Diamond Announces 2017 Gem Award Winners

Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of the 2017 Diamond Gem Awards, selected by comic book specialty retailers and celebrated within the comic book industry as an key annual award honoring sales success.

DC Entertainment took home Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 3% Market Share) in 2017. Retailers recognized DC with the most Gem Awards--seven--including the Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under with Batman #24Comic Book of the Year - Over $3.99 with Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12); Backlist Publisher of the Year; Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman/TMNT, Volume 1, shared with IDW Publishing; Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel with DC Super Hero Girls TP Volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High; and Original Graphic Novel of the Year with Wonder Woman Earth One, Volume 1. DC Collectibles, the collectibles branch of DC Entertainment won Collectible Statue of the Year with the DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue.

Marvel Comics earned three Gem Awards, including Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year, Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year for for Marvel Legacy #1; and Licensed Comic of the Year with Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1.

Image Comics also received three Gem Awards, taking home Reprint TP or HC of the Year with The Walking Dead: Here's Negan; Best Free Comic Book Day Book with FCBD 2017 I Hate Image; and Best New Comic Book Series for Redneck.  

IDW Publishing received three Gem Awards, taking home Anthology of the Year with Love is Love GN; Best All Ages Series with DuckTales, and Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman/TMNT, Volume 1 shared with DC Comics.

Dark Horse Comics took home the Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year with The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC.

Retailers also recognized AfterShock Comics as 2017 New Publisher of the Year, VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year; and Diamond Select Toys with a Gem Award for Toy Product of the Year with the Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure.

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 2017. 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...

2017 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

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2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Over 3%
DC Entertainment

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Under 3%
AfterShock Comics

2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year
DC Entertainment

Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Marvel Comics


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2017 Manga Publisher
of the Year
VIZ Media

2017 Game Manufacturer
of the Year

2017 Toy Manufacturer
of the Year

2017 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year 

2017 Comic Book of the Year
$3.99 or Under

Batman #24 
DC Entertainment

2017 Top Dollar Comic Book

Marvel Legacy #1
Marvel Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year
Over $3.99

Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12)
DC Entertainment

2017 Best New 
Comic Book Series

Image Comics

2017 Licensed Comic Book of the Year

Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1
Marvel Comics

2017 Best All-Ages Series

IDW Publishing

2017 Licensed TP/HC of the Year

Batman/TMNT, Volume 1 
DC Entertainment/IDW Publishing

2017 Best All-Ages Original/Reprint GN

DC Super Hero Girls, Volume 4: 
Past Times at Super Hero High
DC Entertainment

2017 Original GN of the Year

Wonder Woman:
Earth One, Volume 1
DC Entertainment

2017 Magazine of the Year

Heavy Metal 
Heavy Metal Magazine

2017 Reprint TP/HC of the Year

The Walking Dead: Here's Negan
Image Comics

2017 Indie GN of the Year

My Favorite Thing 
is Monsters GN Vol. 1
Fantagraphics Books

2017 Manga TP of the Year

The Legend of Zelda:
Twilight Princess, Volume 1
VIZ Media

2017 Anthology of the Year

Love is Love GN
IDW Publishing

2017 Best Free Comic Book Day Book

FCBD 2017 I Hate Image 
Image Comics

2017 Trade Book of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: 
Art & Artifacts HC
Dark Horse Comics


2017 Collectable
Statue of the Year

DC Designer Series:
The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue 
DC Collectibles from 
DC Entertainment


2017 Game Product of the Year

Marvel HeroClix: 
Deadpool and X-Force 
Booster Brick

2017 Toy Product of the Year

Marvel Gallery: 
Dr. Strange PVC Figure
Diamond Select Toys


2017 Toy Line of the Year

Funko POP!