Gem Awards Annnounce Top Comics for 2013

by J.D. Cook

Another year has ended and you all know what that means!? AWARDS SEASON! Ok, so maybe Comic Books don’t get the whole red carpet treatment but Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. has brought Comic Retailers together to decide what kind of awards should go to who this year. The categories range DCBombshellHarleyQuinnfrom Top Publisher of the Year to Best Free Comic Book Day Book but if I am being honest I think my favorite category is the Collectable Stature of the Year Award primarily because of the stature that won, pictured to the right, (Insert a Joker line about Harley Quinn Here). I think it is interesting to note that while Marvel and D.C. comics dominate the market with a combined 63.83 % of the Market Share, according to numbers provided by Diamond Comics Distributors Inc, Image Comics took home the top Gem Award this year. Image isn’t hugely well known and neither are a lot of the winners on this list but it is nice to know that Retailers recognize the fantastic work coming out of them. Image is currently surging thanks to the fantastic amount of talented creators flocking to the Publisher. There creators can create new stories from which they are allowed to keep a large amount of the profits. Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga really seems to have started this huge trend but titles like Rick Remender’s Black Science are expanding it even further. If you are interested you can find the full list of categories and winners below.

2013 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 4%

Image Comics

 2013 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 4%

BOOM! Studios

 2013 Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year

Marvel Comics

 2013 Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.00

Afterlife with Archie #1 – Archie Comics

 2013 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.00

Superior Spider-Man #1 NOW! – Marvel Comics

 2013 Top Dollar Comic of the Year

Superman Unchained #1

2013 Licensed Comic of the Year

The Star Wars: Lucas Draft #1 – Dark Horse Comics

StarWars#1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Magazine of the Year

Batman Automobilia Figure Collectors Magazine – Eaglemoss

 2013 Backlist Publisher of the Year

DC Entertainment

 2013 Original GN of the Year

Hellboy: Midnight Circle HC – Dark Horse Comics

2013 Reprint TP or HC of the Year

Batman: Death of the Family Vol. 3 HC – DC Entertainment

 2013 Licensed TP or HC of the Year

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 1 TP – IDW Publishing

2013 Manga TP of the Year

Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Vol. 1 TP – Dark Horse Comics

The Lone Wolf and Cub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Manga Publisher of the Year

VIZ Media

 2013 Anthology of the Year

Dark Horse Presents – Dark Horse Comics

 2013 Indie GN of the Year

March: Book One TP – Top Shelf Productions 

 2013 Trade Book of the Year

Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia HC – Dark Horse Comics

 2013 Best Free Comic Book Day Book

FCBD 2013 The Walking Dead Special – Image Comics

Walking Dead Comic FCBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Best All-Ages Series

Adventure Time – BOOM! Studios

 2013 Best New Comic Book Series

East of West – Image Comics

2013 Game Manufacturer of the Year

Wizkids/NECA

 2013 Game Product of the Year

The Walking Dead: Monopoly PX – USAopoly

 2013 Toy Manufacturer of the Year

DC Collectibles

 2013 Toy Product of the Year

DC Comics Super Villains: The Joker Action Figure – DC Collectibles

 2013 Toy Line of the Year

POP! Vinyl Figures – Funko

Pop Vinyl Batman

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Collectible Statue of the Year

DC Comics Bombshells: Harley Quinn Statue – DC Collectibles