Tim Leong, in discussing Comic Foundry, the new comics magazine that debuted recently, often refers to it as functioning as a middle ground "between Wizard and The Comics Journal," and after reading the first issue, I think Leong is dead on. It is not as good as The Comics Journal, but it is MUCH better than a typical issue of Wizard.
Really, Wizard, or at least the current set-up of Wizard, pretty much describes how Comic Foundry looks, but that should not be surprising, as Wizard has, of late, made their magazine look more and more like a standard Blender/Entertainment Weekly type magazine, and Comic Foundry follows suit.
The big difference is that Wizard mostly just talks about popular DC and Marvel comics (while allowing for some indie stuff), while Comic Foundry seems to embrace the role of pushing independent works, which was quite fun.
As a whole, it was basically just disposable fun, but it WAS fun, which I thought was a real treat.
The highlights for me was an article about the making of The Judas Contract, with some great quotes from Marv Wolfman (I've already used it for an Urban Legends installment!) and a piece where a sex therapist talks about what your comic tastes say about you, including a rather long response to the Heroes for Hire #13 cover, where the therapist actually seems to sorta defend it, but it doesn't appear as though she really knows what the point of the cover is, as she doesn't even MENTION the tentacles! Awhile back, I mentioned how it is funny how you basically need to know about tentacle porn to get why the cover is offensive, and the sex therapist basically demonstrates that, as she doesn't seem to get why people are so put off by the cover.
I was also impressed by all the cool people they had do quick bits, from Bryan O'Malley to Brian Wood to Darick Robertson to Michael Kupperman, they hit all the bases!
And there were some interesting fashion bits, like showing "geek" outfits, as well as showing models acting out famous scenes from various graphic novels. It was certainly....interesting.
Anyhow, all in all, Comic Foundry #1 was like reading an issue of Wizard only, you know, good.