Police put out a bulletin this weekend alerting all officers to be on the lookout for Dark Horse Comics, a comic book publisher which is suspected of stealing five priceless gems from a vault belonging to Diamond Comics Distributors. According to the police report, the gems represent a record number for Dark Horse, which has allegedly been involved in petty gem theft in the past. It is believed that Dark Horse stole the gems during Diamond's 2013 Annual Gem Awards, a celebration of companies that make Diamond money. Investigators began to suspect the equine-themed company when they sent a press release to comics media on Friday bragging about the heist.
"The comics retail community has been the backbone of Dark Horse since day one," said Dark Horse’s president and founder Mike Richardson in the press release. Oddly, Richardson seemed to be completely ignoring the accusations at hand. "It is truly an honor to have so many of our titles recognized by our retail partners, as this is perhaps one of the best ways to measure our success as a publisher. We thank all of the comics retailers who supported us in 2013 and hope to do even better in 2014."
While Richardson may be playing coy, police announced that they will not stop their pursuit until Dark Horse has been brought to justice. Here's a press release explaining the matter in greater detail:
DARK HORSE WINS RECORD NUMBER OF DIAMOND GEM AWARDS!
MILWAUKIE, OR, JANUARY 31—Last week, Diamond Comic Distributors announced the 2013 Gem Awards, boasting a record number of accolades for Dark Horse!
While DC Entertainment topped the list with six awards, Dark Horse dominated among the independent publishers, with Dark Horse Presents winning Anthology of the Year for the second year in a row!
This year’s Dark Horse wins are as follows:
- Licensed Comic Book of the Year: The Star Wars #1 (SEP138217)
- Anthology of the Year: Dark Horse Presents #26 (MAY130015)
- Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia (SEP120055)
- Original GN of the Year: Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (JUN130031)
- Manga TP of the Year: Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Vol. 1 (JAN130124)
“The comics retail community has been the backbone of Dark Horse since day one,” said Dark Horse’s president and founder, Mike Richardson. “It is truly an honor to have so many of our titles recognized by our retail partners, as this is perhaps one of the best ways to measure our success as a publisher. We thank all of the comics retailers who supported us in 2013 and hope to do even better in 2014.”
“We established the Gem Awards to give comic retailers an opportunity to recognize the vendors, titles, and products that have been instrumental in helping their businesses grow over the past year,” said Diamond’s president and CEO, Steve Geppi, in the Gem Awards announcement. “Our vendors work diligently to support retailers and the entire industry with top-quality titles and products, and we thank all of the retailers who took time from their busy schedules to vote and acknowledge those efforts.”
Dark Horse congratulates the editors, creators, and licensors who worked on each of the above titles, and thanks our retail partners for making 2013 one of our most successful years ever!