Fantagraphics Co-Publisher Kim Thompson (1956-2013) RIP

Kim Thompson Passes Away At Age 56

Kim Thompson - Photo by Lynn Emmert

Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and co-workers. Fantagraphics has a lasting legacy in the comic book world and he was one of the greats who helped make it happen.

Press Release

Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson died at 6:30 this morning, June 19. “He was my partner and close friend for 36 years,” said Gary Groth.

Thompson was born in Denmark in 1956. He grew up in Europe, a lifelong comics fan, reading both European and American comics in Denmark, France, and Germany. He was an active fan in his teen years, writing to comics — his letters appeared in Marvel’s letter columns circa early 1970s — and contributing to fanzines from his various European perches. At the age of 21, he set foot, for the first time, on American soil, in late 1977. One “fanzine” he had not contributed to was The Comics Journal, which Groth and Michael Catron began publishing in July of 1976. That was soon to change.

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Preview: Wake Up, Percy Gloom By Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)

Wake Up, Percy Gloom First Look!

  Wake Up, Percy Gloom By Cathy Malkasian

We present a 17 page preview of Cathy Malkasian‘s 2nd Percy Gloom GN – Wake Up, Percy Gloom – courtesy of our friends at Fantagraphics Books. This gorgeous graphic novel will be available in early July, 2013.

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Wake Up, Percy Gloom!

 by Cathy Malkasian

192-page two-color 8.25″ x 10.25″ hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-638-6

In-Store Date: July 5, 2013 (subject to change)

Cathy Malkasian’s second Percy Gloom graphic novel is another fable that the author brings to vivid life through her lush and detailed pencil renderings, surreal humor, absurdist characters, breathtaking landscapes, and luminous storytelling.

Kindhearted, Candide-esque Percy wakes up from a 200 year nap and finds himself in a strange new land. Searching for his mother, lamenting his long-lost love and soul-mate Miss Margaret, Percy meets bizarre, wise, naive, and sometimes dangerous characters, encounters inspired inventions, and forges friendships, discovering a few unexpected verities along the way.

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Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor Coming in 2013 from Fantagraphics

Ed Piskor Traces The History Of Hip HopHip Hop Family Tree

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What started out as a web comic Ed Piskor‘s Hip Hop Family Tree traces the foundation of hip hop from its Bronx origins with DJ Kool Herc and DJ Hollywood through Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC and beyond in four color fury. The comic easily transitions from depictions of live shows to breaking in the streets to the foundation of record companies, eager to spread the music. Currently published weekly at the epicenter of cool, Boing Boing, Piskor’s work will be collected and printed by Fantagraphics next year.

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Love And Rockets 30th Anniversary Northeast Tour in September

Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary Northeast Tour with Gilbert & Jaime HernandezLove and Rockets 30th Anniversary Northeast Tour

  • Friday, Sept. 14 • Politics & Prose, Washington, D.C.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 & 16 • SPX, Bethesda, MD
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 • Atomic Books, Baltimore, MD
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 • Philadelphia Free Library, Philadelphia, PA
  • Friday, Sept. 21 • The Rock Shop, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sunday, Sept. 23rd • Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Press release

September 14th-23, the seminal Love and Rockets creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez will tour from Washington D.C. to Brooklyn as part of the 30th Anniversary of Love and Rockets. Signings and readings await the Northeast this fall.

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The Complete Comics Journal Archives Going Online


The Comics Journal ArchivePress release

Fantagraphics Books, publisher of The Comics Journal, has announced a partnership with Alexander Street Press to make the complete archive of the The Comics Journal available as part of its Underground and Independent Comics online collection.

This is the first-ever scholarly online collection for researchers and students of literary and underground comic books and graphic novels, and the inclusion of more than 25,000 pages of interviews, commentary, theory and criticism from the 35 year history of The Comics Journal marks a significant contribution to the academic study of the comics form.

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Fantagraphics and comiXology Announce Digital Distribution Agreement


Love and Rockets: New Stories #1-4 Available Now To Help Celebrate 30 Years Of The Hernandez Brothers’ Groundbreaking World

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Today in a wide-ranging panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of publishing the Hernandez Brothers’ groundbreaking Love and Rockets series co-publisher Gary Groth, president of the 36 year-old publishing house, announced Fantagraphics Books’ entrance into the digital age through a brand new digital distribution agreement with comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform with over 75 million comic downloads to date and a library of more than 25,000 comics and graphic novels.

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Fantagraphics and Love and Rockets Celebrate 30 Years of Publishing



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30 Years. Three. Zero. In 1982, Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez published their first comic with Fantagraphics, which debuted at that year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. In 2012, Fantagraphics Books announces the best anniversary present you can give the comics making trio: a year of celebrating Love and Rockets.

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Charles Forsman Joins Forces With Fantagraphics

Charles Forsman Joins Forces With Fantagraphics TEOTFW

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Fantagraphics is proud to announce it has obtained the rights to the first two books by award-winning cartoonist Charles Forsman.

The first book, THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD, will be released during the 2013 Spring / Summer season (exact release date t.b.a). The 128 page black and white graphic novel, which will include all twelve issues of the critically-acclaimed minicomic series, follows the unfeeling, sociopathic teen James and his earnest girlfriend, Alyssa, on the brink of adulthood.

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Review: Hate Annual #9 (Fantagraphics)

Writer: Peter Bagge Artist: Peter Bagge Colorist: Joanne Bagge Production: Paul Baresh, Alexa Koenings Publisher: Fantagraphics Books  Cover Date: Spring 2011 Cover Price: $4.95   Peter Bagge continues the saga of Lisa and Buddy Bradley and their son Harold in Hate Annual #9. The story is broken down into 2 separately titled parts; the first … Read more

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