No sooner do I wonder what's happening with all the ex-Highbury magazines and why Imagine's being so quiet than messages start to come out: I'm guessing everyone was under orders to keep quiet until now.
Only a couple of magazines so far have confirmed their existence, but I'm sure more will be emerging into the light in the coming days. Looks like the first new issues will be coming out this month and next month. Anyway, here's a round-up of what we have so far:
gamesTM: Will continue, according to Imagine MD Damian Butt.
Web Designer: Will continue, according to emails sent out by the new team. Working on issues 116 and 117 right now. Former contributors are being approached. At least some of the old team are running it as well as, I'm told, the former editor of Web Developer (who might also be editor of Web Developer, but I've no information about that title at the moment). The new contact email address for the mag is email@example.com
Advanced Photoshop: The receptionist at Imagine says the mag will be back.
Web Developer: Ditto
Digital Creative Arts: Ditto
iCreate: Will be coming back and former contributors are being approached. Further details are available in this Mac Creative forum thread.
Anyway, that's six titles out of 24, so there's some way to go before we know the fates of all the mags. But I've had an idea. Seeing as
- there's a bunch of people at Imagine who come to visit this blog every so often (yes, I can see you) and who are presumably in need of content quickly
- plenty of former Highbury Entertainment freelances come here, wanting to know whom to approach about contributing articles
- plenty of subscribers to the magazines come here, too, wanting to know what's happened to their favourite mags
- Imagine's Flash-based website is probably a bugger to update and is none too compatible with search engine indexing
why don't the new Imagine teams leave their magazines' contact details here in the comments section, along with any information about their respective mags that they want subscribers to know? Alternatively, they can email me. In both case, I'll add a blog entry with the appropriate details so that the information's obvious and clear. That's probably the quickest way to get word out to contribs old and new, as well as subscribers, don't you think? Let me know if you agree or disagree.
And if SMD feel like doing the same, that's just dandy: I'm already getting lots of people asking me for their contact details and BT.com doesn't yet have a number for them.