Here's the bad news, via press release. My heart goes out to Brent Frankenhoff and Maggie Thompson. And we've all lost something unique. I'm too choked up to say much more, but here's a history of the magazine at former editor John Jackson Miller's Comics Chronicle site.

F+W Announces Closure of Comics Buyer's Guide


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 one-for-one conversion to CBG sister publication Antique Trader: a biweekly that has served the antiques and collectibles community since 1957. The site and its Facebook page will exist as an archived resource administered by Antique Trader.


F+W Media, Inc., the leading enthusiast media Company, serves more than 20 niche consumer and B-to-B communities through its vast portfolio of events, ecommerce, online education, ebooks, emags, print media and more.

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Comment by The Ancient One on January 9, 2013 at 1:25pm

Wow, that is terrible.  Just another print casualty I guess.  But it's a tough day for our friends.

It's amazing that just when comics have taken over all other media, the comics themselves are suffering.

Comment by David Warren on January 9, 2013 at 1:30pm

Nothing has been said or implied, but would Maggie retire now?

Comment by Rich Steeves on January 9, 2013 at 2:06pm

Dang! I subscribed to this publication for over 20 years! I have had several letters printed in there and I've been quoted a few times. But more than anything, it gave me my weekly (then monthly) fix of comics! Trends, analysis, thoughts and ideas flowed freely. It was like visiting a local shop that stretched across the globe. I'll miss it dearly!

Comment by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on January 9, 2013 at 2:25pm

Has anyone broken the news to Doc and Holly?

Comment by Mr. Silver Age on January 9, 2013 at 3:01pm

I doubt Maggie is ever going to retire. She's pretty Internet-savvy and should be in demand to talk about comics in some format somewhere. She just started a new monthly blog over at Comic-Con's site:

-- MSA

Comment by Richard Willis on January 9, 2013 at 4:11pm

I wish they had done what PC MAGAZINE did. When they stopped the print edition they went to a digital magazine in the same format on the Zinio service. I will be cancelling my sub. No interest in ANTIQUE TRADER.

Comment by CBjedi on January 9, 2013 at 4:47pm

This is indeed a sadness!

Comment by Rich Steeves on January 9, 2013 at 5:19pm

I need to be sure to cancel my sub, too. And I just renewed!

Comment by Doompere on January 9, 2013 at 6:48pm

Sad indeed but not wholly unforeseen. It's undeniable that CBG has declined in both quality and content over the recent few years. My subscription goes back to the weekly’s earliest days. Ever so many fond remembrances will, I hope, lead to a longer more positive post.


Comment by Lee Houston, Junior on January 9, 2013 at 9:31pm

I wrote the following comment in response to the main forum's announcement about this, and am repeating it here in the spirit of fairness.

"Having been a Comics Buyer's Guide reader since issue 700(!), it is with heavy heart that I took the news of CBG's cancellation. I presume March will at least allow the magazine to go out with issue 1700? Or will it be (NCC) 1701?

In any event, between being taking over by the current owners, the switch in formats, doing away with the forums on the CBG website (shouldn't those "technical problems" have been fixed long before now?) and the ever dwindling page count, it just wasn't my  CBG. Do you folks know what I mean?

I hope everyone who is/was working for the magazine goes on to "greener pastures" and better things. (Could some of them wind up here?)

But the Comics Buyer's Guide (especially the way it was) will be sorely missed!"


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