The Co-Founder of Comic Con Is Dead at 59 Years Old

Richard Alf, one of the co-founders of the San Diego Comic-Con and the founder of the Comic Kingdom shop in San Diego's North Park area, has died from cancer.

Richard Alf, one of the co-founders of the San Diego Comic-Con and the founder of the Comic Kingdom shop in San Diego’s North Park area, has died from cancer.

Back in 1970, Alf and a group of volunteers started up and funded an annual convention celebrating comic books. The first Comic-Con was a mild success, but it soon turned into one of the greatest annual events in comics, film and television.  In 2011 alone, it attracted 125,000 people, as well as filmmakers and casts from TWILIGHT, and THE HUNGER GAMES.

Alf is survived by his mother.  He was 59 years old.

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