Whatever happened to Icon Magazine, that high-end glossy FHM for gay and bisexual guys? I have bought several issues of this promising magazine and I find the contained articles very thoughtful, the layout professionally done, and the boys just plain yummy, without delving into sleaze. (I'm still drooling over the close-up shots of skinhead cutie Paolo Cabalfin in the second issue. And Mark San Diego's photoshoot.)
It seems that the last issue was the May-June 2007 issue that had a smorgasbord of guys on the cover. After that, I haven't heard of any further issues. Even their website (http://www.iconmag.com.ph) isn't working anymore.
Is this symptomatic of a larger problem in the gay publishing industry? Can't they sustain their production costs (like, the talent fees of the models might be too much for them)? Is the pink peso not strong enough? Or do we just want the nudity that other more risque magazines have to offer?