Thompson at Wizard World Chicago, 2017
November 29, 1942
|Pseudonym(s)||Arthur Judson (when collaborating with late husband Don Thompson)|
|Comics Buyer's Guide|
|Awards||Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award|
Jack Kirby Award
Margaret "Maggie" Thompson (born Margaret Curtis on November 29, 1942), is a former librarian, longtime editor of the now-defunct Comics Buyer's Guide (a comic book industry news magazine), science fiction fan and collector of comics.
Background, marriage and fandom
Her mother, Betsy Curtis, was a science fiction writer, who was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1969 for her story "The Steiger Effect"; she carried on a long correspondence with colleagues such as Robert Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. According to family tradition, Betsy claimed descent from Anne Bradstreet and at least two presidents of Yale University.
Their Harbinger (a mimeographed one-sheet published in the autumn of 1960) announced the upcoming publication of Comic Art, one of the early amateur magazines devoted to all aspects of sequential art (a term not then in use). The initial issue of Comic Art was released the following spring. Seven issues were published at irregular intervals between 1961 and 1968. As publication of Comic Art wound down, they shifted their attention to a new venture as the Thompsons started a fanzine titled Newfangles in March 1967. Unlike other comics news fanzines of the time it was devoted to the doings of comics fandom instead of news about comic books and comic book professionals.
Thompson graduated in 1964 from Oberlin College as an English major, then worked as an assistant children's librarian in the Cleveland Public Library system through the summer of 1966, when she quit to have children (Valerie and Stephen). She worked as a freelance writer and editor until coming to Krause Publications as the editor of Movie Collector's World and Comics Buyer's Guide in 1983. That same year she created and edited Fantasy Empire magazine and wrote Dark Shadows: Book Two #1-4 for Innovation Comics. With her husband Don, she wrote a miscellany of articles and comic-book stories; The Official Price Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy (1989, House of Collectibles); five years of Comics Buyer's Guide Annual (1992–1996, Krause Publications); Marvel Comics Checklist & Price Guide 1961-Present (1993, Krause Publications); and Comic-Book Superstars (1993, Krause Publications). With others, she produced the Comics Buyer's Guide Checklist & Price Guide (now in its 15th edition, Krause Publications); and the Standard Catalog of Comic Books (now in its 5th edition, Krause Publications).
Krause later sold the movie newspaper, but Thompson continued to edit Comics Buyer's Guide, long after her husband's death in 1994 and the transformation of the publication into a monthly magazine. In 2013 she began a column for San Diego Comic-Con International's Toucan blog called "Maggie's World".
Her son Stephen Thompson would go on to become an editor for The Onion and creator of The A.V. Club before moving on to NPR. Stephen co-hosts "Pop Culture Happy Hour", a pop culture-themed podcast on which Maggie has made multiple appearances.
Under Maggie's editorial direction, Comics Buyer's Guide twice won the comics industry's Eisner Award for periodicals, among other awards. She was a recipient of the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award and was also the first recipient of the Friends of Lulu's "Women of Distinction" Award.
Maggie and Don Thompson were the recipients of many joint awards, including:
- Comic Fan Art Award Favorite Fan Writer, 1973 & 1974
- Inkpot Award, 1976
- Jack Kirby Award, Best Comics Publication, 1985
- Diamond Lifetime Fandom Award, 1991
- Eisner Award, Best Comics-Related Periodical, 1992
The Motor City Comic Con awarded the Don Thompson Award from 1992–1998. Originally known as the "Compuserve Comics and Animation Forum Award", the name was changed to the "Compuserve Comics and Animation Forum's Don Thompson Award" (or, simply, the "Thompson") after Don Thompson's death in 1994.
- Thompson entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
- Comics Buyer's Guide #1636 (December 2007); Page 135
- Butler, Don (July 1994). "CGB Co-Editor Don Thompson Dead at 58". Hero Illustrated. p. 16.
- Biographical information at CBGXtra.com
- Newfangles #1 online reprint introduction
- Don Thompson entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Feb. 4, 2016.
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