scribbles and lies - Passing of a friend to the industry

May. 19th, 2008

04:47 pm - Passing of a friend to the industry

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Rory Root - owner of the Comic Relief comics shop in Berkeley that has been a bedrock of the industry for as long as I've been seriously reading comics, much less writing any of them - passed away today from what sounds to have been complications from hernia surgery over the weekend.

Every time I walked into his store, or saw him at his booth at Con, within two minutes he could lay hands on something in his inventory that he knew I'd like, that he thought maybe I'd missed and would be damn glad to have heard about, and he was right every time. He was that kind of comics store owner - knew what was good, knew what his customers were into, knew a good match when he saw one.

When there are so many terrible stores out there that carry nothing but the lowest common denominator crap that comics has to offer, his was a perfect example of the opposite, one of the very best stores anywhere - a giant library of Interesting and Strange and Fun.

Thanks for all the great funnybooks over the years, Rory.

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For consideration: one more person without whom San Diego just won't be the same

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From:rstevens
Date:May 20th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
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I never spoke to the guy, but he was one of those friendly fixtures I always looked forward to seeing in San Diego. RIP.
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From:tensegritydan
Date:May 20th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
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Aw, that is too bad. Comic relief is my regular shop. Not only was he a great comics guy, he was a great guy and a part of what makes Berkeley a cool place to live. He always made sure people felt welcome in the store whether you were a hardcore nerd or just browsing and he set the same tone for his employees to follow.
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From:ottobeatriscuit
Date:May 20th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
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If he didn't have what I was looking for he would ask when I planned to return, and then he'd promise to have in stock by the day before.

I'll miss him.
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From:eucharistcrunch
Date:May 20th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
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Comic Relief, like Isotope in SF and Golden Apple in LA, has always been one of the best stores on the West Coast. It's a real bummer that he died.
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From:epileptikitty
Date:May 20th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
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Omigaaawwd! That was the owner? A sweet guy; a shame.
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From:sisterbean
Date:May 20th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for letting us know, Dan. He was a great guy and he will be missed.
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