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

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

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