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Diamond Announces 2016 Gem Award Winners

Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of the 2016 Diamond Gem Awards, selected by comic book specialty retailers and celebrated within the comic book industry as an important award honoring sales success.

DC Entertainment took home Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 4% Market Share) in 2016. Retailers recognized DC with the most Gem Awards--six--including the shared Backlist Publisher of the Year award with Image Comics; Comic Book of the Year (Under $3.00) with DC Universe: Rebirth #1; Comic Book of the Year (Over $3.00) with All Star Batman #1; Original Graphic Novel of the Year with Dark Night: A True Batman Story; and Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel with DC Super Hero Girls TP Volume 1: Finals Crisis.

Marvel Comics earned five Gem Awards, including Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year, Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year for Civil War II #1, Best New Comic Book Series with Spider-Man/Deadpool; Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Star Wars TP: Vader Down; and Best Free Comic Book Day Book with FCBD 2016 Civil War II #0.

Image Comics received four Gem Awards, taking home the shared Backlist Publisher of the Year with DC; Indie Graphic Novel of the Year with Head Lopper TP Volume 1; Reprint TP or HC of the Year for Saga TP Volume 6, and Magazine of the Year for Image+ #1.  

Retailers also recognized BOOM! Studios with four Gem Awards, including Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Under 4% Market Share) and VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year, among others.

A panel of Diamond product specialists selected the nominees for the Diamond Gem Awards based on each entry’s overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from 2016. Members of the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public--comic book specialty retailers across the United States and worldwide--then selected the winners.

And the Winners are...

2016 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

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2016 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Over 4%
DC Entertainment

2016 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Under 4%
BOOM! Studios

2016 Backlist Publisher of the Year
DC Entertainment / Image Comics (tie)

Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Marvel Comics

 



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2016 Manga Publisher
of the Year
VIZ Media

2016 Game Manufacturer
of the Year
WizKids/NECA

2016 Toy Manufacturer
of the Year
Funko



2016 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year 

Brightest Day #1

2016 Comic Book of the Year
Under $3.00

DC Universe: Rebirth #1
APR160273
DC Entertainment

2016 Comic Book of the Year
Over $3.00

All Star Batman #1
JUN160203
DC Entertainment

2016 Licensed Comic Book of the Year

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1
JAN161182
BOOM! Studios

Kick-Ass Premiere

2016 Licensed TP/HC of the Year

Star Wars TP: Vader Down 
JAN160962
Marvel Comics

Batman: Earth-One

2016 Original GN of the Year

Dark Night:
A True Batman Story HC

FEB160250
DC Comics from
DC Entertainment

2016 Reprint TP/HC of the Year

Saga TP Volume 6
MAR160684
Image Comics

Twilight: The Graphic Novel

2016 Manga TP of the Year

One Punch Man GN Volume 4
NOV151742
VIZ Media

Twilight: The Graphic Novel

2016 Best Free Comic Book Day Book

FCBD 2016
Civil War II #0

JAN160009
Marvel Comics

 

2016 Collectable
Statue of the Year

Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn Statue
JAN160369
DC Collectibles from 
DC Entertainment

 

   

2016 Top Dollar Comic Book

Civil War II #1
MAR160703
Marvel Comics

 

Twilight: The Graphic Novel

 

2016 Best New
Comic Book Series

Spider-Man/Deadpool
Marvel Comics

 

  Twilight: The Graphic Novel

 

2016 Best All-Ages Series

Lumberjanes
BOOM! Studios

 

   

2016 Best All-Ages Original/Reprint GN

DC Super Hero Girls TP
Volume 1: Finals Crisis
APR160322
DC Entertainment

 

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2016 Magazine of the Year

Image+
Image Comics

 

 

2016 Indie GN of the Year

Head Lopper TP Volume 1
JUL160804
Image Comics

 

2016 Anthology of the Year

Aliens 30th Anniversary
Original Comics Series HC

DEC150061
Dark Horse Comics

 

 

2016 Trade Book of the Year

Jim Henson's Labyrinth Tales HC
JUL161323
BOOM! Studios

 

 

 

2016 Game Product of the Year

DC HeroClix
Batman: Arkham Quick Start
JAN160053
WizKids/NECA


 

2016 Toy Product of the Year

Batman Animated:
Mad Love Joker & Harley Quinn
2-Pack Action Figures
AUG150311
DC Collectibles from DC Entertainment

 

2016 Toy Line of the Year

POP! Figures
Funko