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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    In a way, it's sad. People will be out of work. On another level, Wizard is so crap (and has been for so long), that it's good riddance.

    My pal likes to find old issues of Wizard in bargain bins and read the breathless articles about "big events" from years ago that were to "change everything" or be so awesome they make your eyes bleed. Roughly half of them were either delayed indefinitely, never published at all or just plain luke-warm.
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    One thing that piqued my interest is that they're (if you believe the news bites floating around) launching a digital magazine in February… I wonder if they've bought into the WIRED/Adobe model or are doing something different.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    TOYFARE is dead, too.

    iFanboy has an interesting interview with a former staffer.

    Former Wizard Employee: Actually its pretty screwed up what they did. They gave everyone off on Friday (very strange) then last night at 6:30 PM (right before kickoff [of the Jets/Steelers playoff game]) they called me and told me the magazines were no longer in publication. I was asked to go get my personal belongings and they told me the office was closed and moved to a different location and they would let us know when it was okay to get them. When I asked about severance or unemployment they shrugged me off and quickly dismissed me. So, I still have no idea what is happening in those regards.


    http://www.ifanboy.com/content/articles/EXCLUSIVE__Former_Wizard_Employee_Speaks
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      CommentAuthorarklight
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    saw this a mile off...

    you know when they keep changing the paper and layout of
    a comic or magazine numerous times without reason that
    it's death is usually near....


    Heri Mkocha
    http://www.youtube.com/thearklight
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    I stopped buying around 2004. It was starting to devolve into the Spike TV of comics; just very macho and immature and heavy on the DC/Marvel promoting. It kind of stopped being relevant after comics blogs gained more prominence and Wizard was just regurgitating scoops that were weeks old by the time the new issue was out.

    Some fun memories though. I remember one article way back talking about this new comic called "30 Days of Night" with art by some kid named Ben Templesmith, and that you should totally track it down since the singles were going for hundreds of bucks on ebay, haha :D
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    Yeah, it seemed destined for the gallows for a while now--especially since Wizard probably makes a shit-ton more money with the comic conventions.
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    I feel bad for the employees. I knew a few that I worked with during my days at Valiant. the publication itself...I was more of a Comics Journal guy so I wouldn't have missed it one way or an other.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    And nothing of value was lost.












    (except the jobs, obviously, that bit sucks)
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    yeah print mags are ghosts. its sad to see it go tho. sort of like the death of the tapedeck.
    • CommentAuthorjmmurrow
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    Why is everyone dumping on Wizard? I thought it was a pretty good read, espeically since I can't get some of the other publications here in
    the states. It will be missed.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    @jmmurrow:

    From what I've read, a two of the biggest complaints I heard was that it was almost infantile in it's tone and content, and that by the end they almost exclusively only wrote about the big two. Also, according to the interview shown in iFanboy, it sounded like some of their publication efforts were not exactly on the up and up.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    I used to read it back when I was in middle school. But when issues started primarily being about superheroine tits and how great Todd McFarlane was, I put it down.

    Despite my lack of interest in the magazine, I feel really bad for the people who lost their jobs. Not only because they lost them, but because it seems like their management were and still are a bunch of shitbags. I hope the former employees can get their stuff back.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    Haven't bought an issue of Wizard in maybe 8 years. But to be fair - superheroine tits are pretty great.
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2011
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    Man, this really bums me out. I haven't bought it in YEARS, but it was a monthly staple when I was a teen. Sure, it's crap, but back in the day it was the only place a lot of us could get any kind of news about the industry. It's also where Mike Weringo taught me how to draw Spider-Man.

    *pours a 40 oz of Olde English on the sidewalk*
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    I stopped reading Wizard back in the 1990s when the bad girl fad hit and Wizard turned into a magazine about the enormous tits in Chaos! books. And I actually read those books.
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    The problem with Wizard seems to be that, no matter what the magazine might have been in the last year or two, they burned their bridges years ago. I remember a juvenile magazine about hot artists with minimal talent, heroines with big tits, and promoting dollar value over content. Word from those sad it's gone is that it was a lot better than it used to be, but I hadn't thought about the magazine in years.
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    Yeah it was fine this decade really.

    Not spectacular, and light on indie stuff, but made the mainstream stuff worth reading about if you didn't have anywhere else to be.
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    More evidence that once you lose an audience's attention, it's very difficult to regain it just by having better content. I don't see a reason why I wouldn't subscribe to a monthly magazine about comics; I subscribe to a magazine about Southern living just because I like the title (Garden and Gun, incidentally). But like so many others, I lost interest when I got the impression that Wizard covered (or in many cases un-covered) the least pleasant elements of comics.

    If your magazine stops being shit in a forest, and no one is around to find out, then everyone is still going to think it stinks and the mag will close. A person looking for someone to blame could wonder why, exactly, if the content was as great as we're just hearing now, we didn't hear about it before via some sort of advertising.

    It makes me sad that nice people (some of whom I rather liked from other magazines they used to be at) are losing their jobs.
    • CommentAuthorAkiramich
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    I was at the Harvey Awards in 2001 when Frank Miller did his keynote ranting against WIZARD and tearing up a copy in front of the audience. His whole rant against them was that the executives in Hollywood didn't read comics but did read WIZARD every month and most creators were idiots who gave up the rights to their creations [and a lot of potential money] to have the company they work for sell off those rights to make films.

    Im not really sad WIZARD went over, but it makes me sadder that COMICS FOUNDRY stopped publication. That was a magazine I really enjoyed and thought it used it pages to make interesting points about comics and creators. There were more than a few books I picked up because I read about them in COMICS FOUNDRY first [ESSEX COUNTY being one that comes to mind right away].