The 20 Comic Stores Nominated for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con will see one comic book retailer awarded the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

When Will approached Comic-Con about initiating the award in the early 1990s, he wanted it 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 25 years after Will’s original idea. The Award is given out yearly to retailers who have done an outstanding job of supporting the comics medium both in the industry at large and in their local community. Comics fans around the world have had the opportunity to nominate their favorite stores.

This year’s nominee list includes 20 comic retail stores from across the United States, plus Australia, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The finalists will be announced during the week of SDCC, and the recipient will be announced as part of the Eisner Awards on Friday, July 20th at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

The 2018 nominees (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Acme Comics
    Mark Austin/ Jermaine Exum, Greensboro, NC
  • Arsenal Comics & Games
    Paul Roman Martinez, Timothy Heague & Elena Sfetcu, Newbury Park, CA
  • Big Bang Comics
    John Hendrick, Dublin, Ireland
  • Cape and Cowl Comics
    Eitan Manhoff, Oakland, CA
  • Coliseum of Comics
    Phil Boyle, Kissimmee, FL
  • Collector’s Comics
    Keith & Monica Mallow, Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Comic Book Hideout
    Glynnes Pruett, Fullerton, CA
  • The Comic Book Shop
    Sarah & Patrick “Titus” Titus, Wilmington, DE
  • Comic Quest
    Don & Kelly Allen, Lake Forest, CA
  • Comic World
    Kathleen Miller the Comic Book Lady, Huntington, WV
  • Comics Toons N Toys
    Mike Kadin, Tustin, CA
  • Comiczone
    Andrew, Michael & Gareth, Perth, Western Australia
  • Farpoint Toys & Collectibles
    Penelope Pappas, Justin Daniels & Frank Mosentoff, Mays Landing, NJ
  • Kingpin Books
    Mário Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal
  • The Laughing Ogre
    Chris Lloyd, Columbus, OH
  • Norma Comics
    Rafa Martínez, Barcelona, Spain
  • A Shop Called Quest
    Lee Raymundo, Natalie Raymundo, & Jason Washburn, Redlands, CA
  • Space Cadets Collection Collection
    Jen King, Oak Ridge North, TX
  • Travelling Man
    Nabil Homsi, York, Yorkshire, UK
  • Up Up & Away!
    Kendall Swafford, Cincinnati, OH

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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