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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