In a farewell posted on their site yesterday afternoon, iFanboy confirmed that they will be ceasing all of their day-to-day reporting and blogging, and turning the site’s focus solely on their podcasting effort.
Taken from iFanboy.com – writers Jim Mroczkowski, Conor Kilpatrick, Jason Wood, Ron Richards, Molly McIsaac, Ali Colluccio, Chris Neseman, Josh Flanagan
iFanboy has been going for over 13 years, and moved from fan-run site to funded enterprise impressively quickly. The site was noted for having a conversational tone in articles, with writers including Chris Arrant, Jim Mroczkowski, Molly McIsaac and Paul Montgomery among the many who made a name for themselves there over the years.
The site was also well-known for having a tremendously loyal and vibrant fanbase, both in their forum and in their comments section. Many comic creators and critics took to Twitter to pay tribute to the site, including Declan Shalvey, Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton.
Earlier this year it was announced that co-founder Ron Richards had been hired by Image as their director of business development, followed by the news that the site would subsequently split with owners Graphicly. Writing on the site yesterday, fellow co-founder Conor Kilpatrick explained that the decision was made to take the strain off the site’s writing staff:
After five years spent running iFanboy.com as our primary jobs, we had to transition back to running iFanboy part time after Graphicly handed it back to us in February of this year, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to focus on everything we need to focus on in the manner that it deserves to be.
All old content will be locked and kept online for posterity. Although the website itself is going to cease daily operation, the regular podcasts will remain on the site. It’s well worth having a read through their farewell posts, which you can find here.