June 22, 2013
FFF Results Post #340—Kim Books
On Friday, CR
readers were asked to "Name Five Of Your Favorite Books Or Series Or Whatever You Affiliate With The Late Kim Thompson."
1. The Nimrod
3. Like A Sniper Lining Up His Shot
4. Murder By High Tide
5. Zero Zero
4. I Killed Adolf Hitler
5. Love and Rockets - New Edition
I completely fell head over heels for the late, lamented Ignatz over-sized comics co-published by Coconino Press so I'm going to fill up all five spots with them so they get good representation.
1. Delphine by Richard Sala
2. Wish You Were Here by Gipi
3. Ganges by Kevin Huizenga
4. Sammy the Mouse by Zak Sally
5. Baobab by Igort
1. Approximate Continuum Comics
2. Late Bloomer
3. Hey, Wait
4. the Ignatz line
5. Zero Zero
* Usagi Yojimbo (imagine a comicsphere without Usagi... it's bleak. Gary is not a fan of anthropomorphism)
* The Complete Peanuts (the Index was his creation and is a perfect encapsulation of his reverence and irreverence comingling)
* Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy (he was one of the few people who understood the design decisions I made even as he dismissed the significance of design within our books-- aka The Kim Thompson Compliment as defined by Dan Clowes)
* FBI Minis (the man hunched over an office copier and put these together himself; who knows if they'll continue)
* Jodelle (there is no finer production in comics today-- his last book set the bar for all to come)
1. All the Jason books. If I have to pick one, make it the new one, Lost Cat.
4. Ralph Azham
5. Dungeon Quest
* TCJ #67: Kim's column on Eurocomics actually encouraged readers to deal with the (then) lack of translated works to (gasp) actually learn other languages, rather than passively wait around for the translations. I always admired that (though I still haven't followed his advice...)
* Amazing Heroes #160: Kim's comprehensive survey of the available Eurocomics of the day. Very much out of date now .. yet it's so readable and accessible that I still refer to it from time to time today.
* Zero Zero: Still a great anthology.
* Epileptic: One of my favorite comics of all time; translated by our own Mr. Thompson.
* McConey: Harum Scarum: I ordered this (and other books) from Fanta about 10 years ago during their plea for orders when they needed that immediate infusion of cash flow. My order was apparently handled by Kim, himself, who included a brief note on the invoice thanking me, saying that he "always smiled whenever someone ordered McConey." I smiled myself.
2. West Coast Blues
3. Hate (especially the Hate Island backup from Hate #1)
4. Shamrock Squid
5. 120 rue de la Gare (which I know Thompson had nothing to do with, but I can;t disassociate Thompson and Tardi in my mind)
Sean T. Collins
* Hey, Wait...
* It Was the War of the Trenches
* The Acme Novelty Library
3. Hey, Wait...
4. The "Ignatz" Collection
5. His scathing review of "Detectives Inc." - TCJ #59
1. The Comics Journal
2. Chris Ware
3. Lorenzo Mattotti
4. Joost Swarte
5. Jacques Tardi
(also looking forward to Andre Franquinâ€™s Last Laugh)
(off-topic but most meaningful to me: KT's warmth, gentleness, compassion, intelligence, and smile)
1. Sinner by Munoz & Sampayo (Also Billie Holiday by same team)
2. Acme Novelty Library by F.C. Ware
3. All the comics done by Jason.
4. Krazy and Ignatz series (the first time all of Herriman's Krazy Kat Sundays have been reprinted)
5. Kim's review of Frank Miller Ronin (Comics Journal #82)
1. It Was the War of the Trenches, Tardi
2. Epileptic, David B.
3. Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai
4. "Frida," by Gilbert Hernandez
5. Every book in English by Jason
2. Zero Zero
4. The Best Comics of the Decade
5. The Eye of Mongombo
1. Jason comics (Could be the top 5 by themselves)
2. Jacques Tardi comics (Also could be the top 5 by themselves)
3. The Ignatz Collection
5. Kim's posts on the old Comics Journal message boards
1. You Are There
4. Toys in the Basement
5. Biologic Show
1. Hey, Wait. . .
2. Rocky Book 1
3. Comics Journal #302
4. The Fantagraphics 20/20 Program
5. Amazing Heroes magazine
Thanks, Tom, for this very thoughtful Five For Friday. It's a sad time, but it's also good to remember what Kim Thompson brought to us all to enjoy.
* It Was The War of The Trenches
* The Nimrod
* Hey, Wait....
* Zero Zero
* Early '90s Comics Journal
2. Amazing Heroes
3. His encouragement of all that was good about the late TCJ message board.
4. Harum Scarum
5. books by Jason
1) Tardi library
2) Usagi Yojimbo
3) Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
4) Manara library translation work
5) Zero Zero
thanks to all those that participated
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