As many of you may already know, prominent retailer and comics booster Rory Root passed away. I didn't know Rory well, I've never been to his shop, Comic Relief, but I did have some terrific, amiable arguments with Rory back when I was going to SDCC regularly. Sarah still remembers, with accompanying eye-rolling, one strenuous debate Rory and I had at a Graphitti end-of-show party, I think we argued for over a half an hour over god knows what before I had walked ten feet inside Cabo Cabo, the restaurant the party was held at at the time. I think that was the name of the place. Doesn't matter. We kept it going a while longer. about fifteen feet inside the joint. It was fun, I like arguing comics with someone like Rory, it never got personal and it would range all over the place.
My other solid memory of Rory, besides that ever-present mug clutched in his hand, was when he tried to convince me I was selling my original artwork for too low a price. At that time I had a stack of Bill and Ted's pages on my table, actually, the SLG booth at SDCC. This was perhaps 1993 or so, maybe a year later. The pages were going for, on average, $10 a page, a few for $15, maybe a couple were priced at the astronomical sum of $20. Rory told me I was selling myself short, and I argued that the prices were what I thought they were worth. He shook his head and told me I was crazy. Finally, I said to him, "Well, so, how many are you taking?" He looked at me, looked at the pages, and replied, in a good-natured way, "Good point.". And he left me with my stack of unsold pages that were priced too low.
Wish I got to argue with him more often. Hope his store, his legacy, continues on. As Dan Vado put it, we lost a good friend of comics, and I'd add obviously a good friend to a lot of people in comics. R.I.P.
What a depressing week for the industry.