Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday's Headlines - 2017 DIAMOND GEM Award Winners




Diamond Comics Distributors have announced the winners of the 2017 Gem Awards, and DC dominated the categories with seven wins overall. Retailers awarded one award to Marvel, but the publisher gained two others from Diamond directly in non-voting awards given out based on sales figures.

DC's wins came across several categories: Batman #24 for "Comic Book of the Year - $3.99 or Under"; Doomsday Clock #1 for "Comic Book of the Year - Over $3.99"; Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1 for "Licensed TP or HC of the Year" (shared with IDW Publishing); DC Super Hero Girls TP Volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High for "Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel"; Wonder Woman: Earth One Volume 1 for "Original Graphic Novel of the Year"; and DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue for "Collectible Statue of the Year. As a company, DC won for "Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 3% Market Share)" and "Back List Publisher of the Year".

Marvel earned three Gem Awards, but two of those were in categories not voted on by retailers. The House of Ideas won Gem Awards for "Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year" and "Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year". Their third win, which came from retailer votes, was for Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 as "2017 Licensed Comic of the Year"
Here are the nominees, with the winners notated in bold lettering. The nominees were chosen by Diamond staff, with it then being voted on by comic book retailers part of Diamond's clientele:

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year - Over 3%
  • DC Comics
  • Image Comics
  • Marvel Comics
  • IDW Publishing
  • Dark Horse Comics

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year - Under 3%
  • BOOM! Studios
  • Aftershock Comics
  • Valiant Entertainment
  • Dynamite Entertainment
  • Titan Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under
  • Batman #24 - DC Comics
  • The Walking Dead #167 - Image Comics
  • X-O Manowar (2017) #1 - Valiant Entertainment
  • Babyteeth #1 - Aftershock Comics
  • Edge of Venomverse #1 (of 5) - Marvel Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year - Over $3.99
  • Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12) - DC Comics
  • Marvel Legacy #1 - Marvel Comics
  • TMNT Ongoing #75 - IDW Publishing
  • Royal City #1 - Image Comics

2017 Licensed Comic of the Year
  • Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 - Marvel Comics
  • John Wick #1 - Dynamite Entertainment
  • Rick & Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 (of 5) - Oni Press
  • Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 - Dark Horse Comics
  • Robotech #1 - Titan Comics

2017 Magazine of the Year
  • Heavy Metal - Heavy Metal Magazine
  • Image + - Image Comics
  • Mad Magazine - DC Comics
  • Back Issue - Twomorrows Publishing
  • Doctor Who Magazine - Panini Publishing Ltd

2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year
  • DC Comics
  • Image Comics
  • Marvel Comics
  • Dark Horse Comics

2017 Reprint TP or HC of the Year
  • The Walking Dead: Here's Negan - Image Comics
  • Batman, volume 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth) - DC Comics
  • Black Hammer, volume 1: Secret Origins
  • Creepshow GN - Gallery 13
  • Unworthy Thor TP - Marvel Comics

2017 Licensed TP or HC of the Year
  • Batman TMNT, volume 1 - DC Comics
  • Rick & Morty, volume 4 - Oni Press
  • Star Wars: Darth Maul - Marvel Comics
  • The Flintstones, volume 1 - DC Comics
  • Voltron Legendary Defender, volume 1 - Lion Forge

2017 Manga TP of the Year
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, volume 1 - Viz Media
  • Ghost in the Shell Deluxe RtL Edition, volume 1 - Kodansha Comics
  • My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness - Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Berserk, volume 38 - Dark Horse Comics

2017 Manga Publisher of the Year
  • Viz Media
  • Dark Horse Comics
  • Tokyopop
  • Kodansha Comics

2017 Anthology of the Year
  • Love is Love GN - IDW Publishing
  • Thor by Walt Simonson Omnibus, New Ptg - Marvel Comics
  • Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years - DC Comics
  • Dark Horse Book of Horror - Dark Horse Comics

2017 Indie Graphic Novel of the Year
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters GN Vol. 1, Fantagraphics Books
  • Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald Trump, IDW Publishing
  • Black History in Its Own Words, Image Comics
  • Providence HC Act 1 - Final Ptg., Avatar Press

2017 Trade Book of the Year
  • The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC, Dark Horse Comics
  • Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition HC Cvrs. A & B, IDW Publishing
  • The Art of Rick & Morty HC, Dark Horse Comics
  • Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales HC, BOOM! Studios
  • Neil Gaiman Norse Mythology HC, WW Norton

2017 Game Manufacturer of the Year
  • WizKids
  • IDW Games
  • Paizo, Inc.
  • Green Ronin Publishing

2017 Game Product of the Year
  • Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick, WizKids/NECA
  • Starfinder RPG Core Rulebook HC, Paizo, Inc.
  • Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City Card Game, IDW Games
  • Critical Role: Tal Dorei Campaign Setting HC, Green Ronin Publishing

2017 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
  • Funko
  • DC Collectibles
  • Diamond Select Toys
  • Hasbro
  • Mezco

2017 Toy Product of the Year
  • POP! Rides: Marvel Classic Ghost Rider with Bike PREVIEWS Exclusive Vinyl Figure - Funko
  • DC Rebirth Justice League Action Figure 7-pack - DC Collectibles
  • One:12 Collective Marvel PREVIEWS Exclusive Punisher Deluxe Action Figure - Mezco
  • Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure - Diamond Select Toys
  • Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn PREVIEWS Exclusive MAF EX - MEDICOM Toy Corporation

2017 Toy Line of the Year
  • POP! - Funko
  • Marvel Gallery - Diamond Select Toys
  • DC TV - DC Collectibles
  • One:12 - Mezco
  • ArtFX - Kotobukiya

2017 Collectible Statue of the Year
  • DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue - DC Collectibles
  • The Walking Dead (TV): Daryl Dixon Limited Edition Statue - McFarlane Toys
  • Marvel Milestones: Armored Thor Statue - Diamond Select Toys
  • One Punch Man: Saitama Statue - First 4 Figures
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Best FCBD Title
  • FCBD 2017 I Hate Image - Image Comics
  • FCBD 2017 Secret Empire #1 - Marvel Comics
  • FCBD 2017 Wonder Woman #1 Special Edition - DC Comics
  • FCBD 2017 Rick & Morty - Oni Press
  • FCBD 2017 Betty & Veronica #1 - Archie Comics

2017 Best All Ages Series
  • DuckTales - IDW Publishing
  • Scooby-Doo Team-up - DC Comics
  • Invader Zim - Oni Press
  • Lumberjanes - BOOM! Studios
  • Usagi Yojimbo - Dark Horse Comics

2017 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN
  • DC Super Hero Girls, volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High, DC Comics
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, volume 3: The Smartest There Is - Marvel Comics
  • My Little Pony Movie Prequel - IDW Publishing
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Battle Extravagonzo - Dark Horse Comics

2017 Best New Comic Book Series
  • Redneck - Image Comics
  • Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows - Dark Horse Comics
  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man - Marvel Comics
  • Future Quest Presents - DC Comics
  • Bloodshot: Salvation - Valiant Entertainment

2017 Original Graphic Novel of the Year
  • Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1 - DC Comics
  • Hellboy Into The Silent Sea - Dark Horse Comics
  • Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, volume 1 - Dark Horse Comics
  • Deadpool Bad Blood OGN - Marvel Comics
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, volume 1 - Fantagraphics Books