Rogers was first elected as president of Comic-Con in 1986 and was re-elected every year since, making him the longest-serving president of the pop culture convention, which started in 1970.
Previously, Rogers served as Technical Coordinator and Films Coordinator for the event. He started working on Comic-Con in 1978 while also employed as a software engineer at a local telecommunications company.
The news of Rogers’ death came just a few hours after badges became available to fans for next year’s convention, scheduled for the San Diego Convention Center from July 18 to July 21, 2019. The badges sold out quickly.