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January 12, 2010


Your 2009 Gem Awards Nominees

Diamond Comics Distributors has opened up voting for the eligible comic shop owners on its Gem Awards, about as hardcore a Direct Market industry award as exists -- one of the values of the awards is that the winners and nominees enjoy an impact on the marketplace that includes moving some books/merchandise. The nominees are named by the company's categorical experts. I like these awards because a) I don't have to vote for them and b) some of the category names make me laugh. The winners will be named early next month.

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
* TOKYOPOP
* 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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