San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con co-founder and Shel’s pal Richard Alf passed away on January 4, 2012. There will be a memorial service for Richard at 3PM on Thursday, January 12 at the following location: Bonham Brothers & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service 321 12th St., Ramona, CA 92065 (760) 789-1678 There will also be a viewing […]

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The new cartoon art mural titled “The Sky’s the Limit!” at San Diego’s International Airport was unveiled on Memorial Day weekend 2011 and pays homage to San Diego’s rich aviation and comic art histories. A caricature of Comic-Con Founder Shel Dorf and airborne characters Steve Canyon, Snoopy, and Phil Yeh’s Winged Tiger are featured along side cartooned versions of pilots and aircraft from Lindbergh Field . This tribute to the friendly skies and imagination is located on the Sky Bridge at Terminal 1.

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My brothers, David and Patrick (and our neighbors at the time, Mike Williams and Gary Pagel), and I answered an ad in the newspaper. Shel Dorf had placed it when he decided to get things rolling for what was to become the San Diego Comic-Con. At the first meetings, we met Shel, Richard Alf, Mike Towry, Scott Shaw, Ken Krueger, Barry Alfonso and a bunch of others. I was just out of High School. Mike Williams and my brothers had a few years to go and Gary Pagel was in junior high.

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Here’s a batch of scans of pictures of Shel Dorf from Shel’s negatives from the 1974 San Diego Comic-Con, which was held at the El Cortez Hotel with Bill Lund as Chairman. (I received the negatives from Shel’s friend and cartooning partner Charlie Roberts.

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The first ever AfterCon Artshow took place on July 22nd , 23rd , and 24th 2010 at Suture Gallery in San Diego generating $1,810.00 for the Shel Dorf New Talent Encouragement Fund.

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Matt Lorentz has begun to set up the AFTERCON 2010 art show and charitable auction, which will benefit the Shel Dorf New Talent Encouragement Fund. The AFTERCON show will run concurrently with San Diego’s Comic-Con International, July 22-24, from 8PM to midnight each day at San Diego’s Suture Gallery. For more about the show, visit the official AFTERCON site at aftercon.blogspot.com.

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Artist David Lozeau has created a customized “Cyclops Mummy” Munny doll to be displayed and auctioned at the AFTERCON 2010 show in Shel Dorf’s Honor. The AFTERCON show will run concurrently with San Diego’s Comic-Con International, July 22-24, from 8PM to midnight each day. For more about the show, visit the official AFTERCON site at aftercon.blogspot.com.

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Comic-Con 2010 is presenting a Remembering Shel Dorf panel on Saturday, July 24 from 4:30-6:00. One very special member of the panel is Shel’s brother, Michael Dorf. The Comic-Con is very generously hosting Michael this year and we heartily thank them for that. Here is the program listing for the panel:

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Co-organizers Matt Lorentz and Mark Richmond have sent in the following images of the final flyers and the press release for the AFTERCON 2010 art show and benefit auction in Shel Dorf’s honor. The event will run concurrently with Comic-Con, July 22-24, 2010 (that’s Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), from 8 PM to midnight. For more information, visit the official AFTERCON web site at http://aftercon.blogspot.com/.

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Orange County Cartoonists Society President Andy Mitchell has contributed a terrific piece of art (shown above) for the benefit auction at the AFTERCON 2010 Show in Shel Dorf’s Honor. The AFTERCON show will run concurrently with San Diego’s Comic-Con International, July 22-24, from 8PM to midnight each day. For more about the show, visit the official AFTERCON site at aftercon.blogspot.com.

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