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I saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine last Friday. I really enjoyed it. Now if you're not a comic book fan, this movie isn't going to change your mind. I like comics. Wolverine is one of my more favorite character and I really enjoy origin stories which is what this movie is an origin story.
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It should be noted on this day, the 17th of July in the year 2008, I [personal profile] stonebender have managed to complete a task that I have been working towards for 25, 30 years? At this moment every comic book that I own, all 4192, are in my database!!!
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Rory Root died Monday. I'm not sure that if you had asked Rory whether I was a friend or not that he would have thought of me as a friend. We didn't really hang out together. In fact there were years that went by without me seeing or hearing from him. However I thought of him as my friend.

I met him over comic book long boxes at The Best of Both Worlds (wow, I think that's what it was called. As I write this I'm not completely sure.) Anyway, it was a comic book store that lived on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley. I was new to California. Having just moved back from Illinois in 1980. It was a pretty low point in my life. I had flunked out of SIU. I wasn't sure what I was doing or what I could do. I felt alone and I felt like a failure. Rory was the first person who seemed to notice me. I went to his comic book store (I'm pretty sure he didn't own that store, but in my mind it was his) to pick up my X-Men, Spiderman and Fantastic Four comics. He would invariably talk me into buying some other title I had not heard of before. I would almost always love it. So my comic book buying soon busted my budget. However I enjoyed them so much.

We would often talk about comics, that turned into talking about science fiction, that turned into talking about local politics etc. etc. We tended to agree with each other on most things except we always seemed to get there from very different routes. And the times we didn't agree the conversations were even more fun.

I can't really think of anything particular to mention about him except that I will always be thankful for his easy friendship and for all the stories that I read that I would never have read if he hadn't pointed them out to me. Things like: Bone, Zot, Why I Hate Saturn, Love and Rockets or Optic Nerve. I will miss him very much


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