I miss Rory Root already.
I woke up this morning to find out that Rory Root, owner of Comic Relief, died yesterday. As you guys know, Comic Relief was pretty much the reason I got back into comics and Rory was a big support of my show. I was lucky enough to interview him way back for Show #23 and I loved chatting with him every chance I got. I was just thinking the other day that I needed to check with him about APE and what kind of fun stuff he had planned.
Although Rory had health issues, I always thought he'd be one of those indestructible guys who lived to be 100, laughing and limping and blazing like a ray of sunshine until he was 100.
I am very sad today. To me, Comic Relief will always be the only comic book store that matters. And that was because of Rory.
Update: the new Comic Relief website has pix and a guest book filled with memories of Rory's kindness and generosity.