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  • Rory Root

    I woke up in the middle of the night, foolishly decided to poke in online, and saw that Rory Root had died after surgery. Even if you’ve never been to the West Coast, if you’ve read any national article on comic books you’ve probably seen a quote by someone with the alliterative name of a comics character who owned the famous Comic Relief shop in Berkeley. And if you had anything to do with independent comics then you had a champion in Rory. His fellow Bay area retailer Brian Hibbs has a remembrance over at Savage Critic. Rory was a great help to me when I published The Interman, and was always someone I looked forward to talking to- listening to, really. Another very hard loss for Comics.


    Comment from Mafus
    Time: May 20, 2008, 3:53 am

    Very sorry to hear that, Jeff. My condolences to his family.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: May 20, 2008, 9:53 am

    I don’t think Rory had much family- except of course the massive family of the comics business. I’ve been reading remembrances most of the morning. And I was in his store when he moved to the new location, it really was as awesome as people say.

    Comment from Matt M.
    Time: May 20, 2008, 1:36 pm

    It was awesomer than people say. Still is, too. Worth a trip in and of itself.

    Comment from Kathleen H.
    Time: May 21, 2008, 10:04 am

    Rory is survived by his mother, two brothers, and sister. And so many more of us that are missing him today . . .

    Comment from Parker
    Time: May 21, 2008, 10:37 am

    Thanks Kathleen, for some reason I thought he was an only child. I hope they’re all doing well as can be.