Comic-Con International has announced the nominees for the 2014 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, given annually to a store that has done an outstanding job of supporting the comics medium in both the industry and in the local community.
This year, a record 37 stores were nominated from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore. The finalists will be announced the week before Comic-Con International, and the winner revealed July 25 during the Eisner Awards ceremony. The 2014 nominees are:
• Acme Comics, Greensboro, North Carolina -- Mark Austin and Jermaine Exum• Acme Superstore, Longwood, Florida -- Terry Dinkins• Al n’ Ann’s Collectibles, McHenry, Illinois -- John Alan Armstrong and Debbie Ann Armstrong• All Star Comics, Melbourne, Australia -- Troy Varker and Mitchell Davies• Alternate Reality Comics, Las Vegas, Nevada -- Ralph Mathieu• Aw Yeah Comics, Skokie, Illinois -- Mark Hammond, Franco Aureliani and Art Baltazar• Beyond Comics, Frederick, Maryland -- Jonathan Cohen• Collector’s Corner, Baltimore, Maryland -- Randy Myers• Comic Book Jones, Staten Island, New York -- Mark Eadicicco and Michael Rivas• Comic Bug, Manhattan Beach, California -- Jun Goeku and Mike Wellman• Comics Dungeon, Seattle, Washington -- Scott and Lainie Tomlin• Double Midnight Comics & Collectibles, Manchester, New Hampshire -- Chris Proulx, Scott Proulx and Brett Parker• Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy, Austin, Texas -- David M. Wheeler• Epikos Comics, Cards & Games, Ooltewah, Tennessee -- Henry Flood, David Flood, Joe Jackson and John McConahy• The Escapist Comic Bookstore, Berkeley, California -- Jack Rems• Final Frontier, Plymouth, U.K. -- Julian Shelford• G & B Comics, Singapore -- Bernard Ang• Geoffrey’s Comics, Gardena, California -- Geoffrey Patterson• Graham Crackers, Chicago, Illinois -- John Robinson and Jamie Graham• Heroes Headquarters, Ballarat, Australia -- Garry and Pauline Fay• Hypno Comics, Ventura, California -- George Chase• Jesse James Comics, Glendale, Arizona -- Jesse James• Krypton Comics, Omaha, Nebraska -- Dean and Rachelle Phillips• Legend Comics & Coffee, Omaha, Nebraska -- David DeMarco, Jason Dasenbrock and Wendy Pivonka• Mile High Comics, Denver, Colorado -- Chuck Rozanski• New Genesis Comics, Fort Collins, Colorado -- Andrew Ricciardi• OK Comics, Leeds, U.K. -- Jared Myland and Richard Makinson• Packrat Comics, Hilliard, Ohio -- Jamie and Teresa Colegrove• Shield Comics & Games, Ames, Iowa -- Chris Pellack• Silver Snail Comics & Café, Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- George Zotti and Mark Gingras• Southern California Comics, San Diego, California -- Jamie Newbold• Space Cadets Collection Collection, Connor, Texas -- Jen King• Third Coast Comics, Chicago, Illinois -- Terry Gant• Time Warp Comics & Games, Boulder, Colorado -- Wayne Winsett• Travelling Man, Manchester, U.K. -- Nabil Homsi• Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming -- San Diego, California -- Alison Flynn• WonderWorld Comics, Taylor, Michigan -- Robert Bowman and Dennis Barger