Shel Dorf and Ken Krueger to be Honored at Comic-Con 2010

July 11, 2010

Comic-Con Founder Shel Dorf and Chairman of Comic-Con #1 Ken Krueger will be honored at Comic-Con this year. Shel and Ken, who were friends and mutual admirers, both passed away in November 2009. They are truly missed and will be long remembered. In tribute to them, Comic-Con will be presenting the following two panels this year:

Program listing for the Friday, July 23, 2010 Ken Krueger panel:

1:30-2:30 A Tribute to Ken Krueger— He was the “go-to guy” and the “adult in the room” when Comic-Con first started 41 years ago. Ken Krueger was a dynamo who helped launch the country’s largest comics and popular arts convention in 1970. Comic-Con friends and associates pay tribute to the life of this larger-than-life retailer, publisher, and fan in this special panel. Moderated by author Greg Bear (author, Quantico), and featuring fellow early Comic-Con committee members Scott Shaw! (Oddball Comics), Jim Valentino (Shadowhawk), J.M. Towry, Janice Campbell, and Wendy All. Room 3

Program listing for the Saturday, July 24, 2010 Shel Dorf panel:

4:30-6:00 Remembering Shel Dorf— Shel Dorf, who passed away on November 3, 2009, took a group of young comics and science fiction fans and helped mold their ambitions and passions into Comic-Con back in 1970. Shel was a lover of all things pop culture, especially comics and movies, and he helped set the bar early on for Comic-Con to be an event that focuses on a variety of the popular arts. A panel of Shel’s friends — many of whom worked with him on the early Comic-Cons — gather to pay tribute to him, including moderator Mike Towry and Shel’s brother Michael Dorf, along with Richard Alf, William Clausen, George Clayton Johnson, Greg Koudoulian, Matt Lorentz, Clayton Moore, Mike Pasqua, David Scroggy, and Phil Yeh. Room 5AB

This year will also see the first annual AFTERCON 2010 art show and charitable 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

AFTERCON Co-organizers Matt Lorentz and Mark Richmond have sent in the following images of the AFTERCON flyers:

AFTERCON 2010 Flyer Front

AFTERCON 2010 Flyer Back

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