If Bleeding Cool’s “industry sources” are to be believed, this is truly a sad day in the world of geek-dom. Only a short while ago, the site ran a post proclaiming that Wizard Magazine, first published in 1991, would no longer exist outside of the digital realm. The entire magazine staff has been canned and all “freelance engagements” have been called off. Thankfully, the shutdown will have no effect on “sister” magazine Toyfare or the Wizard World Conventions.
While this has yet to be confirmed by anyone within Wizard, BC seems fairly confident in their sources. The company did officially address a few things, though. They've officially gone public, will launch an all-new digital magazine called Wizard World in February (only solidifies the closure rumor) and will be taking their Wizard World Con on a 12-city tour later this year.
I'm quite saddened by the trend of niche magazines going digital-only. If this continues, I'll likely be buying an iPad in order to have proper reading material for the toilet.