Young Kim's Twilight a big winner at the Gem Awards
Kim won Best Manga of the Year, while Dark Horse Comics took home Manga Publisher of the Year
by Emily Warren
Date Published: 02/28/2011
Twilight manga. Photo courtesy of YenPress.com
The 2010 Gem Awards' winners were announced on February 21. The Diamond Gem Awards are North America's comic book publishing prizes given to comics and manga based on "quality, creativity, and their overall sales impact." Nominees for the awards are selected by Diamond Comic Distributor professionals, and the winners are chosen by vote through comic specialty retailers.
Oregon publisher Dark Horse Comics, responsible for titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oh My Goddess, Gantz, and Blood+, took home the Manga Publisher of the Year Award. Dark Horse Comics was recognized for its wide range of titles, and it is the third largest comic publisher in the United States.
"2011 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Dark Horse Comics," said Dark Horse's vice president of marking, in response to the award. "For twenty-three of those twenty-five years, Dark Horse has published manga." Dark Horse's series Blade of the Immortal is one of the longest-running manga series in the United States.
The Best Manga of the Year award went to Young Kim's adaptation of Twilight. According to Entertainment Weekly, Stephanie Meyer reviewed every panel of the manga herself. Published by Yen Press, the Twilight manga has been a commercial success and well received by fans. For the past three years, the Best Manga of the Year award has gone to Naruto volumes. DC Comics won the Comic Publisher of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
A more in-depth coverage of the awards can be found at Comicbookresources.com.