Comic Con Co-founder, Sheldon Dorf, Died Today

The founder of the San Diego Comic-Con passed away at age 76.

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By ecksmanfan - 11/4/2009
Sheldon Dorf, who co-founded the San Diego Comic Con has died of kidney failure at the age of 76.

From the Associated Press:

"Dorf, a freelance artist and comic strip letterer, founded Comic-Con in San Diego in 1970 after moving from Detroit."

Today, the convention draws 125,000 fans a year and is a major gathering for comic book fans, artists, writers and movie stars."

Dorf ran Detroit's "Triple Fan Fest," a convention dedicated to comics, science fiction and movies. There he met Ken Krueger, owner of Alert Books in Ocean Beach. Together with a band of teenage enthusiasts, they began planning something similar for the San Diego area.

This unpaid, ragtag group organized the first Golden State Comic Con, at the U.S. Grant Hotel, Aug. 1-3, 1970. Dorf walked away from Comic Con in the mid-1980s, as it was beginning to become the nation's foremost pop-culture extravaganza.

Today, Comic-Con is San Diego's largest convention, annually drawing 125,000 attendees.

Join me in saluting a god among the world of comic books and the sci-fi world. We thank him for creating the best convention on earth!
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LEEE777 - 11/4/2009, 1:59 PM
ohhhh sad news, ive never gone to one of the comic cons, but R.I.P Sheldon Dorf.
WarNoodle - 11/4/2009, 2:12 PM
well there are a lot of people that look up to him for starting such an awesome event... nor have I ever been to a comic con, but do look forward to it in the near future.
Spock - 11/4/2009, 2:15 PM
That sucks RIP Sheldon Dorf. There is something for almost any one, u have to go @ least once if u have the cash & time.
supermarioworldE - 11/4/2009, 2:16 PM
This is a really bad year. Rest in peace Mr. Dorf, i will someday go to a comic con, and when i do, i'll definitely be thinking of you.
bleedthefreak - 11/4/2009, 2:38 PM
me and my friends are assuming if we start hitching now we can make it to San Fransisco by next comic con. shit i have a long ass way to go. im from somerville Massachusetts how far is that.
selinakyle - 11/4/2009, 2:50 PM
Dang. RIP. Never been to comic-con cos nobody will go with me :(
selinakyle - 11/4/2009, 3:00 PM
lmao @ Multi
LEEE777 - 11/4/2009, 3:08 PM
Multi @ Lol! ; D
ThisFan - 11/4/2009, 3:08 PM
RIP Sheldon Dorf
At comic-con if you went to the founders panel they talked a lot about sheldon and how he was in bad shape
Whispers68 - 11/4/2009, 3:09 PM
He helped catapult a genre secluded in the shadows and brought it to the surface along with others in the industry like Stan Lee. It's truly a tragedy when one passes along, regardless if they're a family member or someone we have a "connection" with due to something they've created for our entertainment (comic books, movies, music, etc). Death is a segment of life, which possesses no segregated beliefs and in a flash it can take you before the life you wish to build for yourself is at hand. Although he died at a much older age, life is something we must all hold dearly. It's one of the most beautiful features in this world, being able to bring life through birth and yet the counteract to that is how swiftly it can be taken away through death.

I've never met the man but I know what he has created and the current news of his death affects millions who are familiar with Comic Con. Death has altered the manner in which I've started to view life after a five-year old died in my family three years ago and it's simple...yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is God's gift. Not my quote of course but I believe we should grasp onto today and hold closely those we consider valuable in our lives. Before you know it, your time can be up in a flash.
ecksmanfan - 11/4/2009, 3:24 PM
@Multi- HAHA! That'll ruin your precious field trip...PRETTY DAMN QUICK!
Gose - 11/4/2009, 3:31 PM
Good Journey Sheldon Dorf,comic cons forever ....
JoshWilding - 11/4/2009, 3:55 PM
I've never been to a Comic Con but look forward to going to one i the future...RIP Mr Dorf.
luffycapri - 11/4/2009, 5:17 PM
that's sad
lc - 11/4/2009, 5:19 PM
RIP dorf
Sortis - 11/4/2009, 7:15 PM
:/ RIP thanks for everything.
selinakyle - 11/5/2009, 8:10 AM
On a sidenote...im surprised not a lot of people on here have been to comic-con. Did you guys ever try to plan a group trip?
FAD - 11/5/2009, 9:25 AM
RIP :o(

@MsKyle08@ great idea!!!! everyone on cbm should arrange somethin like that lol! tho if we were the only girls id be worried for our safety hehe!
Spada - 11/5/2009, 10:31 AM
/salute and /raises fist
DDD - 11/5/2009, 2:29 PM
Don't worry FAD@! ! Like I've said before I'm 6'6" and
300 lbs. of muscle and I've been a bouncer and a
bodyguard before (Just check the "How many girls on
CBM poll" for my pic.), if you and MsKyle@ go with me an'
some of the guys from CBM I'll make sure nothing bad
happens to anybody and that the guys remain total
gentlemen! :D lol

Besides I'll just borrow the A-team van! :D :D :D

RIP Sheldon! Thanx so much for promoting Comicon!
selinakyle - 11/5/2009, 4:01 PM
everytime i see DDD i think boobs.

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