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One Year On And No Sign Of Slowing

A year ago I wrote this:

Out today! Raina Telgemeier has dominated the New York Times bestseller charts for graphic novels with Smile and Drama, and since the Smile sequel Sisters hits today, the only questions to be asked are How long will she stay at #1? and Will she manage the trifecta of Drama coming back to the list? (Smile hasn’t left in more than two years), and Will she pull off the trick of holding the first three positions simultaneously?

My predictions: At least a month, Probably, and I’d bet ten bucks on it.

Here we are, a year later, Sisters has been on the list for 52 out of 52 weeks, and the actual outcomes to the predictions are: I lost count but I think it was close to 20 weeks over the year, starting in week 2, She’s got five books on the list right now, so yes, and Yep, she did, and then she took the top four spots simultaneously and nobody will take my bets anymore.

And for those keeping track at home, as of today, Raina Telgemeier has a cumulative 343 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List (two of which are Eisner winners), which is insane. Consider what it takes to manage that feat — these books are not only insanely popular, but they are sustaining demand over the long haul; she is creating new readers with each new book, not just selling to the same demographic cohort¹. I’m calling it now: Raina Telgemeier will sell 100 million books over the length of her career. She will be one of those authors whose total sales count is measured in reference to the Bible.

Happy Sistersversary, Raina. You’re amazing, and you just keep getting better.

Spam of the day:

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I think this is selling some kind of sex tourism?

¹ The last person I can think of that expanded the reading pool like this was JK Rowling.

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