Comic Book Readers And Professionals Remember Kim Thompson
When Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson passed away earlier this week, the comics industry lost one of its leading advocates, greatest editors, and most important voices. Thompson edited and developed talent such as Chris Ware, Dan Clowes and Stan Sakai. Further, he worked tirelessly to edit, translate and publish the work of many extraordinary European cartoonists — including Jason, Jacques Tardi, Guy Peelaert and more –whose creations the American audience likely never would have seen. Much of Thompson’s output had a profound effect on of comics’ current creators. As such, when word of his passing came out, there was a huge outpouring of love and admiration from editors, creators, and fans alike who owe so much to Thompson, a man whose efforts influenced so many.
Just saw that Kim Thompson of @fantagraphics has passed away. A good guy who loved comics, and who I always enjoyed spending time with.
– Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 20, 2013
So sad to hear that Kim Thompson has died. A terrific editor and gent, responsible via the Comics Journal for the maturation of comics.
– Dave McKean (@DaveMcKean) June 19, 2013
Condolences to the friends and family of Kim Thompson, whom I liked and respected enormously. Smartest, most well-read man I ever met.
– Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) June 19, 2013
Deeply saddened by Kim Thompson’s death. He contributed greatly to comics and will be missed. My condolences to his family & @fantagraphics
– Jim Salicrup (@JimSalicrup) June 19, 2013
14 years ago I sent Kim Thompson a submission. A week later I got a letter saying he would love to publish my comic, Small Favors. Bye, Kim.
– Colleen Coover (@ColleenCoover) June 19, 2013
Dedicating my comics course this year to Kim Thompson because @fantagraphics put enough material online to help people like me teach comics.
– Neal Curtis (@NealCurtis) June 21, 2013
The first time I saw Kim was when he was loading some boxes into his car after SPX 09. It was like seeing a celebrity. A legend in comics.
– Noah Van Sciver (@NoahVanSciver) June 19, 2013
if kim thompson were still here he’d ask after the progress of my obit and give me that one look he had and head back to his office
– Tom Spurgeon (@comicsreporter) June 21, 2013
I never met Kim Thompson, but if it wasn’t for him I would be a totally different person. He was at the centre & I didn’t even realise it
– John Doe (@ItIsJohnDoe) June 20, 2013
Kim Thompson’s life-long dedication to comics inspired and launched careers. Thank you, Kim. You’ll be missed.
– Cartoon Studies (@cartoonstudies) June 20, 2013
Kim Thompson was an exceptional person in this field and I’m glad that people are talking about his life and work.
– darrylayo (@darrylayo) June 20, 2013
Kim Thompson edited (which means “helped grow”) arguably the two greatest storytellers on the planet, Dan Clowes and Chris Ware.
– Josh Wilker (@cardboardgods) June 20, 2013
A legend in comics publishing has died: Kim Thompson, RIP. http://t.co/7zudRLE0IN
– Walter Biggins (@walter_biggins) June 19, 2013
Raise a glass or three to Kim Thompson tonight. I am.
– RWBoyd (@RWBoyd) June 19, 2013
Kim Thompson edited several projects of mine, all better because of him. I’m glad I got to tell when I could.
– ben schwartz (@benschwartzy) June 19, 2013
Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics just died. Sad. If you love Love & Rockets, or believe that comics are more than capes, mourn him.
– Christopher Heaney (@ChristophHeaney) June 19, 2013
With the passing of Kim Thompson, comics has lost a pioneer of the medium. Condolences to his family, friends & everyone at @fantagraphics.
– Image Comics (@ImageComics) June 19, 2013
Kim Thompson, responsible for all the comics I couldn’t afford in university but bought anyway, RIP.
– Stuart Immonen (@stuartimmonen) June 19, 2013
Kim Thompson strove for good comics and that’s a cool way to spend a life.
– Phillip Hester (@philhester) June 19, 2013
Many have written long, heartfelt tributes to the man who influenced so many lives and imaginations. Over at The Comics Beat, Heidi McDonald spoke very fondly and personally about Thompson, who she’d known for many years; On his blog, Jason, one of the many incredible cartoonists whose work Thompson brought to America, touched on his relationship with the editor; Robert Boyd, a former Fantagraphics employee, wrote about Thompson as a father figure to so many creators; and Mark Evanier described Thompson as a man with “a really great, from-the-gut laugh, the kind only found in people who love the world around them enough to find things funny.”