2015 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Finalists
The 2015 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award judges met this week in San Diego and decided this year's finalists for the award. The judges are (standing left to right):
Mitch Davies, retailer, All Star Comics, Melbourne. Australia (last year’s co-winner)
Lora Innes, writer/artist, The Dreamer
Steve Lieber, artist, The Fix
Caitlin McCabe, Print Team Manager, Diamond Comic Distributors
Rosalind Morehead, Marketing and PR Manager, IDW Publishing
(Kneeling left to right):
David DeMarco, retailer, Legend Comics & Coffee, Omaha, Nebraska (last year’s co-winner)
Ed Piskor, writer/artist, Hip Hop Family Tree
The Finalists for the 2015 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award are:
Collector’s Corner, Randy Myers Jr., Baltimore, MD
Packrat Comics, Jamie Colegrove and Teresa Colegrove, Hilliard, OH
A Shop Called Quest, Lee Raymundo, Claremont, CA
Travelling Man, Nabil Homsi, Leeds, United Kingdom
TR!CKSTER, Anita Coulter, Berkeley, CA
The recipent of this year's award will be announced this Friday evening at the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel during Comic-Con International.
2015 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominees
Each year Comic-Con International honors retailers from around the globe with the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, named after the visionary creator of The Spirit. When Will approached Comic-Con about initiating the award in the early 1990s, he wanted it as a way to acknowledge the important role that comics retailers play in the industry, nurturing the relationship between creators and their readers. The comic book retailer provides that vital link in getting the work from the creators and publishers to the public. Will recognized the importance of that link, and Comic-Con continues to recognize it over 20 years after Will’s original idea.
The Award is given out yearly to retailers who have done an outstanding job of supporting the comics medium both in the industry at large and in their local community. Comics fans around the world have the opportunity to nominate their favorite stores via the Comic-Con International website.
This year’s nominee list includes 31 comic retail stores from across the United States, plus Canada, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, and Israel. The finalists will be announced during the week of Comic-Con on our website, after the judges meet in San Diego. The recipient of this year’s award will be announced as part of the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards on Friday, July 10, starting at 8:00 PM at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.
This year’s nominees are:
Arcadian Comics & Games
Stephen Struharik, Newport, KY
Aw Yeah Comics!
Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani, Marc Hammond, Skokie, IL
Big Red Comics
Robert Quinn, Orange, CA
Collected Comics & Games: TCU
Brent Erwin & Ron Killingworth, Fort Worth, TX
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Randy Myers Jr., Baltimore, MD
The Comic Bug
Jun Goeku & Mike Wellman, Manhattan Beach, CA
Ryan Seymore, Columbus, OH
Martin Buchal, Prague, Czech Republic
Owen Roberts, Michael Petrusich and Andrew Frith, Perth, Western Australia
Ori Ayalon and Jacob Sareli, Tel Aviv, Israel
Pete Kilmer, Doug Stephenson, Mike Costello, Indianapolis, IN
Drawn to Comics
Ken and Susan Brown, Glendale, AZ
Matthew Klokel, David Bishop and Esther Kim, Washington, DC
Brahm Wiseman, London, Ontario, Canada
George & Destiny Chase, Ventura, CA
I.E. Comics & Games
Jamie & Erin Sullivan, Hemet, CA
Martin & Donna Tye, Canberra, Australia
Jay’s CD and Hobby
Jason Shreve, Des Moines, IA
Jesse James Comics
Jesse James, Glendale, AZ
La Revisteria Comics
Jardiel SA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gerry Gladston, Thomas Galitos, Angelo Chantly, Rob Mileta, and Leo Collazo, New York, NY
Mission: Comics & Art
Leef Smith, San Francisco, CA
Jamie Colegrove and Teresa Colegrove, Hilliard, OH
Colin McMahon, McMurray, PA
A Shop Called Quest
Lee Raymundo, Claremont, CA
Space Cadets Collection Collection
Jen King, Oak Ridge North, TX
Time Warp Comics and Games
Wayne Winsett, Boulder, CO
Nabil Homsi, Leeds, United Kingdom
Anita Coulter, Berkeley, CA
Michael Cholak, San Diego, CA
GUIDELINES for nomination include:
- Any retail store established in business for at least two years is eligible to be nominated.
- Anyone—retailers, professionals, fans—may place a name in nomination.
- A panel of industry judges selects a group of finalists to be subjected to an in-depth examination based on the award criteria. Recipient will be announced as part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic-Con International on Friday, July 10, 2015.
- Previous winners  are not eligible for nomination.
CRITERIA for judging include:
- Supporting a wide variety of innovative material.
- Providing opportunities for creators’ material to reach buyers; stocking a diverse inventory.
- Knowledge: Working to stay informed on retailing as well as on the comics field.
- Community activity: Promoting comics to the community; maintaining relationships with schools and libraries; keeping active in social, business, and arts community organizations.
- Quality of store image: Using innovative display approaches; using store design creatively.
- Adhering to standard ethical business practices.