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

2018 Manga Publisher of the Year

  • Seven Seas/Ghost Ship
  • Viz Media
  • Tokyopop
  • Yen Press
  • Dark Horse Comics
  • Kodansha Comics
  • Seven Seas Entertainment

2018 Anthology of the Year

  • Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas – Image Comics
  • Thanos Legacy #1 – Marvel Comics
  • Frankenstein Junji Ito Story Collection – Viz Media
  • Lumberjanes Bonus Tracks – BOOM! Studios
  • Now #3 – Fantagraphics Books
  • Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts – Dark Horse Comics
  • Aftershock Shock Volume 1 – Aftershock Comics
  • Black Crown Omnibus Volume 1 – IDW Publishing
  • Puerto Rico Strong – Lion Forge

2018 Indie GN of the Year

  • Bingo Love – Image Comics
  • Berlin The Complete Edition – Drawn + Quarterly
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns – Oni Press
  • Poochytown – Fantagraphics Books
  • Your Black Friend and Other Strangers – Silver Sprocket

2018 Trade Book of the Year

  • Fantastic Four: Behold Galactus – Marvel Comics
  • Bill Sienkiewicz Mutants and Moon Knights and Assassins Artifact Edition – IDW Publishing
  • Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Shortcuts – BOOM! Studios
  • Pokemon Seek and Find Pikachu – Viz Media
  • The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood Volume 2 – Fantagraphics Books
  • The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia – Dark Horse Comics
  • Marvelocity: The Marvel Art of Alex Ross – Pantheon Books
  • The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 – Gemstone Publishing
  • Batman Secrets Sam Kieth Gallery Edition – DC Comics

2018 Game Manufacturer of the Year

  • IDW Games
  • Paizo Publishing
  • WizKids/NECA

2018 Game Product of the Year

  • Marvel Heroclix: Avengers Infinity War Colossal Booster Brick – WizKids/NECA
  • Batman: The Animated Series Gotham Under Siege – IDW Games
  • My Hero Academia: The Card Game – Shinobi 7
  • Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook – Paizo Publishing

2018 Toy Manufacturer of the Year

  • Dark Horse Comics
  • DC Collectibles
  • Diamond Select Toys
  • Good Smile Company
  • Beast Kingdom
  • Mezco Toys
  • Funko

2018 Toy Product of the Year

  • Batman: The Animated Series Batman Expressions Pack – DC Collectibles
  • DC Essentials Batman Action Figure – DC Collectibles
  • Iron Giant Diecast 1/12 Scale Action Figure – 1000 Toys
  • Avengers Legends Gear Infinity Gauntlet – Hasbro Toy Group
  • Marvel Select Thor: Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk Action Figure – Diamond Select Toys
  • POP! Rick and Morty Pickle Rick No Limbs PX Vinyl Figure – Funko

2018 Toy Line of the Year

  • DC Essentials
  • DC Artist Alley
  • One:12 Collective
  • Funko POP!
  • Marvel Gallery
  • Nendoroid

2018 Collectible Statue of the Year

  • Batman Black and White The Batman Who Laughs Statue – DC Collectibles
  • DC Core: Batman PVC Statue – DC Collectibles
  • Marvel Gallery Avengers 3 Thanos PVC Figure – DC Collectibles
  • Lady Death La Muerta Statue – CS Moore Studio
  • Marvel Animated Style Spider-Man and Mary Jane Statue – Gentle Giant Studios
  • Overwatch Mercy 12 Inch Statue – ThreeZero
  • DC Supergirl Returns Bishoujo Statue – Kotobukiya

2018 Best Free Comic Book Day Book

  • FCBD 2018 Barrier – Image Comics
  • FCBD 2018 Avengers Captain America – Marvel Comics
  • FCBD 2018 Disney Princess Ariel Spotlight – Joe Books
  • FCBD 2018 BOOM! Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Special: Shattered Grid – BOOM! Studios
  • FCBD 2018 Invader Zim Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy – Oni Press
  • FCBD 2018 Dark Horse Overwatch and Black Hammer – Dark Horse Comics
  • FCBD 2018 Riverdale – Archie Comics
  • FCBD 2018 Comics Friends Forever – First Second Books
  • FCBD 2018 Transformers Unicron #0 – IDW Publishing
  • FCBD 2018 Doctor Who #0 – Titan Comics
  • FCBD 2018 Pokemon Sun and Moon and Horizon – Viz Media
  • FCBD 2018 DC Comics DC Super Hero Girls #1 – DC Comics

2018 Best All Ages Series

  • Bully Wars – Image Comics
  • DC Super Hero Girls – DC Comics
  • Marvel Super Hero Adventures – Marvel Comics
  • Steven Universe – BOOM! Studios
  • Invader Zim – Oni Press
  • Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey – Tokyopop
  • Plants VS Zombies – Dark Horse Comics
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – IDW Publishing

2018 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN

  • Moonstruck Volume 1 – Image Comics
  • Venom Adventures Digest – Marvel Comics
  • Sci-Fu GN – Oni Press
  • Steven Universe Volume 2: Punching Up – BOOM! Studios
  • Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Volume 11: Lost Peg Leg Mine – Fantagraphics Books
  • Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight – IDW Publishing
  • Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2: Heroes at Home – Dark Horse Comics
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster – DC Comics

2018 Best New Comic Book Series

  • Gideon Falls – Image Comics
  • Green Lantern – DC Comics
  • Catwoman – DC Comics
  • Immortal Hulk – Marvel Comics
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider – Marvel Comics
  • Rick and Morty Presents – Oni Press
  • Firefly – BOOM! Studios
  • Elvira Mistress of the Dark – Dynamite Entertainment
  • She Could Fly – Dark Horse Comics
  • Marvel Action Spider-Man – IDW Publishing/Marvel Comics

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