Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Finalists Announced!
Each year, Comic-Con International honors comics retailers around the world with the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. This year saw a record number of nominees—37 stores from around the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore—proving once again that there are a lot of great comic stores out there!
This year's team of industry judges met in San Diego to decide who will be the finalists--and ultimately, the recipient--of this year's awards.
The judges are:
- Ross Richie, founder and CEO, BOOM! Studios
- Jeromy Cox, color artist
- Jason Blanchard, PR manager at Diamond Comics
- Patrick Brower, co-owner of last year’s Retailer Award recipient, Challengers Comics & Conversations
- Alex Sinclair, color artist
- Marc Bernardin, writer and editor
Twelve finalists were decided from the field of 37 nominees. This year's finalists are:
- Acme Superstore, Longwood, Florida
- All Star Comics, Melbourne, Australia
- Alternate Reality Comics, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Beyond Comics, Frederick, Maryland
- Collector's Corner, Baltimore, Maryland
- Dragon's Lair, Austin, Texas
- Legend Comics & Coffee, Omaha, Nebraska
- OK Comics, Leeds, UK
- Packrat Comics, Hilliard, Ohio
- Silver Snail Comics & Cafe, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Time Warp Comics & Games, Boulder, Colorado
- Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming, San Diego, California
This year's recipient will be announced during the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards on Friday evening at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego hotel, starting at 8:00 PM in the Indigo Ballroom. Please wear your Comic-Con International 2014 badge for entry.