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Ben Schwartz remembers the life and work of Fantagraphics co-founder Kim Thompson, and why the comics world is so hard hit by his loss:

That’s why the death of Fantagraphics co-founder Kim Thompson hits the comics world so hard. It’s a small world.  Everybody knows everybody in comics publishing. These people have stood at their convention hall folding-tables, stacked high with comics, staring at the other publisher with the folding-table stacked high with comics, for decades. Friendships, grudges, slights, favors, and competitors are remembered for a very, very long time. And Kim Thompson, whom everybody liked (as far as I know), will be remembered for a very long time, for his unique impact on the American comic book, which is somewhat substantial.

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