Over at iFanboy, one of the former Wizard employees has given a tell-all exit interview that’s pretty juicy. Here’s how the employees found out what was going down:
Former Wizard Employee: Actually its pretty screwed up what they did. They gave everyone off on Friday (very strange) then last night at 6:30 PM (right before kickoff [of the Jets/Steelers playoff game]) they called me and told me the magazines were no longer in publication. I was asked to go get my personal belongings and they told me the office was closed and moved to a different location and they would let us know when it was okay to get them. When I asked about severance or unemployment they shrugged me off and quickly dismissed me. So, I still have no idea what is happening in those regards.
Setting aside the heartache of the Jets/Steelers game, this former employee gives an even more screwed up account of how things were done, including am embargo from Marvel after Wizard published a collection of Marvel comics — without Marvel’s permission.
When Marvel asked them about they simply refused the calls and never paid them a cent. Once I heard this I realized that these people did not give a shit about anyone or anything. I was never given any numbers on how the magazine was doing but I am sure they have been consistent in the sales as they are a very niche magazine.
According to this staffer, Wizard owner Gareb Shamus has given up on GeekChicDaily, the daily newsletter formed as a joint venture by Wizard and Peter Guber. Some employees remain on staff to run the new web magazine, but the new format hasn’t been decided on.