Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ ground-breaking Watchmen has raced towards the top of the Amazon.co.uk book chart as sales rise by over 3000% and excitement builds around 2009 film release.
Its trailer is currently running before screenings of The Dark Knight and it’s already being tipped as the must-watch film for 2009. Now, despite the misgivings of creator Alan Moore about film adaptations of his work, the excitement around the cinematic release of Watchmen has seen sales of the original graphic novel rise by over 3000% in the last month to claim the number four position on the Amazon.co.uk bestsellers book chart (as of today, it’s at Number Six).
It is only being held off the top spot by the Collector’s Edition and Standard Edition of JK Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard and cookery title Chinese Food Made Easy which accompanies the hugely popular BBC TV series.
“We have never seen a graphic novel at the top of the bestsellers list before but we would expect Watchmen to hit the top spot at some point before the theatrical release of the movie, said Kes Nielsen, Head of Books Buying at Amazon.co.uk.
“Who knows, if the sales continue to rise at this rate, it may even topple The Tales of Beedle the Bard over the coming weeks, which would be an incredible feat.”
Watchmen, set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, is the only graphic novel to appear in Time Magazine’s ‘100 best English language novels’ list and remains one of Alan Moore’s most-praised works, and has had a huge influence on superhero comics since its initial publication back in the 1980s.
“We have seen significant increases in the sales of graphic novels over the last few years, spurred on by the many films that have been adapted from them,” continued Kes Nielsen. “There has, however, been a real step change over the last month or so which must be credited in some part to the success of The Dark Knight.
“Now, with the growing excitement around ‘Watchmen’, we are certain to see the success of graphic novels hit even greater heights.”
• The Watchmen film will hit cinemas in March 2009. Visit the official web site
• Buy Watchmen from amazon.co.uk
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.
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