Gary Groth & Kim Thompson. An inspiration. Love these guys. And now that Kim is gone, more than ever.
(San Diego, 2011)
A wonderful Kim Thompson editorial from Amazing Heroes #7, his first issue as editor, cover date December, 1981.
RIP Kim Thompson, 1956-2013. You will be missed.
Pretty sure this photo is by Jonas Seaman.
Here is an interview with Kim Thompson and Bart Beaty. Kim was an amazing source of knowledge on european comics. I always enjoyed talking to him at signings, when i could make it down to Seattle.
Kim Thompson. (Photo: Gilbert W. Arias/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
R.I.P. Kim Thompson. (drawing by Chris Ware)
Rest In Peace Kim Thompson
It is with deep regret that I interrupt this normally most joyful SPX Tumblr stream for some sad news. Kim Thompson, co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books, passed away this morning at the all too early age of 56.
Kim was a gentleman’s gentleman, a multi-linguist whose mastery of Dutch and French, amongst other languages, allowed many comics written in those tongues to be brought to us English readers.
He was a long time SPXer, and once we moved to the Marriott in Bethesda, for whatever reason he would always be the last to pack up in the exhibitors room. I would help him load the cart to go out to the loading dock and more than once got a hernia from helping him load heavy boxes into his trunk.
He was a soft spoken guy whose knowledge of comics old, new and foreign was second to none. He helped bring us Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Chris Ware, Jacques Tardi, Jason and Stan Sakai, amongst others, and helped institutionalize what we now call indie comics. No question the comics world would have been much lesser without his efforts.
On behalf of the SPX Executive Committee and myself, we will miss him.