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Posted on Thursday, May 22 @ 17:55:17 PST by Blake_Morse

I know this isn't video game related, but, as it's been on my mind, so I thought I would take a moment to share this story with you guys. Geekdom comes in many forms and you should always remember that even though it might not be what you're hardcore about, there are people out there with the same passion for things the world may see as silly or nerdy.

I am a big fan of comic books. Over the last five or so years I have seen my fandom grow from a book or two a week to picking up at least ten issues of something each time I walk into a store.

Part of the reason my passion grew was having a great comic shop to visit here in beautiful down town Berkeley.
The store is known as Comic Relief and it is world famous for being a mecca of historical and modern comic greatness. They have an extensive back catalog  and  knowledgeable, friendly staff thats always eager to help.

One of the friendliest of them was none other than the owner himself, Rory Root.
I am sad to say that Rory passed away this week, due to complications with surgery, leaving behind a legacy of other-worldly geek knowledge that is unsurpassed by any in the industry.
His passing has been noted by such industry greats as Warren Ellis, Niel Gaiman and Matt Fraction.

Why would a comic books shop owner, usually the bane of the artist's existence, be mourned by such greats? It's because of the person he was. He did not fit your typical "Comic Book Guy" Simpsons stereotype that is all too common in the industry. He was a stand up guy who would talk to anyone and remember them the next time they ran into each other. He was a huge contributor to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which fights for the first amendment rights of comic book writers and publishers.

I had only talked to Rory on a few occasions and it was never about comics, always about life or something silly we were watching happening on the streets Berk-town, but the thing that struck me about him was how outgoing and friendly he was.

I am glad to have had a chance to meet Rory and will still frequent his shop every Wednesday when new comics come out, but I just couldn't go this week, it would have been too depressing. But let me just take this time to say thank you Rory. Your store and your love of comics helped re-kindle my own and I know that your legacy will be in the people you touched with your kindness and passion.

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