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January 21, 2014

Missed It: Heavy Metal Bought; Magazine Leaving Print

Steve Sunu's brief report on a new direction for the Heavy Metal name and related publishing enterprise seems to hit all the required points: those involved, the way they're setting up the company as a kind of film-driven "brand," the fact that the model for this is Legendary, that Kevin Eastman remains involved as a minority owner over on the publishing end of things, that the magazine will eventually leave print publication -- or at least print-first publishing -- to focus on being an on-line quarterly.

It seems to me there are a lot of magazine-related, comics-oriented publishing brand names that are under-utilized right now, but maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part. It does seem odd that things like National Lampoon and Epic don't exist in some form ruthlessly trying out material for these secondary opportunities; then again, with all the publishing opportunities out there I'm not sure you have to publish them yourselves to get access to what you need if you're one of these movie-makers. Honestly, though, it's not something I know a lot about.
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