From a field of thousands, twelve nominees and six finalists were chosen. Brave New World Comics, in Santa Clarita, CA, then emerged as the 2008 recipient of the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. The award, presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International: San Diego, is given to an individual retailer who has done an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in their own community and within the industry at large. Each year, Comic-Con honors one extraordinary retailer, from stores around the globe with the award, named for comics pioneer Will Eisner, the visionary creator of The Spirit who is widely-regarded as the “Founding Father of the Graphic Novel”. Eisner felt it was vital to acknowledge the important role that comic book retailers play in the comics industry, as well as how they nurture the relationship between the creators and their readers.
The Dead are Alive: Zombies March in Downtown Newall
More than 500 zombies jam Main Street, raise more than 1/2 ton of food for SCV Food Pantry
As daylight disappeared Saturday, more than 500 bloodied and oozing zombies shambled down Main Street on the hunt for living flesh and frightened victims.
"I want to eat some brains. I missed out on lunch," said Anthony Villwock, of Acton, as he prepared to follow the rest of the walking dead through downtown Newhall.
But before Villwock and the zombie crowd could fulfill their own cravings, they made their contributions to the living hungry.
The wannabe zombie crowd filled more than twelve shopping carts with canned goods for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. The donations were the zombies' tickets to participate in the Main Street Zombie March hosted by Brave New World comic book shop.
By 6 p.m., when the march was scheduled to start, Brave New World had already registered more than 500 zombie walkers. More participants meant more canned goods and check donations for the food pantry and a more spectacular show for unsuspecting witnesses.