2013 GEM Awards winners announces

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Diamond Comic Distributors has released its list of winners for the 2013 GEM Awards.  The winners might surprise you in categories like Best New Comic Book Series, and Licensed Comic of the Year, while others like Top Publisher, are easy to figure out.

Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of the 2013 Diamond Gem Awards, selected by comic book specialty retailers and 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.

2013 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 4%
Image Comics

2013 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 4%
BOOM! Studios

2013 Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Marvel Comics

2013 Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.00
Afterlife with Archie #1 – Archie Comics (JUL130792)

2013 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.00
Superior Spider-Man #1 NOW! – Marvel Comics (NOV120633)

2013 Top Dollar Comic of the Year
Superman Unchained #1 (APR130107)

2013 Licensed Comic of the Year
The Star Wars: Lucas Draft #1 – Dark Horse Comics (SEP138217)

2013 Magazine of the Year
Batman Automobilia Figure Collectors Magazine – Eaglemoss

2013 Backlist Publisher of the Year
DC Entertainment

2013 Original GN of the Year
Hellboy: Midnight Circle HC – Dark Horse Comics (JUN130031)

2013 Reprint TP or HC of the Year
Batman: Death of the Family Vol. 3 HC – DC Entertainment (MAY130216)

2013 Licensed TP or HC of the Year
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 1 TP – IDW Publishing (MAR130366)

2013 Manga TP of the Year
Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Vol. 1 TP – Dark Horse Comics (JAN130124)

2013 Manga Publisher of the Year
VIZ Media

2013 Anthology of the Year
Dark Horse Presents – Dark Horse Comics (MAY130015)

2013 Indie GN of the Year
March: Book One TP – Top Shelf Productions (JUN131298)

2013 Trade Book of the Year
Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia HC – Dark Horse Comics (SEP120055)

2013 Best Free Comic Book Day Book
FCBD 2013 The Walking Dead Special – Image Comics (JAN130008)

2013 Best All-Ages Series
Adventure Time – BOOM! Studios

2013 Best New Comic Book Series
East of West – Image Comics

2013 Game Manufacturer of the Year
Wizkids/NECA

2013 Game Product of the Year
The Walking Dead: Monopoly PX – USAopoly (OCT128266)

2013 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
DC Collectibles

2013 Toy Product of the Year
DC Comics Super Villains: The Joker Action Figure – DC Collectibles (MAY130285)

2013 Toy Line of the Year
POP! Vinyl Figures – Funko

2013 Collectible Statue of the Year
DC Comics Bombshells: Harley Quinn Statue – DC Collectibles (JUN130317)

Some of these categories took me totally by surprise, and I’m sure more than a few did the same for you.  Use the comment section to share your reactions to the 2013 GEM Awards.

via Diamond Comic Distributors