Retailer Award Past Recipients

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Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award
Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

Visionary comics creator Will Eisner approached Comic-Con International in the mid-1990s to create an award that recognized the incredible contributions of retailers to the comic book industry. He wanted to stress the crucial bond between creators, publishers and retailers in getting the books into the hands of the public. Comic-Con created the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award to honor those retailers in the United States and around the world, including Australia, Canada, Holland, Israel, and Spain.


2014: All Star Comics, Troy Varker and Mitchell Davies, Melbourne, Australia
Legends Comics & Coffee, David DeMarco, Jason Dasenbrock, and Wendy Pivonka, Omaha, NE

2013: Challengers Comics and Conversation, Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush, Chicago, IL

2012: Akira Comics, Jesus Marugan Escobar, Madrid, Spain
The Dragon, Jennifer Haines Guelph, Ontario, Canada  

2011: Comics & Vegetables, Yuval Sharon & Danny Amitai, Tel Aviv, Israel

2010: Vault of Midnight, Curtis Sullivan & Steve Fodale, Ann Arbor, MI


2009: Tate’s Comics, Tate & Amanda Ottati, Fort Launderdale, FL

2008: Brave New World, Atom! & Portlyn Freeman, Newhall, CA

2007: Earth-2 Comics, Carr D’Angelo & Jud Meyers, Sherman Oaks, CA

2006: Zeus Comics, Richard Neal, Dallas, TX

2005: Night Flight Comics, Mimi Cruz and Alan Carroll, Salt Lake City, UT

2004: ACME Comics & Collectibles, Fran & Kevin McGarry, Sioux City, IA

2003: All About Books and Comics, Alan & Marsha Giroux, Phoenix, AZ

2002: Source Comics & Games, Nick Postilgione, Falcon Heights, MN

2001: Strange Adventures, Calum Johnston, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2000: Golden Age Collectables, Patrick Shaughnessy, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


1999: Star Clipper Comics & Games, Scott Thorne, St. Louis, MO
DreamHaven, Greg Ketter, Minneapolis, MN

1998: Hi De Ho Comics, Mark & Robert Hennessey, Santa Monica, CA
Meltdown Comics & Collectibles, Gaston Dominquez & Ilia Carson, Los Angeles, CA

1997: Chicago Comics, Eric Kirsammer, Chicago, IL
Central City Comics, Steve Snyder, Columbus, OH
That’s Entertainment, Paul Howley, Fitchburg & Worchester, MA

1996: Kings Comics, George Vlastaras, Sydney, Australia
Atlantis Fantasyworld, Joe & Dottie Ferrara, Santa Cruz, CA

1995: Flying Colors, Joe Field, Concord, CA
Lambiek, Kees Kousemaker, Amsterdam, Holland

1994: Golden Apple, Bill Liebowitz, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Comics & Mr. Games, Leon Cowen & Michael Pandolfo, Oakland, CA

1993: Moondog’s, Gary Colobuono, Chicago, IL
The Beguiling, Sean Scoffield & Steve Solomos, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Comic Relief, Rory Root & Mike Patchen, Berkeley & San Francisco, CA