Jill Thompson

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Jill Thompson
Thompson at the 2011 New York Comic Con.
Born (1966-11-20) November 20, 1966 (age 47)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer and Illustrator
Notable works
The Sandman
Scary Godmother

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

Early life[edit]

Thompson matriculated[when?] at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Illustration and Watercolor.[2]


Thompson illustrating in her sketchbook.

Jill Thompson was one of the earliest women artists to work on the Wonder Woman series for DC Comics.

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, childlike versions of two of the Endless based on classic comic characters Sugar and Spike; these (together with their siblings, the other five of the "Little Endless") 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)[3] set during the events of Season of Mists, and The Little Endless Storybook, a children’s book using childlike 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.

Also Thompson dresses WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan.[4]

Thompson created the comic book series Scary Godmother, originally published by the company Sirius Entertainment, now published by Dark Horse. The books spawned two television specials: Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktacular, which aired in foreign countries in 2003 before being picked up by The Cartoon Network in 2004. This was followed up by Scary Godmother 2: The Revenge of Jimmy in 2005. Both were animated using CGI. Ms Thompson did scripting for the project and maintained a measure of creative control.

Thompson was a body model for other comics artists, and uses herself as the basis for several characters in her work, most notably as the original model for Scary Godmother.[5] Her likeness has been used by P. Craig Russell in his graphic novel The Magic Flute,[6] and many other works by Russell. In a 2012 interview, she said,"For his Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight story ‘Hothouse,’ I was this evil doctor, or someone who was manipulating Poison Ivy...He used me for operas and things, like Brunhilda and Ring of the Nibelung."[7] She also posed for Alex Ross as the character Duela Dent in Kingdom Come.[8]

Thompson is a featured interview in the film Ringers: Lord of the Fans, a documentary about The Lord of the Rings fandom.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Thompson 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,[10] and in 2005 for "Best Short Story" for Unfamiliar (from The Dark Horse Book of the Dead) with Evan Dorkin.[11] In 2011 the National Cartoonist Society named her Best Comic Book Artist for Beasts of Burden.[12]

Thompson's work Scary Godmother was voted Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Original Graphic Novel for 1998. She was nominated for Lulu of the Year in 1998, and won in 1999.

Personal life[edit]

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

Thompson studied improvisation comedy at Chicago's Player's Workshop and Second City Training Center. She also performed for four years with the Cleveland Improv Troupe.[13]

Thompson is an avid gardener and holds a Master Gardener Certificate from the Chicago-based Extension program.[14]


Awards and honors[edit]

  • National Cartoonists Society Award Beasts of Burden 2011[15]
  • Eisner Award: Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) "A Dog and His Boy" The Dark Horse Book of Monsters (etc) 2007[16]
  • Eisner Award: Best Short Story, "Unfamiliar" The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson 2005[17]
  • Eisner Award: Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) "Stray" The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings 2004[18]
  • Eisner Nomineee: Best Anthology The Dark Horse Book Of Hauntings (group award) 2004[19]
  • Eisner Award: Best Painter/Multimedia Scary Godmother (interior art) 2001
  • Eisner Award: Best Humor Publication Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror (group award) 2000[20]
  • Eisner Nominee: Best Painter/Multimedia Scary Godmother: The Mystery Date 2000[21]
  • Eisner Nominee: Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. 1998[22]



First Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Sirius Entertainment[edit]

  • Scary Godmother books (all creator/writer/illustrator):
  • 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[edit]

Caliber Comics[edit]


Other material[edit]

Harper Collins Children's Books[edit]

Created by, written and illustrated by Thompson:

  • Magic Trixie (2008)
  • Magic Trixie Sleeps Over (2008)
  • Magic Trixie and the Dragon (2009)
  • The Curse of the Royal Ruby: A Rinnah Two Feathers Mystery (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)


Adaptation/ co-writer, art director, set designer:

  • Scary Godmother 2001 at the Athanaeum Theatre in Chicago with Runamuck Productions


Actor, "Aunt Lindsay":

  • Meet Me There (film) 2014 film from Greenless Studios

Scary Godmother Animated Specials[edit]

With Mainframe Entertainment:


  1. ^ Comics Buyer's 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. ^ 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
  4. ^ Waters, Luis (December 13, 2011). "Jill Thompson dresses an "American Dragon"". Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1327932176/the-scary-godmother-doll
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/thejillthompson/status/21550723330
  7. ^ http://www.nycgraphicnovelists.com/2012/01/getting-scary-cheery-and-chatty-with.html
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20091026172248/http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/7160/kc1.html
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379473/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
  10. ^ Price, Matthew. (July 30, 2004). "'Endless Nights' wins Eisner Awards". The Oklahoman. Pg. 11D
  11. ^ Price, Matthew. (July 29, 2005). "Eisner awards honor comic book excellence". The Oklahoman. Pg. 13D
  12. ^ Gold, Mike. "National Cartoonist Society Winners Announced", ComicMix, May 29, 2011
  13. ^ https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?v=info&expand=1&id=48090817058&_rdr
  14. ^ http://crimespreemag.com/jill-thompson-at-crimespree-booth-at-chicago-comic-con/
  15. ^ http://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/430/jill-thompson-receives-national-cartoonists-societ
  16. ^ http://www.hahnlibrary.net/comics/awards/eisner07.php
  17. ^ http://www.hahnlibrary.net/comics/awards/eisner05.php
  18. ^ http://www.hahnlibrary.net/comics/awards/eisner04.php
  19. ^ http://www.hahnlibrary.net/comics/awards/eisner04.php
  20. ^ http://www.hahnlibrary.net/comics/awards/eisner00.php
  21. ^ http://www.hahnlibrary.net/comics/awards/eisner00.php
  22. ^ http://www.hahnlibrary.net/comics/awards/eisner98.php
  23. ^ Manning, Shaun (June 25, 2010). "Behind the "Beasts of Burden" HC". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved June 25, 2010. 

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