I hope you’re all having a peaceful and manageable start to the new year. Just a quick word to let you know that Jared, Matt and I will be taking a short break from editorial on the site and social posting until March. We’re turning our attention to putting together an anthology publication to mark 10 years of AQNB, and with a decade of content to look through, it will be a big but worthwhile undertaking. Considering there’s been so much change to the landscapes of digital culture and publishing, we want to produce a comprehensive document of AQNB’s contribution to the scene since starting in 2012.
We’re also taking this opportunity to rethink how we continue to develop AQNB across our various channels. As you are most likely aware, our Instagram account was temporarily deactivated (on two occasions, in fact) last year. With the platform being one that we—as well as others like us who’ve faced similar issues—have come to rely on so much for reaching our audience, we feel it’s time to reconsider how we operate in this changing media environment. We’d like to continue to grow our community and find ways to be more directly engaged with you all. So, while we’ll be temporarily quiet on socials and the site, we’ll be keeping in touch, maintaining posts on Patreon and via our new Discord server, which we launched for subscribers last week.
Access to the server will be available via this public link for a limited time, after which it will be available to Patreon subscribers only. One of the things I’ve come to recognise in the last decade is that AQNB has been and continues to be an amazing resource for sharing ideas and promoting collaboration between artists and disciplines. We hope to build our Discord server into a more dynamic and direct space for communication and interaction, while ensuring the future of the site, which relies on Patreon income to keep it online. We’ll also be trialing new exclusives for our subscribers such as articles, digital works and limited edition merch in the meantime.
The original visuals for this announcement were commissioned by AQNB and produced by one of our favourite practitioners, fellow Instagram-deactivated digital artist JingXin Wang.
We appreciate the continued support and look forward to seeing you on the server.
Steph K & the AQNB team**