As many have noted this morning, the Wizard World website no longer linked to a subscription of Wizard Magazine. The press release that Gareb Shamus would be taking the company public, and launching a digital version of the magazine in February fanned the speculation running through the Intardwebz.
We received the following moments ago from Wizard PR that confirms the rumor:
Wizard Entertainment is ceasing publication of the print magazines Wizard and ToyFare. Wizard World, Inc. will begin production of the online publication “Wizard World” beginning in February. We feel this will allow us to reach an even wider audience in a format that is increasingly popular and more readily accessible.
Wizard Magazine ran for 20 years before closing its doors (and apparently firing everyone involved in the process), so there is a tear to be shed there, but at the same time this should have been writing on the wall, as I don’t know a single person who still read the magazine after its last format restructuring a few years ago.