The longest-serving president of Comic-Con International has passed away. John Rogers’ death was announced on Saturday, with the news being confirmed on his Twitter page.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of John Rogers, President of Comic-Con. John died on Saturday, November 10, 2018, as a result of complications from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer,” read the official Tweet.
Held on an annual basis in San Diego, California, Comic-Con is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention that has earned a solid reputation as the top international destinations for all things entertainment-related.
What started in 1980 as an event that showcased comic books and Sci-Fi/fantasy movies, television and popular arts has evolved immensely over the years. Nowadays, Comic-Con is a convention exhibiting a smorgasbord of pop culture and entertainment spanning a wide spectrum of genres.
The success of the annual event has been largely attributed to Rogers, who joined the organization in 1970. During his time as president of Comic-Con, he took on two roles – Technical Coordinator and Films Coordinator.
His presence will be strongly missed, both inside and outside of the working environment.
“As our longest serving president, first elected in 1986 and re-elected every year since John’s tenure saw Comic-Con grow from a select gathering of fans to the largest and most prestigious convention of its kind in the world,” reads a post from the Comic-Con San Diego Twitter account.
“In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The American Brain Tumor Association or the American Civil Liberties Union,” wrote the Comic-Con team.
John Rogers leaves a wife Janet Tait, sister Barbara, and brother David.