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 Mickey McLaurin on January 9, 2013 at 10:09pm

So sad.  I feared this when the format change occurred several years ago, and they actually survived longer than I would have imagined.  Many many fond memories...

Comment by Philip Portelli on January 9, 2013 at 10:15pm

I agree with Lee. Shutting down the forums with today's focus on the Internet was a bad move and made them seem 1) behind the times and 2) not caring or trusting their readers.

Still, all the best to those involved.

Comment by Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man on January 9, 2013 at 10:45pm

I'm really sorry to hear about this, Alan.

Comment by Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) on January 9, 2013 at 10:54pm

My subscription to CBG has been off-and-on for decades. I generally liked it but rarely loved it. The "love" times were usually on pages under the bylines of "Andrew Smith" and "Peter David" but there were other articles and editorials to love, too.

What I did like about CBG was that it wasn't a "rabid fanboy" magazine like Wizard was nor a "all superhero books are garbage" magazine like some artsy-fartsy publications. It catered to both the superhero fans and people who enjoyed other genres. 

Despite my not reading it for a while, I will feel its absence.

Comment by John Dunbar on January 10, 2013 at 9:05am

Sad news indeed.  In the last few years a lot of things beyond their control really worked against CBG, and I'm impressed that it survived as long as it did.  That said, staying in publication for 42 years is a tremendous achievement and I salute them all for it.

Comment by John Moret on January 10, 2013 at 12:45pm
I am hoping that Peter David is recovered enough for a final article before CBG ends given the length of his run.
Comment by Captain Comics on January 10, 2013 at 1:01pm

The final issue is already out, so David's final article was written before A) his stroke and B) the cancellation.

Comment by Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) on January 11, 2013 at 11:27am

I'm sorry that everyone who worked there have lost that job, but honestly I haven't bought a copy of CBG in about 4-5 years when I went on on of my 2 month comic book sabbaticals.

I will always have fond memories of it, for sure. It was what originally brought me to the Captain Comics Cave.

Comment by Richard Willis on January 11, 2013 at 1:10pm

I just received this in an email from cbg-newsletter@antiquesandcollectibles-hub.com. Still waiting for my copy of #1699. Interesting that they didn't say anything about substituting Antique Trader for our remaining issues.

"This is to let you know that CBG has ceased publication, effective Jan. 11. Our small and declining print circulation and a commensurate decline in advertising – taken together with increased printing and postage costs — simply doesn’t allow us to continue the magazine in an economically sustainable way.  The website www.CBGXtra.com is being maintained as a resource archive by our fellow editors at Antique Trader, but will not provide updates.

 

Obviously, the world of comics continues to be an exciting one, with an increasing audience for the art form. (Have you marked your calendars for this year’s Free Comic Book Day? It’s May 4!) Both Senior Editor Maggie Thompson and Editor Brent Frankenhoff will continue to be active in comics fandom, online, and elsewhere.

 

We’ve enjoyed meeting many of you over the years and we hope to see you often in the future.

 

We encourage you to check out CBG’s sister publication Antique Trader at www.antiquetrader.com. Additional contacts can be reached via email to atnews@fwmedia.com."

Comment by Captain Comics on January 11, 2013 at 3:41pm

Here's the actual e-mail:

Comics Buyer's Guide eNewsletter
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This is to let you know that CBG has ceased publication, effective Jan. 11. Our small and declining print circulation and a commensurate decline in advertising – taken together with increased printing and postage costs — simply doesn’t allow us to continue the magazine in an economically sustainable way.  The website www.CBGXtra.com is being maintained as a resource archive by our fellow editors at Antique Trader, but will not provide updates.
 
Obviously, the world of comics continues to be an exciting one, with an increasing audience for the art form. (Have you marked your calendars for this year’s Free Comic Book Day? It’s May 4!) Both Senior Editor Maggie Thompson and Editor Brent Frankenhoff will continue to be active in comics fandom, online, and elsewhere.
 
We’ve enjoyed meeting many of you over the years and we hope to see you often in the future.
 
We encourage you to check out CBG’s sister publication Antique Trader at www.antiquetrader.com. Additional contacts can be reached via email to atnews@fwmedia.com.

CBG-1699

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