Jill Thompson

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Jill Thompson
Born November 20, 1966 (1966-11-20) (age 42)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer and Illustrator
Notable works Sandman
Scary Godmother

Jill Thompson (born November 20, 1966[1]) is an American comic book writer and illustrator. Probably best known for her work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman characters and her own Scary Godmother series, she has also worked on The Invisibles, Swamp Thing, and Wonder Woman.


[edit] Biography

Thompson is a graduate of The American Academy of Art in Chicago.[2] She has won multiple Eisner Awards, including in 2001 for best painter for Scary Godmother, 2004 for "Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)" for her work on The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, [3] and in 2005 for "Best Short Story" for Unfamiliar (from The Dark Horse Book of the Dead) with Evan Dorkin.[4]

Thompson is married to fellow comic book writer Brian Azzarello, creator of 100 Bullets and former writer of Hellblazer and Batman.[2]

[edit] The Sandman

Jill Thompson illustrated The Sandman story arc Brief Lives (issues 41-49), and the individual Sandman issue "The Parliament of Rooks" (issue 40) in the Fables and Reflections collection. Within this tale she created the immensely popular characters of Li'l Death and Li'l Morpheus, child-like versions of two of the Endless based on classic comic characters Sugar and Spike; these were later given their own book.

She has since written and illustrated several stories featuring the Sandman characters; these include the manga-style book Death: At Death's Door (one of DC's best selling books of 2003)[5] set during the events of Season of Mists, and The Little Endless Storybook, a children’s book using child-like versions of The Endless.

In 2005 Thompson wrote and illustrated The Dead Boy Detectives, an original graphic novel based on two minor characters from Season of Mists.

[edit] Bibliography

[edit] Sandman Stories

Written by Neil Gaiman

"The Parliament of Rooks" in Fables and Reflections
Brief Lives

Without Gaiman

The Little Endless Storybook (2001)
Death: At Death's Door (2003)
The Dead Boy Detectives (2005)

[edit] Other comic books

The Elementals (artist 1987)
Fathom (artist 1987)

First Comics
Classics Illustrated-The Scarlet Letter (artist 1989)
The Chronicles of Corum (artist 1989)
DC Comics
Wonder Woman (artist 1990-91)
Sandman (artist 1991-93)
Black Orchid (artist 1993)
The Invisibles (artist 1993, 1995,1997)
Swamp Thing (artist 1994)
Books Of Magic (artist1996)
Seekers into the Mystery artist1996)
Finals (creator/artist 1999)
The Little Endless Storybook (writer/artist 2001)
Death: At Death’s Door (writer/artist 2002-2003)
The Dead Boy Detectives (writer /artist 2005)
Fables- 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Fair Division)

Marvel Comics
Spiderman: Shadows and Light

X-Men Unlimited-Dazzler :Beyond the Music

The X-Files: Afterflight

Dark Horse Comics
The Badger: Shattered Mirror (artist)

The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings
The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft
The Dark Horse Book of the Dead
The Dark Horse Book of Monsters
Beasts of Burden (available Sept 2009)

Sirius Entertainment
Scary Godmother books (all creator/writer/illustrator)
The Scary Godmother (1997)
The Revenge of Jimmy (1998)
The Mystery Date (1999)
The Boo Flu (2000)

Scary Godmother Comics
Scary Godmother: My Bloody Valentine (1998)
Scary Godmother Holiday Spooktakular (1998)
Scary Godmother Activity book (2000)
Scary Godmother- Wild About Harry (2000)
Scary Godmother-Ghoul’s Out for Summer ( 2000-2001)

Bongo Comics
Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror (writer 2000)
Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror (artist 2002)

Caliber Comics
The Bandyman (artist 1999)

[edit] Other material

Harper Collins Children’s Books
Created by,written and illustrated by Jill)

  • The Curse of the Royal Ruby: A Rinnah Two Feathers Mystery (as illustrator)
  • ''X-files: Afterflight (as illustrator)
  • The Secret of Dead Man's Mine: A Rinnah Two Feathers Mystery (as illustrator)
  • Mick Foley's Halloween Hijinx (as illustrator)
  • Tales from Wrescal Lane (as illustrator)
  • Goosebumps Graphix: One Day at Horrorland (as illustrator)

adaptation/ co-writer, art director, set designer
2001 at the Athanaeum Theatre in Chicago
with Runamuck Productions

co-writer, editor, art director,background painter,prop designer
executive creative director

Creative consultation, executive producer
prop and character designer

[edit] Trivia

  • Thompson first came to the attention of Sandman creator Neil Gaiman when a fan presented him with a nude sketch of Death she had drawn at the request of the fan; he was impressed enough to ask her to illustrate for the series.
  • The character Etain of the Second Look, from Brief Lives, and much of the contents of her flat, were based on Thompson herself.
  • The looks of the character Ragged Robin (from The Invisibles) and The Joker's Daughter (from Kingdom Come) were also based on Thompson's likeness.
  • Thompson's version of the character Delirium bear a facial resemblance to Tori Amos.
  • Thompson is a graduate of Chicago's famed Player's Workshop of the Second City, summer 1988. Her graduate show was held on the mainstage of Second City.
  • Thompson's brother, Steven, appears as a bouncer in an issue of Sandman and then is blown up.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Comics Buyers Guide #1636 (December 2007); Page 135
  2. ^ a b Rockford Register Star staff. (November 7, 2005). "Meet a couple of comic book creators". The Rockford Register Star. Pg. 1E
  3. ^ Price, Matthew. (July 30, 2004). "'Endless Nights' wins Eisner Awards". The Oklahoman. Pg. 11D
  4. ^ Price, Matthew. (July 29, 2005). "Eisner awards honor comic book excellence". The Oklahoman. Pg. 13D
  5. ^ Arnold, Andrew D. (February 16, 2004). "Drawing In the Gals; Move over, guys. Graphics for girls are the hot new genre in Japanese comics". Time. Pg. 97

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