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Comics Buyer’s Guide to end after 42 years

Krause Publications announced this morning that, after 42 years, it will shutter Comics Buyer’s Guide, the longest-running publication reporting on the U.S. comic-book industry. The March issue, the magazine’s 1,699th, will be its last.

In a press release, the company cited poor market conditions, a downturn in print advertising, and the increasing availability of free online content.

Founded in 1971 by Alan Light as a monthly tabloid newspaper, Comics Buyer’s Guide quickly moved to twice-monthly publication and then, by 1975, weekly. It was purchased in 1983 by Krause, which hired veteran columnists Don and Maggie Thompson as editors. Don passed away in 1994, but Maggie remained as editor until 2007, when she became senior editor and longtime associate editor Brent Frankenhoff was promoted to his current position. She was announced just last week as a monthly columnist for Comic-Con International’s new blog Toucan.

“The magazine business is in worse shape than the comics business by far, and while there is still a market for the right magazine model (Alter Ego, etc.), there evidently wasn’t another evolution left in CBG,” former employee and columnist John Jackson Miller writes in a lengthy overview of the publication’s history. “The staff received news of the cancellation just after the new year. Issue #1699 had already gone to press, so there will be no anniversary issue, nor acknowledgment in the magazine. The last thing in the magazine is, as always, a column by Peter David, who suffered a stroke at the end of 2012. I expected such an announcement sooner, as FW/Krause had already folded Comics & Games Retailer and the much more lucrative Scrye several years ago; still, I am deeply saddened to see it come to pass, both for the history of comics and for the friends and neighbors who worked there.”



Sad. I stopped reading CBG shortly after it switched to the monthly magazine. But the weekly tab gave me tons of enjoyment from the early 80s well until it made the switch. Good luck to all who were involved.

Best of luck to everyone involved here. I graduated to CBG after i grew out of reading Wizard magazine in the 90s. A really great magazine that at the time introduced me to a new take on comics. Peter Davids column was worth it by itself.

I always looked forward to the weekly newspaper version. David’s “But I Digress” column was always a highlight. Bob Ingersoll’s “The Law is A Ass” was fun and informative at times as well. I had not payed much attention to it when they went to the magazine format. I do miss the weekly ‘excitement’ of something like CBG, but, now that we have almost instant updates of comics news, CBG and it’s ilk was kind of becoming obsolete.

So sad to hear of CBG passing. For years I contributed editorial and other cartoons to it, but after Don’s passing and the random illogical edits from Maggie, I just stopped. I can understand the reasons, but it’s always a shame to see great things stop. I was always surprised when I met a big name comics artist at conventions and they were familiar with my work from CBG. *sigh*

CBG was the quickest and best way to get news pre-internet. Plus free classified ads!

When CBG was a weekly, the delivery system (including the Postal Service part, of course) was so messed up that I would often get issues up to 3 weeks late and thus completely out of order. Nevertheless, I looked forward to each issue, since it was always so packed with great information and commentary, such as of course Mark Evanier’s in the late 1990s. I would never have known about a lot of wonderful comics if not for their guidance. I understand Krauss Publishing’s decision to shut it down, and I can’t really disagree with them for doing so, even though I am still a subscriber. However, they really should have allowed it to publish one final issue, which would have been #1700. They could have gone out with that “century mark”, published some farewells and retrospectives, and especially printed some get-well wishes for Peter David, as a fitting last page.

Like many, I eagerly looked forward to the weekly arrival of the CBG back in the 80’s and 90’s. Back in the pre-internet days, it was the best source I had for many early books. Though I stopped reading it after it became a monthly, I still occasionally look through the few weeklies I saved. There’s some fantastic reference material in those issues. Sad to see it go.

Nice timing by me. After years of picking up an issue here & there at my comic book shop,I decided to subscribe last week. I kept getting “server down at this time” messages. I loved the magazine. There was something interesting on every page.

Back in the day, living in Minnesota\,I would recieve my CBG promptly on friday and it was never late.I have subscribed to the CBG since 1983 and even though it was such a pared down mag now,I still looked forward to it as much as I did back in the tabloid days.I thank Maggie and the dearly departed Don for the joy and pleasure that the CBG brought.I wish I could thank Maggie in person,but alas.I did thank Don back at the 1986 Chicago Comic-Con.Fond farewell,CBG.

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