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.
Kim Thompson, Co-Publisher of Fantagraphics and one of the most important editors in the comics industry over the last 30 years, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer. He was 56 years old. Over a career that spanned more than three decades, Thompson edited talent such as Chris Ware, Peter Bagge, Stan Sakai and Joe Sacco, and introduced the work of many legendary European cartoonists to the North American audience.
Late yesterday afternoon Fantagraphics released a statement on behalf of co-publisher Kim Thompson, revealing that the longtime editor has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, and will be taking a leave of absence from his post. You can read the full statement