Nominations For Diamond Gem Awards 2017 Announced – With a Few Changes

Courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors, here are the nominees for the Diamond Gem Awards of 2017, to be voted on by comic book retailers in the direct market.

Participating comic store owners will also be entered in a draw to win a $200 backlist credit, and five will also win one box each of FCBD store bags

Diamond says that "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 sales performance and quality from the past year."

A few changed since last year – The Publisher Of The Year marketplace percentage qualification has shrunk from 4% to 3%. To keep IDW and Dark Horse on the list amongst Premier publishers? Dynamite also often goes over 3% though… can't they just go Premier and Non-Premiere?

Also the Comic Of The Year price split has switched from under $3 and $3 and over, to over $3.99 and $3.99 and under. Which will allow the twice-monthly popular DC titles to go head to head with Marvel's ongoing comics.

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 3%
Marvel Comics
DC Comics
Image Comics
IDW Publishing
Dark Horse Comics

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 3%
BOOM! Studios
Dynamite Entertainment
Titan Comics
Oni Press
Valiant Entertainment
Aftershock Comics

2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year
Marvel Comics
DC Comics
Dark Horse Comics
IDW Publishing
Image Comics
Dynamite Entertainment
BOOM! Studios
Valiant Entertainment
Viz Media
Yen Press

Nominations For Diamond Gem Awards 2017 Announced – With a Few Changes2017 Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under
Batman #24 – DC Comics (APR170279)
Edge of Venomverse #1 (of 5) – Marvel Comics (APR170962)
The Walking Dead #167 – Image Comics (MAR170791)
X-O Manowar (2017) #1 – Valiant Entertainment (JAN172113)
Neil Gaiman's American Gods: Shadows #1 – Dark Horse Comics (JAN170096)
Go Go Power Rangers #1 – BOOM! Studios (MAY171212)
Babyteeth #1 – Aftershock Comics (APR171222)
Lady Mechanika: Clockwork Assassin #1 (of 3) – Benitez Productions (MAY171203)
Shadow Batman #1 (of 6) – Dynamite Entertainment (AUG171470)
Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken #1 (of 6) – IDW Publishing (MAR170494)
Riverdale (Ongoing) #1 – Archie Comics (FEB171205)
Rick & Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 (of 5) – Oni Press (MAY171711)

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99
Marvel Legacy #1 – Marvel Comics (JUL170990)
Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12) – DC Comics (SEP170245)
Black Hammer Giant Sized Annual #1 – Dark Horse Comics (NOV160053)
TMNT Ongoing #75 – IDW Publishing (AUG170416)
Royal City #1 – Image Comics (JAN170646)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2017 Annual #1 – BOOM! Studios (MAR171401)
James Bond Service Special – Dynamite Entertainment (MAR171595)

2017 Licensed Comic of the Year
Rick & Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 (of 5) – Oni Press (MAY171711)
Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 – Marvel Comics (MAR171106)
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 – Dark Horse Comics (FEB170019)
Star Wars Adventures #1 – IDW Publishing (JUL170510)
The Jetsons #1 – DC Comics (SEP170385)
John Wick #1 – Dynamite Entertainment (JUL171650)
Robotech #1 – Titan Comics (MAY171805)
Go Go Power Rangers #1 – BOOM! Studios (MAY171212)
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast #1 (of 5) – Heavy Metal Magazine (AUG171760)

2017 Best New Comic Book Series
Neil Gaiman's American Gods: Shadows – Dark Horse Comics
Bloodshot: Salvation – Valiant Entertainment
The Damned – Oni Press
Future Quest Presents – DC Comics
Go Go Power Rangers – BOOM! Studios
Namwolf – Albatross Funnybooks
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man – Marvel Comics
Redneck – Image Comics
Star Wars Adventures – IDW Publishing

2017 Original Graphic Novel of the Year
Deadpool Bad Blood OGN – Marvel Comics (DEC161086)
Savage Town OGN – Image Comics (JUN170700)
Lennon: The New York Years – IDW Publishing (JAN170546)
Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, volume 1 – Dark Horse Comics (FEB170063)
Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1 – DC Comics (JAN170402)
Hellboy Into The Silent Sea – Dark Horse Comics (DEC160056)
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, volume 1 – Fantagraphics Books (DEC161677)
Roughneck GN – Gallery 13 (FEB171675)
Jane – BOOM! Studios (MAY171238)

2017 Indie Graphic Novel of the Year
Black History in Its Own Words – Image Comics (DEC160625)
Brandon Sanderson White Sand, volume 1 – Dynamite Entertainment (JUL171745)
Calamity Jane – IDW Publishing (DEC160601)
Lighter Than My Shadow – Lion Forge (JUL171995)
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, volume 1 – Fantagraphics Books (DEC161677)
Providence Act 1 – Final Ptg. – Avatar Press (DEC161300)
Roughneck GN – Gallery 13 (FEB171675)
Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald Trump – IDW Publishing (MAY170525)
The Tea Dragon Society – Oni Press (JUN171831)

2017 Reprint TP or HC of the Year
Unworthy Thor TP – Marvel Comics (FEB170983)
Batman, volume 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth) – DC Comics (OCT160291)
Black Hammer, volume 1: Secret Origins (NOV160051)
Mystery Society: The Definitive Edition – IDW Publishing (JUN170582)
The Walking Dead: Here's Negan – Image Comics (JUL170766)
Britannia, volume 1 – Valiant Entertainment (DEC162066)
Animosity, volume 1 – Aftershock Comics (JAN171219)
Motor Girl, volume 1: Real Life – Abstract Studios (MAR171184)
Murder Ballads – Z2 Comics (APR172207)
Hillbilly, volume 1 – Albatross Funnybooks (JAN171227)
Atomic Blonde: The Coldest City – Oni Press (FEB171819)
Creepshow GN – Gallery 13 (MAR171842)
Lumberjanes, volume 6 – BOOM! Studios (DEC161385)

2017 Licensed TP or HC of the Year
Rick & Morty, volume 4 – Oni Press (NOV161705)
The Flintstones, volume 1 – DC Comics (DEC160395)
Voltron Legendary Defender, volume 1 – Lion Forge (NOV161677)
Batman TMNT, volume 1 – DC Comics (APR170419)
Star Wars: Darth Maul – Marvel Comics (MAY170950)
Brandon Sanderson's White Sand, volume 1 – Dynamite Entertainment (JUL171745)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, volume 2 – BOOM! Studios (NOV161226)
Predator: The Original Comics Series 1989-1996 – Dark Horse Comics (FEB170021)

2017 Anthology of the Year
Thor by Walt Simonson Omnibus, New Ptg – Marvel Comics (APR171129)
Dark Horse Book of Horror – Dark Horse Comics (APR170077)
Annual TP – Image Comics (JUN170627)
Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years – DC Comics (MAY170352)
Junji Ito's Dissolving Classroom – Vertical Comics (NOV161967)
Now #1 – Fantagraphics Books (JUL171883)
Love is Love GN – IDW Publishing (OCT160480)
Junji Ito's Shiver – Viz Media (OCT171949)

2017 Best All Ages Series
DuckTales – IDW Publishing
Grumpy Cat/Garfield – Dynamite Entertainment
Invader Zim – Oni Press
Lumberjanes – BOOM! Studios
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur – Marvel Comics
Scales and Scoundrels – Image Comics
Scooby-Doo Team-up – DC Comics
Usagi Yojimbo – Dark Horse Comics

2017 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN
Animal Jam HC – Dynamite Entertainment (JUN171526)
Brobots, volume 2 – Oni Press (APR171893)
DC Super Hero Girls, volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High, DC Comics (JUN170333)
Disney Descendants: Rotten to the Core, volume 1 – Tokyopop (MAR172115)
Kid Savage – Image Comics (FEB170694)
The Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: Claws Out – Action Lab Entertainment (FEB171026)
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, volume 3: The Smartest There Is – Marvel Comics (APR171155)
My Little Pony Movie Prequel – IDW Publishing (JUN170511)
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle Extravagonzo – Dark Horse Comics (FEB170090)

2017 Best Free Comic Book Day Book
FCBD 2017 Betty & Veronica #1 – Archie Comics (JAN170001)
FCBD 2017 Bongo Comics Free-For-All – Bongo Comics (JAN170002)
FCBD 2017 BOOM! Studios Summer Blast – BOOM! Studios (JAN170003)
FCBD 2017 Dark Horse's Briggs Land / James Cameron's Avatar – Dark Horse Comics (JAN170004)
FCBD 2017 Doctor Who – Titan Comics (JAN170010)
FCBD 2017 I Hate Image – Image Comics (JAN170007)
FCBD 2017 Rick & Morty – Oni Press (JAN170009)
FCBD 2017 Secret Empire #1 – Marvel Comics (JAN170008)
FCBD 2017 Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Broken – IDW Publishing (JAN170006)
FCBD 2017 VIZ's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess/The Ocarina of Time – Viz (JAN170012)
FCBD 2017 Wonder Woman #1 Special Edition – DC Comics (JAN170005)
FCBD 2017 X-O Manowar Special – Valiant Entertainment (JAN170011)

2017 Manga Publisher of the Year
Dark Horse Comics
Yen Press
Viz Media
Seven Seas Entertainment
Kodansha Comics
Seven Seas Ghost Ship

2017 Manga TP of the Year
Berserk, volume 38 – Dark Horse Comics (MAR170101)
Disney Descendants: Rotten to the Core, volume 1 – Tokyopop
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, volume 1 – Viz Media (JAN172159)
Your Name, volume 1 – Yen Press (APR172198)
Ghost in the Shell Deluxe RtL Edition, volume 1 – Kodansha Comics (NOV161661)
To Love Ru, volume 1-2 – Seven Seas Ghost Ship (OCT171802)
Zombies Assemble, volume 1 – Marvel Comics (AUG171039)
My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness – Seven Seas Entertainment (MAR172009)

2017 Magazine of the Year
Heavy Metal – Heavy Metal Magazine
Image + – Image Comics
Back Issue – Twomorrows Publishing
Doctor Who Magazine – Panini Publishing Ltd
Mad Magazine – DC Comics

2017 Trade Book of the Year
The Art of Magic the Gathering: Kaladesh – VIZ Media (NOV161970)
The Art of Rick & Morty – Dark Horse Comics (MAY170019)
Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition HC Cvrs. A & B – IDW Publishing (JUN170552)(JUN170553)
Bloodborne Official Artworks – UDON Entertainment (MAR172148)
Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Tales – BOOM! Studios (MAR171409)
The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC – Dark Horse Comics (JUL168360)
Monsters Unleashed Monster Size HC – Marvel Comics (JAN171092)
Neil Gaiman Norse Mythology – WW Norton (DEC162208)
The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide V. 47 Batman/Rom HC/SC – Gemstone Publishing (APR171765)(APR171766)(APR171767)(APR171768)
Undisputed Street Fighter HC Reg./Dlx. – Dynamite Entertainment (JUL171680)(JUL171681)

2017 Game Manufacturer of the Year
Green Ronin Publishing
Paizo Inc.
IDW Games

2017 Game Product of the Year
Critical Role: Tal Dorei Campaign Setting HC – Green Ronin Publishing (JUN173357)
Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City Card Game – IDW Games (SEP160613)
Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick – WizKids/NECA (NOV162996)
Starfinder RPG Core Rulebook HC – Paizo, Inc. (JUN173371)

2017 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
DC Collectibles
Diamond Select Toys
MEDICOM Toy Corporation

2017 Toy Product of the Year
DC Rebirth Justice League Action Figure 7-pack – DC Collectibles (AUG160372)
Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure – Diamond Select Toys (JUL162621)
One:12 Collective Marvel PREVIEWS Exclusive Punisher Deluxe Action Figure – Mezco (JUN168911)
POP! Rides: Marvel Classic Ghost Rider with Bike PREVIEWS Exclusive Vinyl Figure – Funko (JUL178585)
Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn PREVIEWS Exclusive MAF EX – MEDICOM Toy Corporation (AUG162979)

2017 Toy Line of the Year
DC TV – DC Collectibles
Marvel Gallery – Diamond Select Toys
POP! – Funko
ArtFX – Kotobukiya
One:12 – Mezco
MAF – MEDICOM Toy Corporation

2017 Collectible Statue of the Year
DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue – DC Collectibles (JAN170427)
The Walking Dead (TV): Daryl Dixon Limited Edition Statue – McFarlane Toys (MAY160736)
Marvel Milestones: Armored Thor Statue – Diamond Select Toys (JAN172646)
One Punch Man: Saitama Statue – First 4 Figures (NOV168500)

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