The comics retailer organization ComicsPro has posted the list of nominees for this year's Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, which includes comic shops in Florida, New Mexico, Texas, England and Israel, among other locations.
Established in 1993, the award is presented to "an individual retailer performing an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large." Nominees are judged based on the following criteria:
- Support of 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: Innovative display approaches; using store design creatively.
- Adherence to standard ethical business practices.
The winner will be announced during the Eisner Awards presentation on Friday at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The list of nominees can be found after the jump.
A Comic ShopAaron Hoaland & Jason BlanchardWinter Park, FL
Acme ComicsJermaine Exum & Mark AustinGreensboro, NC
Astro-ZombiesMike D’EliaAlbuquerque, NM
Atomic ComicsMike MalveChandler, AZ
Challengers Comics and ConversionsPatrick Brower and W. Dal BushChicago, IL
Comic Book InkJohn & Sarah MunnTacoma, WA
Comic BugMike Wellman & Jun GoekuManhattan Beach, CA
The Comic VaultMatthew SardoChicago, IL
Comics & VegetablesYuval Sharon, Danny AmitalTel-Aviv, Israel
The DragonJennifer StewartGuelph, Ontario, Canada
Dragon’s Lair Comics & FantasyDavid WheelerAustin, TX
Green Brain ComicsKatie & Dan MerrittDearborn, MI
Lightning ComicsTim BoalCoeur d’Alene, ID
Not Just ComixDavid EasterPark Hills, MO
Packrat ComicsJamie and Teresa ColegroveHillard, OH
R-GalaxyRick & Maritza KeefeTucson, AZ
Travelling ManNabil HomsiManchester, England, UK
Up Up & AwayKendall SwaffordCincinnati, OH
Vault of MidnightCurtis Sullivan & Steve FodaleAnn Arbor, MI
Warp 1 Comics and GamesDave Bryenton & James SteerEdmonton, Alberta, Canada