Diamond Comic Distributors has again awarded the winners of their Diamond Gem Awards for 2011. And DC Comics have wiped the board, with their name on eleven of the twenty-one awards. Though now they are listed as DC Entertainment rather than DC Comics.
DC has again won for Best Publisher, an award they have won for several years. Their award was cemented this year by their New 52 Relaunch and reflected in winning Backlist Publisher, best comic under $3.99 with Batman #1, best comic at or over $3.99 with Justice League #1, best original graphic novel for Batman: Noel, best toy manufacturer, best toy product and best toy line for Arkham City and best statue for Batgirl.
Dynamite has broken through Boom!’s previous dominance for Best Publisher Under 4% of market share, and IDW has won for best licensed comic with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, as well as best licensed collection for the Ultimate Turtles hardcover, and best anthology for The Rocketeer Adventures hardcover.
Sailor Moon Vol 1 from Kodansha won for best manga collection, with Viz winning for best manga publisher overall.
Image Comics won for best collection for The Walking Dead Volume 14, while the Walking Dead novel Rise Of The Governor won for best trade book.
Top Shelf won for Best Indie Graphic Novel, with League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969.
Eaglemoss also won Licenced product for their line of lead DC figurines and accompanying magazine, imported from the UK.
The awards, voted on by retailers and usually reflecting sales success, did not honour Marvel Comics, who sold more comics than anyone else through Diamond in 2011, at all.
2011 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 4%
2011 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 4%
2011 Backlist Publisher of the Year
2011 Manga Publisher of the Year
2011 Comic Book of the Year Under – $3.00
Batman #1 ( DC)
2011 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.00
Justice League #1 (DC)
2011 Licensed Comic of the Year
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #1 ( IDW)
2011 Magazine of the Year
DC Superhero Collection Magazine (Eaglemoss)
2011 Original Graphic Novel of the Year
Batman: Noel Deluxe Edition HC ( DC)
2011 Reprint Trade Paperback or Hardcover of the Year
The Walking Dead TP Volume 14: No Way Out ( Image)
2011 Licensed Trade Paperback or Hardcover of the Year
TMNT Ultimate Collection HC Volume 1 ( IDW)
2011 Manga Trade Paperback of the Year
Sailor Moon TP Kodansha Edition Volume 1 ( Kodansha)
2011 Anthology of the Year
Rocketeer Adventures HC Vol. 1 DM Exclusive Edition ( IDW)
2011 Indie Graphic Novel of the Year
LOEG III: Century #2 1969 (Top Shelf)
2011 Trade Book of the Year
The Walking Dead Novel HC Vol. 1: Rise of the Governor ( St. Martin’s Press)
2011 Game Manufacturer of the Year
Wizards of the Coast
2011 Game Product of the Year
Magic: The Gathering TCG — Innistrad Booster Display ( Wizards of the Coast)
2011 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
DC Entertainment – DC Direct
2011 Toy Product of the Year
Batman: Arkham City Series 1 AFs (DC Direct)
2011 Toy Line of the Year
Batman: Arkham City (DC Direct)
2011 Collectible Statue of the Year
Cover Girls of the DCU: Batgirl Statue (DC Direct)