Update January 9, 2015: Diamond sent out a correction regarding these awards, noting that the winner of the category '2014 Licsned TP/HC of the Year" is Dark Horse's Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Library ED. HC, and not My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 1 TP which they originally listed in their press release.
Original Story: Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest middleman between comic book publishers and your local comic book store, each year names the recipients of their Gem Awards, which according to Diamond are awarded to recognize “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"
The Gem Awards Vendor categories are nominated by a panel of “Diamond product specialists based on their overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from 2014.” Winners were then selected by “members of the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public — comic book specialty retailers across the United States and worldwide.”
"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 in a press release. "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."
For 2014, Image Comics was named the industry’s top publisher (in the over 4% market share category) for the second consecutive year. DC previously dominated the award from 2009 to 2012. Despite being the annual sales leader, Marvel last won the award for 2008.
For Image, it further solidifies their profile as the publishing haven for creators looking to expand upon the work-for-hire superhero dominance by the ‘Big Two.’
BOOM! Studios was named Comic Book Publisher of the Year with Under 4% Market Share.
Here are the rest of the Gem Award winner, including the Product category winners:
2014 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year
- 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 #1, Marvel Comics
2014 Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00: Thor #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 #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 #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 #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