Jill Thompson 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.
Thompson is a graduate of The American Academy of Art in Chicago. 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.
Thompson is married to fellow comic book writer Brian Azzarello, creator of 100 Bullets and former writer of Hellblazer and Batman.
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 Lil Death and Lil Morpheus, child-like 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 set during the events of Season of Mists, and The Little Endless Storybook, a children's book using child-like 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.