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  1. Men’s Health‘s Next “Ultimate Guy” May Be a Trans Man

    Hot. Fit. Brave. Sign me up.

    Men's Health Magazine (or rather, their readers) may be on the verge of getting something right for a change. Fitness pro, Aydian Ethan Dowling, is ahead in the online vote for Men's Health's Ultimate Guy contest - with a grand prize of being on the cover of the magazine. This is all the more awesome, because Dowling is a trans man.

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  2. The End Is Nigh! SkyMall Has Filed For Bankruptcy

    Hide your Insta Slim Compression Shirts, hide your Kitty Washroom Cabinets - SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy.

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  3. Disney Continues Their Series Of Magazine Covers With Princes

    For a whole new world, turn to page 13!

    Remember last year when Disney's blog, Oh My Disney, put out an awesome collection to photoshops with all the Princesses on the covers of various fashion magazines? This year they're doing the same thing, but with male characters instead. Now if only they'd actually write some of the articles they're advertising in each cover's copy—I do want to hear Aladdin open up about his street rat days!

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  4. Think You Can Write About RPGs For Gygax Magazine? Here’s How To Prove It

    How many hit points does an ettin have? About 65 (in 3rd Edition) or 222 (in 4th), but the one on the cover of the first issue of Gygax magazine doesn't much care. If you're a gamer or fan of RPGs, you may have heard of this new magazine meant for gamers of all stripes -- and the spiritual successor to Kobold Quarterly. The first issue Gygax launched last month, went digital just over a week ago, but now the Gygax magazine website has relaunched with new info and submission guidelines. That's right, if you'd like to write for this old-yet-new-school gaming magazine, now you can.

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  5. Internet Archive Has a Bunch of Dragon Magazine Scans, But Maybe Not for Long

    This is terrific news for Dungeons & Dragons geeks, but I'm also wondering if it's going to last. Copyright can be a dastardly thing, after all. To be filed under Too Good To Be True, the Internet Archive has posted up FREE scans of a massive number of Dragon magazine print issues and then some.

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  6. Nintendo Force Magazine Launching Despite Failure of Nintendo Power

    This month saw the end of Nintendo Power, a print magazine that covered the gaming company's news and goings-on since 1988. Frankly, I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did, but the death of Nintendo Power isn't going to stop Lucas M. Thomas. He and his team are launching Nintendo Force Magazine in January 2013 to pick up where Nintendo Power left off, and to hopefully not end up with the same fate.

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  7. Entertainment Weekly Ad Includes Embedded Smartphone, Embraces Digital Age in a Weird Way

    What our magazines clearly need are more odd stunts that splice the technology of today with the archaic print model. That's obviously what Entertainment Weekly thought when they embedded a functional smartphone into their October 5th issue. The magazine includes an ad that shows live tweets from the @CW_network Twitter as well as clips of two shows from the network, The Arrow and Emily Owens, M.D. Turns out this digital tomfoolery required the base mechanics of an Android smartphone.

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  8. Report: Nintendo Power Will Cease Publication

    In case you hadn't noticed, the magazine industry isn't doing so hot. That's especially true for gaming magazines. Sure, Game Informer managed to move into the third most popular magazine in the United States, but there isn't another single one in the top 25. As times get tough, magazines that just can't cut it anymore close shop. That is allegedly what is happening to Nintendo Power, as Ars Technica is reporting that it will cease publication.

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  9. GamePro Magazine and Website Shutting Down

    Sad day for gaming and print publishing in general, as parent company IDG decided to shut down venerable gaming rag GamePro and its corresponding website. Though an issue of GamePro was many gamer's first gaming publication -- including mine, specifically the January 1995 issue shown to the left -- IDG cites not pulling in enough ad revenue as the reason for shuttering the magazine and website. The November issue of GamePro will be its last, and starting December 5, will point to

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  10. To This Baby, a Magazine is a Broken iPad. This Holds Significance

    Submitted for your approval, a child introduced to the iPad at a young age, exposed to its various delights of  light and sound, unable to comprehend a magazine. The video shows that this 1-year-old baby, after being introduced to an iPad, has become trained by its (admittedly elegant) user interface to repeatedly try and use a glossy magazine the same way. Needless to say, it doesn't work.

    Of course, on one level this is cute, but on another, it could speak to the incredibly powerful way the technological innovations of the past 15 years or so will affect the next generation of human beings. We have generally thought of technology as being something hard to grasp and hard to teach, but this video seems to illustrate that that has fundamentally changed. Forever. Of course, as terrifyingly poetic as that explanation may seem, there's way more to it than that.

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  11. Google's Print Magazine Arrives In The US, But Not For Everyone

    Google has released the first US edition of its marketing magazine Think Quarterly. Print copies of the magazine will be sent to a limited number of businesspeople and executives through the mail. If you aren't lucky enough to be on Google's mailing list, never fear, you too can browse through the magazine, you'll just have to settle for the online version. The print edition is apparently pretty luxurious with a magnetic cover, heat-sensitive end paper, and a blue ribbon fastener. The magazine is essentially a very pretty advertisement for how wonderful Google is, with a feature story highlighting the positive work done at Google. In addition to several pages dominated by advertising executives, the magazine also has several essays on the future of the Internet and society.

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  12. Report: Wizard Magazine Shuttered, Effective Immediately. UPDATE: Toyfare Too

    Often considered the go-to source for comic book news for the last two decades, Wizard Magazine is rumored to be shutting down its print operation effective immediately. First reported by Rich Johnston, a veteran reporter with Bleeding Cool News, the rumors of Wizard's shut down were swiftly followed by a press release from Wizard World, Wizard's parent company, announcing the creation of a new online-only publication. From the press release:

    Wizard World plans to launch in February 2011 an all-new digital magazine called ‘Wizard World’ that will appeal to pop-culture fans, the same audience to which Mr. Shamus has catered to, for over 20 years. Wizard World digital magazine will provide coverage of the world of comic books, toys and superheroes, and the personalities behind them.
    Wizard's website and comic conventions appear to be unaffected. With Wizard's passing goes the last print publication covering the comic book industry. Much of that coverage has since moved on-line, and other traditional news outlets like the New York Times have begun paying closer attention to comic books, which may be a contributing factor in Wizard's demise. However, the fact that print coverage of the industry is apparently unsustainable may have more serious implications for comic book publishers which still rely on print products. Update: Newsarama is now reporting that Toyfare will also be shutting down. This has been confirmed in an email from Wizard World PR, stating:
    Wizard Entertainment is ceasing publication of the print magazines Wizard and ToyFare.  Wizard World, Inc. will begin production of the online publication “Wizard World” beginning in February.   We feel this will allow us to reach an even wider audience in a format that is increasingly popular and more readily accessible.
    (via Bleeding Cool News, Newsarama)

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  13. Chinese Tech Magazine Drops F-Bomb on Cover, Curses Out Major Chat Service

    Ah, the wonder of cultural differences. The front cover on today's China Computerworld (计算机世界) magazine issue certainly pulled no punches. Sensationally titled "'Dog-F**king' Tencent," the feature story is critique of the Internet giant which produces the Tencent QQ web portal and massively popular chat service. And that poor, scarf-wearing, puppy-eyed penguin bleeding profusely from knife wounds on the front cover? Why, who could that be but the adorable QQ mascot!

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  14. iPad’s Future Newsstand: Rethinking Magazine Covers For Digital Platforms

    The convergence of print and digital publishing models has been a topic of conversation in media circles for well over a decade, but the oft-discussed "cataclysmic shift" has mostly been hyperbole. Until now.

    With the imminent launch of Apple's iPad, and the numerous slick demos that have been revealed for any or all tablet versions in the last few months, that cataclysmic shift is upon us, and if there is any consensus in the publishing world, it's that it's all very much a work in progress.

    Case in point: what is the function of an magazine cover for an iPad?

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  15. Still Skeptical About the World of Warcraft Magazine

    Ars Technica has a post up today on the arrival of the first issue of the official World of Warcraft magazine. It's a favorable account of its 144 pages of art and articles covering the topics of line of sight and loot sharing; interviews with Blizzard's CEO; and a feature retrospective. It all sounds well and good, but here's why we're still skeptical:

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