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2018 Spirit Award Nominees

2017 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations

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 25 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 20 comic retail stores from across the United States, plus Australia, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and he United Kingdom. The finalists will be announced here on our website during the week of Comic-Con, after the judges meet in San Diego. The recipient will be announced as part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards on Friday, July 20, starting at 8:00 PM at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

The 2018 nominees (in alphabetical order) are:

2018 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations


Acme Comics
Mark Austin/ Jermaine Exum, Greensboro, NC
Arsenal Comics & Games
Paul Roman Martinez, Timothy Heague & Elena Sfetcu, Newbury Park, CA
Big Bang Comics
John Hendrick, Dublin, Ireland
Cape and Cowl Comics
Eitan Manhoff, Oakland, CA
Coliseum of Comics
Phil Boyle, Kissimmee, FL

2018 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations


Collector’s Comics
Keith & Monica Mallow, Port St. Lucie, FL
Comic Book Hideout
Glynnes Pruett, Fullerton, CA
The Comic Book Shop
Sarah & Patrick “Titus” Titus, Wilmington, DE
Comic Quest
Don & Kelly Allen, Lake Forest, CA
Comic World
Kathleen Miller the Comic Book Lady, Huntington, WV

2018 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations


Comics Toons N Toys
Mike Kadin, Tustin, CA
Andrew, Michael & Gareth, Perth, Western Australia
Farpoint Toys & Collectibles
Penelope Pappas, Justin Daniels & Frank Mosentoff, Mays Landing, NJ
Kingpin Books
Mário Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal
The Laughing Ogre
Chris Lloyd, Columbus, OH

2018 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations
Norma Comics
Rafa Martínez, Barcelona, Spain
A Shop Called Quest
Lee Raymundo, Natalie Raymundo, & Jason Washburn, Redlands, CA
Space Cadets Collection Collection
Jen King, Oak Ridge North, TX
Travelling Man
Nabil Homsi, York, Yorkshire, UK
Up Up & Away!
Kendall Swafford, Cincinnati, OH