"It's with great regret that I have to announce that PiQ magazine has closed its doors. The July issue on newsstands right now is going to be the final one; we have already vacated the office. As a freelancer, you will be paid for any outstanding work I requested and you submitted, including that for the unpublished August issue. Thank you very much for all the hard work you've done for us. Hopefully we'll be able to work together again in the future."
Wow, call me naive but I didn't see that coming. Well I kind of knew, as did we all given the backlash at Newtype USA's closure that PiQ might be a mere stopgap, a way of stemming the inevitable for a few months but what does it say about ADV and their precarious state within the industry?
The thing is, I enjoyed working on the magazine: I got to write about Code Geass, Doctor Who, Torchwood and various other series. Indeed I seemed to be doing, thanks to my living in the UK, more on British sci fi than I've ever done here, mainly due to how helpful the American PRs were, particularly Devin at BBC America and Michelle at the Sci Fi Channel -they bent over backward to help me.
I'm sad there gone but I wonder, despite the lack of info, how long this has been on the cards? Things have been too quiet and yet it could equally have been an event that came out of the blue. At the end of the day, sadly, we freelancers are the last to know, which kind of reminds where we are in the pecking order. I honestly wish the editorial staff, particularly Kevin G and Scott all the best in whatever they do next and I hope to work with them again soon.