Kim Thompson, the beloved co-publisher of Fantagraphics passed away last week on June 19, 2013. Daniel Clowes (along with many others that worked closely with him) pay tribute at TCJ.com.
Here's an excerpt from Clowes's remembrance:
Kim was my long-distance friend, publisher, and occasional role model for thirty years. He was one of the last people with whom I had an old-fashioned telephone relationship and we maintained a casual, gossipy rapport, fully grounded in the mutual respect one feels toward a fellow lifer (usually these calls devolved into Kim trying to convince me to give DePalma’s Snake Eyes another try, or baiting me with the assertion that Franquin is the best cartoonist of all time). He loved being the first to share the news about comics events, and it occurs to me that this is the first major industry death that I didn’t first hear about from Kim himself.