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What is Anvil?

Short answer? It’s the big metal dealie blacksmiths have used for generations to help forge their creations. (Look for it also as a common tool for reconfiguring the heads of cartoon characters. See Acme and/or Coyote, Wile E.)

For our purposes, Anvil is a monthly online magazine devoted to exploring a single subject -- sometimes poetic, sometimes profane -- from all angles.  We chose Anvil because like its namesake, our publication is a solid platform on which interesting, substantial pieces are hammered into shape. Since this is the very same goal our artists and writers strive for in each issue, it seemed like the perfect symbol. And, in any event, it was much better than Itchy Rash or Newsweek, which we also considered.

So wander around for a while and see what you find. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wish we had porn. But isn’t that the way life is? Also, unlike our competitors, we’ve had the lights on since 1996, so check out our archives. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s bad, except if it’s Abe Vigoda.

Let us know if you’d like to receive regular updates via email. Drop us a line, too, if you’re looking for innovative advertising opportunities. And if you've had an anvil drop on your head and you think you'd like to contribute, please contact us to get details on how to contribute. We’ll run it through our editorial gauntlet and if it’s good enough to make the cut, you’ll hear from us.

Assuming we haven't scared you away yet, here are the themes for upcoming issues in 2006:

January: bounce
February: ounce
March: connection
April: collection
May: invent
June: content
July: humor
August: rumor
September: push
October: bush
November: resent
December: present

Submissions are due on the 12th of the preceding month.  Please submit abstracts via our contact form. Thank you for your support, and don’t forget to tip the wait staff and visit our Anvil store!


Kent Lewis, Editor-in-Chief, is responsible for maintaining quality control and motivating his talented pool of writers and artists. Established in 1996, Anvil has been a mainstay for the Internet society elite. Don’t take our word for it, see what others are saying. If that’s not good enough, you can check out past coverage or our latest press release.