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!

2014 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Judges

2014 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Judges

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
  • (Seated):
  • 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.

For a complete list of this year's nominees for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, please click here.