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#2393860 - 05/20/08 04:12 AM Rory Root, R.I.P.
Nexus Offline
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Bay Area comics retailer Rory Root has passed away:

His shop, Comic Relief in Berkeley, is one of the best in the country. Rory got me into comics when I was a kid and went to his previous shop, The Best of Two Worlds on Telegraph Ave.. Comics kept me away from other things going on on Telegraph. He taught me a lot about customer service. He was good at it; I've been going to his shop every week because of it. An example from early on in the 80's: I was a broke kid and was ogling a Jon Sable keychain. But I had already spent all my money on comics. Rory could tell I really wanted it, so he said "Take it, it's a gift". I still have it. I'll miss seeing him.

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#2393861 - 05/20/08 04:21 AM Re: Rory Root, R.I.P. [Re: Nexus]
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that's a bummer. Of course I knew Rory for at least 25 years & we always hung out when I saw him at San Diego.. Truly a really nice guy..

I hope they have need of a good comic retailer at the newstand in the sky
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#2393863 - 05/20/08 04:22 AM Re: Rory Root, R.I.P. [Re: Nexus]
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Captain Red Pants!!! AGAIN!


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Loc: London, England
I knew he hadn't been well in recent years, but this is still a bolt from the blue - very sad news.

#2393865 - 05/20/08 04:35 AM Re: Rory Root, R.I.P. [Re: goldust40]
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#2393897 - 05/20/08 06:33 AM Re: Rory Root, R.I.P. [Re: Calamerica]
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Loc: San Francisco Bay Area

Sad news. \:\(

I was just by his shop this past Saturday.
Is it better to live the dream or be shattered by reality?

#2393910 - 05/20/08 06:46 AM Re: Rory Root, R.I.P. [Re: sckao]
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#2394143 - 05/20/08 10:53 AM Re: Rory Root, R.I.P. [Re: MutantKeys]
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One of the Good Guys of the industry.
When a bunch of us East Coast store owners were trying to form our first trade group,Rory spent hours tele-conferencing with us on his experiances with the Bay Area group that preceded us.
When we had our first trade show,he and Mike Smith(sp?) flew in to support us on their own dime.
He also was instrumental in the store owners suit against Marvel back when it was its own distributor and had collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for books that hadn't shipped.
Rest in peace,you old hippie. You earned it.

The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of its master.

Comic rich but in need of cash? I may be able to help. It won't be cheap but you get to keep your books.

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#2394237 - 05/20/08 11:50 AM Re: Rory Root, R.I.P. [Re: shadroch]
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If I just sell the car, I can up my bid...

Registered: 04/17/07
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I used to by my comics at his shop when I was a student at Cal.

Rest well, Rory.

#2394423 - 05/20/08 01:41 PM Re: Rory Root, R.I.P. [Re: BadDeacon]
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Registered: 07/25/06
Posts: 1549
Loc: Kaintuckee
Rory will be definitely missed among retailers and customers alike.

I understand that his will left the store to his manager so his legacy will carry on.

#2395268 - 05/20/08 08:30 PM Re: Rory Root, R.I.P. [Re: moonlite]
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