London-based Titan Books, well known for its comics collections and which recently announced a publishing deal with Egmont for new Roy of the Rovers and Battle titles, topped sales in two categories UK sales in the week ending 2nd March.
Heading up the Film & TV book category was Titan’s hardback companion to Tim Burton’s bloody-thirsty musical thriller, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Mark Salisbury, while in the graphic novel category, Titan held strong with the top two sellers.
At number one was the first volume of the phenomenally successful Heroes, the graphic novel tie-in to the acclaimed US television series, which has already reprinted multiple times since its publication in late November 2007, and is set to be released as a paperback for the first time in July.
Number two in the chart was the perennially popular Watchmen, released as an ‘Absolute Edtion’ in February . Already regarded as a classic among graphic novels, and the only graphic novel voted into Time magazine’s Top 100 Novels of all time, the movie adaptation of this stunning tale is now in production for release in March 2009.
With more Watchmen titles in the pipeline for Titan in the build up to the film’s release, the company says this is a title that won’t be moving from the limelight in the coming months.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.