Timeline of Fanart

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Pre-internet

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See History of Fanart, Zine Art and Sharing Fanart.

1989

  • June: Artforum, a multifandom zine focusing on discussion and advice about fanart is launched.

1992

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

  • September 10: Pixiv beta version launched.
  • The launch of Yuletart.

2009

2010

2011

  • The great migration to Tumblr.

2013

  • Amino is created, predominantly attracting teen fanartists.
  • May: SheezyArt closes down "temporarily", administrators planning to rebuild the site, but in the end it never reopened.

2016

  • y!Gallery goes offline due to hacking, thousands of fanarts disappear.
  • Elfwood goes offline, 32,000+ fanarts disappear.
  • September: Nabyn art community shut down by owner.

2017

2018

  • August 30: Writscrib shuts down due to "not enough interest or revenue".
  • December: Tumblr bans NSFW photos/illustrations; artists leave the site in droves. (See Tumblr NSFW Content Purge.) Twitter, Instagram, Mastodon and Pillowfort attract some of the migrating Tumblr artists, but there's fandom-wide discussion about the lack of a proper alternative.