Since Issue #1 I have collected and enjoyed the Official Stargate Magazine by Titan Magazines. It started by servicing SG-1 fans, then it added Atlantis and then Universe. Now, having reached 36 issues, the Magazine is closing down.
You may be wondering why no one else seems to be reporting on this, or why Titan’s website for their Stargate Magazine doesn’t mention that the end is near, and was still advertising the release of issue #34 back in May. I’ve been wondering the same thing! In fact, the only place I can find any mention of this is at the back of the latest issue! However, if you have a subscription you might have gotten a phone call, like I did, informing you that your subscription was about to end but so is the magazine, so you can’t renew it!
This came as a shock to me, and yet the more I think about it the more it makes sense. First, with the economy, many people probably ended their subscriptions to save money. Secondly, there’s the fact that the magazine started out as an SG-1 magazine. When SG-1 went off the air and Atlantis became the sole arm of the franchise, the magazine’s coverage focused more and more exclusively on Atlantis, probably loosing them many fans who didn’t fall in love with Atlantis so readily. When Atlantis ended, SGU took over the magazine’s focus, probably loosing them more subscriptions still. At an all time low and probably not gaining many subscriptions, it should probably come as no surprise that the magazine has ended it’s run.
However, I believe the magazine still has a vital roll to play in the continuation of the Stargate franchise. It does provide exclusive interviews from actors and the production team, and stories about how the show is/was produced, from costumes to visual effects. Perhaps most importantly, the magazine publishes short fiction stories based on SG-1 and Atlantis by the same author’s as the Fandemonium novels. These provide fans who haven’t yet experienced those wonderful books to get a taste and hopefully go looking for more.
Though the latest issue of the bi-monthly magazine spans July and August, the last issue will be coming out at the end of August, and will have a boatload of interviews. Still, no explanation is given as to why the magazine is ending. I’d like to take this opportunity to issue a Call to Arms. If you have enjoyed the Stargate magazine as it has followed the three wings of the franchise, write Titan Magazine and tell them that you do not want to see it come to an end. If you don’t have a subscription, buy issue 35, in stores now, then purchase issue 36, and while you’re waiting for 36, write to Titan! Their contact information can be found here, and the best contact to focus on would likely be their marketing/PR staff member, Ricky Claydon. Support the magazine, and by doing so, support the Stargate franchise!