Rory didn't make it.
I'll miss seeing Rory at San Diego. If they keep the stool there as a memorial, it'll be weird, yet touching. Rory was for me, as he was for many the first retailer to actively demand copies of my work. When I took the ashcan copies of Hope Falls to SDCC last year, he actually hunted me down to get one.
Rory Root has died, and the world is that little bit greyer now he's gone, but at least he's at peace now.