Lambda Literary Have Announced the 2019 Finalists

This year’s finalist were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from over 1,000 book submissions from over 300 publishers. Finalists will be celebrated and winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala the evening of Monday, June 3, 2019 in New York City. For the full list of finalists, click here. For the full list of Graphic Novel finalists, see below.

This year, two Diamond publishers made the finalists lists with Love Letters to Jane's World from Lion Forge and The Pervert from Image Comics.

Love Letters to Jane's World is essential Jane's World collection, and debuted twenty years after Jane Wyatt first appeared in Paige Braddock's trailblazing comics strip about a young lesbian woman making her clumsy way in the world and the friends who help (or hinder) her along the journey. The Eisner-nominated Jane's World was the first syndicated comic strip with a lesbian main character to appear in many major newspaper markets. This new volume collects the most quintessentially "Jane" storylines from the strip's early, middle, and later years, and pairs them with "love letters" and notes of appreciation from notable fans. To read Lambda Literary's review of the book, click here.

With excerpts published in Eisner nominated anthology ISLAND, the full colour volume, drawn and painted by Remy Boydell is an unflinching debut graphic novel and written by Michelle Perez, The Pervert is an honest and touching account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle. Library Journal called it, "A challenging, intense, and empathic account of finding oneself despite heavy odds."

LGBTQ Graphic Novels Finalists

  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Mark Russell (Writer), Sean Parsons, Mark Morales, Howard Porter, Mike Feehan (Illustrators), DC Entertainment
  • The Lie and How We Told It, Tommi Parrish, Fantagraphics Books
  • Love Letters to Jane’s World, Paige Braddock, Lion Forge
  • On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden, First Second / Roaring Brook Press
  • Our Wretched Town Hall, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Retrofit Comics & Big Planet Comics
  • The Pervert, Michelle Perez (Writer), Remy Boydell (Illustrator), Image Comics
  • Unpacking, Steve MacIsaac, Northwest Press
  • We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology, Jeanne Thornton & Tara Madison Avery, Stacked Deck Press


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Michelle Perez and Remy Boydell's 'The Pervert' Named In L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist

The finalists for the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have announced the nominees for the annual literary awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at USC's Bovard Auditorium on April 12, the day before the start of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. For the complete list of Book Prize finalists, click here. For the list of Comics & Graphic Novels finalists, please see below.

Among the finalists of the Comics & Graphic Novel category was The Pervert published by Image Comics. The Pervert is an honest and touching account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle. With excerpts published in Eisner nominated anthology ISLAND, the full colour volume, drawn and painted by Remy Boydell is an unflinching debut graphic novel and written by Michelle Perez was also featured on Vulture and New York Magazine's Best Comics of 2018. For more information about this book, click here.

L.A. BOOK PRIZE FINALISTS - COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • Michelle Perez and Remy Boydell, "The Pervert" (9781534307414)
  • Eleanor Davis, "Why Art?" (9781683960829)
  • Aisha Franz, "... Is Real" (9781770463158)
  • Jérôme Ruillier, "The Strange" (9781770463172)
  • Tillie Walden, "On a Sunbeam"


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YALSA Announces 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

Designed to aid Young Adult librarians with graphic novel collections, the list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months, selected for proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of teens. Additionally, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee has chosen a Top Ten list from the overall titles which they feel "meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens." The list encompasses a wide variety of genres and subjects, from off-beat superheroes, to mysterious villainous sidekicks, middle school drama, roller derby, and more. 

Presented here is a spotlight on the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten titles, with the full list below. Bold titles denote Diamond publishers. To see all the titles featured on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list from Diamond publishers, click here.

  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic AdaptationBy Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky. 2018. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101871799)
  • CrushBy Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2018. JY, $11.00 (9780316363242)
  • Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family AddictionBy Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9780545902472)
  • IllegalBy Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 2018. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $20.00 (9781492662143)
  • My Brother's Husband Volume 2By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2018. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871539)
  • On A SunbeamBy Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $32.99 (9781250178145)
  • Royal City Volume 2: Sonic Youth. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534305526)
  • Royal City Volume 3: We All Float OnBy Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534308497)
  • Silver Spoon. By Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author. 2018.Yen Press
    • Volume 1 (9780316416191)
    • Volume 2 (9781975326197)
    • Volume 3 (9781975327460)
    • Volume 4 (9781975327590)
  • Speak: The Graphic NovelBy Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 (9780374300289)
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian RefugeesBy Don Brown. Illus. by the author. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (9781328810151)

Presented below is the full list of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens, encompassing over 100 total graphic novels and separated between Nonfiction and Fiction titles. Overall, 16 of the graphic novels are from Diamond publishers.

NONFICTION

  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation. By Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky. 2018. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101871799)
  • Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person. By Dani Lee. Illus. by the author. 2018. Chronicle Books, $14.95 (9781452167657). 
  • Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home. By Nora Krug. Illus. by the author. 2018. Scribner, $30.00 (9781476796628)
  • Birding is My Favorite Video Game: Cartoons About the Natural World From Bird and Moon. By Rosemary Mosco. Illus. by the author. 2018. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $12.99 (9781449489120)
  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. By Pénélope Bagieu. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $17.99 (978626728691)
  • The Bride Was a Boy. By Chii. Illus. by the author. 2018. Seven Seas, $13.99 (9781626928886)
  • Grand Theft Horse. By G Neri. Illus. by the author. 2018. Lee & Low Books, Inc., $19.95 (9781620148556)
  • Herding Cats: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection. By Sarah Andersen. Illus. by the author. 2018. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 (9781449489786)
  • Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction. By Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9780545902472)
  • Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. By Isabel Quintero. Illus. by Zeke Peña. 2018. Getty, $19.95 (9781947440005)
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns. By Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson. Illus. by Archie Bongiovanni. 2018. Limerence Press, $7.99 (9781620104996)
  • Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History. By Joel Christian Gill. Illus. by the author. 2018. Fulcrum Publishing, $19.95 (9781938486579)
  • Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition. By Julia Kaye. Illus. by the author. 2018. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 (9781449489625)
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees. By Don Brown. Illus. by the author. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (9781328810151)

FICTION

  • Again!!. By Mitsurou Kubo. Illus. by the author. 2018. By Ryoko Fukuyama. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366450)
    • v.2. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366467)
    • v.3. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366474)
    • v.4. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366481)
    • v.5. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632366498)
  • Alice: From Dream to Dream. By Giulio Macaione. Illus. by Giulia Adragna. 2018. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781684151806)
  • All Summer Long. By Hope Larson. Illus. by the author. 2018. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), $21.99 (9780374304850)
  • Animus. By Antoine Revoy. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $16.99 (9781626721838)
  • Ao Haru Ride. By Io Sakisaka. Illus. by the author. 2018.
    • v.1. VIZ Media LLC, $9.99 (9781974702657)
    • v.2. VIZ Media LLC, $9.99 (9781974702664)
  • The Backstagers, Volume 2: The Show Must Go On. By James Tynion IV. Illus. by Rian Sygh. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684150571)
  • Be Prepared. By Vera Brosgol. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $12.99 (9781626724457)
  • Betty & Veronica, Volume 1. By Adam Hughes. Illus. by the author. 2017. Archie Comic Publications, $12.99 (9781682559857)
  • Bingo Love. By Tee Franklin. Illus. by Jenn St-Onge. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534307506)
  • Black AF: America's Sweetheart. By Kwanza Osajyefo. Illus. by Jennifer Johnson. 2017. Black Mask Studio, $9.99 (9781628751918)
  • Black Hammer: The Event, Volume 2. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dean Ormston and David Rubin. 2018. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781506701981)
  • Black Torch. By Tsuyoshi Takaki. Illus. by the author. 2018. Viz Media, $9.99
    • v.1. (9781974700462)
    • v.2. (9781974701520)
  • Check Please!: Book One, #Hockey. By Ngozi Ukazu. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $12.99 (9781250177957)
  • Coady & the Creepies. By Liz Prince. Illus. by Amanda Kirk. 2018. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781684150298)
  • Coyotes, Volume 1. By Sean Lewis. Illus. by Caitlin Yarsky. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534306479)
  • Crush. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2018. JY, $11.00 (9780316363242)
  • DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test. By Hamish Steele. Illus. by the author. 2018. Nobrow, $14.95 (9781910620472)
  • Dept. H, Volume 3. By Matt Kindt. Illus. by the author and Sharlene Kindt. 2018. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781616559915)
  • Descender, Volume 5: Rise of the Robots. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dustin Nguyen. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534303454)
  • Descender, Volume 6: The Machine War. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dustin Nguyen. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534306905)
  • Escape from Syria. By Samya Kallab. Illus. by Jackie Roche. 2017. Firefly Books, $19.99 (9781770859821)
  • Estranged. By Ethan M. Aldridge. Illus. by the author. 2018. Harper Collins, $12.99 (9780062653871)
  • Fake Blood. By Whitney Gardner. Illus. by the author. 2018. Simon & Schuster, $21.99 (9781481495561)
  • Fence, Volume 1. By C.S. Pascat. Illus. by Johanna the Mad. 2018. Boom! Box, $9.99 (9781684151929)
  • Flying Witch. By Chihiro Ishizuka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Vertical Comics, $10.95
    • v.3. (9781945054112)
    • v.4. (9781945054129)
    • v.5. (9781945054679)
    • v.6. (9781947194045)
  • Frau Faust. By Kore Yamazaki. Illus. by the author. Kodansha Comics, $12.99
    • v.1. 2017. (9781632364807)
    • v.2. 2017. (9781632364814)
    • v.3. 2018. (9781632365491)
  • Giant Days. By John Allison. Illus. by Max Sarin and Liz Fleming. Boom! Box. $14.99
    • v.6. 2017. (9781684150281)
    • v.7. 2018. (9781684151318)
    • v.8. 2018. (9781684152070)
  • The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil A Rún. By Nagabe. Illus. by the author. Seven Seas, $12.99
    • v.3. 2017. (9781626925588)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781626927018)
    • v.5. 2018. (9781626928473)
  • Goldie Vance, Volume 4. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Elle Power. 2018. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684151400)
  • Green Lantern: Earth One, Volume 1. By Gabriel Hardman. Illus. by the author. 2018. DC Comics, $16.50 (9781401241865)
  • Heavy Vinyl. By Carly Usdin. Illus. by Nina Vakueva and Irene Flores. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684151417)
  • The Hidden Witch. By Molly Knox Ostertag. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $12.99 (9781338253757)
  • Home After Dark. By Davis Small. Illus. by the author. 2018. Liveright Publishing, $27.95 (9780871403155)
  • I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness. By Yuki Fumino. Illus. by the author. 2018. One Peace Books, $13.95 (978194493741
  • Illegal. By Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 2018. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $20.00 (9781492662143)
  • Laid Back Camp. By Afro. Illus. by the author. 2018. Yen Press, $13.00
    • v.1. (9780316517782)
    • v.2. (9780316517829)
    • v.3. (9780316517850)
  • Last Pick. By Jason Walz. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $17.99 (9781626728912)
  • Luisa - Now and Then. By Carole Maurel and Mariko Tamaki. Illus. by the authors. 2018. Humanoids, $29.95 (9781594656439)
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 7: A Bird's-Eye View. By Shannon Waters. Illus. by Carey Pietsch. 2017. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684150458)
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 8: Stone Cold. By Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh. Illus. by Carey Pietsch. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684151325)
  • Making Friends. By Kristen Gudsnuk. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338139228)
  • Mech Cadet Yu, Volume 1. By Greg Pak. Illus. by Takeshi. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684151950)
  • Misfit City, Volume 2. By Kiersten Smith. Illus. by Naomi Franquiz. 2018. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781684151721)
  • Monstress, Volume 3. By Marjorie Liu. Illus. by Sana Takeda. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534306912)
  • Motor Crush, Volume 2. By Brenden Fletcher. Illus. by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534305519)
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 8: Mecca. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Marco Failla and Diego Orlortegui. 2017. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302906085)
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 9: Teenage Wasteland. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Nico Leon. 2018. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302910787)
  • My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2. By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2018. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871539)
  • Nameless Asterism. By Kina Kobayashi. Illus. by the author. 2018. Seven Seas, $12.99
    • v.1 (9781626927445)
    • v.2 (9781626927452)
  • The Nameless City, Volume 3: The Divided Earth. By Faith Erin Hicks. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $21.99 (9781626721616)
  • On a Sunbeam. By Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $32.99 (9781250178145)
  • Orphans, Volume 2: Lies. By Roberto Recchioni. Illus. by Emiliano Mammucari. 2018. Lion Forge, $19.99 (9781942367529)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 4. By Brian K. Vaughan. Illus. by Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson. 2018. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781534305106)
  • Persephone. By Loic Locatelli-Kournwskcy. Illus. by the author. 2018. Archaia, $19.99 (9781684151752)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker. By Jen Wang. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $24.99 (9781250159854)
  • The Promised Neverland. By Kaiu Shirai. Illus. by Posuka Demizu. 2018. Viz Media, $9.99
    • v.2. (9781421597133)
    • v.3. (9781421597140)
    • v.4. (9781421597157)
    • v.5. (9781421597164)
    • v.6. (9781974701476)
  • Royal City, Volume 2: Sonic Youth. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534305526)
  • Royal City, Volume 3: We All Float On. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534308497)
  • Runaways: Find Your Way Home. By Rainbow Rowell. Illus. by Kris Anka. 2018. Marvel Comics, $17.99 (9781302908522)
  • Runaways: Best Friends Forever. By Rainbow Rowell. Illus. by Kris Anka. 2018. Marvel Comics, $17.99 (9781302911973)
  • Scales & Scoundrels, Volume 1: Into the Dragon's Maw. By Sebastian Girner. Illus. by Galaad. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781626927445)
  • Sheets. By Brenna Thummler. Illus. by the author. 2018. Lion Forge, $12.99 (9781941302675)
  • Silver Spoon. By Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author. 2018.Yen Press, $15.00
    • v.1. (9780316416191)
    • v.2. (9781975326197)
    • v.3. (9781975327460)
    • v.4. (9781975327590)
  • Skyward, Volume 1: My Low-G Life. By Joe Henderson. Illus. by Joe Garbett. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534308336)
  • Sleepless, Volume 1. By Sarah Vaughn. Illus. by Leila del Duca. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534306844)
  • Son of Shaolin. By Jay Longino. Illus. by Caanan White. 2017. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534303232)
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 (9780374300289)
  • Spirit Circle. By Satoshi Mizukami. Illus. by the author. Seven Seas, $12.99
    • v.1. 2017. (9781626926011)
    • v.2. 2018. (9781626926806)
    • v.3. 2018. (9781626927292)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781626928329)
    • v.5. 2018. (9781626929241)
  • Star Wars Lost Stars, Volume 1. By Claudia Gray. Illus. by Yusaku Komiyama. 2018. Yen Press, $13.00 (9781975326531)
  • Stephen McCranie's Space Boy, Volume 1. By Stephen McCranie. Illus. by the author. 2018. Dark Horse Books, $10.99 (9781506706481)
  • The Strange. By Jerome Ruillier. Illus. by the author. 2018. Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 (9781770463172)
  • SuperGirl Being Super. By Mariko Tamaki. Illus. by Joelle Jones. 2018. DC Comics, $16.99 (978-1401268947)
  • Sweet Blue Flowers. By Takako Shimura. Illus. by the author. Viz Media, $24.99(9781421597126)
    • v.1. 2017. (9781421592985)
    • v.2. 2017. (9781421592992)
    • v.3. 2018. (9781421593005)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781421593012)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel. By Harper Lee and Fred Fordham. Illus. by Fred Fordham. 2018. Harper, $23.99 (9780062798183)
  • To Your Eternity. By Yoshitoki Oima. Illus. by the author. Kodansha Comics, $12.99
    • v.1. 2017. (9781632365712)
    • v.2. 2017. (9781632365729)
    • v.3. 2018. (9781632365736)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781632365743)
    • v.5. 2018. (9781632365750)
  • The Unstoppable Wasp, Volume 2: Agents of G.I.R.L.. By Jeremy Whitley. Illus. by Elsa Charretier. 2017. Marvel, $15.99 (9781302906474)
  • Victor LaValle's Destroyer. By Victor LaValle. Illus. by Dietrich Smith and Joana Lafuente. 2018. Boom! Studios, $19.99 (9781684150557)
  • Waiting for Spring. By Anashin. Illus. by the author. Kodansha Comics, $10.99
    • v.3. 2017. (9781632365187)
    • v.4. 2018. (9781632365859)
    • v.5. 2018. (9781632365866)
    • v.6. 2018. (9781632365873)
    • v.7. 2018. (9781632366313)
    • v.8. 2018. (9781632366900)
  • Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue, Volume 2. By Marissa Meyer. Illus. by Stephen Gilpin. 2018. Feiwel & Friends, $21.99 (9781250078285)
  • Your Name. By Makoto Shinkai. Illus. by Ranmaru Katone. Yen Press, $13.00
    • v.2. 2017 (9780316412889)
    • v.3. 2018 (9780316521178)

Diamond Announces 2018 Gem Award Winners

Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of the 2018 Diamond Gem Awards, selected by comic book specialty retailers and celebrated within the comic book industry as an key annual award honoring sales success.

DC Entertainment took home Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 3% Market Share) in 2018 and had the Top Dollar Comic Book with Action Comics #1000. Retailers recognized DC with the most Gem Awards--six--including the Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under with Heroes In Crisis #1Comic Book of the Year - Over $3.99 with Action Comics #1000; Reprint TP or HC of the Year with Batman White Knight; Best All Ages Series with DC Super Hero Girls; and Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel with DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster. DC Collectibles, the collectibles branch of DC Entertainment won Collectible Statue of the Year with the Batman Black and White: The Batman Who Laughs statue.

Marvel Comics earned five Gem Awards, including Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year, Licensed Comic of the Year with Star Wars: Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith Volume 2; Anthology of the Year with Thanos Legacy #1; Best Free Comic Book Day Book with FCBD 2018 Avengers Captain America; and Best New Comic Book Series with Immortal Hulk.

Image Comics received two Gem Awards, taking home Backlist Publisher of the Year and Original Graphic Novel of the Year with My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies.  

Dark Horse Comics received two Gem Awards, for Licensed Comic of the Year with Stranger Things #1 and Trade Book of the Year with The Legend of Zelda Encylopedia.

IDW Publishing received a Gem Awards, taking home Game Product of the Year with Batman: The Animated Series Gotham Under Siege.

Retailers also recognized BOOM! Studios as Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Under 3% Market Share), VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year; and Diamond Select Toys with two Gem Awards, including Toy Manufacturer of the Year.

A panel of Diamond product specialists selected the supplier nominees for the Diamond Gem Awards based on each entry’s overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from 2018. Members of the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public--comic book specialty retailers across the United States and worldwide--then selected the winners.

2018 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

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2018 Comic Book Publisher of the Year

Over 3%
DC Entertainment

2018 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Under 3%
BOOM! Studios



2018 Backlist Publisher of the Year
Image Comics

Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Marvel Comics

2018 Manga Publisher of the Year
VIZ Media


2018 Game Manufacturer of the Year
WizKids/NECA


2018 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
Diamond Select Toys


2018 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year




2018 Comic Book of the Year
$3.99 or Under

Heroes in Crisis #1 
JUL180592
DC Entertainment

2018 Top Dollar Comic Book

Action Comics #1000
FEB180142
DC Entertainment



2018 Comic Book of the Year
Over $3.99

Action Comics #1000
FEB180142
DC Entertainment



2018 Best New Comic Book Series

Immortal Hulk
Marvel Comics

2018 Licensed Comic Book of the Year

Stranger Things #1
JUL180419
Dark Horse Comics



2018 Best All-Ages Series

DC Super Hero Girls
DC Entertainment



2018 Licensed TP/HC of the Year

Star Wars: Darth Vader 
Dark Lord Sith Volume 2: Legacy's End
JAN181040
Marvel Comics



2018 Best All-Ages Original/Reprint GN

DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster
NOV170216
DC Entertainment



2018 Original GN of the Year

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
JUL180133
Image Comics




2018 Magazine of the Year

Heavy Metal 
Heavy Metal Magazine



2018 Reprint TP/HC of the Year

Batman White Knight
JUL180733
DC Entertainment



2018 Indie GN of the Year

Berlin: The Complete Edition
JUN181666
Drawn + Quarterly

2018 Manga TP of the Year

My Hero Academia, Volume 13
APR181944
VIZ Media

2018 Anthology of the Year

Thanos Legacy #1
JUL180975
Marvel Comics



2018 Best Free Comic Book Day Book

FCBD 2018 Avengers Captain America 
JAN180009
Marvel Comics



2018 Trade Book of the Year

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia
DEC170068
Dark Horse Comics


2018 Collectible Statue of the Year

Batman Black and White: The Batman Who Laughs Statue 
MAY180609
DC Collectibles from 
DC Entertainment



2018 Game Product of the Year

Batman: The Animated Series Gotham Under Siege
JUN180756
IDW Games



2018 Toy Product of the Year

Marvel Select Thor: Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk Action Figure
JUL172803
Diamond Select Toys


2018 Toy Line of the Year

Funko POP!
Funko

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Cybils Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. The finalists for 2018 have been revealed for all categories including Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels and Young Adult Graphic Novels. For a full list of all finalists in each category, click here. See below for the finalists of the Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels and Young Adult Graphic Novels categories.

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

  • Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel from Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Be Prepared from First Second Books
  • Escape from Syria from Firefly Books
  • Mr. Wolf's Class from Graphix
  • The Cardboard Kingdom from Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • The Tea Dragon Society from Oni Press
  • The Witch Boy from Graphix
Young Adult Graphic Novels
  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation from Pantheon
  • As the Crow Flies from Iron Circus Comics
  • Grand Theft Horse from Lee & Low Books
  • Hey, Kiddo from Graphix
  • On a Sunbeam from First Second
  • Quince from Fanbase Press
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker from First Second