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Fantagraphics Co-Publisher Kim Thompson Has Died

Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson has passed away.

He was born in Denmark, but moved to the United States in the late 1970s where he edited The Comics Journal and Amazing Heroes. During his tenure at Fantagraphics, he worked with a wide range of influential artists and writers. His obituary shared some of his life’s work:

Among Thompson’s signature achievements in comics were Critters, a funny-animal anthology that ran from 50 issues between 1985 to 1990 and is perhaps best known for introducing the world to Stan Sakai‘s Usagi Yojimbo; and Zero Zero, an alternative comics anthology that also ran for 50 issues over five years — between 1995 and 2000 — and featured work by, among others, Kim Deitch, Dave Cooper, Al Columbia, Spain Rodriguez, Joe Sacco, David Mazzuchelli, and Joyce Farmer. His most recent enthusiasm was spearheading a line of European graphic novel translations.

(Link via Sarah Weinman, photo via Lynn Emmert)

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Free Samples of PEN Center USA’s 2012 Literary Award Winners

The PEN Center USA celebrated its 2012 Literary Award winners at a ceremony in Los Angeles. We’ve collected free samples of all the award winning works, follow the links below to explore.

At the ceremony, Joyce Carol Oates received lifetime achievement award. Screenplay winners Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon both thanked Oates for inspiring them, sharing a story about how Oates introduced Gansa to The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow. We interviewed Gordon last year about his writing career–watch him in the video embedded above.

Here’s more about the awards: “Each year, PEN Center USA calls for submissions of work produced or published during one calendar year by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries in the eleven categories are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics and editors. Winners are announced the following September and each receives a $1,000 cash prize, a free year of membership with PEN Center USA and an invitation to the Annual Literary Awards Festival in Los Angeles.”

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