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Friday, July 31, 2009

Tate's Wins the Eisner!

All of us involved with ComicsPRO, the comic book specialty retailer trade association, would like to congratulate ComicsPRO member Tate Ottati and his staff at Tate's Comics in Lauderhill FL for being named the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Will Eisner "Spirit of Comics" Award for Retailing Excellence!

(ComicsPRO had a great showing in the Eisner Awards, with 9 of 17 nominees, 3 of 4 finalists and the winner, Tate's, all as members of our group.)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Nominees Announced

Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the largest comic book and popular arts event in the United States, has announced its list of nominees for the prestigious Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award (The Eisner Spirit Award).

This year organizers are happy to note that Baby Tattoo, publishers of books for kids and adults, is the official sponsor of the Award.

Since 1993, The Eisner Spirit Award has been presented to an individual retailer performing an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large. Any retailer established in business for at least two years is eligible for nomination, and retailers, professionals, or fans may place a name in nomination. A panel of industry judges select a group of finalists to be subjected to an in-depth examination based on award criteria.

These criteria include:
Support of a wide variety of innovative material: Providing opportunities for creators’ material to reach buyers; stocking a diverse inventory.

Knowledge: Working to stay informed on retailing as well as on the comics field.

Community activity: Promoting comics to the community; maintaining relationships with schools and libraries; keeping active in social, business, and arts community organizations.

Quality of store image: Innovative display approaches; using store design creatively.

Adherence to standard ethical business practices.

This years nominees are:
(Stores listed in bold are also ComicsPRO members!)

Acme Comics, Greensboro, NC
Big B Comics, Ontario, Canada
Comic Book Ink, Tacoma, WA
Comic Oasis, Las Vegas, NV

Comics & Vegetables, Tel Aviv, Israel
Comicopia, Boston, MA
Cosmic Monkey Comics, Portland, OR
Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy, Austin, TX

Drawn To Comics, Glendale, AZ
Happy Harbor Comics, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Krypton Comics, Omaha, NE

Legends Comics, Victoria, BC Canada
OK Comics, Leeds England
Phantom of the Attic, Pittsburgh, PA
Tate’s Comics, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Comic Vault, Chicago, IL
Up, Up & Away, Cincinnati, OH

Past winners are not eligible for nomination.

The Eisner Spirit Awards are part of, and underwritten by, Comic-Con International: San Diego, 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 contributions of comics to art and culture.

More information about Comic-Con can be found at

Monday, July 13, 2009

An Invitation to Publishers

ComicsPRO is inviting publishers of all sizes to our "Selling More Comics & Graphic Novels" panel on Friday, July 24 at 11:30am at Comic-Con! Click here for more details.