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BOMB Magazine

BOMB Magazine
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BOMB Magazine Spring 2009
Editors Betsy Sussler
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 14,000
First issue Spring 1981
Company New Arts Publications, Inc.
Country USA
Based in New York City
Language English
Website ISSN 0743-3204

Bomb is a quarterly magazine edited by artists and writers. It is composed, primarily, of interviews between creative people working in a variety of disciplines — visual art, literature, music, film, theater and architecture.

In addition to interviews, the Bomb issues section features new fiction and poems, several 500-word "Artist on Artist" essays, and a reviews section.

Each winter issue (on newsstands mid-December to mid-March) is an "Americas" issue focusing on a specific region of North America (south of the U.S.), Central America, or South America. Spring, summer and fall issues are not themed.

Bomb is published by New Art Publications, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.[1]


Bomb magazine was launched in 1981 by a group of New York City-based artists, editor-in-chief Betsy Sussler among them, who sought to record and promote public conversations between artists without mediation by critics or journalists. One night, Sussler said, "Wouldn't it be great if we started a magazine where we talked about the artwork the way we talk about it among ourselves?"[2]

The name Bomb is a reference to both Wyndham Lewis's Blast and the fact that the magazine's original editors expected the publication to "bomb" after one or two issues.

Shortly after its founding, Bomb formed a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, New Art Publications, Inc., which publishes the journal.

Up to June 2007, Bomb has published 100 issues and over 800 conversations between artists.[3]

Bomb has undergone significant editorial and design changes since 1981, but peer-to-peer interviews have always been a major focus.

In 2005, the Bomb offices moved from the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, New York, to Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Archive at Columbia University

In 2004, Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired Bomb's archives, including 24 years' worth of audio recordings, raw and edited interview transcripts, manuscripts, galleys and assorted ephemera.

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