Over at Robot 6 @ CBR there is a look at Wizard World Digital:
When Wizard World CEO Gareb Shamus decided to cancel his long-running magazinesÂ Wizard andÂ ToyFare, and relaunch them in an amalgamated electronic form as a digital magazine calledÂ Wizard World, he did not do so quietly. Well, alright,Â the initial press release didnâ€™t so much as mention the cancellations themselves, or the employees laid off in the process. But Shamus has been quite vocal about his new projectâ€™s prospects for success, as well as what he perceives to be the dire state of the industries surrounding it.Â In an interview with iFanboyâ€™s Ron Richards, Shamus spoke of the new digital magazine sharing the things its staff likes with â€œthe millions of people that we reach all the time,â€ in contrast with more traditional digital-news outlets like websites, which he said â€œare pretty worthless in their ability to have an impact on an audience.â€ And in the editorâ€™s letter (see above) forÂ Wizard Worldâ€˜s third issue,Â â€œVersion 1.3,â€ by way of explaining why he made the leap to digital publishing, he writes:
The creativity in theÂ comicÂ book industry is at an all-time high, yet it saddens me to see that publishers canâ€™t get new people excited, and are losing existing fans at an alarming rate. The publishers keep doing what theyâ€™ve done in the past, but keep expecting better results. Not gonna happen!
Perhaps Shamusâ€™s apparent disdain for comics publishers he deems stuck in the past explains whyÂ Wizard Worldâ€˜s first three issues contain exactly zero articles on currently ongoingÂ Marvel or DC titles. (Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillipsâ€™ Marvel/ICON bookÂ Incognito gets a graf in a piece on comics that should be made into video games, and toys for the upcomingÂ Thor andÂ Green Lantern movies get prominent play, though.)
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