After the end of this year, you’ll never see Smoove B’s column in the newspaper again. That’s because The Onion announced Friday that it will cease its print edition in the last three cities on Dec. 12, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.
The satirical newspaper, established in Madison, Wisc., in 1988, has attained huge popularity through its web presence over the years, and at one point was running print editions in 17 markets. The Onion brand has spun out into numerousbooks and TV shows, as well as online video content and the popular, non-satirical AV Club pop culture website.
The editorial operations moved over the years from Madison to New York to Chicago, with the Madison edition closing earlier this year.
It was Madison where I first discovered the paper in the mid-’90s, when a friend who lived there showed it to me, I devoured the web edition throughout college and read the print edition in New York frequently when I lived there. It’s a sad end to an era, but the web is truly where the Onion has thrived, and I expect that to continue.