Comic-Con Founder Sheldon Dorf has Passed Away

Comic-Conby Joey Paur

In Memoriam - Shel Dorf

The man who started it all, Shel Dorf died today, he was 76 years old. He was the founder of the biggest comic book convention ever, San Diego Comic-Con. Dorf died Tuesday at a San Diego hospital, where he spent much of this year being treated for diabetes.

Dorf was a freelance artist and comic strip letterer, and founded Comic-Con in San Diego in 1970. In the ensuing years, he saw the gathering grow from a small collection of comic book hobbyists to one of the biggest public relations events of the year for movies, TV shows, comic books, video games and other forms of entertainment. Nowadays, Comic-Con draws over 125,000 a year. Although Mr. Dorf ended his involvement with the Con in the mid-1980s, the current owners of San Diego Comic-Con have added a black-bordered tribute of Dorf on the official website.

Lets have a moment of silence as a way to respect to what it was this man created. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

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