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

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Comment by Richard Willis on February 28, 2013 at 9:32pm

The first week of February F+W told me they would be sending a second issue of Antique Trader and a check for the remainder. I received the second issue of the mag and received the refund check today.

Comment by Captain Comics on February 5, 2013 at 2:22pm

Ha! Brilliant!

Comment by Richard Willis on February 5, 2013 at 1:00pm

Well, the first Antique Trader just arrived in my mailbox. On the F+W's subscription page for Antique Trader they display this guarantee:

I sent their Customer Service are email with the info from the mailing label, with the following text:

Based upon this promise found on your subscription page, I am requesting a refund of the remaining issues on my Antique Trader subscription, recently converted from a Comics Buyers Guide subscription.

Just received a response that they will be sending me a check (after they send me a second issue).

Comment by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on January 14, 2013 at 8:11pm

Then don't post now.

Comment by Emerkeith Davyjack on January 14, 2013 at 7:46pm

...I am eternally hurried on time , and I meant - and mean - that I haven't time for a detailed post now .

Comment by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on January 14, 2013 at 5:30pm

I agree with Mr. Silver Age and George, Emerkeith. You've made your point, and it's time to move on to something else.

Comment by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on January 14, 2013 at 5:23pm

No, I do not believe George meant he took it as a threat. Instead of saying that you'll post more later, why don't you just wait until you have the whole story together and post it then?

Comment by Emerkeith Davyjack on January 14, 2013 at 5:18pm

...It's not meant as a threat .

  That is your interpretation of it ?

Comment by Emerkeith Davyjack on January 14, 2013 at 5:01pm

...As far as it goes , CBG reaches the ground with the years - literally - of never-redeemed " free classified ads " that I had piled up when I departed...Maybe more on that later -

Comment by Emerkeith Davyjack on January 14, 2013 at 4:55pm

...FWIW , MSA , aside from the dispute itself , Frankenhoff , announced I was banned , unless I apologized at length for something that (I believe) I did not offend on (At least one thing .) (And it didn't involve his editing my - obviusly on a board , not submitted for pay - prose, Figs .) , and even agree to a " he-could-declare-me-to-have-offended-again-and-ban-me-without-warning " agreement to continue to post there . Funk datt . You can see how well thay got along without me !!!!!!!!!!! Hee hee hee hee hee.........

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