Odd Magazine Coincidence

Comic Book Artist #7 cover

In February, TwoMorrows announced that their new magazine, Comics Introspective, would launch in July with a focus on Peter Bagge. Today, Tom Spurgeon posted an interview with Jon B. Cooke in which he announced that his magazine, Comic Book Artist, would finally return in September (after a two-year hiatus) with a focus on Peter Bagge.

What an odd coincidence. It becomes even odder when you realize that TwoMorrows used to publish CBA until it bolted for Top Shelf. I don’t know that they’ve ever said why, formally, although (at a baseless guess) it might have had to do with Cooke’s increasing disregard for timeliness. In the interview, though, Cooke says the former partners are amiable.

Is Bagge enough of a major artist to justify two extensive interviews and profiles within such a short period of time? Or is it a sign of a need for a little more imagination when choosing independent comic creators for coverage? I know they need a certain level of fame to sell issues, but there have to be more options out there.

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5 Responses to “Odd Magazine Coincidence”

  1. Ray Cornwall Says:

    CBA split over philosophical differences, not timeliness. The timeliness issues really happened once CBA went to Top Shelf and Cooke became distracted with his day job.

    And yes, Peter Bagge is a big enough talent to deserve multiple interviews. I’m looking forward to both issues.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Philosophical differences? Over content, or something else?

  3. Ray Cornwall Says:

    Yes, content. I don’t know the specific issue, but I know Jon had a problem with the way an article was edited.

  4. alex Says:

    “Is Bagge enough of a major artist to justify two extensive interviews and profiles within such a short period of time?”

    Uh…. yes.

    He’s one of the most important cartoonists of the 90′s alt scene, and a pretty inarguable genius.

    With the HATE saga now completely reprinted in a new format, it seems like a perfectly good time for multiple retrospectives…

  5. Bill Says:

    Strange coincidence, yes, but I’m getting them both as well.

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