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Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of the 2011 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.

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 2011 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.

Diamond would like to thank all retailers that cast their vote and congratulate the below Gem Award recipients. 

And the winners are...

2011 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year
 

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2011 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Over 4% Market Share
DC Comics

 

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2011 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Under 4% Market Share
BOOM! Studios

 

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2011 Backlist Publisher of the Year
DC Comics

Dark Horse Comics

2011 Manga Publisher of the Year
Dark Horse Comics

 

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2011 Game Manufacturer of the Year
Wizards of the Coast (WotC)

 

DC Direct

2011 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
DC Direct

 

2011 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year
Batman #1

2011 Comic Book of the Year
Under $3.00
Batman #1
JUL110206
DC Comics

Batman: The Return

2011 Comic Book of the Year
Over $3.00
Justice League #1
JUL110187
DC Comics

Kick-Ass 2 #1

2011 Licensed Comic Book of the Year
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Ongoing #1
JUN110370
IDW Comics

Kick-Ass Premiere

2011 Magazine of the Year
DC Superhero Collection Magazine
JUN110370
Eaglemoss

Superman: Earth-One

2011 Original GN of the Year
Batman: Noel Deluxe Edition HC
JUL110245
DC Comics

2011 Licensed TP/HC of the Year
TMNT Ultimate Collection
Volume 1 HC
JUN110375
IDW Comics

2011 Manga of the Year
Sailor Moon TP
Kodansha Edition Vol. 1
JUL111150
Kodansha

2011 Anthology of the Year
Rocketeer Adventures HC
Vol. 1 
DM Exclusive Edition
SEP110274
IDW Comics


2011 Indie GN of the Year
LOEG III: Century #2 1969

MAY111195
Top Shelf

Taschen

2011 Trade Book of the Year
The Walking Dead: Rise of the
Governor HC Vol. 1
JUL111360
St. Martin's Press

2011 Game Product
of the Year
Magic: The Gathering TCG
Innistrad Booster Display
AUG112115
WotC

2011 Toy Product of the Year
Batman: Arkham City
Series 1 AFs
OCT110307-OCT110314
DC Direct

2011 Toy Line of the Year
Batman: Arkham City
DC Direct

2011 Collectible Statue
of the Year
Cover Girls of the DCU:
Batgirl Statue

APR100306
DC Direct