Variety Comics Closes

Variety Comics, the longest continuously operating comic store in Chicago, has announced that it will close on October 31 after 41 years in business. Everything in the store will be on sale during its last weeks.

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SFWA Issues Model Contracts

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have issued a new model magazine contract, based on existing magazine contracts as well as the needs of authors. The contracts team consisted primarily of Michael Capobianco, Jim Fiscus, and Ken Liu with feedback from John Joseph Adams, Michael Armstrong, Charles Coleman Finlay, Jeffrey Liss, and Jonathan Wall. They plan to release additional model contracts over the course of the next year.

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Lowder to Chaosium

James Lowder has announced that he has been retained as a Consulting Editor for the fiction line for the reconstituted company. Lowder will begin by figuring out the current state of Chaosium publishing contracts, rights, and obligations and will then help build the company’s new fiction line.
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Bergen Street Comics to Close

Bergen Street Comics, located in Brooklyn, NY for the past six years, has announced that they will be closing their doors next month. More details on the closing, as well as future plans, will be released in the next few days.

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On Spec Suspends Print Magazine

The Canadian science fiction magazine On Spec has announced that they will be suspending their print magazine, beginning with the delayed Spring 2015 issue. The magazine will still be available in a digital format, and they hope to relaunch the print magazine when funding allows. The decision was made in the aftermath of a second year in which On Spac did not receive funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Locus Change of Address

Locus has announced that they have moved. Although their PO Box is still the same and mail can (and should) be sent to them at PO Box 13305, Oakland CA 94661, their street address for any packages that can’t be delivered to a PO Box (and for couriers) is now 1933 Davis Street, Suite 295/297, San Leandro, CA 94577.

Obituary: Paul Bacon

Paul Bacon (b.1923) died on June 8. Bacon was a book jacket designer perhaps best known for the cover of Joeph Heller’s Catch-22 and Peter Benchley’s Jaws. Some of his genre works included the covers for Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Ellen Datlow’s Alien Sex, and Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain.

Obituary: Chuck Miller

Bookseller and publisher Chuck Miller (b.1953) died on May 24. Miller ran a used bookstore in Pennsylvania before teaming up with Tim Underwood to found the publishing company Underwood-Miller in 1976. The two published several books, beginning with a reprint of Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth before disbanding the company in 1994. Their final project was another reissue of The Dying Earth. They also published works by L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, and Philip K. Dick. Miller self-published the novel Blood of the Centipede in 2012.

Crisp Leaves Tor

Tor Editorial Director Julie Crisp has left Pan Macmillan to set up shop as a freelance editor, script doctor, and literary agent. Crisp served as a Senior Commissioning Editor for two years before becoming the Editorial Director in 2010. Her authors included China MiƩville, Amanda Hocking, Peter F Hamilton, and Anne Cleeves. In addition to her work at Tor, Crisp had also worked on crime novels for Pan Macmillan.
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Allison Announced Retirement

Susan Allison, who has served as editorial director for Berkley Publishing Group, including Ace Books, has announced her retirement effective July 1. Allison has been with the company for 33 years. She was made editor-in-chief in 1982 and a vice president in 1985. In 1990, Allison was the guest of honor at World Fantasy Con.