Jill is married to Brian Azzarello, who is also a comic book writer.
Jill's hobbies include cooking, sewing, and doing crafts.
Jill sometimes creates characters based on her own likeness: Etain of the Second Look (from "Brief Lives"); Ragged Robin (from "The Invisibles); and The Joker's Daughter (from "Kingdom Come") were all based on Jill herself.
Jill Thompson first met author Neil Gaiman when she presented him with her drawing of Death for him to sign at a convention. He was so impressed by her artistry that he asked her to illustrate the story arc "Brief Lives" in the Sandman comic book.
Jill has three cats named Archie, Goldstein, and Lukie.
In April, 2006, Jill appeared at the Paradise Comics Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
In April, 2001, Jill was a guest speaker at Mayor Daley's KidStart: Book Club Conference, in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2002, Jill was the Guest of Honor at the World Horror Convention, held in Chicago.
Jill has been a constant attendee of the San Diego Comicon International, one of the largest Comics Conventions in the world, since 1990. In 2000, she was the Guest of Honor at the ComicCon.
In 2001, Jill received two Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: one for "Best Painter" for Scary Godmother - The Boo Flu; the other for "Best Title For a Younger Audience" for Scary Godmother - The Boo Flu.
In 2000, Jill was awarded the Will Eisner Award for "Best Humor Publication" for Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror.
In 1993, Jill Thompson was nominated for a Will Eisner Award for "Best Story" for her illustrations in Neil Gaiman's Brief Lives issue of Sandman.
(on whether there's sexism in comic publishing)
Jill Thompson: When I heard 'no' while submitting a portfolio, it was always for a reason. My figure drawing wasn't up to par or I needed to work on perspective... something technical. I can't ever recall being told I wasn't right for a job because I was a woman.
Jill Thompson: I like collaborating with other writers. I like being part of a team. Plus there are projects that other people have created that you just want to work on. ... Plus, when you get a script from someone else, there's all this anticipation of what is coming next... with your own work there are times when what comes next is difficult to bring about.
(on how to succeed in comics)
Jill Thompson: It's all kind of about networking. Take criticism, work harder, expand the list of people you can show work to.
Jill Thompson: I've always liked comics and I always knew I wanted to draw them. I remember sending homemade comics to Marvel and DC when I was twelve or thirteen. I got some nice form letters back explaining that I needed to practice drawing more and thanks for sending stuff.