Here’s our weekly look at magazine industry news you may have missed:
- Last week Wizard and ToyFare magazine ceased printing. The magazines’ publisher will combine the titles into a single digital publication called Wizard World that will provide coverage of the world of comic books, toys and superheroes, and the personalities behind them. For more than 20 years, Wizard Magazine was the voice in the comic book industry, for both fans and creators alike.
- According to a press release, French media conglomerate Lagardère reports it has received a binding offer from Hearst of $892.52 million for its non-French magazine business.The portfolio includes 102 magazine titles in 15 countries, including the U.S. and UK, plus a license to go on publishing Elle on multiple platforms in those countries. The license costs $10.97 million per year, totaling $95.97 million. Hearst will publish Elle magazine alongside its Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.
- Wired magazine UK gets personal–a few selected readers received an personalized covers on their issues of Wired this month. The editors gathered personal data from public sources “as a means of emphasising some of the points made in our cover story by Andrew Keen, Jeff Jarvis and Steven Johnson on what the end of privacy means for you,” David Rowan said.
- And finally, GQ magazine named the ‘25 Coolest Athletes of All Time.’ The list includes Muhammed Ali, Michael Jordan, Joe Namath and Tom
Brady; the athletes were chosen by the editors because each “excelled in their sport and showed individuality in the way they played, exemplified cool, and had a unique sense of style/appearance.”