Diamond Comic Distributors have announced the winners of its 2016 Diamond Gem Awards, an awards grouping juried by Diamond and then judged by its customers, the comic book specialty retailers.
DC Entertainment came away with the most awards at six, followed closely by Marvel Comics' five. While Marvel was named the "Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year," DC was the one retailers chose as the top "Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 4% Market Share)."
BOOM! Studios and Image Comics tied for third with four awards. and then VIZ Media coming in fifth with two awards.
Below is a list of the winners - an incomplete list of the nominees provided by Diamond is here.
2016 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year
- 2016 Comic Book Publisher of the Year Over 4%: DC Entertainment
- 2016 Comic Book Publisher of the Year Under 4%: BOOM! Studios
- 2016 Backlist Publisher of the Year: DC Entertainment / Image Comics (tie)
- Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year: Marvel Comics
- 2016 Manga Publisher of the Year: VIZ Media
- 2016 Game Manufacturer of the Year: WizKids/NECA
- 2016 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko
2016 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year
- 2016 Comic Book of the Year Under $3.00: DC Universe: Rebirth #1 (DC Entertainment)
- 2016 Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00: All-Star Batman #1 (DC Entertainment)
- 2016 Licensed Comic Book of the Year: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 (BOOM! Studios)
- 2016 Licensed TP/HC of the Year: Star Wars TP: Vader Down (Marvel Comics)
- 2016 Original GN of the Year: Dark Night: A True Batman Story HC (DC Entertainment)
- 2016 Reprint TP/HC of the Year: Saga TP Volume 6 (Image Comics)
- 2016 Manga TP of the Year: One Punch Man GN Volume 4 (VIZ Media)
- 2016 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: Civil War II #0 (Marvel Comics)
- 2016 Collectable Statue of the Year: Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn Statue (DC Entertainment)
- 2016 Top Dollar Comic Book: Civil War II #1 (Marvel Comics)
- 2016 Best New Comic Book Series: Spider-Man/Deadpool (Marvel Comics)
- 2016 Best All-Ages Series: Lumberjanes (BOOM! Studios)
- 2016 Best All-Ages Original/Reprint GN: DC Super Hero Girls TP Volume 1: Finals Crisis (DC Entertainment)
- 2016 Magazine of the Year: Image+ (Image Comics)
- 2016 Indie GN of the Year: Head Lopper TP Volume 1 (Image Comics)
- 2016 Anthology of the Year: Aliens 30th Anniversary Original Comics Series HC (Dark Horse Comics)
- 2016 Trade Book of the Year: Jim Henson's Labyrinth Tales HC (BOOM! Studios)
- 2016 Game Product of the Year: DC HeroClix Batman: Arkham Quick Start (WizKids/NECA)
- 2016 Toy Product of the Year: Batman Animated: Mad Love Joker & Harley Quinn (DC Collectibles)
- 2016 Toy Line of the Year: POP! Figures (Funko)