Comic book retailer Rory Root, owner of in California, died today. He was in "the business" for quite some time, and won the Eisner Spirit of Retailing award back in 1993 - one of the first to receive the award. He was an important member of ComicsPRO. Really, an important member of the comic book community, known not just among retailers but among most in the industry. I did not personally know Rory, but of course I knew of him, and had communicated with him on more than on occasion. He seemed like an interesting guy, well liked, respected, knowledgeable, and possessing a deep love of comics. He was one of the good guys.
This morning Rory went into a coma, after having some other serious health problems. This evening he left this earth to go sell comics to the angles. ComicsPRO has a few more details, and I am sure more information and a tribute will be coming from them and a variety of other sites in the coming days.
My condolences to his family, friends and the comic book community.