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Image, BOOM! again named Gem Awards publishers of the year

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Image, BOOM! again named Gem Awards publishers of the year

It’s deja vu all over again for the Diamond Gem Awards: Voted on by comics retailers, the winners this year look a lot like the 2013 lineup, with Image Comics and BOOM! Studios once again taking honors as top publishers in their divisions. Marvel was named top dollar publisher, DC Comics as top backlist publisher and Viz Media as top manga publisher — just like in 2012 and 2013.

The first issue of the widely acclaimed Ms. Marvel was honored as comic book of the year in the under $3 division, and Thor #1 was the choice among pricier comics. The Amazing Spider-Man #1 brought in the most dollars, however. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was named the best all-ages comic of the year, Batman: Earth One took the honors as best original graphic novel, and Box Brown’s Andre the Giant was the best indie comic.

In terms of who got what, DC Comics won seven awards, Marvel won six and Dark Horse won three, including best anthology for Dark Horse Presents, another three-peat.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

2014 Comic Book Publisher of the Year Over 4%: Image Comics
2014 Comic Book Publisher of the year Under 4%: BOOM! Studios
2014 Backlist Publisher of the year: DC Entertainment
2014 Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year: Marvel Comics
2014 Manga Publisher of the Year: Viz Media
2014 Game Manufacturer of the Year: Wizards of the Coast
2014 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko

Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year

2014 Comic Book of the Year Under $3.00: Ms. Marvel #1, Marvel Comics
2014 Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00: Thor #1, Marvel Comics
2014 Best New Comic Book Series: Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta, Image Comics
2014 Top Dollar Comic of the Year: Amazing Spider-Man #1, Marvel Comics
2014 Best All-Ages Comics: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, IDW Publishing
2014 Licensed Comic Book of the Year: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1, Dark Horse Comics
2014 Licensed TP/HC of the Year: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 1 TP, IDW Publishing
2014 Original GN of the Year: Batman: Earth One TP, DC Comics from DC Entertainment
2014 Reprint TP/HC of the Year: Batman: Death of the Family Book & Joker Mask Set, DC Comics
2014 Indie GN of the Year: Andre the Giant: Life & Legend GN :01 First Second Books
2014 Manga TP of the Year: Attack on Titan: Before the Fall GN Vol. 01, Kodansha Comics
2014 Anthology of the Year: Dark Horse Presents 2014 #1, Dark Horse Comics
2014 Magazine of the Year: MAD Magazine from DC Entertainment
2014 Trade Book of the Year: The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Vol. 44, Gemstone Publishing
2014 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: FCBD 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Comics
2014 Game Product of the Year: Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men Starter Set , WizKids/NECA
2014 Toy Product of the Year: DC Comics Super Villains Harley Quinn AF, DC Collectibles from DC Entertainment
2014 Toy Line of the Year: Batman Animated, DC Collectibles from DC Entertainment
2014 Collectable Statue of the Year: Batman Black & White: Harley Quinn 2nd Ed. Statue, DC Collectibles from DC Entertainment

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