I’ll get right to the point: Meg and I have decided that this will be our final year publishing Anthology.
Since the magazine is a very personal project, it doesn’t seem right to simply make this announcement without providing a bit of history …
In early 2010, I posted on Facebook that I was considering starting a magazine. At the time, several of my favorite publications had recently closed and, increasingly, I found myself walking away from newsstands empty handed—and disheartened. It turns out, I wasn’t the only one feeling this way: Meg responded to my post suggesting we talk.
Like me, she also refused to believe that print was dead. During our discussions, we realized that we shared a vision for our ideal magazine. Most importantly, it should be about the narrative—the story of homeowners and makers, their spaces and objects. With our combined backgrounds in design and writing, we thought we had the perspective to make it work. We contacted talented photographers, writers, stylists, and graphic designers we knew to gauge their interest. Soon, we had our first photo shoot lined up: a lovely home in Venice, California. Once that was scheduled, I remember saying to Meg, I guess we’re really doing this!
Days before we officially announced our existence, I worried about what the reception would be to our grassroots effort, an independently published magazine. Since we used our very small marketing budget to create a short promotional stop-motion video, we relied on bloggers (thank you!) to show the film and spread the word about the magazine. And I can’t even describe the thrill of seeing the orders come in—the validation that there were others out there who still valued print and the importance of longer form storytelling. And we continue to be grateful for every single reader.
Last spring, we started thinking about the future of Anthology, what we had accomplished as well as what we thought we could still accomplish. We felt like we achieved our main goal: to create a visually exciting magazine that told meaningful stories about people and places. And it found an audience! We grew to distribute the magazine around the world, from the Bay Area to Beirut. There are so many folks whose work we admire, who we had a chance to connect with for the magazine and whose stories we were fortunate enough to chronicle. (Among the biggest pinch-me moments was Todd Oldham photographing Amy Sedaris for Issue No. 7.)
Meg and I concluded that a five-year run for the magazine felt right. So Anthology will be in print for four more issues: Issue No. 18/Winter 2015 (which will be released toward the end of this month), Issue No. 19/Spring 2015, Issue No. 20/Summer 2015, and Issue No. 21/Fall 2015. The Fall 2015 issue, which comes out in late October, will be our last one.
Rest assured that we’re working hard on the shoots and stories for the remaining issues. We’re excited about the content we’ve got lined up for all of them. We’ve already wrapped Issue No. 18, which is our color-themed edition, and we cannot wait to share it with you. (We’ll have a preview available on the site in a couple of weeks.) In our final year, we’ll deliver the same quality content and visuals you’ve come expect. We’re aiming to go out on a high note!
If you’re a subscriber, you’ll still receive all four issues in your subscription. Once your subscription expires, though, there won’t be an option to purchase a new one. For example: If your subscription ends with Issue No. 18/Winter 2015 and you would like to buy the remaining 2015 issues, please visit one of our stockists. (To make things easier, we’ve added asterisks next to the stores that sell the magazine online.) We don’t currently have plans to offer single-issue sales on our site or pro-rated subscriptions. But should that change, we’ll definitely post something here, as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter account.
We’ll continue to share our favorite things on the blog through the end of the year. And we’ll still be on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
We’d like to thank all of our collaborators, readers, sponsors, and followers for supporting Anthology over the years. Meg and I have learned so much about publishing—most of it by trial and error—and we truly appreciate the important part you played in this incredible experience. As we enter a new year, we’re filled with gratitude as well as excitement for what’s still to come.