3:08pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Image, DC Top Comic Book Industry Award List for 2015
As far as comic book retailers are concerned, Image Comics had a very good 2015.
The Berkeley, California-based publisher of The Walking Dead, Saga and The Wicked and The Divine came out on top in the 2015 Diamond Gem Awards, a comic book industry list voted on by comic book store retailers, winning in six categories including 2015 Comic Book of the Year (Under $3.00), Best New Comic Series and Reprint Trade Paperback of the Year. The publisher was also named as the Comic Book Publisher of the Year in the Over 4 percent Marketshare division.
DC Entertainment also had a lot to celebrate about, winning five awards including Backlist Publisher of the Year, Original Graphic Novel of the Year and Licensed Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Year (the latter for its Mad Max: Fury Road collection). Both Boom! Studios and Marvel Entertainment took three awards apiece, with Marvel recognized for being the most profitable publisher of the year and publishing the most profitable comic book of the year, Star Wars No. 1.
Diamond Comic Distributors is the primary — and, for some publishers, sole — distributor of product in North America and worldwide, with a market of more than a thousand comic book and pop culture retailers. In a statement accompanying the release of the winners, DCD President and CEO Steve Geppi said that the Gem Awards "give retailers an opportunity to recognize and congratulate the suppliers, titles, and products that served to help grow their businesses in 2015."
The full list of winners follows.
2015 Comic Book Publisher of the Year Over 4%: Image Comics
2015 Comic Book Publisher of the year Under 4%: BOOM! Studios
2015 Backlist Publisher of the year: DC Entertainment
2015 Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year: Marvel Comics
2015 Manga Publisher of the Year: Viz Media
2015 Game Manufacturer of the Year: Wizards of the Coast
2015 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko
2015 Comic Book of the Year Under $3.00: Paper Girls No. 1, Image Comics
2015 Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00: Star Wars No. 1, Marvel Comics
2015 Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year: Star Wars No. 1, Marvel Comics
2015 Licensed Comic Book of the Year: Rick & Morty No. 1, Oni Press
2015 Anthology of the Year: Island No. 1, Image Comics
2015 Best New Comic Book Series: Paper Girls, Image Comics
2015 Best All-Ages Series: Lumberjanes, BOOM! Studios
2015 Original GN of the Year: Batman: Earth One Volume 2 HC, DC Comics from DC Entertainment
2015 Indie GN of the Year: We Can Never Go Home Again, Black Mask Comics
2015 Reprint TP/HC of the Year: The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3, Image Comics
2015 Licensed TP/HC of the Year: Mad Max: Fury Road TP, DC Comics from DC Entertainment
2015 Manga TP of the Year: Attack on Titan Volume 16 GN, Kodansha Comics
2015 All-Ages Original/Reprint GN TP of the Year: Lumberjanes TP Volume 1, BOOM! Studios
2015 Magazine of the Year: MAD Magazine from DC Entertainment
2015 Trade Book of the Year: Darth Vader & Friends HC, Touchstone Books
2015 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: FCBD 2015 Fight Club/The Goon/The Strain, Dark Horse Comics
2015 Game Product of the Year: Magic: The Gathering TCG 2015 Origins Expansion Deck, Wizards of the Coast
2015 Toy Product of the Year: POP! Guardians of the Galaxy: Dancing Groot Vinyl Figure, Funko
2015 Toy Line of the Year: POP! Figures, Funko
2015 Collectable Statue of the Year: DC Comics Bombshells: The Joker and Harley Quinn Statue, DC Collectibles from DC Entertainment