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Editorial Director Gary Steinman Leaves ADV's PiQ Mag (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
PiQ still on track for March; Steinman led PiQ's predecessor, Newtype USA

Gary Steinman, the publisher and editorial director of A.D. Vision's upcoming PiQ Magazine, has notified people via email that he is leaving the company today. Steinman has been working on the launch of this magazine about "anime, manga, video games, comics, movies, TV" and other topics, and the launch is officially still on track for March. He also led PiQ's predecessor, Newtype USA, as its editor-in-chief until its last issue this past month. A.D. Vision has not yet announced the new head of PiQ Magazine.

Update: Steinman has sent ANN the following message:

Just to clarify, I am leaving for personal reasons. I had planned to return to the Bay Area for quite a while now. Although I'm not from San Francisco, I lived there for a few years and always wanted to return. It's where I plan to raise my family and live for years to come.

I didn't want to announce my departure sooner because I didn't want anything to get in the way of PiQ's launch. We just got the proofs in today for the first issue, and it looks fantastic! I am proud of what this team accomplished, and I'm sure the readers will enjoy it a great deal.

The team remains intact, and the company is actively searching for a replacement. Meanwhile, Kevin Gifford remains the Executive Editor and he will certainly do a superb job continuing PiQ. The rest of the team is likewise eager to continue providing the best coverage of anime and manga, alongside other areas of relevant entertainment.

The first issue of PiQ hits newsstands in mid-March. Look for great feature coverage and reviews of titles including Code Geass, xxxHOLiC, Tweeny Witches, Aquarion and much more! We also have a 16-page preview of the upcoming Crayon Shin-chan manga from CMX. Very cool.

Steinman also emphasized that, despite a mention in the early cover mockup, the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! program will not be featured in PiQ's first issue.

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