Saturday, January 29, 2011

RIP Wizard Magazine

This week Wizard Magazine called it quits. In this, the internet age, it certainly is a case of internet killed the magazine star. In a world where you can get all the latest comics news in just a few seconds, and also seconds after it happens - magazine that specialize in such are as much dinosaurs as the newspapers are. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not ringing the death knell for the newspapers yet, but the comics audience is predominantly a computer savy audience. A monthly magazine ain't gonna do it any more.

That said, Wizard had its time. There was a time when folks fought to get the first copies on the shelves. Everybody wanted to see the new interview, the new preview, the new poll, the latest who'd win, the photos from the latest film or even the letters column with the latest feud. Like I said, it had its time, but sadly those days are gone, lost to the much faster satisfaction of the immediate Twitter/Facebook world. Rest in peace, Wizard, you'll be missed.

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  1. Wizard will be missed, there is something special about holding a mag in you hands. Sitting in my easy chair with my glasses on and reading while the wife and kids watch tv. I feel these days are fading just like magazines will do.

  2. I don't know whether I should praise Wizard for introducing my young impressionable mind to comics beyond Marvel and DC or damn it for introducing me to speculative excesses. Either way, feels weird for it to be gone.