Wizard Magazine No Longer Printed

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Posted by inferiorego (24982 posts) - - Show Bio
 Not only did you get the best in comic book news, but you also got KISS stickers.
For many years, every comic book fan got their news from a magazine called "Wizard." It was a magazine with a great sense of humor featuring a great selection of news and a monthly price guide. And according to BleedingCool, the magazine that started in 1991 has officially stopped production of the print version of the magazine.
"Almost all Wizard magazine staff have been laid off, and all freelance engagements cancelled...Sister magazine Toyfare, covering the toy market, has not been affected, nor have the Wizard comic conventions."

The magazine did a lot for the industry, and many times it outsold some of the most popular comics on the shelves. The book was started back in 1991 by Gareb Shamus and Stephen Shamus and it was the place to go for breaking news in the comic book industry; however, with the popularization of the internet came news-websites that could get the info to the consumer a bit quicker than once a month.  
 == TEASER ==
In a Wizard press release from today, Wizard announced Gareb Shamis, one of the original creators of the magazine, the recently appointed President and CEO of Wizard World, Inc will launch a new online publication, most likely because of the death of the printed publication:

Wizard World plans to launch in February 2011 an all-new digital magazine called ‘Wizard World’ that will appeal to pop-culture fans, the same audience to which Mr. Shamus has catered to, for over 20 years. Wizard World digital magazine will provide coverage of the world of comic books, toys and superheroes, and the personalities behind them.

“This is a very exciting day for Wizard World and the industries it serves,” said Shamus. “Having the Tour produced by a public company provides additional opportunities to expand and grow the Tour. The new digital magazine Wizard World will give consumers the content they want in a magazine format with which they are familiar, but distributed in a form that is always available at any time on any device. It is a natural evolution for us in this market.”

20 years and over 200 issues later, Wizard has shut down, but don't worry, the Wizard website is still going strong, there's a new timely online publication to look forward to through Wizard World, and those of you who love the Wizard Conventions and Toyfare will still be able to enjoy those. Many thanks to Wizard for the years of great articles, hilarious one panel shots of action figures in compromising situations, and the price guide, which I spent hours upon hours looking at to see how much my copy of X-Men 2099 #1 was worth. What are your fond memories from Wizard? Did you have a favorite article? What do you think of the new online publication?


Apparently Toyfare is also ceasing publication. Is this the end of Twisted Toyfare Theater or will that live on in the digital magazine area?
#1 Posted by danhimself (22565 posts) - - Show Bio

Wizard magazine used to be the greatest magazine ever....I got so many 1/2 issues from them...but they really went downhill a few years ago and add to the fact that you can get all of their information for free from the internet it's amazing that this didn't happen sooner

#2 Posted by tonis (6202 posts) - - Show Bio

wow, now that's a sign of the times. 
Like watching history shut down there. 
Although it's cool there will be an online presence, just like the comic books, it's never gonna be the exact same as the one in your hands.

#3 Posted by sora_thekey (8175 posts) - - Show Bio

Why Digital? I don't read Wizard Mag but I don't understand the fascination with all things digital.

#4 Posted by LetterT (18 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow. Wizard. Since I stopped actively collecting comics, I more or less forgot all about it. Guess I'll go check it out online. As for price checking, it was Uncanny X-Men 266 for me.

#5 Posted by mjanosko (4 posts) - - Show Bio

Soooo ... are they going to refund the renewal I JUST PAID LAST WEEK?  

#6 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio
@danhimself said:
" Wizard magazine used to be the greatest magazine ever....I got so many 1/2 issues from them...but they really went downhill a few years ago and add to the fact that you can get all of their information for free from the internet it's amazing that this didn't happen sooner "
#7 Posted by inferiorego (24982 posts) - - Show Bio
@mjanosko said:
" Soooo ... are they going to refund the renewal I JUST PAID LAST WEEK?   "
OUCH.... I hope so.
#8 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio

Hopefully this means their site is actually going to be halfway decent now

#9 Posted by moffattbooks (139 posts) - - Show Bio

the enjoyment I had from holding the magazine in my hands gone!  god I'm old!  

#10 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

I got into comics after Wizard had already become irrelevant so this news does not trigger any sort of emotional response from me...although we could also blame that on the writer of the article who FAILED TO TUG AT MY HEARTSTRINGS!

#11 Posted by nickp (9 posts) - - Show Bio

End of an Era for  Wizard Magazine 

#12 Posted by Grendel (560 posts) - - Show Bio

Great magazine and quite the rambunctious message board back in the day. The crew of psychopaths that got it shut down were a force of nature.

#13 Posted by xerox_kitty (15762 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, I'm amazed this was still going anyway...  But I have Wizard to thank for ToyFare, which brought us Twisted Mego Theatre :)

#14 Posted by G-Man (34583 posts) - - Show Bio
Update. I guess Toyfare is dead as well. 
#15 Posted by ZombiePie (105 posts) - - Show Bio
@mjanosko said:
" Soooo ... are they going to refund the renewal I JUST PAID LAST WEEK?   "
Doubtful. I never got my refund for EGM when they suspended publication.
#16 Posted by Man of Lengend (1001 posts) - - Show Bio

well crap i get these every month still that sucks

#17 Posted by doublezeroduck (98 posts) - - Show Bio

I've haven't subscribed since high school, but it's still sad to find out.

#18 Posted by dondasch (926 posts) - - Show Bio

Used to love reading Wizard.  Articles were great, and it's where I got my start on the whole Hero X vs Hero Y matchup.  Good times.  Sad to see them go

#19 Posted by Mumbles (846 posts) - - Show Bio

good.loved wizard growing up in the early 90's. magz are a dying business. paperless is the way to go. news is to quick to be released in mag form now days. why buy a wizard when i can get all my comic news here on comicvine for free?

#20 Posted by Cezar_TheScribe (2615 posts) - - Show Bio

I just resubscribed!    
Will Comics Buyer's Guide still be published?  
I will subscribe to them if this is the case.  
Comic Magazines are a necessity. I'm not going to sit on the Internet all day. 
I'd rather have a magazine or comic in my hands.

#21 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2245 posts) - - Show Bio

When is the last issue coming out?
I used to get it for so many years, until recently when they changed the format of the magazine to be less pages and turned the whole magazine into a list of the top... say 20... comic related toys of the holiday or the top comic related movies or something.
But I wouldn't mind getting the last issue.

#22 Edited by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
They had lost their focus long ago, but that feels like a stake to the heart.
CBG is vastly superior as a resource/accurate price guide anyway.
#23 Posted by pikahyper (12189 posts) - - Show Bio

I knew it !!!! I called it this time last year, I'm shocked they made it to feb 2011 though, I thought for sure it was going to die by the end of 2010.
I used to have every single issue and all the specials but sold almost all of them for $0.50 each :P

#24 Posted by KidSupreme (829 posts) - - Show Bio

Wizard you will be missed. I grew up reading you when I was young its helped me keep up to date with what was going on on the comic book universe cause i could afford to buy all the comics I wanted. Thanks for the many years of good times!

#25 Posted by Shatterstar (4551 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow. End of an era.

#26 Edited by JLAvenger23 (9 posts) - - Show Bio

My first Wizars was the Year-End Spectacular of December 2001, awesome article about the top 10 reasons Why Marvel ruled that year, and another one about comic book continuity... awesome, really awesome! I bought it from time to time, when the money resource could be available. Unfortunately it is more expensive here in my home country Costa Rica (well, was expensive). The last one I boughtt was Wizard 228, August 2010, with the Green Hornet movie on the cover..... so long Wizard, i'll miss your funny articles, fan mail and other awesome stuff..... =( Bad news like these are not cool on a Monday.....

#27 Posted by Mbecks14 (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

That's ok, its kind of sad but it had really been going downhill for the past few years

#28 Posted by Ash The Flash (35 posts) - - Show Bio

I used to love it, but I stopped getting it about 6 months ago because it had really gone down hill. Wizard stopped being a cool comic book magazine for me a few years ago. I miss the old Wizard. I have lots of great memories of the Wizard that was.

#29 Posted by Tem-Tem (21 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to miss their Casting Call segments.

#30 Posted by Nicholas (3 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP Twisted Toyfare Theater. It was good while it lasted. 

#31 Posted by Darth Paul (273 posts) - - Show Bio

Haven't brought and issue or subscribed in over a year, although I have been keeping up with the Twisted Toyfare Theater collected issues. Sure hope that they don't stop publishing those. Will probably check-out the new website someday, but not sure if I'll go there regularly since I'm already on here and haven't even gone to the Wizard website as it is in over a year either.

#32 Posted by rocketpig (257 posts) - - Show Bio

It's fitting that Wizard, a teenage staple of mine, shuts down on the Monday following the burning of my father's house, which contained all 11 of my comic long boxes in it. 
The times, they are a changin'.

#33 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2245 posts) - - Show Bio
@Tem-Tem: Me too, they sort of stopped that didn't they?
#34 Posted by Tem-Tem (21 posts) - - Show Bio

They still did them once is a rare while but since the Marvel movies started coming out wasn't nearly as frequently. It was every other issue for a while there a couple years ago.

#35 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (27119 posts) - - Show Bio

but but but but but but.....

#36 Posted by Mtti (24 posts) - - Show Bio

Wizard was my only source of good comic news in the 90's early oo's 
have felt it was not the same recently has it has lost a lot of weight through the years but strangely grew taller. Wonder what will be next..comic books themselves da da daaaaaa. 
Total stoner sidebar: what'll happen if we have a Skyne moment down the line and all digital goes whack? something to munch on about... 
PPS: The trees are going to be happy tho:)

#37 Posted by Silkcuts (5272 posts) - - Show Bio
@Shatterstar said:
" Wow. End of an era. "
It is most definitely a sign of the times.  Print is dying.
#38 Posted by Baron_Emo (3570 posts) - - Show Bio

Aww dude. I was reading Toyfare back when it was brand new. I hope Twisted Mego lives on in the interwebs. 

#39 Edited by ArtisticNeedham (2245 posts) - - Show Bio
@Tem-Tem:   With those they predicted a few casting choices, like Nightcrawler and ... um... someone else I can't think of.  
They used to have tons of things like that, Casting ideas, articles about up coming comics, Redesigning characters, drawing contests, the movie corner, it was jam packed for a while.  They it changed.
Still too bad.
I want the very last issue, for nostalgia.  They might have a look back issue or something too.  Wizard did stuff like that a lot too.  Movie issues, #0 issue, Wizard 2000 and stuff like that. 
 I first read about Alex Ross and Earth X in Wizard, it brought me back into comics. 
#40 Posted by inferiorego (24982 posts) - - Show Bio
@Tem-Tem said:
" I'm going to miss their Casting Call segments. "
#41 Posted by chalkshark (1190 posts) - - Show Bio

Amazing Heroes & Comics interview were real losses.  Wizard was the yes man of comic industry periodicals.  A slick hype rag that  served as little more than advertising for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, & the rest. I stopped buying it years ago, & am in no way surprised that it's going under.  I do feel badly for those individuals who have lost their jobs, but it's the only thing I regret in Wizard's passing.

#42 Posted by TheMess1428 (2176 posts) - - Show Bio

I wanted a subscription to that magazine so bad. I never could afford it though. Then I figured I could read them from the library. Now I'm sad to see it disappear from the shelves.

#43 Posted by jamdown (294 posts) - - Show Bio

First the Magazine next the WIZARD WORLD convention...NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#44 Posted by #1ElderScrollsFan (1991 posts) - - Show Bio

Farewell my printed friend.

#45 Posted by Digifiend (582 posts) - - Show Bio
@mjanosko said:
" Soooo ... are they going to refund the renewal I JUST PAID LAST WEEK?   "
DC Thomson closed down Classics from the Comics, Fun-Size Beano and Fun-Size Dandy recently. Subscribers were given to choice to switch to other titles, such as the weekly versions of Beano and Dandy, or get a refund. I would hope Wizard do the same. If the website is continuing, then they're not bankrupt, so I see no reason why a refund shouldn't be due to you.
#46 Posted by Danial79 (2351 posts) - - Show Bio

I've never read a single issue of Wizard, so I'm obviously not as saddened as some people here, but this news still has that "end of an era" feel to it, which is sad :(

#47 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7823 posts) - - Show Bio
@Danial79 said:
" I've never read a single issue of Wizard, so I'm obviously not as saddened as some people here, but this news still has that "end of an era" feel to it, which is sad :( "
#48 Posted by ElJuano (98 posts) - - Show Bio

Good Riddance! This mag and everything that went into it was initially a good, no GREAT thing for the industry, but like so many things in life with all that power came much responsibility. Wizard and the Shamus bros. mis handled that responsibility greatly. The downfall of Wizard is no secret from anyone in the industry. Last year in Chicago as Blaggo was let in as a late addition to the Wizard Con roster it became apparent to the regular Joe that Wizard, possibly never was about comics but was all about money and finding new ways to exploit a now huge comic market. I for one am glad this garbage is no longer in print and like Frank Miller before me I'd like to rip a few issues and let it fuel my fireplace! 

#49 Posted by War Killer (20223 posts) - - Show Bio
@sora_thekey said:
" Why Digital? I don't read Wizard Mag but I don't understand the fascination with all things digital. "
Way of the future....unfortunately......
#50 Posted by comicbikerscott (152 posts) - - Show Bio

wizard was cool in the '90's i read a few early issues but it became irrevent in 95 awesome

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