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Landry, this is a beautiful post.Your third paragraph sums up exactly what Mike and I are feeling. He was a horrible boss, but a good human being. So much goodness has come from the vortex he created, the store that he loved. His health had been bad as long as I had known him, but still I am shocked.

Thanks. It's amazing when you think about how many of us there were. It's almost hard to keep track of who worked for the store, and everyone I've talked to has the same surprised feeling.

It's good to hear from you. Say hi to Mike.

This seems to me a very real story. I appreciated it.

Well said. Everyone's a mixed bag, especially in comics, eh?

Thank you for posting this!

I felt weird about saying- Rory was kind of horrible, right after he passed away, but you said it beautifully. I certainly respected him as a passionate advocate for indy comics and at the same time feared him as an employer.

Even though I'd seen this coming for some years, I wasn't really prepared for it to happen so quickly.

I knew Rory in the early days. He played my game, RuneQuest, hung out at the Chaosium, helped me find the comics I was looking for, was understanding when I went to work for Comics and Comix for a year. We played naval games together, talked comics together, and I believe I sold him my Avengers collection.
In later years I would stop by Comic Relief occasionally (though my usual comic shop was closer to home in Concord). I last saw him at ComicCon a couple of years ago. He didn't look well then, and apparently it didn't get better.
Take care, Rory. Thanks for everything.

Landry- thanks for putting the feelings that have been battling inside my mind into words. Rory could be a right bastard, but at the same time that guy gave me more advice than I ever needed (or sometimes wanted)
I just wish I could have thanked him for it.

Thanks, Landry. This really does get it right.

- Josh/Pete


Thank you Landry. Everyone has been gushing and I just couldn't. This is...right.


Thank You

I think the conflicting thoughts are normal... I find myself remembering about just how much of a pain it was to work for him, about the little things he did that would make working at the shop at times nightmarish, but at the same time how he would surprise you with his seemingly random kindness, and about how different he was once you stopped being an employee.

Good and bad, Rory was a part of my life as a comic fan from my trips to BoTW with you and Jose 25 years ago, my life as a working stiff at a job that holds just as many good memories as bad because of the people I worked with there, and my life as an 'adult', as I have brought Milo into the store on several occasions, starting the cycle over again. Rory always beamed when I came in with the 'lil guy...

Rory was a friend, and all of us who knew him knew his health was getting worse. Even knowing that, still this came as a shock to a lot of folks, myself included.

Even with his passing, though, there is a huge family of former and current employees and friends who where lucky to know him, even if at times it drove us nuts.

Joel B/ Mongo

It is kind of hard to listen to but this interview gets a lot of the Rory I remember:

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