Will Eisner Spirit Award Finalists Announced
Awards ceremony Friday night at Comic-Con(R)
San Diego – Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, announced the finalists for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award today. Each year the Spirit Award is presented as part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.
This years finalists include: A Comic Shop, Alternate Reality, Bridge City, Challengers, Comics and Vegetables, The Comic Bug, The Dragon, and Green Brain Comics. These nominees come from all over the United States and are nominated by peers, retailers or fans.
Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations, David Glanzer, said the organization was pleased with the nominations and the judges will have a difficult decision to make.
“The Will Eisner Spirit Award is a very prestigious accolade presented to the best of the best in comics retailing,” said Glanzer.
The panel of judges includes Diamond UK’s Mike Holman, cartoonist Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL), writer/editor Anina Bennett (Heartbreakers, Boilerplate), BOOM Studios’ Chip Moser, and last years Spirit Award winners, Vault of Midnight co-owners Curtis Sullivan and Steve Fodale. The 2011 winner(s) will join the panel for next year.
The nominees are selected using a variety of criteria including support for a wide variety of innovative material, knowledge of the comics field, community activity, quality of store image and adherence to standard ethical business practices.
The awards ceremony will be held Friday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Attendance is free to Comic-Con badge holders and will be seated on a first come first serve basis.
Click here for more information about the Will Eisner Awards and the Spirit Award.
About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con organizes the San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring and the Alternative Press Expo each fall. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con
Writer Gregg Hurwitz heads to Los Angeles, the Bay Area, San Diego, Houston, Chicago, and more kicks off with the launch party July 8th at Diesel Books in Santa Monica.
Diesel Books July 8, 7pm
225 26th Street, Suite 33, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Mysteries to Die For, July 10, 12pm
2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
The Mystery Bookstore, July 10, 4pm
1036-C Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Mystery Ink Bookstore, July 11, 10am
7176 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Mysterious Galaxy, July 11, 2pm
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite 302, San Diego, CA 92111
Challengers, July 20, 7pm
1845 N Western Ave 2R, Chicago, IL 60647
Barnes & Noble, July 21, 630pm
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95117
M is for Mystery, July 22, 7pm
86 East Third Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
Book Passage, July 23, 6pm
1 Ferry Building, #42, San Francisco, CA 94111
Murder by the Book, Aug 8, 2pm PT
2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
C2E2 AND NYCC STAFF HIT THE ROAD FOR HOLIDAY TOUR!
Meet and Greet the C2E2 & NYCC Teams at Comic Shops in New York and Chicago
Norwalk, CT, December 8, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) and New York Comic Con (NYCC) have announced that they will be hitting the road this month to visit comic book retailers and fans in Chicago and New York to spread holiday cheer. The staff of C2E2 & NYCC will be taking to the streets, meeting, greeting, and giving away presents to fans at comic shops all month long. The tour begins in New York City tomorrow – Wednesday, December 9th – and will extend through Wednesday, December 23rd. Officials note that one big reason for the trip – aside from giving away presents – is to meet with fans in order to hear their ideas and to find out what fans want to see in 2010.
“We want to reach out to our community of supporters as much as possible to get the pulse of who and what they want to see at C2E2 and NYCC in 2010,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President and Show Manager for both C2E2 and NYCC. “At the same time, we want to have some fun, give out some presents, as well as spread the word about C2E2 and NYCC. This is a great way of accomplishing all these goals! We are looking forward to a great road trip.”
Staff officials note that the full C2E2 and NYCC teams will be participating in the events, with Show Manager Lance Fensterman joined by various faces from programming, marketing, and sales. Every stop will have different team members in attendance. In both New York and Chicago, the staff members will be giving away movies, posters, and soundtracks from Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing, as well as raffling off toys from Diamond Select and Mezco. Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without candy canes and assorted stocking stuffers, which NYCC and C2E2 staff will be handing out at all their stops. Additionally, in Chicago, the shops the staff will visit will be the very first place to get physical C2E2 tickets and limited edition C2E2 Alex Ross posters. A twitter scavenger hunt will be organized through downtown Chicago, and the staff will also be raffling off a C2E2 VIP package.
The location and dates for the Holiday Tour are:
NEW YORK CITY
Wednesday, Dec 9th:
New York, NY 10003
3 PM to 6 PM
Thursday, Dec 17th:
Midtown Comics – Times Square
200 W 40th St
New York, NY 10018
12 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Dec 23rd:
Jim Hanley’s Universe
325 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY
12 PM to 4 PM
Tuesday, Dec 15th:
1845 N Western Ave 2R
Chicago, IL 60647
4 PM to 6 PM
Wednesday, Dec 16th:
Graham Crackers – Chicago Loop
77 E. Madison St
Chicago, IL 60602
12 PM to 2 PM
3244 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
4 PM to 6 PM
606 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60546
4 PM to 6 PM
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:
The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.