Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday's Headlines | 2018 DIAMOND GEM Award Nominees

The nominees for Diamond Comic Distributors' 2018 Diamond Gem Awards have been announced. The awards will be voted on strictly by Direct Market comic book retailers. The winners are anticipated to be announced later this month.

2018 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 3%
Image Comics
DC Comics
Marvel Comics
Dark Horse Comics
IDW Publishing

2018 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 3%
BOOM! Studios
Oni Press
Valiant Entertainment
Aftershock Comics
Dynamite Entertainment
Lion Forge
Titan Comics

2018 Comic Book of the Year, $3.99 or Under
Die!Die!Die! #1 – Image Comics
Heroes In Crisis #1 – DC Comics
Amazing Spider-Man #798 – Marvel Comics
Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1 – Dark Horse Comics
Firefly #1 – BOOM! Studios
Rick and Morty #37 Cvr B Vasquez Var – Oni Press
Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 – Dynamite Entertainment
Sonic the Hedgehog #1 – IDW Publishing

2018 Comic Book of the Year, Over $3.99
Barrier #1 (of 5) Collectors Ed – Image Comics
Action #1000 – DC Comics
Batman #50 – DC Comics
Venom #1 – Marvel Comics
Fantastic Four #1 – Marvel Comics
MMPR Shattered Grid #1 – BOOM! Studios
Xerxes Fall of the House of Darius #1 – Dark Horse Comics
Red Sonja Holiday Special – Dynamite Entertainment
LOEG: The Tempest #1 – IDW Publishing/Top Shelf

2018 Licensed Comic of the Year
Aliens: Dust to Dust #1 (of 4) Main Cvr – Dark Horse Comics
Star Wars #50 – Marvel Comics
Stranger Things #1 – Dark Horse Comics
Star Wars: Tales From Vader’s Castle #1 – IDW Publishing
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Anniversary Special #1 – BOOM! Studios
Marvel Action Spider-Man #1 – IDW Publishing
James Bond The Body #1 – Dynamite Entertainment

2018 Magazine of the Year
Image + – Image Comics
Mad Magazine – DC Comics
Back Issue- Twomorrows Publishing
Illustration Magazine – Illustration Magazine
Full Bleed – IDW Publishing
Heavy Metal – Heavy Metal Magazine

2018 Backlist Publisher of the Year
Image Comics
DC Comics
Marvel Comics
Dark Horse Comics
IDW Publishing
Dynamite Entertainment

2018 Original Graphic Novel of the Year
My Hereos Have Always Been Junkies – Image Comics
Thanos Infinity Siblings – Marvel Comics
James Brown: Black and Proud – IDW Publishing/Top Shelf
Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass – BOOM! Studios
Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald – Dark Horse Comics
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins – First Second Books
Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network HC PX Ed – Kodansha Comics
Sheets – Lion Forge
Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand Volume 2 – Dynamite Entertainment
Green Lantern: Earth One Volume 1 – DC Comics

2018 Reprint TP or HC of the Year
Unnatural Volume 1 – Image Comics
Action Comics 80 Years of Superman – DC Comics
Batman White Knight – DC Comics
Jimmy’s Bastards Volume 1 – Aftershock Comics
X-Men Grand Design – Marvel Comics
Venom by Donny Cates Volume 1 – Marvel Comics
Divinity The Complete Trilogy Deluxe Edition – Valiant Entertainment
Rick and Morty Pocket Like You Stole It – Oni Press
Lumberjanes Volume 8 – BOOM! Studios
Bram Stoker’s Dracula – IDW Publishing
Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction – Dark Horse Comics
Motor Girl Omnibus – Abstract Studio

2018 Licensed TP or HC of the Year
Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith Volume 2: Legacy’s End- Marvel Comics
The Beatles Yellow Submarine- Titan Comics
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 3- Viz Media
Disney Manga The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey Volume 1- Tokyopop
Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast- Heavy Metal
Saban’s Power Rangers Soul of the Dragon – BOOM! Studios
Aliens Dead Orbit – Dark Horse Comics
James Bond Casino Royale – Dynamite Entertainment
Transformers Bumblebee: Win If You Dare – IDW Publishing
Rick and Morty Pocket Like You Stole It – Oni Press

2018 Manga TP of the Year
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Volume 1 – Seven Seas/Ghost Ship
My Hero Academia Volume 13 – Viz Media
Star Wars Lost Stars Volume 1 – Yen Press
Dementia 21 – Fantagraphics Books
Mob Psycho 100 Volume 1 – Dark Horse Comics
Attack on Titan Volume 24 – Kodansha Comics
Captain Harlock Classic Collection Volume 1 – Seven Seas Entertainment