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No caption.Diamond Comic Distributors is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 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 ‘Gemmies’ are a fantastic opportunity for comic book retailers to honor suppliers and products that helped their businesses remain strong, despite a challenging economy,” said Diamond President and CEO Steve Geppi. “We congratulate the 2009 Gem Award winners, who truly deserve this recognition, and look forward to many more years of excellence from these and all of the valued publishers and suppliers that keep our industry growing.” 

After being unseated by Marvel Comics last year, DC Comics regained the Comic Book Publisher of the Year award in 2009 for the multi-million dollar comic book specialty market. DC also took home the most Gem Awards with ten, most notably winning Comic Book  of the Year Under $3.00 for Batman and Robin #1,  Comic Book  of the Year Over $3.00 for Blackest Night #1, and Trade Paperback of the Year for perennial bestseller, The Watchmen TP

“The long and supportive relationship between DC and the direct market is exemplified by these ten Gem Awards, and we thank the retailers for the recognition, and all they do to connect our comics with our readers,” said DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz. 

“Outstanding! Ten Gem Awards!” added DC Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne. “A big thank you from everyone at DC to our partners in the retail community. Thanks for your continued support.”

Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer hit a double-header for the Oregon-based publisher, with issue #22 awarded Licensed Comic of the Year and the Season 8 TP Volume 4: Time of Your Life winning Licensed TP of the Year.

Other publishers also fared well, with BOOM! Studios recognized as Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Under 4%) and VIZ Media as Manga Publisher of the Year. In the category of Original Graphic Novel of the Year, IDW Publishing’s bestselling Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter HC took home the prize. 

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 2009 and then voted on by the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public—comic book specialty retailers across the U.S. and abroad.

And The Winners are...

2009 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

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2009 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Over 4% Market Share
DC Comics

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2009 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Under 4% Market Share
BOOM! Studios

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2009 Backlist Publisher of the Year
DC Comics

VIZ Media

2009 Manga Publisher of the Year
VIZ Media

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2009 Sports Card Manufacturer of the Year
The Upper Deck Company


Rittenhouse Archives

2009 Non-Sports Card Manufacturer of the Year
Rittenhouse Archives

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2009 Game Manufacturer of the Year
Wizards of the Coast (WotC)

DC Direct

2009 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
DC Direct

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2009 Video Manufacturer of the Year
Warner Home Video


2009 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year
Batman and Robin #1

2009 Comic Book of the Year
Under $3.00
Batman and Robin #1
APR090147
DC Comics

Blackest Night #1

2009 Comic Book of the Year
Over $3.00
Blackest Night #1
MAY090106
DC Comics

BTVS Comic

2009 Licensed Comic Book of the Year
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22
NOV080049
Dark Horse Comics

BTVS

2009 Licensed TP/HC
of the Year
Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Season 8 Volume 4 TP
JAN090114
Dark Horse Comics

Parker: The Hunter

2009 Original GN of the Year
Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter HC
MAY090880
IDW Publishing

Watchmen TP

2009 Reprint TP/HC of the Year
Watchmen TP
FEB058406
DC Comics

Naruto 45

2009 Manga TP of the Year
Naruto Volume 45 TP
APR091017
VIZ Media

LOEG 3

2009 Indie GN of the Year
League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen III: Century #1 - 1910
FEB094465
Top Shelf Prod.

Classic Children's Comics

2009 Anthology TP of the Year
Toon Treasury of Classic
Children's Comics HC
JUN090668
Abrams Comicarts

Pride & Prejudice

2009 Trade Book of the Year
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies SC
JAN098068
Chronicle Books

MTG Card

2009 Game Product
of the Year
Magic the Gathering TCG
2010 Core Set
MAY091798
Wizards of the Coast

Dark Knight Joker Statue

2009 Toy Product of the Year
Hot Toys' The Dark
Knight 1:6 Scale Joker
SEP080240
DC Direct

Blackest Night AFs

2009 Toy Line of the Year
Blackest Night
FEB090286
DC Direct

Wonder Woman Statue

2009 Collectable
Statue of the Year
Cover Girls of the DCU
Statue: Wonder Woman
NOV080248
DC Direct

Wonder Woman Bust

2009 Mini Bust of the Year
Women of the DCU Series 2
Wonder Woman Bust
JUN070301
DC Direct

DC Figurine Magazine

2009 Magazine of the Year
DC Super-Hero
Figurine Collection
APR091085
Eaglemoss Pub.

Topps Card

2009 Sports Card
Product of the Year
Topps 2009 Series 1
Hobby MLB T/C Box
NOV084547
Topps

X-Men Cards

2009 Non-Sports Card Product
of the Year
Marvel Masterpieces
Set 2 Trading Cards
FEB084391
Upper Deck

Dark Knight DVD

2009 Audio/ Visual Media
of the Year
Batman: The Dark Knight DVD
NOV085263
Warner Home Video

This information will also be presented in the Diamond Dialogue 2009 Annual, which is scheduled to arrive in shops on February 10.

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