Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Sad news: Comics Buyer's Guide calls it quits

After an amazing 1,699-issue run over a 42-year history, the Comics Buyer's Guide will cease publication. Sad news about a publication that did so much to build and inform comics fandom.

Here's the press release:
January 9, 2013 – Krause Publications, a division of F+W Media, Inc., announced today the closure of Comics Buyer’s Guide effective with the March 2013 issue. The Company cited general poor market conditions and forces working against the title’s sustainability including the downturn in print advertising and the proliferation of free content available online for this highly specialized industry.

“We continuously evaluate our portfolio and analyze our content strategy to determine how well we are meeting consumer and Company goals,” said David Blansfield, President. ”We take into consideration the marketplace we serve and the opportunities available for each of our magazine titles. After much analysis and deliberation, we have determined to cease publication of Comics Buyer’s Guide.”

Current subscribers to the magazine will receive a two-for-one conversion to CBG sister publication Antique Trader: a biweekly that has served the antiques and collectibles community since 1957. (For every issue of CBG remaining in a subscription, subscribers will receive two issues of Antique Trader.) The www.CBGXtra.com site and its Facebook page will exist as an archived resource administered by Antique Trader.

1 comment:

Matthew Killorin said...

I'm afraid I contributed to this demise. I was a subscriber for the last 5 years and just recently decided to not renew. Reason - I'm gradually shifting to all digital content.

I'm surprised the company isn't going to capitalize on the CBG brand in some type of digital form.

btw - great blog. just started following a few weeks ago :)