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Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of the 2010 Diamond Gem Awards, recognized within the comic book industry as the pinnacle of sales achievement for comic book artists, writers, publishers, and industry executives who work in one of America's most unique art forms.

"We're proud to honor the top-selling products from last year,” said Diamond President and CEO Steve Geppi. “We congratulate the 2010 Gem Award winners, who truly deserve this recognition as the valued publishers and suppliers that keep our industry growing.”

For the second year running, DC Comics took the Comic Book Publisher of the Year award in 2010 for the multi-million dollar comic book specialty market. DC also took home the most Gem Awards with ten, matching their total for 2009, with notable awards including Comic Book of the Year Under $3.00 for Brightest Day #1, Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00 for Batman: The Return #1, and Original Graphic Novel of the Year for J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis' best-selling Superman: Earth One hardcover.

“Ten Gem Awards! For a second year in row A great big thank you to all of our retailers around the world for this unprecedented show of support!” exclaimed Bob Wayne, Senior Vice President – Sales, DC Comics.

Marvel Comics took home two Gem Awards, both for Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s best-selling creator-owned series Kick-Ass. The collected edition of the first series, the Kick-Ass Premiere hardcover was the Best Licensed TP/HC of the year, and Kick-Ass 2 #1 was the Best Licensed Comic Book of the Year.

Oregon publisher Dark Horse Comics was recognized as the Manga Publisher of the Year for their wide line-up of titles, ranging from the Neon Genesis Evangelion spin-offs to Oh My Goddess! and many more. Image Comics had the Best Reprint TP/HC of the Year with The Walking Dead Volume 13: Too Far Gone, the latest volume of Robert Kirkman's best-selling zombie series (and the basis for AMC's top-rated television series).

Other publishers taking home Gem Awards include BOOM! Studios as 2010's Comic Book Publisher of the Year Under 4% Market Share for the second year running; Oni Press with the Best Indie Graphic Novel of the Year with Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's series; and Yen Press with the Best Manga of the Year with Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1, the first volume of a 2-part adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling vampire romance.

The Gem Awards are selected in a three-step process that is based on quality, creativity, and their overall sales impact. Nominees were selected by a panel of Diamond industry professionals from all products shipped in 2010 and then voted on by the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public — comic book specialty retailers across the United States and abroad.

And The Winners are...

2010 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

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2010 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Over 4% Market Share
DC Comics

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2010 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Under 4% Market Share
BOOM! Studios

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2010 Backlist Publisher of the Year
DC Comics

Dark Horse Comics

2010 Manga Publisher of the Year
Dark Horse Comics

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2010 Game Manufacturer of the Year
Wizards of the Coast (WotC)

DC Direct

2010 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
DC Direct


2010 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year
Brightest Day #1

2010 Comic Book of the Year
Under $3.00
Brightest Day #1
MAR100159
DC Comics

Batman: The Return

2010 Comic Book of the Year
Over $3.00
Batman: The Return #1
AUG100143
DC Comics

Kick-Ass 2 #1

2010 Licensed Comic Book of the Year
Kick-Ass 2 #1
JUN100640
Marvel Comics

Kick-Ass Premiere

2010 Licensed TP/HC
of the Year
Kick-Ass Premiere HC
DEC090575
Marvel Comics

Superman: Earth-One

2010 Original GN of the Year
Superman: Earth One HC
JUN100127
DC Comics

The Walking Dead

2010 Reprint TP/HC of the Year
The Walking Dead Vol. 13:
Too Far Gone

SEP100413
Image Comics

Twilight: The Graphic Novel

2010 Manga of the Year
Twilight: The Graphic
Novel Volume 1 HC

DEC098276
Yen Press

Scott Pilgrim

2010 Indie GN of the Year
Scott Pigrim's Finest
Hour GN (Volume 6)

MAY101089
Oni Press

Mouse Guard

2010 Anthology TP of the Year
Mouse Guard: Legends
of the Guard HC
AUG100760
Archaia Studios

Taschen

2010 Trade Book of the Year
75 Years of DC Comics HC
AUG101268
Taschen

DC HeroClix

2010 Game Product
of the Year
DC HeroClix: Blackest
Night Starter Set
MAR101752
WizKids/NECA

Blackest Night Power Rings

2010 Toy Product of the Year
Blackest Night Power
Ring Spectrum Set
JAN100393
DC Direct

Blackest Night AFs

2010 Toy Line of the Year
Blackest Night
Action Figures

FEB100302
DC Direct

Harley Quinn Statue

2010 Collectable
Statue of the Year
Cover Girls of the DCU
Statue: Harley Quinn
NOV080248
DC Direct

Batgirl Bust

2010 Mini Bust of the Year
Women of the DCU Series 3
Batgirl Bust
SEP090247
DC Direct

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