Tuesday, April 20, 2004

...Personally I think this could be excellent news for fans of good comic book-related magazines. The Comics Buyer's Guide was the first comics-related publication I ever subscribed to way back in the mid-1980s, but I must've stopped reading it 10-12 years ago. A weekly newspaper about comics might've worked pre-Internet but these days it seemed unneccesary and too expensive to subscribe to. Frankly I think a lot of people forgot it was even published. But changing into a monthly magazine might just be the best thing to come down the pike in a while, if they can maintain the old CBG's mix of solid comics reviews, essays and information in a monthly format. There's a real void between the two preeminent comics magazines today -- the fanboy, superhero-fixated but sometimes fun 'Wizard' and the erudite, thoughtful but frequently elitist and obscure 'Comics Journal'. Maybe the new CBG can fill that gap, informative without pandering. I'll definitely check out the first issue or two anyway.

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