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December 3, 2009

Comic-Con Cofounder Passes Away


Just weeks after the sad death of Sheldon Dorf, Ken Krueger, who cofounded the world-famous San Diego Comic-Con, has also died. Krueger, who helped found the con in 1970, passed away from a heart attack in Lockport, New York, on November 21. Krueger had worked as a publisher and distributor, as well as a retailer, in the industry. He owned a store in the Ocean Beach section of San Diego (Alert Books) for years, and he still traveled back to San Diego for Comic-Con in the summer. His love for comics was unbounded, and that shows in the legacy that he and Dorf leave behind: the annual events that so many thousands of us look forward to every year, where we celebrate our love of comics (and so many related industries), and spend so many hours reveling in the excitement of it all. We owe both men a great debt. May they both rest in peace.