Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the nominees for the 2017 Diamond Gem Awards. The awards, voted on by comic book retailers in the direct market, are planned to be announced mid-January.
The 2017 nominees, as chosen by Diamond staffers are as follows:
Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 3%: DC Comics, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, and Dark Horse Comics.
Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 3%: BOOM! Studios, Aftershock Comics, Valiant Entertainment, Dynamite Entertainment, and Titan Comics.
Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under: Batman #24 – DC Comics, The Walking Dead #167 – Image Comics, X-O Manowar (2017) #1 – Valiant Entertainment, Babyteeth #1 – Aftershock Comics, and Edge of Venomverse #1 (of 5) – Marvel Comics.
Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99: Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12) – DC Comics, Marvel Legacy #1 – Marvel Comics, TMNT Ongoing #75 – IDW Publishing, and Royal City #1 – Image Comics.
Licensed Comic of the Year: Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 – Marvel Comics, John Wick #1 – Dynamite Entertainment, Rick & Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 (of 5) – Oni Press, Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 – Dark Horse Comics, and Robotech #1 – Titan Comics.
Magazine of the Year: Heavy Metal – Heavy Metal Magazine, Image + – Image Comics, Mad Magazine – DC Comics, Back Issue – Tomorrows Publishing, and Doctor Who Magazine – Panini Publishing Ltd
Backlist Publisher of the Year: DC Comics, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, and Dark Horse Comics.
Reprint Trade Paperback or Hard Cover of the Year: The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan – Image Comics, Batman Volume 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth) – DC Comics, Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins, Creepshow Graphic Novel – Gallery 13, and Unworthy Thor Trade Paperback – Marvel Comics
Licensed Trade Paperback or Hard Cover of the Year: Batman TMNT Volume 1 – DC Comics, Rick & Morty Volume 4 – Oni Press, Star Wars: Darth Maul – Marvel Comics, The Flintstones Volume 1 – DC Comics, and Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 1 – Lion Forge.
Manga Trade Paperback of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 1 – Viz Media, Ghost in the Shell Deluxe RtL Edition Volume 1 – Kodansha Comics, My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness – Seven Seas Entertainment, and Berserk Volume 38 – Dark Horse Comics.
Manga Publisher of the Year: Viz Media, Dark Horse Comics, Tokyopop, and Kodansha Comics.
Anthology of the Year: Love is Love Graphic Novel – IDW Publishing, Thor by Walt Simonson Omnibus, New Ptg – Marvel Comics, Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years – DC Comics, and Dark Horse Book of Horror – Dark Horse Comics.
Indie Graphic Novel of the Year: My Favorite Thing is Monsters Graphic Novel Volume 1 – Fantagraphics Books, Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald Trump – IDW Publishing, Black History in Its Own Words – Image Comics, and Providence Hard Cover Act 1 - Final Ptg. – Avatar Press.
Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts Hard Cover – Dark Horse Comics, Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition Hard Cover Cvrs. A&B – IDW Publishing, The Art of Rick & Morty Hard Cover – Dark Horse Comics, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales Hard Cover – BOOM! Studios, and Neil Gaiman Norse Mythology Hard Cover – WW Norton.
Game Manufacturer of the Year: WizKids, IDW Games, Paizo, Inc., and Green Ronin Publishing.
Game Product of the Year: Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick – WizKids/NECA, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook Hard Cover – Paizo, Inc., Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City Card Game – IDW Games, and Critical Role: Tal Dorei Campaign Setting Hard Cover – Green Ronin Publishing.
Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko, DC Collectibles, Diamond Select Toys, Hasbro, and Mezco.
Toy Product of the Year: POP! Rides: Marvel Classic Ghost Rider with Bike PREVIEWS Exclusive Vinyl Figure – Funko, DC Rebirth Justice League Action Figure 7-pack – DC Collectibles, One:12 Collective Marvel PREVIEWS Exclusive Punisher Deluxe Action Figure – Mezco, Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure – Diamond Select Toys, and Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn PREVIEWS Exclusive MAF EX – MEDICOM Toy Corporation.
Toy Line of the Year: POP! – Funko, Marvel Gallery – Diamond Select Toys, DC TV – DC Collectibles, One:12 – Mezco, and ArtFX – Kotobukiya.
Collectible Statue of the Year: DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue – DC Collectibles, The Walking Dead (TV): Daryl Dixon Limited Edition Statue – McFarlane Toys, Marvel Milestones: Armored Thor Statue – Diamond Select Toys, and One Punch Man: Saitama Statue – First 4 Figures.
Best FCBD 2017 Title: I Hate Image – Image Comics, Secret Empire #1 – Marvel Comics, Wonder Woman #1 Special Edition – DC Comics, Rick & Morty – Oni Press, and Betty & Veronica #1 – Archie Comics.
Best All Ages Series: DuckTales – IDW Publishing, Scooby-Doo Team-up – DC Comics, Invader Zim – Oni Press, Lumberjanes – BOOM! Studios, and Usagi Yojimbo – Dark Horse Comics.
Best All Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel: DC Super Hero Girls Volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High – DC Comics, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Volume 3: The Smartest There Is – Marvel Comics, My Little Pony Movie Prequel – IDW Publishing, and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle Extravagonzo – Dark Horse Comics.
Best New Comic Book Series: Redneck – Image Comics, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows – Dark Horse Comics, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man – Marvel Comics, Future Quest Presents – DC Comics, and Bloodshot: Salvation – Valiant Entertainment.
Original Graphic Novel of the Year: Wonder Woman Earth One Volume 1 – DC Comics, Hellboy Into The Silent Sea – Dark Horse Comics, Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Volume 1 – Dark Horse Comics, Deadpool Bad Blood Original Graphic Novel – Marvel Comics, and My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Volume 1 – Fantagraphics Books.