Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday's Headlines - San Diego Comic-Con President John Roger Passes

John Rogers — president of San Diego Comic-Con and Comic-Con International — has passed away as a result of complications from glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

Rogers initially began working for the pop culture company in 1978 prior to being elected as the company's president in 1986. Under Rogers' 30-plus years at the helm, San Diego Comic-Con saw itself grow from a small event drawing 5,000 locals to an international event attended each year by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.

Although the convention has grown to include movie and television productions as Hollywood continues it's descent into the medium, Comic Con-International spokesman insists the companies mission is to continue bringing comic books to the forefront.

“We have a mission to bring comics and related popular art to a wider audience,” spokesman David Glanzer said in a statement. “So while people see images in the media of many attendees dressed in costume, or big booths on the exhibit floor, there are also two floors of meeting space that are used for panels, workshops and programs that highlight areas of art that the public may not be generally aware.”