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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 a 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 #24; Comic 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 Marvel Legacy #1; and Licensed Comic of the Year with Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1.

Image Comics 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 as well, taking home Anthology of the Year with Love is Love GN; Best All Ages Series with Ducktales, and shared Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman TMNT, volume 1 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 New Publisher of the Year for 2017, VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year; and Diamond Select Toys for Toy Product of the Year with the Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure.

2017 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 3%: DC Comics
2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 3%: Aftershock Comics
2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year: DC Comics
2017 Manga Publisher of the Year: VIZ Media
2017 Game Manufacturer of the Year: WizKids
2017 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko

2017 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.99: Batman #24, DC Comics
2017 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99: Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12), DC Comics
2017 Best New Comic Book Series: Redneck, Image Comics
2017 Best All Ages Series: DuckTales, IDW Publishing
2017 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN: DC Super Hero Girls, volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High, DC Comics
2017 Licensed Comic of the Year: Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1, Marvel Comics
2017 Licensed TP or HC of the Year: Batman TMNT, volume 1, DC Comics/IDW Publishing
2017 Original Graphic Novel of the Year: Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1, DC Comics
2017 Reprint TP or HC of the Year: The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan, Image Comics
2017 Indie Graphic Novel 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 Magazine of the Year: Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Magazine
2017 Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC, Dark Horse Comics
2017 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: FCBD 2017 I Hate Image, Image Comics
2017 Game Product of the Year: Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick, WizKids/NECA
2017 Toy Product of the Year: Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure, Diamond Select Toys
2017 Toy Line of the Year: POP!, Funko
2017 Collectible Statue of the Year: DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue, DC Collectibles

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