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 www.CBGXtra.com 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. www.fwmedia.com