Diamond Announces Gem Award Finalists

diamond-gem-awards1Diamond announced the finalists for the Gem Awards, which are voted on by retailers.  It is nice to see that small press publishers have a solid representation in most, if not all categories.  (Note: I have left off the games and products categories since that is not really what this site focuses on.)

Retailers can vote until February 12th.


Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 4%

  • Dark Horse Comics
  • DC Comics
  • IDW Publishing
  • Image Comics
  • Marvel Comics

Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 4%

  • Archie Comics
  • Avatar Press
  • BOOM! Studios
  • Dynamite Entertainment
  • Valiant Entertainment

Best Comic Book of the Year Under – $3.00

  • Green Lantern #0 (DC)
  • Hawkeye #1 (Marvel)
  • Hellboy in Hell #1 (Dark Horse)
  • Saga #1 (Image)

Best Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.00

  • Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Marvel)
  • Batman #9 – Night of Owls (DC)
  • Mars Attacks #1 (IDW)
  • The Walking Dead #100 (Image)
  • X-O MANOWAR #1 (Valiant)

Best Licensed Comic of the Year

  • Adventure Time #1 (BOOM! Studios)
  • Hit-Girl #1 (Marvel)
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1 (IDW)
  • Masks #1 (Dynamite)
  • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Force Storm #1 (Dark Horse)

Magazine of the Year

  • Bleeding Cool Magazine #1 (Avatar)
  • DC Nation #1 (DC)
  • DC Superhero Chess Figure Collection Magazine #1 – Batman White King (Eaglemoss
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  • Marvel Super Heroes #1 (Marvel)
  • Walking Dead Magazine #1 (Titan Publishing)

Best Backlist Publisher of the Year

  • DC Entertainment
  • Dark Horse Comics
  • IDW Publishing
  • Image Comics
  • Marvel Comics

Best Original Graphic Novel

  • Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score (IDW)
  • Batman: Earth One HC (DC)
  • Blacksad: Silent Hell HC
  • Superman: Earth One Vol. 2 HC (DC)
  • Spider-Man Season One Premiere HC (Marvel)
  • Not My Bag GN (Image)

Best Reprint Trade Paperback or Hard Cover of the Year

  • Walking Dead Vol. 2 Compendium (Image)
  • Saga Vol. 1 TP (Image)
  • Batman: The Court of Owls Vol. 1 HC (DC)
  • Justice League: Origin Vol. 1 (DC)
  • Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Vol. 1 (Oni Press)
  • Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe TP (Marvel)
  • Adventure Time Vol. 1 TP (BOOM!)
  • Daredevil by Mark Waid Vol.1 TP (Marvel)

Best Licensed Trade Paperback or Hard Cover of the Year

  • Avatar: Last of the Airbenders – The Promise, Part 1 Vol. 1 TP (Dark Horse)
  • Game of Throne Vol. 1 GN (Bantam/Spectra)
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Vol. 1 HC (DC/Vertigo)
  • The Stand HC Omnibus with Slipcase (Marvel)
  • Star Trek Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation Vol. 1 TP (IDW)

Best Manga Trade Paperback of the Year

  • Sailor Moon: Kodansha Edition Vol. 3 TP (Kodansha Comics)
  • Black Butler Vol. 8 TP (Yen Press)
  • Tezuka: Message to Adolf Vol. 1 GN (Vertical Inc.)
  • 21st Century Boys Vol. 1 GN (Viz Media)
  • Fallen Words GN (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • FLCL Omnibus (Dark Horse)

Best Manga Publisher of the Year

  • Yen Press
  • Kodansha Comics
  • Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Vertical Inc.
  • Viz Media
  • Dark Horse Comics

Best Anthology of the Year

  • Best American Comics HC 2012 ( Houghton Mifflin)
  • Marvel Firsts 1970s TP VOL 01 (NOV110636)
  • Best American Comics HC (Houghton Mifflin) Marvel Firsts: 1970 Vol. 1 TP (Marvel)
  • Womanthology: Heroic HC (IDW)
  • Dark Horse Presents #13 (Dark Horse)

Best Indie Graphic Novel of the Year

  • The Underwater Welder (Top Shelf)
  • Charles Burns Hive GN (Pantheon Books)
  • Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk Vol. 1 GN (Legendary Comics)
  • Chris Ware: Building Stories HC (Pantheon Books)
  • Anomaly HC (Anomaly)
  • Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama HC (Houghton Mifflin Company)

Best Trade Book of the Year

  • Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Vol. 42 (Gemstone)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Complete Comic Encyclopedia TP (Archie)
  • The History of Sonic the Hedgehog HC (Udon)
  • Avengers: Art of the Avengers HC with Slipcase (Marvel)
  • Art of Mass Effect HC (Dark Horse)
  • The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Boxed Set HC (Dark Horse)
  • David Mazzucchelli Daredevil Born Again Artist ED HC (IDW)
  • Art of Todd McFarlane Devils in the Details HC (Image)


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