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No more Wizard?

Victoria Paege 01/24/2011 Features, Reviews

Apparently Wizard Magazine has decided to cease its print magazine and deliver a digital only version. This is good news in at least we will still have a version containing their irreverent humor and comic book news. However, many new converts will be lost without being able to hold something physically in their hands.
First things first: my BFF Vic got me into comics. But he wouldn’t have if he’d never brought his copy of Wizard with him to school one day. I don’t remember who was on the cover of that certain issue, but it looked pretty freaking sweet. So I sat in 10th grade Geometry class, and instead of working out proofs I flipped through Wizard. I had a basic knowledge of characters like most people, but now I wanted to know more. “Who is this Jim Lee,” I asked my buddy. “What is this Age of Apocalypse going to be about?” I was hooked. I wanted to delve into the immense world of comics, and I now had a handy guide.
Wizard was great for someone who had no idea where to start or what to buy. You could read through an issue and get reviews, news, current trends, etc. We’d compare their top ten to what we ourselves owned. They’d always have a greatest moments in comics list that was vital in advancing one’s comic book knowledge, and of course making for great debate amongst friends.
Yes, they will still have much of this online. But you won’t be able to share it like I’ve been able to. You can still share a link or “like” an article on Facebook. But you won’t be able to browse a whole issue in class. You won’t be able to give your laptop or phone to a friend while they look online for hours. Computers are a solo venture. So for those of us already in the game, things will go on. But we will never know how many people will never get the chance to ignore their Geometry teacher by looking at comic books, if only because there were no comic books to share.
I still read Wizard every month, and I’m bummed that it won’t be around anymore. I’d read it at work and then pass it off to a coworker. It’s that camaraderie that will be missed. So thank you Vic, for bringing your comic book magazine to class. And thank you Wizard for being much more interesting than school ever was.

—–Article by guest writer “Big Bad Scottie Turbo Train”

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  1. Jordamus Prime 01/24/2011 at 10:46 am

    I 'Like' this, because I liked your opinion on digital conversion as compared to physical media. I agree with you that while this change might be good, a digital version of something does not even remotely compare to owning a physical copy you can take with you. Great article!

  2. Jordamus Prime 01/24/2011 at 10:46 am

    I am incredibly sad to see Wizard go though u_u

  3. Nick Furious 01/24/2011 at 11:12 am

    This absolutely breaks my heart. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

  4. Victoria Paege 01/24/2011 at 11:14 am

    Toy Fair is now shutting down as well….. sad.

    • Skott of Fables 01/24/2011 at 11:27 am

      Whaaaa..? I thought Toy Fair was going to be alright…Ah, well..

      • Jordamus Prime 01/24/2011 at 12:37 pm

        Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! Where will I get proper oy news?! This is crap. Complete crap.

  5. Tom Hutchison 01/24/2011 at 11:56 am

    This IS in fact a sign of things to come. Magazines, newspapers, comic books…it's all going to be digital. I'm still struggling with that realization myself and will find it very difficult to transition to buying online comics especially if the price is the same as a physical one. But that's the way it's all going so us old schoolers better get on the bus I guess.

  6. Victoria Paege 01/24/2011 at 12:35 pm

    It's like how books are moving to digital format. I don't like it. There is just something about flipping pages and seeing things in print. It's real and you can touch can't do that with a computer.

    • Smith 01/25/2011 at 8:42 pm

      i agree 100% , although i can find a comic online in a series that i've missed ……holding it in my hand having that fresh comic smell…..there is no other

  7. Skott of Fables 01/24/2011 at 1:22 pm

    Comics will never go completely digital. Unlike many Magazines people collect and follow comics on a monthly format. I'm proudly among those people. Having a REAL comic book in your hand or a collection you have that you can reference cannot be replaced with a 'digital' …collection…? Can you even call that a collection? No. My 5,000+ COLLECTION would not be called that if I had digital 'comics'.

    There is no bus to get one because there is no where to go. Real comics will not go anywhere. I recall the whole Trade thing. That was going to end the monthly comic. Why would people want a MONTHLY comic when they could wait 5 or 6 months and get a full story? Well, besides the fact that it flies in the face of what comics are all about, people want to collect comics. I have a sizable trade and graphic novel collection but they are mostly either books that are old and I cannot get the originals or I have the monthly versions and just want a collection to travel with.

    Trades didn't kill the monthly comics.

    Digital is the same thing. you can't collect or actually own a digital copy of anything. It doesn't actually exist.

    Comics are a unique product and are pretty much immune to becoming 100% digital.

  8. Robb Orr 01/24/2011 at 1:23 pm

    So this is what the decline of the print industry that has been foretold for years looks like. I just never expected it to hit so close to home (and after I had just subscribed again last week). If people are going to read everything on Kindles and Ipads, there needs to be a screen on the back, like a book cover, so that we can still strike up conversations with strangers about great books they may be reading.

  9. Andy Kirby 01/24/2011 at 3:15 pm

    Non-digital will become a novelty as we move to the digital age. There will still be demand, but not a big one, and not by the average consumer.

  10. Comic Book G 01/24/2011 at 4:26 pm

    The direction that the magazine took the past few years sealed its fate. I miss the old Wizard magazines as much as the next person but they haven't been worth reading for a while now. Sad to say that this actually won't affect me.

  11. Jerad Smith 01/24/2011 at 6:39 pm

    Sad. So sad. I remember piching up the first issue when it came out. I was serving in the US Navy in Florida. The Todd McFarlane Spider-Man cover was soo effing cool! And, in my opinion, it was one of the glory days for comics! McFarlane's Spider-Man, Lee's X-Men, Liefield's X-Force. Man, those were good days! Image broke on the scene shortly after and Wizard covered it all! Mark Bagley's Savage Dragon was a highlight of the line for me, along with Spawn, of course.

    I'm getting old and nostalgic, I suppose.

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