I may have to cut back on how frequent paper and twine comes out. I usually do an issue twice a month (every other week), but I didn’t think I would be blowing through black ink so rapidly. I just bought a [black] cartridge a couple weeks back for the last issue and I ran out completely on this issue. It seems like I should have more ink, I buy recycled cartridges but I don’t think they skimp on the amount of ink – at least I hope not. I could charge for the zine, but honestly I don’t think anyone would buy it. It has a few readers who check out the .pdf’s online (each one has over 100 views which is tight, thanks) I post and at the cafes each time I go back to bring in new issues all the past ones are gone, at one location the owner said they are usually all (5 per shop, is usually print 30) gone by the days end or the next day. But the thought of charging for a zine seems strange; I want this publication to be free and accessible. The last thing I want to do is stop paper and twine completely, so to save myself some money I may start doing each issue once a month instead of twice.
The main goal of this publication is to try and capture the focused and unfocused minds of technology users. That is why in every issue of paper and twine you will find links to different blogs, sites, and other online media. But there are also articles written by me and submitted by others (like you possibly). paper and twine is an interactive zine (yes you can interact with something that isn’t powered by electricity or is flesh and bones). What makes it interactive it that some of the articles and information I find for p & t has a url where more info on what you have just seen or read can be found. And have you ever noticed how the last page has a doodles? and notes? section, they are there for just that - I want the reader to doodle in the back or take notes on what they just read or notes on something completely unrelated. It was the whole reason behind the question marks at the end of each word because the zine is there as a different form of interaction and it wonders will someone put doodles here or will someone put some notes here?
We hope you do.
issue 6 - 3.13.11
This week (the 7th) I received an email that I had finally received a pen pal [a few weeks back I signed up for loveallbeings.org the sites goal is to connect people to help eliminate animal oppression as well as human in my opinion]. Her name is Ingrid, she is 22 spends most of her time baking/cooking, drawing comics, playing in her folk band and through the weekdays she in an English teacher, in Japan. I received this email on the 9th (of March) and as we now know the tsunami greeted Japan with its natural destruction 2 days later on the 11th (today). I e-mailed the founder of the program Jenna McDavid and asked was there any thing I could do, she’s going to try and get in contact with Ingrid for me to see if there is a way I could help, but most of all see if she is ok. I haven’t had a chance to make any type of communication with Ingrid, I know nothing more about her than those details I listed above, but it doesn’t make me want to help any less. The videos and photos from what the water is doing to that country barely puts it into a real perspective, I’ve never experienced anything close to that – thankfully. Her location is near Kochi-ken which is on the east coast of Japan where the mass force of the tsunami was felt. I’m not a believer in Jesus or a God being able to save the people over there (or anywhere), but I do believe in Kami – and I hope that good energy comes her way and to those she knows and to everyone in Japan (and areas receiving collateral damage) or with family/friends there. [to those gone peace to you]
DONATE to JAPAN - globalgiving.org
With the release of issue 2 of Aged available now from our store.
you can now view our past issues including the latest one free now. We would love you to still buy the zine as a physical zine is so much more better than a electronic version.
Open publication - Issue 2
Open publication - Issue 1
If you are waiting on issues of P&T I just need to buy stamps, the envelopes are just missing that little (but oh so important) detail. Thanks.