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Reactions to the End of Wizard Magazine

posted Jan 24, 2011, 6:01 PM by Vu Sleeper

WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #125 (Cover A) (Feb 2002)
Comic Book Pros React To The End of WIZARD Magazine
By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer, Newsarama Staff
posted: 24 January 2011 06:16 pm ET

For years, Wizard Magazine was an authoritative, influential and often controversial voice in the comic book industry, for both fans and creators alike.

In light of today's news that both Wizard and sister publication ToyFare are ceasing publication effective immediately, with a new "Wizard World" digital magazine scheduled for launch in February, Newsarama reached out to comic book professionals — including several former Wizard staffers — for their reaction to today's news.


Ben Morse (former Wizard staff writer, currently Associate Editor,

“If it weren't for Wizard Magazine, I wouldn't be working in the comic book industry today, not just because I read it as a kid, but also because it gave me a chance to break in professionally, something anybody who has tried knows is pretty tough to do. It's a cliche, but working there really was a dream job for a time. I still can't believe the things I got paid to do—I spoke to Marv Wolfman and George Perez for three hours about Crisis On Infinite Earths and was compensated for my time!

More than that, though, I met some amazing folks and learned a lot. Some of my best friends to this day I made from Wizard. I could rattle off dozens of names, but people like Pat McCallum, Joe Yanarella, Brian Cunningham, Andy Serwin and Mike Cotton taught me so much about how to succeed in this industry as well as just be a professional, lessons that were not lost on me when I was 22 and lucky to have a sweet gig straight out of college. In particular, my very first boss, Dan Reilly, for years the Research Editor at Wizard and probably the hardest working, most unsung hero in the joint, helped me grow a lot as a person and a worker.