Wizard, the long-running comic guide and magazine, has officially turned off its printing press, made the move to a publicly-traded company, and only plans on producing a digital version of the magazine in the future. Which, I think we can all agree, is a pretty weak move for someone calling themselves a wizard. CAST A SPELL OR SOMETHING, SHIT!
Wizard: The Guide To Comics, the magazine that covered the mainstream comics industry for twenty years and created all manner of careers in the process has closed, effective immediately. Or at least the print version has.
Almost all Wizard magazine staff have been laid off, and all freelance engagements cancelled.
You can read a copy/pasted version of the company's press release after the jump, which outlines their plans to focus on running the Comic Con conventions and the new, digital-only 'Wizard World' magazine. Well, what do you guys think? Because I'll show you exactly what I think thanks to my experimental thought-projecting helmet. *strapping on* Well -- what do you see? "A whole buncha wieners". Dammit, let me really concentrate. Okay, how bout now? "Like twice as many as before". OMG IT ACTUALLY WORKS!!!!!!!!111
Hit the jump for the press release.
New York, NY (January 24, 2011) - Gareb Shamus, recently appointed President and CEO of public company Wizard World, Inc. ("Wizard World") (OTC: GOEE.PK), today announced that the Comic Con Tour, which consists of pop culture conference events that provide high visibility marketing opportunities to pop culture brands and companies in multiple venues throughout the year, is now being produced by public company Wizard World. The Wizard World Comic Con Tour intends to cover 12 cities in 2011, including major cities such as New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin and New Orleans. The Tour will include sponsors ranging from major movie studios and TV networks to gaming and toy companies to content publishers.
In addition, 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."
Wizard World Comic Con will begin its North American tour at New Orleans Comic Con held from January 29 to 30, 2011. The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
SCOOP: Wizard Magazine To Close Immediately [bleedingcool]
Thanks to R-Man Chin Music, who just set a wastebasket full of back-issues on fire in protest. Hope you remembered to take the batteries out of your smoke-detectors first!