Kim Thompson died on the morning of June 19th.
With immense sadness, here’s to salute an exceptional human being, and a man who, with Gary Groth and all of Fantagraphics has profoundly and irrevocably changed the landscape of comics in America.
Before starting First Second, I was knocking on publishing doors with my own projects, and Kim was the one voice of encouragement I remember most. He was always extremely kind with me ever since, and his work continues to shine on my bookshelves. Thanks to him so many beloved authors light the way of great graphic novels, the likes of Kim Deitch, Dave Cooper, Al Columbia, Spain Rodriguez, Joe Sacco, David Mazzuchelli and the superb translations of Jacques Tardi—and so much more, from his collections to The Comics Journal.
We miss you, Kim. And all of us here send heartfelt wishes to the mighty Fantagraphics people.
(photo credit: Lynn Emmert)