By John Jackson Miller
Don and Maggie Thompson, it can accurately be said, changed my life when I was hired to join the Krause comics staff twenty-plus years ago — but they had already had an affect on my life as a young comics fan years earlier. As the only comics collector left in my high school circle after all my friends had left the hobby, Don and Maggie, through Comics Buyer’s Guide, gave me that community back, once a week. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t talk about what was going on in comics with the kids on the bus; Don and Maggie filled the gap by providing CBG’s weekly fix of conversation and news. They kept me in the field. I suspect they had that effect on many more lives, as well.
Working with the Thompsons — with Don, only too briefly — was an even greater experience. Don and Maggie knew more about comics, fandom, and the inner workings of the business than anyone — and were both more than willing to share their insights with a newbie.
That is, again, reflective of the role they played at CBG, and at Newfangles before that, and Comic Art before that: welcoming ever more people to the world of comics. Don and Maggie kept the faith and kept converting people to comics during some of the field’s roughest times — and the medium today is far better off for their work.
John Jackson Miller is a New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, Star Wars: Knight Errant, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, and the first new, in-cannon Star Wars novel, Star Wars: A New Dawn. He’s also written Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knight Errant, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, Mass Effect, Iron Man and other titles in comics.