A record 37 stores have been nominated for the annual Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, which will be handed out during the San Diego Comic Con International next month.
“ One of the top 37 stores in the world is a very awesome complement,” co-owner Dennis Barger said on Facebook when the nominees were announced.
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 the opportunity to nominate their favorite stores via the Comic-Con International website.
Stores have to be nominated by a customer, they can’t throw their own name into the hat for consideration. Wonderworld has been nominated several times, including the last two years. The store has been open for 9 years.
Only one store in Michigan has won the award since it was first given out in 1993. No other stores in Michigan are nominated this year.
The award is typically considered the pinnacle award in the comic book industry as it awards creative achievement. Nominees and winners are decided through secret ballot by a panel of judges.
This year’s nominee list includes stores from across the United States, plus Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. The finalists will be announced during the week of Comic-Con, after the judges meet in San Diego. The recipient will be announced as part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards on July 25, starting at 8 p.m..