Posted by: Brian Hibbs on May 7, 2010
Tom pitched it to me as “Stump the Hibbs”, though he veered away from that pretty fast once we were talking.
I wish the first question hadn’t been The First question, because, upon reflection, I would have questioned the very basis of a Vertigo/Art comics split — selling comics to adults is selling comics to adults, and there’s a point where you have to Let The Market Decide. Still, it was The First question, and you’re still feeling each other out at that point…
I truly don’t understand why one would want to categorize things that tightly — and I don’t think those kinds of divisions make a lick of sense in 2010 (if they made any sense ever in the first place) — if someone can cogently explain the difference between, say, Peter Bagge’s OTHER LIVES and the latest HATE ANNUAL, which were released within weeks of each other this year, then maybe I’d get it. AFAIK, OTHER LIVES is “creator owned”, and, presumably, is given Peter what he feels is a “equal or better deal” that he’d get from another publisher, so who cares WHO the publisher actually IS? When was the last time you said “Y’know what I want to see? A Miramax movie”?
Anyway, go read, and feel free to comment here, since Tom doesn’t have a comments section. He usually reads here though, so good odds of having both of us see your comments….