Just catching up with this thread. (1) Yes, if you signed up for a free sample issue on the ”Typographics” magazine site, or filled out a card and mailed it in, you will get the first issue free. A confirmation will be sent as soon as we have a firm pub date.
And (2) much of the content from the print edition will be online, for free. There will be some things in the magazine that won't work as well on the web (such as photo layouts). And vice versa (such as video.) And there will be some advantages for subscribers (patrons, as we're calling you) on the web site.
We're pushing along on this, and happy to tell you more if you get in touch directly.