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10 of ‘Wizard’ Magazine’s Most Dubious Moments

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Back in January, Wizard Entertainment announced the cancelation of Wizard Magazine, which had reigned for almost 20 years as one of the most prominent voice of mainstream comics, presumably so that CEO and self-help enthusiast Gareb Shamus could devote more time to his responsibilities running the International Fight League Black Bull Comics the Wizard World family of comic book and entertainment conventions.

It was a pretty surprising move, and I'll admit that as much as I feel I eventually moved away from Wizard, there was a time when I was a devoted reader, and I've got a stack of back issues from 1996 to 2000 to prove it. With the news of the magazine's cancellation, I decided to go through them and enjoy a little nostalgia, and I've got to admit, there's a lot of really good stuff in there. They didn't just pioneer the irreverent, humorous style that would later be completely embraced by the Comics Internet, but the issues I went through featured original work from creators like Stan Sakai and Evan Dorkin, spotlights on offbeat comics like Rick Remender's Black Heart Billy, and recommendations on back issues that were well worth digging through quarter bins for.

And then there was the rest of it.

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Wizard World Sends Out Hilarious Press Release in Comic Sans That Will Change Your Life

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we try to do our best to not be the kind of news outlet that just runs press releases, but occasionally, we come across something we feel our readers need to know about.

Such is the case with a press releas that arrived in my inbox last night, courtesy of Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus. I hadn't gotten one from th

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‘Wizard’ and ‘ToyFare’ Magazines Canceled — R.I.P.

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Gareb Shamus Admits Wizard Cons Not Really About Comics Anymore

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Wizard World Chicago took place over the weekend -- or as it is now called, "Wizard World Chicago Comic Con." Wizard founder Gareb Shamus recently affixed "Comic Con" to the names of Wizard's shows, presumably to cash in on the name and visibility of larger, more popular events like the massive San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con. It's a business move, but a dist

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Mark Millar to Edit San Diego Comic-Con Issue of Wizard Magazine [Exclusive]

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"This issue will be nothing less than spectacular. Your brain will explode when you see what I have in store." -Mark Millar

What could Mark Millar be referring to? "Kick-Ass" #9? The first part of the sequel to "American Jesus: Chosen?" The finale of "Nemesis?" A new piece of American currency?

No, from a press release that appears to be entirely unrelated to April Fool's Day, Millar will be guest editing Wizard magazine for their July issue, out on June 30th just in time for the San Diego Comic-Con. Billing July's #228 as nothing less than a "relaunch" of the stalwart comics/nerdery showcase, Gar

Wizard Magazine Drops Message Board, Price Guide

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Wizard Magazine continues to die the death by a thousand cuts, and this month they're dropping their long-running price guide section, which detailed the rise and fall of back issue prices. As I am no longer 12 and waiting with bated breath to see whether my NM issue of "Shi" #1 has gone red or blue this month, it is very ha

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Gareb Shamus Halloween Mask

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In the spirit of the season, Tim Leong and the Ghost of Comic Foundry magazine have released a printable Halloween mask that is guaranteed to terrify. As Tim explains:
With Halloween just a few days away, everyone is scrambling to come u

The Comic Book Party Art of Ryan Dunlavey

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Artist Ryan Dunlavey ("Comic Book Comics," "M.O.D.O.K.: Dark Reign") has posted a whole series of "just draw everything" commissions for Wizard magazine, most of which involve dozens of comics characters throwing parties and hanging out. There's a Green Lantern/Waldo mashup called "Where's Guy Gardner?", a "Limbo Lounge" full of depart

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NY Post Article on Wizard CEO Gareb Shamus As Bad As It Sounds

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The NY Post has written a profile of Wizard Entertainment founder Gareb Shamus that is (no joke) titled "Crash! Pow! Profit$," and is pretty much guaranteed to piss off anyone with any affection for comics. Or journalism, for that matter. It begins with the tale of a plucky young Gareb, who launched "Wizard" magazine 19 years ago because "loved the fantas

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Twisted Toyfare Theatre Celebrates a Decade of Indecency

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Our friends at Top Cow have provided Wizard Entertainment with a 7 page preview of the new Twisted ToyFare Theatre 10th Anniversary Collection. This issue will be on sale July 25, 2007 at wizarduniverse.com.

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