- Posted by Johanna on March 5, 2011 at 8:07 am
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
I note that the cover emphasizes the media coverage that Wizard really cares about. Of five cover blurbs or taglines, four are about toys — two of which feature TV show tie-ins. The one mention of a comic, Who Is Jake Ellis?, promotes how great a movie it would make. The toy focus continues inside, with most of the pages running product pictures with minimal text. The ads are mostly for Wizard conventions, as though they were still relevant.
I was curious to see who was working for them. Casey Seijas is the first credited writer, putting together an article on how to improve digital comics. Aside from the oddity of running this in a digital-only publication, what’s suggested is impractical and unbelievable. “We’d be willing to pay double the cover [for] cool extras!”? It reads like something churned straight from keyboard to page image to fill a last-minute hole.
Other writers’ names: Mike Cotton, Justin Aclin, Carlos Mejia, all listed as editorial staff. Accompanying their short, blurb-like contributions are lots of requests for readers to send in column ideas, pictures, and content for future issues. This appears to be produced on the cheap. Next issue sounds even worse, with features on the Green Lantern movie toys and “Wizard Girls” who show off video games.
I didn’t think it was possible for Wizard to make itself even more irrelevant, but it did. Who’s starting the pool on how long until Gareb tires of this and kills it?