Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Circulating Graphic Novels

The Yellow Books, 1887 . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 18 May 2016.
“Knowledge is like money: To be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.”
― Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man  

In the library, "circulation" means a lot of things.  What's sometimes called the "library card desk" is also known as "circulation".  When we look at a book's record, we count how many times it has checked out as its "circs". The library's collection floats (items checked out at one branch and returned at another stay at the branch at which they are returned), but its items circulate.

For this month's top circulating chart, we have chosen to spotlight graphic novels! This proved to be a little bit more challenging than we originally anticipated. The list of the top circulating graphic novels would be almost entirely series and almost entirely superhero oriented,  so we opted to split up graphic novels into a couple of different categories.

Top Circulating Graphic Novel Series

1.  The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
2. Deadpool by Gerry Duggan
3. Star Wars by Aaron Jason
4. Justice League by Geoff Johns
5. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
6. March by John Lewis
7. Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello
8. Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
9. Batman by Scott Snyder
10. Injustice by Tom Taylor
11. Suicide Squad by Adam Glass
12. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
13. She-Hulk by Charles Soule
14. Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid
15. Scalped by Jason Aaron

By "standalone," we just mean "not part of any series." Which, sadly, precluded us adding one of our favorites, Hark!: A Vagrant by Kate Beaton, which actually is circulating quite briskly for a non-superhero comic.

Top Circulating Standalone Graphic Novels

1.  Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
2. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
3. Flying Couch by Amy Kurzweil
4. Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
5. The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
6. Bodies by Si Spencer
7. Patience by Daniel Clowes
8. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann
9. Everything Is Teeth by Evie Wyld
10. Aya by Marguerite Abouet

There were very few high circulation numbers for the very few manga we have catalogued as adult, so we decided to share the top circulating young adult manga instead.

Top Circulating  Young Adult Manga

1.  Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
2. Bleach by Tite Kubo
3. Black Butler by Yana Toboso
4. Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida
5. Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama
6. Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi
7. Psyren  by Tokiashi Iwashiro
8. Soul Eater by Atsushi Okubo
9. Otomen by Aya Kanno
10. The Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki    
11. Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki
12. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
13. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino
14. Nura by Hiroshi Shiibashi
15. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

If there's a particular subject you'd like to know which are the top circulating books in (in our library system), let us know in the comments!

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