The overall top dog was DC Entertainment, which scored a whopping seven wins – including best Backlist Publisher, Best Original Graphic Novel (Batman: Earth One) and Best Toy Line. Mainstream competitor Marvel Comics came in a close second with five awards – including Top Dollar Comic (Amazing Spider-Man #1) and Comic Book of the Year (Ms. Marvel #1).
In a move which should surprise no one who’s seen the quality of their releases and the schedule on which they release trades, retailers voted independent publisher Image Comics Publisher of the Year for 2014. The Berkely, CA – based publisher also took home honors for Best New Comic Book Series for Kirkman and Azaceta’s Outcast.
Small market publisher BOOM! Studios was recognized as the Comic Book Publisher of the Year for the under 4% market share segment.
Speaking to the press about the GEM Awards, Diamond CEO Steve Geppi said “We established the Gem Awards to give retailers an opportunity to recognize the suppliers, titles, and products that have been instrumental in helping their businesses grow over the past year,” said Diamond President & CEO Steve Geppi. “Our suppliers work diligently to support retailers and the entire industry with top-quality titles and products, and we thank all of the retailers who took time from their busy schedules to vote and acknowledge those efforts.”
Diamond selected the nominees, which were then voted on by comic book retailers around the globe. The full list of winners can be found below.
2014 Comic Book Publisher of the Year Over 4%: Image Comics
2014 Comic Book Publisher of the year Under 4%: BOOM! Studios
2014 Backlist Publisher of the year: DC Entertainment
2014 Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year: Marvel Comics
2014 Manga Publisher of the Year: Viz Media
2014 Game Manufacturer of the Year: Wizards of the Coast
2014 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko
2014 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year
2014 Comic Book of the Year Under $3.00: Ms. Marvel No. 1, Marvel Comics
2014 Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00: Thor No. 1, Marvel Comics
2014 Best New Comic Book Series: Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta, Image Comics
2014 Top Dollar Comic of the Year: Amazing Spider-Man No. 1, Marvel Comics
2014 Best All-Ages Comics: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, IDW Publishing
2014 Licensed Comic Book of the Year: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind No. 1, Dark Horse Comics
2014 Licensed TP/HC of the Year: Avatar: The Last Airbender The Search Library Ed. HC, Dark Horse Comics
2014 Original GN of the Year: Batman: Earth One TP, DC Comics from DC Entertainment
2014 Reprint TP/HC of the Year: Batman: Death of the Family Book & Joker Mask Set, DC Comics
2014 Indie GN of the Year: Andre the Giant: Life & Legend GN :01 First Second Books
2014 Manga TP of the Year: Attack on Titan: Before the Fall GN Vol. 01, Kodansha Comics
2014 Anthology of the Year: Dark Horse Presents 2014 No. 1, Dark Horse Comics
2014 Magazine of the Year: MAD Magazine from DC Entertainment
2014 Trade Book of the Year: The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Vol. 44, Gemstone Publishing
2014 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: FCBD 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Comics
2014 Game Product of the Year: Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men Starter Set , WizKids/NECA
2014 Toy Product of the Year: DC Comics Super Villains Harley Quinn AF, DC Collectibles from DC Entertainment
2014 Toy Line of the Year: Batman Animated, DC Collectibles from DC Entertainment
2014 Collectable Statue of the Year: Batman Black & White: Harley Quinn 2nd Ed. Statue, DC Collectibles from DC Entertainment