Image, BOOM! top 2013 Gem Awards as publishers of the year

by  in Comic News Comment

Image Comics and BOOM! Studios were voted Best Comic Book Publishers of the Year in their respective divisions in the 2013 Diamond Gem Awards.

DC Entertainment led with six awards, including Top Dollar Comic of the Year for Superman Unchained #1, with Dark Horse closed behind with five wins, including Original Graphic Novel of the Year for Hellboy: The Midnight Circus hardcover. Marvel earned honors for Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year and Comic Book of the Year (Under $3), for The Superior Spider-Man #1 NOW!

Other winners include Archie Comics’ Afterlife with Archie #1 for Comic Book of the Year (Under $3), Top Shelf Productions’ March: Book One for Indie GN of the Year, and Image Comics’ East of West for Best New Comic Book Series. The complete list can be found below.

Nominees were selected by a panel of Diamond Comic Distributors product specialist based on their impact on the industry (for the vendors), and sales performance and quality (for the products). The winners were then chosen by direct market retailers.

The winners of the 2013 Diamond Gem Awards are:

2013 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 4%
Image Comics

2013 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 4%
BOOM! Studios

2013 Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Marvel Comics

2013 Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.00
Afterlife with Archie #1 – Archie Comics

2013 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3
Superior Spider-Man #1 NOW! – Marvel Comics

2013 Top Dollar Comic of the Year
Superman Unchained #1

2013 Licensed Comic of the Year
The Star Wars: Lucas Draft #1 – Dark Horse

2013 Magazine of the Year
Batman Automobilia Figure Collectors Magazine – Eaglemoss

2013 Backlist Publisher of the Year
DC Entertainment

2013 Original GN of the Year
Hellboy: Midnight Circle HC – Dark Horse

2013 Reprint TP or HC of the Year
Batman: Death of the Family Vol. 3 HC – DC Entertainment

2013 Licensed TP or HC of the Year
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 1 TP – IDW Publishing

2013 Manga TP of the Year
Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Vol. 1 TP – Dark Horse

2013 Manga Publisher of the Year
VIZ Media

2013 Anthology of the Year
Dark Horse Presents – Dark Horse

2013 Indie GN of the Year
March: Book One TP – Top Shelf Productions

2013 Trade Book of the Year
Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia HC – Dark Horse

2013 Best Free Comic Book Day Book
FCBD 2013 The Walking Dead Special – Image Comics

2013 Best All-Ages Series
Adventure Time – BOOM! Studios

2013 Best New Comic Book Series
East of West – Image Comics

2013 Game Manufacturer of the Year

2013 Game Product of the Year
The Walking Dead: Monopoly PX – USAopoly

2013 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
DC Collectibles

2013 Toy Product of the Year
DC Comics Super Villains: The Joker Action Figure – DC Collectibles

2013 Toy Line of the Year
POP! Vinyl Figures – Funko

2013 Collectible Statue of the Year
DC Comics Bombshells: Harley Quinn Statue – DC Collectibles