham City from a depraved street gang that are more monsters than man.

9. Ninjago: Mask Of The Sensei

Weeks on the list: 12

by: Greg Farshtey Paulo Herique
Release date: Feb 28, 2012
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This graphic novel series, based on the Lego toy line, are about four young ninjas. In this installment, they must face their sensei.

10. Ninjago: The Challenge Of Samukai

Weeks on the list: 12

by: Greg Farshtey Paulo Herique
Release date: Nov 08, 2011
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This graphic novel series is based on the Lego toy line. This opening chapter, Sensei Wu teaches four young ninjas how to use their elemental powers in order to take on his evil brother.

11. Maus: A Survivor’S Tale, Vol. 1

Weeks on the list: 12

by: Art Spiegelman
Release date: Jan 01, 1986
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The author tells the story of his father, a Holocaust survivor, in a critically-acclaimed tale where Jewish people are mice and Germans are cats.

12. Avatar: The Last Airbender, Part 2

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Gene Luen Yang others
Release date: May 29, 2012
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This series explores the world of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” from where the animated film left off.

13. The Walking Dead, Vol. 2

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Robert Kirkman Charlie Adlard
Release date: Apr 01, 2009
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The gripping story of the human survivors in a world overrun by zombies continues.

14. Amulet: Prince Of The Elves, Vol. 5

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Kazu Kibuishi
Release date: Jan 01, 2008
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Demons! Robots! Talking animals! Oh my! The siblings Emily and Navin, with their band of resistance fighters, find only strangeness in the mythical city of Cielis.

15. The Walking Dead Compendium, Vol. 2

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Robert Kirkman Charlie Adlard
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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This collected edition, of issues 49-96, follows Rick and his group of survives as they try to stay alive — with zombies and some humans against them.

16. Fun Home

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Alison Bechdel
Release date: Jan 01, 2007
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In her first memoir, the author chronicles the life and death of her father, a closeted gay man and funeral director.

17. Health Care Reform

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Jonathan Gruber
Release date: Dec 20, 2011
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Mr. Gruber, an adviser to President Obama, explains the Affordable Care Act, in comic book form.

18. Watchmen

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Alan Moore Dave Gibbons
Release date: Jan 01, 1987
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This epic tale from 1986 signaled a new maturity in comic books.

19. The Walking Dead, Vol. 3

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Robert Kirkman Cliff Rathburn
Release date: Jan 01, 2010
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In this volume of the series, the human survivors in a world overrun by zombies make a prison their new home.

20. Batman: Year One

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Frank Miller David Mazzucchelli
Release date: Jan 01, 2005
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This critically-acclaimed story, from 1987, presents the earliest days of Bruce Wayne’s career as Batman.

21. Ninjago: Rise Of The Serpentine

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Greg Farshtey Paul Lee
Release date: May 22, 2012
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This graphic novel series is based on the Lego toy line. In this volume, the ninja heroes must combat a tribe of snakes.

22. The Walking Dead, Rise Of The Governor

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Robert Kirkman Jay Bonansinga
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In the second Walking Dead novel, Lilly Caul and other citizens seeking refuge from the zombie plague in Woodbury, Ga., begin to challenge the man who calls himself the Governor.

23. Ninjago: Tomb Of The Fangpyre

Weeks on the list: 6

by: Greg Farshtey
Release date: Aug 21, 2012
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This graphic novel series is based on the Lego toy line. In this volume, the ninja heroes learn more about their serpentine foes.

24. Avatar, The Last Airbender – The Promise, Part 3

Weeks on the list: 6

by: Gene Luen Yang others
Release date: Sep 25, 2012
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This series explores the world of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” from where the animated film left off.

25. Fables, Vol. 16

Weeks on the list: 5

by: Bill Willingham others
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
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When the characters from fairy tales confront an evil foe, they need a new myth: super-heroes.

26. Saga, Vol. 1

Weeks on the list: 5

by: Brian K Vaughan Fiona Staples
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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This sci-fi fantasy series follows a newly married couple as they try to raise their child while avoiding robots, bounty hunters and an intergalactic war.

27. V For Vendetta

Weeks on the list: 5

by: Alan Moore David Lloyd
Release date: Jan 01, 2005
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A vigilante tries to free London in a world where Germany won World War II.

28. The Complete Calvin And Hobbes

Weeks on the list: 5

by: Bill Watterson
Release date: Nov 13, 2012
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Enjoy all the antics of Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes in one deluxe collection.

29. The Complete Persepolis

Weeks on the list: 5

by: Marjane Satrapi
Release date: Jan 01, 2007
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This graphic-novel memoir chronicles the author’s life in Iran during its 1979 revolution and its war with Iraq.

30. The Adventures Of Ook And Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From The Future

Weeks on the list: 4

by: Dav Pilkey
Release date: May 01, 2011
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Ook and Gluk, two cave boys, must learn kung-fu to save their prehistoric home from a menace from the future.

Last updated on December 8, 2021