Kurt’s popular PVP won the Eisner for Best Digital Comic, while Neal’s store received the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award.
Stores are nominated by their customers. Neal credited Zeus’ nomination to David Hopkins, the Arlington-based writer of Emily Edison, a graphic novel published this month by Irving’s Viper Comics.
“That was an honor in itself, that some of the small-press people in town nominated us,” Neal said.
Hopkins said Neal, 36, has always supported local creators. Last year, Zeus bought 200 copies of his Karma Incorporated and gave them away.
“It’s just the sort of things that Richard does that are beyond the call of duty and rationale that make [Zeus] one of those stores you want to stand behind,” Hopkins said.