Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson battling cancer

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The comics world was saddened last night when this statement was released. It’s hard to overstate Kim Thompson’s impact on the modern comics world—as the publisher of groundbreaking works LOVE AND ROCKETS and EIGHTBALL, the editor of everything from ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY to USAGI YOJIMBO, and one of the finest translators in comics. He’s best known for championing European comics and introducing them to a wider audience in the US.

Kim was one of my very first editors on Amazing Heroes, and every year at SPX we catch up and I learn more from him. He’s truly one of the smartest people in the comics business, and I’m sending him every good thought that I can.

Kim Thompson has been my partner at Fantagraphics Books for 35 years. He’s contributed vastly and selflessly to this company and to the comics medium and worked closely with countless fine artists over that time. This is a tough announcement to make, but everyone who knows Kim knows he’s a fighter and we remain optimistic that he’ll get through this and report back to report to work, where he belongs, doing what he loves.
– Gary Groth
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I’m sure that by now a number of people in the comics field who deal with me on a regular or semi-regular basis have noticed that I’ve been responding more spottily. This is because of ongoing health issues for the past month, which earlier this week resolved themselves in a diagnosis of lung cancer.

This is still very early in the diagnosis, so I have no way of knowing the severity of my condition. I’m relatively young and (otherwise) in good health, and my hospital is top-flight, so I’m hopeful and confident that we will soon have the specifics narrowed down, set me up with a course of treatment, proceed, and lick this thing.

It is quite possible that as treatment gets underway I’ll be able to come back in and pick up some aspects of my job, maybe even quite soon. However, in the interests of keeping things rolling as smoothly as I can, I’ve transferred all my ongoing projects onto other members of the Fantagraphics team.
So if you’re expecting something from me, contact Gary Groth, Eric Reyolds, or Jason Miles and they can hook you up with whoever you need. If there are things that only I know and can deal with, lay it out for them and they’ll contact me.
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On behalf of Kim, we would like to encourage anyone who would like to reach out to him to feel free to send mail to him c/o Fantagraphics Books, 7563 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, or email to fbicomix@fantagraphics.com.


Photo by Chris Mautner.

Comments

  1. Scott Dunbier says:

    All best wishes for a full recovery, Kim, comics need people like you.

  2. Sorry to heat this. I wish him luck.

  3. John Shableski says:

    Here’s to a full recovery, Kim!

  4. Truly one of the good guys and with impeccable taste in comics too! Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

  5. Charles says:

    I too wish him the best.

  6. Here’s to a full recovery!

  7. george says:

    Sad news. I have fond memories of spending lazy afternoons in the ’80s with a stack of Comics Journals. Here’s to a full and speedy recovery!

  8. Hope you beat this thing Kim!
    We’re rooting for you!

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