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Shel Dorf 'new talent' fund to benefit from art show held in tandem with Comic-Con

July 8, 2010 |  2:00 pm

  Dorf pix

Shel Dorf was such a presence at the pop-culture showcase known as Comic-Con that people casually referred to the annual San Diego gathering as “Dorf Con.”

After Dorf died at 76 in November, his brother established the Shel Dorf New Talent Encouragement Fund to provide financial help to high school and college students who want to work in the fields of comics and animation.

During this month’s Comic-Con International, a silent-auction art show -- dubbed AfterCon -- will be held to benefit the fund. Among the show’s contributors: Writer Ray Bradbury, Mad magazine artist Hermann Mejia and “The Simpsons” character designer Phil Ortiz.

The fund-raiser will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight at Suture Gallery, 655 10th Ave. The gallery is five blocks from Comic-Con headquarters at the San Diego Convention Center.

-- Valerie J. Nelson

Photo: Shel Dorf with Warren Beatty on the set of "Dick Tracy" in 1990.