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2016 Diamond Gem Awards Nominees Announced

No caption.Embodying the very best of what the comic book specialty market has to offer, the Diamond Gem Awards offer retailers a fantastic opportunity to honor those that have been instrumental in helping their businesses grow over the past year. Why are they unique? The Gem Awards are the only industry awards 100% voted on by comic book specialty retailers! 

The ballot for the 2016 "Gemmies" is available exclusively to retailers. Voting will end the first week in January, with winners annouced shortly thereafter.

Nominees were chosen by a panel of Diamond product specialists based on their overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from the past year.

Some of the 2016 categories and contenders include:

2016 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 4%

  • Dark Horse Comics
  • DC Comics
  • IDW Publishing
  • Image Comics
  • Marvel Comics


2016 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 4%

  • Aftershock Comics
  • BOOM! Studios
  • Dynamite Entertainment
  • Oni Press
  • Titan Comics
  • Valiant Entertainment

 

2016 Backlist Publisher of the Year

  • Dark Horse Comics
  • DC Comics
  • IDW Publishing
  • Image Comics
  • Marvel Comics
  • Oni Press
  • VIZ Media

 

2016 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.00

  • 4 Kids Walk into a Bank #1 - Black Mask Studios 
  • All Star Batman #1 – DC Comics
  • Animosity #1 – Aftershock Comics 
  • Batman TMNT Adventures #1 – IDW Publishing 
  • Betty & Veronica #1 – Archie Comics 
  • Black Panther #1 – Marvel Comics 
  • Briggs Land #1 – Dark Horse Comics 
  • Faith (ONGOING) #1 – Valiant Entertainment 
  • Motor Girl #1 – Abstract Studio 
  • Reborn #1 – Image Comics 
  • Skybourne #1 – BOOM! Studios 

2016 Original Graphic Novel of the Year

  • Attack on Titan Anthology PX Edition – Kodansha Comics  
  • Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand HC Volume 1 – Dynamite Entertainment
  • Dark Night A True Batman Story HC – DC Comics 
  • March Book 3 – IDW Publishing/Top Shelf 
  • Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties – Dark Horse Comics 
  • One Week in the Library – Image Comics 
  • Steven Universe Original GN Volume 1 Too Cool for School - BOOM! Studios  
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up Marvel Universe H – Marvel Comics
     

Look for the Gem Award Winners announcement during the second week of January!