Afterlife With Archie #5 (Pepoy Variant Cover)

Media Release -- Riverdale, USA continues to be ravaged by the zombie apocalypse in Archie Comics' Afterlife with Archie #5, May's best-selling small press comic book. In total, Archie Comics had four of the month's top small press books.

(Other publishers in the top ten include Bongo Comics (Futurama Comics #71 at #10), BroadSword (Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #86 at #8), Oni Press (The Bunker #4 at #7), United Plankton (Spongebob Comics #32 at #6), and Zenescope Entertainment (two titles, led by Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz #1 at #3).)

Box Brown's biography of a legend, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, for :01 First Second was May's best-selling small-press graphic novel.

Other publishers in the top ten include Archie Comics, Kodansha Comics, NBM, Oni Press, Seven Seas Entertainment, and VIZ Media.

Diamond Comic Distributors defines Small Presses as publishers outside the top-10 bestselling publishers over the previous six months. In offering these breakdowns of the bestselling small press comics and graphic novels, a spotlight is shown on these publishers, affording them recognition for their strong sales in a crowded marketplace. To help retailers contextualize the relationship between the Small Press sales rankings, each chart offers for each book the overall ranking for the month amongst all publishers.

Data for Diamond's sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond's monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond's total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles' ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.

Quantity Rank Overall Quantity Rank Overall Retail Rank Index Diamond Code Comic Publisher
1 82 98 25.18 JAN140865-M AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #5 ARC
2 197 226 8.25 FEB140942-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #260 ARC
3 216 238 7.24 MAR141500-M GFT WARLORD OF OZ #1 ZEN
4 219 254 7.11 MAR140848-M MEGA MAN #37 ARC
5 223 256 6.98 FEB140944-M SONIC UNIVERSE #63 ARC
6 244 274 6.16 MAR140938 SPONGEBOB COMICS #32 UNI
7 246 235 6.06 MAR141298 BUNKER #4 ONI
8 257 278 5.65 MAR141006 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #86 (MR) BRO
9 260 275 5.63 MAR141505-M GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #97 (MR) ZEN
10 266 294 5.50 MAR140935 FUTURAMA COMICS #71 BON
11 268 243 5.29 MAR141523-M GFT WONDERLAND CLASH OF QUEENS #4 ZEN
12 279 253 4.94 MAR141530-M GFT WONDERLAND #23 (MR) ZEN
13 281 295 4.90 MAR141533-M GFT ROBYN HOOD LEGEND #3 ZEN
14 290 270 4.75 MAR140864-M LOLA XOXO #2 ASP
15 291 192 4.73 MAR141508-M GFT ANNUAL 2014 ZEN
16 295 320 4.57 MAR140934 BART SIMPSON COMICS #90 BON
17 297 263 4.50 MAR141527-M GFT WONDERLAND ASYLUM #5 ZEN
18 307 258 4.18 MAR140937 SIMPSONS SUMMER SHINDIG #8 BON
19 312 282 4.10 MAR141517-M GFT HELSING #2 ZEN
20 316 287 4.00 JAN141284 WWE SUPERSTARS ONGOING #4 NBM
21 317 335 3.84 MAR141511-M GFT NEVERLAND AGE OF DARKNESS #3 ZEN
22 325 239 3.59 MAR141514-M GFT DARK ONE AGE OF DARKNESS ZEN
23 331 327 3.46 FEB141582-M BAR MAID #5 (MR) ZEN
24 334 357 3.44 FEB140925-M ARCHIE #655 ARC
25 336 321 3.38 MAR141299 AUTEUR #3 (MR) ONI
26 338 323 3.35 MAR140869-M FATHOM KIANI VOL 3 #3 ASP
27 339 331 3.32 JAN140966 SHAHRAZAD #5 BIG
28 340 312 3.28 MAR141536-M GFT ASCENSION #4 ZEN
29 342 370 3.04 JAN140882-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #259 ARC
30 346 329 2.95 MAR141520-M GFT GODSTORM HERCULES PAYNE #2 ZEN
31 350 349 2.84 MAR141300 SIXTH GUN #40 ONI
32 360 348 2.60 MAR141340 BRASS SUN #1 REB
33 365 351 2.55 FEB141439 ORDINARY #1 TIT
34 383 384 2.00 JAN140965 LEGEND OF OZ THE WICKED WEST ONGOING #18 BIG
35 386 383 1.92 FEB140935-M LIFE WITH ARCHIE #35 ARC
36 389 412 1.89 JAN140875-M KEVIN KELLER #13 ARC
37 399 406 1.60 JAN140851 GOLD DIGGER #210 ANT
38 405 411 1.45 MAR140851 SONIC SUPER SIZED DIGEST #7 ARC
39 408 407 1.41 FEB141121 EPIC #1 COM
40 410 409 1.37 FEB141028 LIBERATOR EARTH CRISIS #2 (MR) BLA
41 414 372 1.33 DEC131202 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #208 KEN
42 420 431 1.25 DEC130952 PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL DEATH #7 (MR) BIG
43 424 562 1.23 MAR140926 CRITTER (ONGOING) #20 BIG
44 426 420 1.21 JAN140956 NECROMANTICAL #1 ARD
45 428 343 1.20 JAN140880 SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #11 ARC
46 430 429 1.19 DEC130822 CAVEWOMAN KARNIVAL ONE SHOT AMR
47 432 422 1.18 MAR140800 DRY SPELL #1 (MR) ACT
48 433 424 1.17 FEB140880 ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDY LAND #1 ACT
49 437 458 1.08 NOV130737 SKYWARD #7 ACT
50 439 439 1.08 FEB140932 B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #238 ARC

Quantity Rank Overall Quantity Rank Overall Retail Rank Index Diamond Code Graphic Novel Publisher
1 45 51 1.67 MAR141195 ANDRE THE GIANT LIFE & LEGEND GN ST.
2 95 232 0.97 MAR141283 LEGO LEGENDS OF CHIMA GN VOL 01 HIGH RISK NBM
3 114 220 0.88 MAR141446 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 18 VIZ
4 115 87 0.88 DEC131234 COURTNEY CRUMRIN SPEC ED HC VOL 05 ONI
5 132 255 0.77 MAR141445 CLAYMORE GN VOL 24 VIZ
6 134 326 0.76 MAR141287 NINJAGO GN VOL 10 PHANTOM NINJA NBM
7 136 170 0.75 FEB140928 ARCHIE 1000 PG COMICS BONANZA TP ARC
8 143 187 0.71 FEB141429 MONSTER MUSUME GN VOL 03 (MR) ST.
9 146 149 0.68 MAR141196 THIS ONE SUMMER GN ST.
10 153 235 0.66 MAR121101 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 01 RAN
11 158 246 0.65 MAR141226 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 38 RAN
12 159 199 0.65 MAR141430 ALL YOU NEED IS KILL GN VOL 01 (MR) VIZ
13 162 302 0.63 MAR141311 POKEMON ADVENTURES GN VOL 22 RUBY SAPPHIRE VIZ
14 169 39 0.61 APR141263 ATTACK ON TITAN COLOSSAL ED TP VOL 01 RAN
14 169 223 0.61 MAR141198 RETURN OF ZITA THE SPACEGIRL GN ST.
16 171 263 0.61 MAR141235 MONSTER SOUL GN VOL 01 RAN
17 178 218 0.60 MAR141452 RANMA 1/2 2IN1 TP VOL 02 VIZ
18 184 188 0.58 MAR141540 GFT CODE RED TP VOL 01 ZEN
19 187 337 0.57 MAR141442 NISEKOI FALSE LOVE GN VOL 03 VIZ
20 189 224 0.57 FEB141425 ALICE I/T COUNTRY OF HEARTS LOVE LABYRINTH OF THORNS GN (MR) ST.
21 199 165 0.53 FEB100651 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC SLA
22 200 262 0.52 MAR141024 SPACE MOUNTAIN GN HAC
23 202 300 0.52 MAR141227 GHOST IN SHELL STAND ALONE COMPLEX GN VOL 05 (MR) RAN
24 209 239 0.51 STAR08102 SQUEE TP SLA
25 210 268 0.49 FEB141426 DRAGONAR ACADEMY GN VOL 02 (MR) ST.
26 211 301 0.49 JUN121182 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 02 RAN
27 214 202 0.49 FEB141022 SHAHRAZAD TP VOL 01 BIG
28 218 276 0.48 FEB141431 ZEROS FAMILIAR CHEVALIER GN VOL 01 (MR) ST.
29 219 90 0.48 FEB141435 BURNE HOGARTH TARZAN HC VOL 01 IN THE CITY OF GOLD RAN
30 223 254 0.47 MAR141026 FRANKENWEENIE GN HAC
31 230 277 0.45 MAR141443 NARUTO 3IN1 TP VOL 08 VIZ
32 234 330 0.45 MAR141454 GANGSTA GN VOL 02 (MR) VIZ
33 240 344 0.44 FEB108442 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE ONI
34 241 303 0.43 FEB141428 MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 06 (MR) ST.
35 251 28 0.42 MAR141215 FINAL INCAL DLX ED HC (MR) HUM
36 261 353 0.40 OCT130796 PRINCELESS SHORT STORIES TP VOL 01 ACT
37 264 454 0.40 MAR141438 PSYREN GN VOL 16 VIZ
38 265 376 0.40 MAR141237 SEVEN DEADLY SINS GN VOL 02 RAN
39 267 111 0.40 FEB141321 WHITE LAMA HC (MR) HUM
40 272 324 0.39 MAR141444 BLEACH 3IN1 TP VOL 08 VIZ
41 276 236 0.38 APR141173 PETTY THEFT GN (MR) DRA
42 280 374 0.38 SEP121137 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 03 RAN
43 282 476 0.38 MAR141447 MIDNIGHT SECRETARY GN VOL 05 (MR) VIZ
44 283 350 0.38 MAR141479 SOUL EATER TP VOL 20 (MR) HAC
45 285 227 0.38 FEB141427 KANOKON GN COLL ED VOL 04 ST.
46 286 179 0.37 JAN121043 GAME OF THRONES HC GN VOL 01 (MR) RAN
46 286 413 0.37 FEB141491 CARDFIGHT VANGUARD GN VOL 01 RAN
48 291 208 0.37 FEB141224 WEAPON BROWN TP (MR) DEA
48 291 290 0.37 MAR141223 KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE TP VOL 43 KEN
50 293 606 0.37 JUL088169 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 02 NEW PTG ARC