This is very sad news, Rory Root, the owner of Comic Relief in Berkeley has passed away.
I've known Rory for many years, starting from when I was a teenager and would drive into Berkeley to pick up mini comics and go to the Mod record store next door. He's been a huge supporter of indie and alternative comic books and ran one of the best stores in the area. Rory, we'll miss you.
Rory probably did more to support up and coming talent in the bay area and beyond than any one else, and for longer. My thoughts are with his family and close friends.