Wizard Magazine abruptly announced this week that it is immediately ceasing publication of their print magazines Wizard and Toyfare. I learned it on Bleedingcool.com, who has been covering the story. I have been reading the magazine for years - and recently decided to save money by getting a subscription. While I can see why many are cheering on message boards about Wizard's downfall, I heartily have to disagree. Bleedingcool also had an article from a the now former Price Guide Writer. He was lamenting how people where happy to see Wizard die, even though it meant people like him where out of a job. He also brought up a great point:
"What I find so amusing about the posts here and on other sites is that the same people that ridiculed Alan Moore for his absurd criticisms of comics today, only to admit that he does not read any, is that those criticizing also proudly proclaim that they stopped reading ages ago. If they actually had read, they would know how absurd so many of their criticisms were."
I agreed with his point, and this was my response to that article, pretty much summing up my feelings on Wizard Magazine:
"That Alan Moore analogy is a good point to the naysayers cheering Wizard's downfall. I never really understood what people where finding so different in Wizard in comparison to previous years. Yeah, maybe they had 1 or 2 more Top 10 lists, and sometimes focused on movies a little bit more every so often to garner more attention, and I didn't like the fact the Letters section was unceremoniously scrapped - but it still provided good articles and highlights of the comic industry. In fact, when every one was bashing Wizard, I was reading articles about people in the industry I'd never known about - from promoters of early comic conventions, to tragic stories from troubled creators. I never knew a thing about Wally Wood before this year - but now shared in the sense of loss and appreciated, even while not knowing about, what he did for the industry and the lives he affected. Bill Finger also probably got more respect from an article in Wizard than he ever did in his career helping to form the foundation for freakin BATMAN!
It was a good magazine, and while Wizard was always the first to make fun of it's self as a provider of "lowest common denominator" fart and sex jokes - they also reported on some very humanizing stories to lesser known comic pioneers.
They also often times stepped up and exposed me to things in the comic industry that had gone unnoticed - for everyone complaining they only reported on the big two - I saw them pointing out a large number of indy books that I had never even heard of, even if it was a simple blurb with a small picture in the bottom right hand page.
I'm not saying people aren't entitled to their opinions, even if they had jumped ship years ago -- but just try and at least remember the good the magazine did before dancing on it's grave."