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2017 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Finalists 

Five finalists have been chosen from the 19 nominees for this year’s Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Judging was held on Tuesday, July 18 at Comic-Con International.

The 5 finalists for the 2016 award are:

Comic-Con 2017 Spirit Award Finalists
Robert Howard, David Lockwood, Michael Burke
Somerville, MA

The Comic Bug
Jun Goeku, Mike Wellman
Manhattan Beach, CA

Illusive Comics and Games
Anna Warren Cebrian
Santa Clara, CA

Kingpin Books
Mário Freitas
Lisbon, Portugal

Space Cadets Collection Collection
Jen King
Oak Ridge North, TX


Comic-Con 2017 Spirit Award Judges

This year’s judges were (left to right in the photo at left):

  • John Hertzler (actor, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
  • Josh Geppi (president, Diamond International Galleries)
  • Victoria Jamieson (graphic novelist, Roller Girl, The Great Pet Escape)
  • Adam Sherif (2016 Spirit Award winner, Orbital Comicz, London, UK)
  • Bill Morrison (executive editor, MAD magazine)

Joe Ferrara, owner of the Spirit Award-winning store Atlantis Fantasyworld in Santa Cruz, CA, was the facilitator of the judging once again this year and will announce this year’s recipient on Friday, July 21, as part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel at 8:00 PM.


Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award
2017 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

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 to do so 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 comic art 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 here on the Comic-Con International website. The 2017 Award will be given out as part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards on Friday evening, July 21, 2017.

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.
Click here to see previous winners of the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Award!