Kim Thompson, a co-publisher and co-owner of Fantagraphics Books, passed away on June 19, 2013 after a battle with lung cancer. He was 56 years old at the time of his passing.

Thompson was born in Denmark in 1956. After moving to Virginia, Thompson began working for The Comics Journal in 1977. A year later, he became the owner of the magazine. Fantagraphics Books began publishing comics in 1982, and Thompson helped bring selected European graphic novels for American publication during Fantagraphics’ first few years. Thompson was also in charge of Amazing Heroes magazine until 1992. Thompson is best known for working as an editor on Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo graphic novel series.

Fantagraphics has published a few manga titles: Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream and Heart of Thomas and Takako Shimura’s Wandering Son manga series. The company is planning to publish Inio Asano’s Nijigahara Holograph manga.

Thompson is survived by his wife, mother, father and brother.

Source: ANN