F&W Media division Krause Publications is shutting down Comic Buyer’s Guide with the March 2013 issue. Although it’s declined in importance in recent years, Comic Buyer’s Guide was for a long time the beating heart of the comics art form, business, and community.
The downturn in print advertising and competition from free online content were cited as factors "working against the title’s sustainability," according to the announcement.
CBG parent Krause Publications was sold for $120 million to F&W Publications in 2002 (see "Krause Publications Sold for $120 Million").
For its first three decades, the Buyer’s Guide’s fortunes tracked the growing comic store distribution channel, the growth of comics fandom, and the growth of comic publishers catering to both, serving as the center of commerce and community in a world before the Internet.
But eBay took away much of the commerce that had previously been conducted in the pages of CBG by its advertisers, and the publication was never as successful as a magazine as it tried to adapt to that changing environment.
Maggie Thompson has begun writing for San Diego Comic-Con on its new Toucan blog, and blogging on her own site.
The final issue of CBG will be #1699.