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Archive for January 24th, 2011

Wizard and ToyFare magazines cease publication, conventions and Gareb Shamus unaffected

I’ve written and rewritten this post at least three times today as new developments have surfaced. So lets get the basics down. Wizard magazine and ToyFare magazine are now defunct publications with most of their respective staffs being laid off effective immediately.

A now-former Wizard employee spoke with ifanboy and had some interesting things to say.

A self-aggrandizing press release from Wizard owner Gareb Shamus announced that the company was now a public company, will be launching an online magazine called ‘Wizard World’, and plans to have a 12 city convention tour. There was no mention of the discontinuation of the company’s two major publications.

Those who had subscriptions can expect not to be reimbursed since Mr. Shamus has something of a reputation for non-payment of contract work, and other shady practices.

As someone who had a subscription early in the magazine’s career and has roughly the first 100 issues, its sad to see it go, but I can’t tell you the last time I picked an issue up. It was a shadow of its former self. ToyFare’s end was a low blow for the toy industry as it was one of the few examples of a print publication based on toys that had remained successful and managed to get exclusive reveals of unseen figures.

You can see the press release and statement from Wizard World PR after the jump.

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Nerd Rage results in many new images from X-Men: First Class

An image of the cast from the forth-coming film, X-Men: First Class surfaced the other day online. It was a pretty horribly photoshopped image that caused quite a bit of anxiety among fans. In an attempt to make up for it, Fox released three new stills from film the next day. I thought the most interesting of the stills featured Kevin Bacon and January Jones, playing Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost, the White Queen, respectively.


In a seeming fit of rage, Director Matthew Vaughn released two additional stills to settle some of his anger over the initial poor image’s release two days earlier.


And finally, we got our first look at the teaser poster for the movie.

Stuff You Want for the week of 2011.01.24

Releases look to be ramping up finally this year. Dead Space 2 looks like the big game this week for PS3 and XBox 360, while the Wii continues to pump out peripherals without any games to show for it.

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