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Anime Insider Ends Publication After Eight Years (Update 2)

posted on 2009-03-26 13:48 EDT
Wizard shuts down monthly magazine that began as quarterly Anime Invasion

Rob Bricken, a former editor of Anime Insider magazine, reports that Wizard Entertainment is ending publication of the North American anime and manga periodical. The editorial staff has been laid off. The magazine began in 2001 as a one-shot special publication under the name Anime Invasion, but soon changed its name to avoid trademark infringement with another company's brand.

Anime Insider was a quarterly magazine during its early years, and it eventually turned into a monthly magazine and remained on that schedule for the last half of its eight-year history. Wizard touted the magazine as the "#1 anime and manga magazine in America" in circulation. The 67th issue shipped earlier this month.

After more than a decade of publication, Viz's Animerica magazine switched formats in 2005. Instead of publishing monthly for retail sales and subscriptions, it became a free quarterly pamphlet aimed at bookstores and conventions. A.D. Vision ended its Newtype USA magazine in January of 2008 and replaced it with a general-interest entertainment publication called PiQ that March. PiQ lasted four issues before ending last June.

Update: Publication history expanded.

Update 2: Information added about other anime publications that are no longer sold.


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