2019 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 more than 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 34 comic retail stores from across the United States, plus Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Portugal, and Spain. 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 19, at 8:00 PM at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

The 2019 nominees (in alphabetical order) are:

2019 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations
Alaska Robotics Gallery
Pat Race & Aaron Suring, Juneau, AK
Amazing Stories Comics
Jeff and Donalda Kocur, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Arcadian Comics & Games
Stephen Struharik, Newport, KY
Ash Avenue Comics
Drew Sullivan, Tempe, AZ
Blast From The Past
Larry & Kathy Ross, Burbank, CA
Bob’s Bullpen
Bob LeFevre, Alpena, MI

2019 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations
Books with Pictures
Katie Proctor, Portland, OR
Brian’s Comics
Brian and Jennifer Christensen, Petaluma, CA
Cape and Cowl Comics
Eitan Manhoff, Oakland, CA
Collector’s Comics Inc
Keith Mallow, Port Saint Lucie, FL
Comic Quest
Kelly and Don Allen, Lake Forest, CA
Comic World
Kathleen Miller the comic book lady, Huntington, WV

2019 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations
Comics Conspiracy
Ryan Higgins, Sunnyvale, CA
Gareth Bird, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Ori Ayalon and Jacob Sareli, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Comix Experience
Brian Hibbs, San Francisco, CA
Drawn To Comics
Ken and Susan Brown, Glendale, AZ
Earthworld Comics
Joshua Charles Glindmyer, Albany, NY

2019 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations
Escapist Comic Bookstore
Jack Rems, Berkeley, CA
Farpoint Toys & Collectibles
Penelope & Justin Daniels, Frank Mosentoff, Mays Landing, NJ
Four Color Fantasies
Mike Kwolek, Winchester, VA
Jesse James Comics
Jesse James, Glendale, AZ
Kingpin Books
Mário Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal
La Revisteria Comics
Lr Asturias SA., Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2019 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations


Legends Comics and Games
Darrick Oyama, Fresno/Clovis, CA
Nostromo Sevilla
Sergio López, Seville, Spain
Nuclear Comics
Kenny Jacobs, Laguna Hills, CA
The Perky Nerd
Tiffany Melius, Burbank, CA
Pulp 716 Coffee & Comics
Amy & Jay Berent, Lockport, NY
Sanctum Tattoos and Comics
Aaron Hamilton, Wess Gregg, Birmingham, AL

2019 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominations


The Secret Lair
Stephen and Cristina Lotts, Harrisonburg, VA
Space Cadets Collection Collection
Jen King, Oak Ridge North, TX
Waterford Comics
Jonathan Sullivan, Waterford, Ireland
Zia Comics
Troy Stegner, Las Cruces, NM