See The Fortune 500 Magazine Cover That Was Too Brutally Honest To Run

See The Fortune 500 Magazine Cover That Was Too Brutally Honest To Run

Fortune magazine commissioned artist Chris Ware to design a cover for their 2010 Fortune 500 issue, so he did. Unfortunately, what he delivered was a detailed, funny, and biting commentary on the current state of our economy–with banker types dancing on the top of mega-buildings that spell out “500,” a factory in Mexico churning out big box merchandise, and a “401k cemetary.” Fortune rejected it, but hasn’t provided any comment on why. Well, okay, it’s probably self-evident why they killed it, but it’s still funny. [More]

Why Should I Subscribe To Your Magazine If It's Free With Fewer Ads Online?

Why Should I Subscribe To Your Magazine If It's Free With Fewer Ads Online?

Here is the question that plagues the magazine industry at the moment. Reader Danielle likes Real Simple magazine and is a subscriber. However, there are so many ads in it that it’s ruining the experience for her. To make matters worse, the entire magazine is on their website… with fewer ads. So why should she subscribe? [More]

Print Edition Of TV Guide Tells Me To Go Online To Read Most Of Cover Story

Print Edition Of TV Guide Tells Me To Go Online To Read Most Of Cover Story

Scott bought a copy of TV Guide — yes, apparently that still exists — because he was intrigued by the TV’s Top 50 Families story. He was dismayed to page through the magazine and discover the list stopped at 20. The article prompted him to go online to discover the remaining 30 families on the list. [More]

Magazines Admit: We Have No #*&%ing Clue What To Do With iPad

Magazines Admit: We Have No #*&%ing Clue What To Do With iPad

While many media outlets were heralding today’s news that magazine giant Condé Nast plans to bring five of its biggest selling titles to Apple’s new iPad tablet thingy, if you actually read what the Condé memo says, it becomes apparent that they really have no idea what they’re dealing with. [More]

Hey Companies, Little Kids Are Not An Acceptable Sales Force

Hey Companies, Little Kids Are Not An Acceptable Sales Force

Dale writes to us that his two kids came home tasked with a lame magazine subscription assignment on behalf of a classroom magazine called Weekly Reader. It’s a little sleazy to use kids to pry cash out of the pockets of relatives and friends, and I hold that opinion as both a kid who has had to do it and an adult who has received the manipulative “please help my school!” plea in the mail. [More]

Demi Moore's Hipflesh Reappears, Is Angry At The Internet

Demi Moore's Hipflesh Reappears, Is Angry At The Internet

Here’s how you solve all of your PR problems. Send threatening legal letters to the internet. It always works. [More]

Men's Health Plagiarizes Their Own Cover (On Purpose)

Men's Health Plagiarizes Their Own Cover (On Purpose)

Men’s Health was recently busted for reusing an old cover almost word for word. Now Men’s Health Editor-in- Chief David Zinczenko is telling the NY Post that it wasn’t a mistake, it’s part of a secret awesome branding strategy. [More]

Fashion Photographer Offers $5,000 Reward For Demi Moore's Hip

Fashion Photographer Offers $5,000 Reward For Demi Moore's Hip

Demi Moore and W cover photographer Anthony Citrano disagree about whether the infamous picture of Moore was modified to Photoshop out a chunk of her hip. They took their argument to the court of public opinion: Twitter.

Somewhere, Out There, A Piece Of Demi Moore's Hip Is Looking For Its Home

Somewhere, Out There, A Piece Of Demi Moore's Hip Is Looking For Its Home

Since you all were so fond of the photoshop horror that was that one Ralph Lauren ad, we bring you the latest tragedy from BoingBoing. Demi Moore is on the cover of W this month. Well, most of her is.

Time Names 50 Best Inventions Of '09

Time Names 50 Best Inventions Of '09

Time Magazine selected the 50 best inventions of 2009. Topping the list are NASA’s Ares rockets, which take us one step closer to a Jetsons-like world of planet-hopping joy:

Chris Walters On BBC Tomorrow

Chris Walters On BBC Tomorrow

Consumerist’s Chris Walters is slated to be a live guest on the BBC’s “World News Today” tomorrow morning at 7:30 am Eastern, shown on the BBC America and BBC World News cable channels. He’ll be talking about those talking ads in the Sept 18 issue of Entertainment Weekly which combine singing greeting card technology with tiny LCD screens. Set your DVRs, and bust out the tea and crumpets.

Nick And Nick Jr. Magazines Fold; Subscribers To Receive Refunds

Nick And Nick Jr. Magazines Fold; Subscribers To Receive Refunds

Earlier this month, Nick and Nick Jr. magazines announced that they’re shutting down. Reports vary—either they will continue publishing until the end of the year, or there will be one big final issue in August.

You Like Video Games? Clearly, You Also Like Scantily Clad Women

You Like Video Games? Clearly, You Also Like Scantily Clad Women

Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine shut down earlier this year, leaving many disappointed fans. It’s what has happened to subscribers in the wake of the magazine’s death, however, that is problematic.

Don't Buy Your Magazines From Door-To-Door Salesmen This Summer

Don't Buy Your Magazines From Door-To-Door Salesmen This Summer

A couple of years ago, the New York Times did a piece on the poor treatment of teens hired to travel the country and sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door, but they’re not the only ones getting the raw end of the deal.

Shrink Ray Turned On Latest Issue Of GOOD Magazine

Shrink Ray Turned On Latest Issue Of GOOD Magazine

The latest issue of GOOD magazine, which arrived in our mailbox yesterday, seems to be equal parts tongue-in-cheek and an actual attempt to save money on printing. To be honest, it’s the first time we ever made it entirely through a magazine in one sitting, so in that sense we kind of like the new format, even if it’s just for one issue. Of note: if your resume sucks, you can enter it in their resume-makeover contest.

Outside Magazine Will Send Your Free 2009 Calendar When It's In The Discount Bin

Outside Magazine Will Send Your Free 2009 Calendar When It's In The Discount Bin

Outside Magazine offered Tracey two free 2009 Calendars if she signed up for an annual subscription early last December. She thought her dad would enjoy the magazine and the calendar, so she accepted. Now it’s March and there’s still no calendar, and Tracey says every time she calls to complain, they tell her they’ll send it. In the meantime, her dad still has no idea what day it is.

Free Subscription Offer From Stonyfield Farm Will Cost You Money

Free Subscription Offer From Stonyfield Farm Will Cost You Money

Someone needs to explain to Stonyfield Farm that free usually means that you don’t have to pay any money for the item in question. Especially in a case like this, where you’re already having to send in multiple proofs of purchase to prove you’ve “earned” the “free” item. What you find when you peel back the foil lid is some fine print that explains you also have to pay $2 for this free offer. SLR, who sent in this tip, adds, “I wrote to them via their web site asking what part of free don’t they understand, but received no reply.”

Sorry Our Magazine Went Under. Enjoy This Subscription To Star Magazine!

Sorry Our Magazine Went Under. Enjoy This Subscription To Star Magazine!

Lost amid the holiday cheer last week was the third collapse of Gawker’s favorite punching bag, Radar Magazine. We have no opinion on the magazine’s failure, but one of our readers has beef with Radar‘s proposal to fill remaining subscriptions.