We haven’t been linking as much as we should to the mini-site for WE TOLD YOU SO, the upcoming history of Fantagraphics. FLOG has been teasing us with images from the past that capture the great wellsprings of today’s indie comics scene. But some images speak of great wonders and mysteries, some perhaps never to be understood. Such is this picture:
in which we see, captured in its primal state, Kim Thompson in his ubiquitous shortie shorts.
Those of us who lived through those tumultuous times well remember those shorts. Award ceremony, dinner party, kickin’ back at Fantagraphics Mansion — Kim wore those shorts so much that one began to suspect they might have been the source of his powers. Why? What was their almost totemistic allure for Thompson? Was he a big fan of the ABA? Was he afraid he might have to run the 800 at a moments notice? Did he just like to air out the boys? According to Eric, the book doesn’t confront this issue, so the speculation will continue.
Gary is also wearing shorts in this photo — maybe it was a hot day — but in general it is believed that during that era he favored longer pants.