Diamond Announces 2009 GEM AWARD Nominees

Diamond Comics Distributors opened up voting for the 2009 edition of their 19th annual Gem Awards ("Gemmies"), which are voted on by Diamond customers (i.e. Direct Market comic book store owners). Diamond describes the awards as embodying the "very best of what the specialty market has to offer", giving storeowners "a fantastic opportunity to honor those that have been instrumental in helping their businesses grow over the past year."

According to Diamond, nominees were chosen 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 quality, creativity and sales performance over the past year."

Fans can't vote on the awards, but here is a look at some of the publishers and products nominated, which provide a glimpse at what storeowners considered some of the bigger 2009 success stories.

The award winners will be announced in early February...

2009 Comic Book Publisher of the Year Over 4%
  Dark Horse Comics
  DC Comics
  IDW Publishing
  Image Comics
  Marvel Comics
2009 Comic Book Publisher of the Year Under 4%
  Avatar Press
  BOOM! Studios
  Dynamite Entertainment
  Oni Press
  Viz Media
2009 Backlist Publisher of the Year
  Dark Horse Comics
  DC Comics
  Dynamite Entertainment
  IDW Publishing
  Image Comics
  Marvel Comics
2009 Manga Publisher of the Year
  Dark Horse Comics
  DC Comics/CMX
  Digital Manga
  VIZ Media
2009 Comic Book of the Year Under $3.00
  Archie #600 (Archie)
  Batman and Robin #1 (DC)
  Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires (Dark Horse)
  Haunt #1 (Image)
  The Boys #30 (Dynamite)
  Wolverine #71 (Marvel)
2009 Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00
  Amazing Spider-Man #583 Obama Variant (Marvel)
  Blackest Night #1 (DC)
  Image United #1 (Image)
  Irredeemable #1 (BOOM!)
  Star Wars: Invasion #0 (Dark Horse)
2009 Licensed Comic of the Year
  Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22 (Dark Horse)
  Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Nightmare Warriors #1 (DC/WildStorm)
  Stand: American Nightmares #1 (Marvel)
  Transformers Ongoing #1 (IDW)
2009 Original GN of the Year
  Asterios Polyp GN (Pantheon Books)
  Book of Genesis: Illustrated by Robert Crumb HC (W.W. Norton)
  Filthy Rich HC (DC/Vertigo)
  Grandville HC (Dark Horse)
  Richard Starks’ Parker: The Hunter HC (IDW)
  Scott Pilgrim Volume 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe (Oni)
2009 Reprint TP or HC of the Year
  Bloom County Complete Library HC Volume 1 (IDW)
  Final Crisis HC (DC)
  Irredeemable TP Volume 1 (BOOM!)
  Secret Invasion TP (Marvel)
  The Boys TP Volume 4: We Gotta Go Now (Dynamite)
  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz HC (Marvel)
  Umbrella Academy TP Volume 2: Dallas (Dark Horse)
  Walking Dead Compendium TP Volume 1 (Image)
  Watchmen TP (DC)
2009 Licensed TP or HC of the Year
  Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 TP Volume 4: Time of Your Life (Dark Horse)
  Halo Uprising Premiere HC (Marvel)
  Star Trek: Countdown TP (IDW)
  World of Warcraft: Ashbringer HC (DC/WildStorm)
2009 Manga TP of the Year
  Fruits Basket GN Volume 22 (TOKYOPOP)
  Lucky Star GN Volume 1 (Bandai Entertainment)
  Naruto TP Volume 45 (Viz Media)
  Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari Raising Project TP Volume 1 (Dark Horse)
2009 Anthology TP of the Year
  Flight GN Volume 6 (Villard Books)
  Pixu TP Volume 1: Mark of Evil (Dark Horse)
  Popgun GN Volume 3 (Image)
  Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics HC (Abrams Comicarts)
2009 Indie GN of the Year
  Alan Moore’s The Courtyard GN Color Printing (Avatar Press)
  Eternal Smile GN (St. Martin’s Press)
  Fahrenheit 451 GN (St. Martin’s Press)
  League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #1 – 1910 (Top Shelf Productions)
  Love & Rockets: New Stories TP Volume 2 (Fantagraphics Books)
2009 Trade Book of the Year
  Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: Lifelong Vision of the Heroic (Flesk Publications)
  Dawn: The Worlds of Final Fantasy HC (Dark Horse)
  Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 39 (Gemstone Publishing)
  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies SC (Chronicle Books)

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