Comic-Con International: San Diego has announced the finalists for its annual Will Eisner "Spirit of Comics" Retailer Award. Established in 1993, the intent of the award is to "acknowledge the important role that comics retailers play in the industry, nurturing the relationship between creators and their readers."
The 2016 judges for this award were Diamond Comic Distributors' Trevor Richardson, The Beat's Heidi MacDonald, First Second Books' Gina Gagliano, writer Peter David, 2015 award-winner Teresa Colegrove of PackRat Comics, and Archie Comics' President Mike Pellerito.
The nominees are:
- Big Bang Comics - John Hendrick, Dublin, Ireland
- Comikaza - Ori Ayalon and Jacob Sareli, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Legends Comics & Books - Lloyd Chesley and Gareth Gaudin, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
- Orbital Comics & Gallery - Karl Asaa, Damian Keeng & James Wilson, London, UK
- Time Warp Comics and Games - Wayne Winsett, Boulder, CO
The award will be given out at Friday evening's Eisner Awards ceremony.