On the official Comic Foundry blog this morning, publisher and founder Tim Leong announces the fifth issue of the comics magazine will be the last one.
When we launched Comic Foundry Magazine it was a breath of fresh air to the industry and introduced a variety of coverage in types of stories never seen before in the comics press. We found praise and a fanbase that had a deep passion for the content we created. Together, my team helped changed the game. Comic Foundry means the world to me, which is why it saddens me to an unexplainable extent to say that our next issue will be our last. I’m sorry to admit that I’ve reached the unfortunate point where my career no longer allows enough time to do the magazine. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well,” my high school journalism teacher used to say. In this case, I’d rather cease publication than put out issues we don’t have time to devote to fully — less than 100 percent is not an option.
Leong also has a fulltime job as an art director at Complex Magazine, and we always wondered how on earth he had time to put out a glossy, ad-supported men’s magazine AND a glossy, feature-jammed magazine about comics. Apparently, he no longer has the time, which is a shame.
While Comic Foundry hadn’t achieved complete magazine satori, it was fresh, funny and informative. Its absence means that the print side of the comics magazine equation is left to Wizard, TCJ, CBG, Comic Book Artist, and the occasional TwoMorrows periodical. (We know there are some other print attempts out there, but none of them has made enough of an impression for us to remember them.) Certainly none of these magazines is what we’d call a “journalistic” enterprise. (And yes, we still think The Comics Journal is the best magazine about comics out there, but it gave up the news section long ago.) Does anyone really want comics journalism? Evidently not.
We’re sad to see Tim and his right-hand woman, Laura Hudson, leaving Comic Foundry behind, but we’re certain they aren’t leaving us behind entirely. It was fun while it lasted. Now on to the next thing.
UPDATE: Laura Hudson weighs in:
I’ve always been a bit of a hopeless idealist, and there are few things that make me as happy as devoting myself to something that I believe in — and for me, that was Comic Foundry. I looked at the comics world and didn’t see the comic book magazine I’d always wanted, so I got to make it. I can honestly say that every issue of CF was better and stronger than the one that came before it, and I feel incredibly proud of the work that I did there with Tim and our contributors. As Tim quoted in his post: “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” Comic Foundry was worth doing. And we did it well.