Rory Root, consummate comics retailer, has passed away at the age of 50. I knew him from theWEF, met him twice in person at APE, and though I didn't know him well enough to eulogize him the way many others have, I was very taken by his shy, gentle, self-effacing nature, and how he countered that with his pleasant conversation and willingness to share his boundless knowledge with anyone, be it on line or at a convention. He was also one of the very first to give Vögelein a chance.
We'll miss you, Rory. For your kind self, your beautiful store, and your positive comics evangelism.
So it's almost 1am, and I'm finally winding down after Motor City Con this weekend. I will admit that I was really trepidacious about going, as last year I made about $10 all day Saturday. I am starting to run behind on other tasks, and I was pretty sure I could get more mileage out of just staying home and trying to get caught up.
Awesome things that happened:
Terry and his friend Mike, my annual Canadian Contingent, showed up with a big bag of Snacky Foods You Can Only Get in Canada, continuing a tradition started by Shane and Sara from Future Pastimes in Sarnia. Yay Smarties and Aero Bars! I have such wonderful, thoughtful fans.
Pam was my one-woman PR firm and self-esteem provider, and I left the show rarin' to go on my next page of Clockwork Game.
Paul and I each got to do a sketchbook addition for a really great Death-themed collection. There were some really amazing drawings in there, and it was totally intimidating to make my own meager contribution to such a gallery.
Had our annual Saturday dinner at the chinese buffet with the Hamtramck gang; shoutouts to Sean and Michelangelo and Suzanne, as well as two folks joining our band of amiable zanies for the first time, Comfort Love and Adam Withers. Go check those guys out! They do some of the best sexy-without-being-grody superheroes going.
Ran into an old Bodhran player buddy! Good to know he's keeping well.
And my favorite exchange of the con was actually the last one. I ran into these three super folks from the Lansing area, and we all nerded out about all sorts of stuff including astronomy and urban gardening and Patton Oswalt. They also gave me an Organic Gardening Coloring Book, which was made entirely of awesome. If you live in that neck of the woods, you should go check out the organization it's for; it seems like something really worthwhile.
So now! To bed!
Next stop, Wizard Chicago. See you in a few weeks!
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