No doubt by now you know that the owner and proprietor of Comic Relief in Berkley has met the Black Racer.
He was a funky dude, who was said to be the inspiration for the Simpson's comic book guy. (He may have told me this, I can't remember). He had a great store! The only comic book shop I've seen that equals it is Midtown Comics New York and that's saying a lot. He used to come by where I worked years ago to pick up orders of manga. He was an early adapter of manga and had a huge section before most could see it's potential. Always nice (and I fucked up his order more than once!) and always willing to shoot the breeze about comics. I remember chatting about Legion of Super Heroes for like 2 hours with the dude once. 2 hours!
Here's a pic of him at Comic-Con, he was well known there and it will not be the same without him! As much as a pain in the ass it probably was for him (he practically moved half his store down every year) he always seemed really happy.
I made up a tongue twister of his name once - Rory Root's Rural Rollercoaster.
I'll miss you Root!