Thompson at the 2011 New York Comic Con.
|Born||November 20, 1966|
|Area(s)||Writer and Illustrator|
|Notable works||The Sandman
Jill Thompson (born November 20, 1966) is an American comic book writer and illustrator. Probably better 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 
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, 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) 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.
Several comic book characters have been modeled after Thompson's likeness.
Awards and recognition 
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, and in 2005 for "Best Short Story" for Unfamiliar (from The Dark Horse Book of the Dead) with Evan Dorkin. In 2011 the National Cartoonist Society named her Best Comic Book Artist for Beasts of Burden, beating out Stan Sakai and Chris Samnee.
Personal life 
First Comics 
DC Comics 
- Wonder Woman (artist 1990-91)
- Sandman (artist with Neil Gaiman, 1991–93):
- Black Orchid (artist 1993)
- The Invisibles (artist 1993, 1995,1997)
- Swamp Thing (artist 1994)
- Books of Magic (artist 1996)
- Seekers into the Mystery (artist 1996)
- Finals (creator/artist 1999)
- The Little Endless Storybook (writer/artist 2001)
- Death: At Death’s Door (writer/artist 2002-2003)
- Dead Boy Detectives (writer /artist 2005)
- Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall: "Fair Division"
- Delirium's Party: A Little Endless Storybook (writer /artist 2011)
Marvel Comics 
- The X-Files: Afterflight
Dark Horse Comics 
- The Badger: Shattered Mirror (artist)
- The Dark Horse Book of:
- Hauntings: "Stray"
- Witchcraft: "Unfamiliar Story"
- The Dead: "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie"
- Monsters: "A Dog and His Boy"
- Beasts of Burden - 4-issue mini-series, Dark Horse Comics, 2009
Sirius Entertainment 
- 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 
- Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror (writer 2000)
- Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror (artist 2002)
Caliber Comics 
- The Bandyman (artist 1999)
Other material 
Harper Collins Children's Books 
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
Scary Godmother Animated Specials 
With Mainframe Entertainment:
- Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular co-writer, editor, art director,background painter,prop designer, executive creative director
- Scary Godmother: The Revenge Of Jimmy creative consultation, executive producer, prop and character designer
- Comics Buyer's Guide #1636 (December 2007); Page 135
- Rockford Register Star staff. (November 7, 2005). "Meet a couple of comic book creators". The Rockford Register Star. Pg. 1E
- 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
- Cronin, Brian (April 17, 2008). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #151". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- Waters, Luis (December 13, 2011). "Jill Thompson dresses an "American Dragon"". Retrieved June 24, 2012.
- Price, Matthew. (July 30, 2004). "'Endless Nights' wins Eisner Awards". The Oklahoman. Pg. 11D
- Price, Matthew. (July 29, 2005). "Eisner awards honor comic book excellence". The Oklahoman. Pg. 13D
- Gold, Mike. "National Cartoonist Society Winners Announced", ComicMix, May 29, 2011
- Manning, Shaun (June 25, 2010). "Behind the "Beasts of Burden" HC". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
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