Congrats to this year's winner of the Eisner for "spirit of comics" retailer award or as many of us think of the prize, the best comic store. I've never been to the store in question which has the great name of "Comics and Vegetables." (In my mind I'm thinking of a combination comic store and organic market with a juice bar that serves wheatgrass...but it's probably NOT that...)
I've never been to the store, which is run by Yuval Sharon and Danny Amitai, though I do hope to visit it in Tel Aviv, Israel one of these years.
Almost all of the previous winners of the prize have been stores in North America. I've visited a number of them including Brave New World in Newhall, CA, Earth-Two in Sherman Oaks, CA, Golden Apple and Meltdown in Los Angeles, Hi De Ho in Santa Monica were places that I loved to visit when I lived in Southern California. Brave New World and Earth-Two especially were great places to visit with great staff, fabulous selection, and regularly had fun events.
To the best of my knowledge, the only other two stores outside of the US and Canada that have won are Lambiek in Amsterdam, Holland and Kings Comics in Sydney, Australia. I admittedly don't know what the comics culture is like in Israel, how many stores are in the country or the community that shops have created, but I can only hope that this is a good sign for the health of comics.