No collective meeting on New Year’s eve

Written By: drawmedy Published: Dec 31st, 2012

Hi all – there will be no collective meeting tonight (12/31/12).  Happy New Year!

(Image from Eric Arcia of Monkey Wrench Tattoo via http://icecoldzine.blogspot.com)


Papercut Opens Early on Sunday for a Bake Sale!

Written By: kimberly Published: Dec 19th, 2012

This Sunday, come by the library between noon and 7 for a very special bake sale!

This would be a great stop in between your last minute holiday shopping, or simply a reason to leave the house on a lazy Sunday ;)

Free coffee for folks with yearly membership cards, and perhaps some other DEALS for new members…

http:// www.papercutzinelibrary.com/
http://www,papercutzinelibrary.tumblr.com/
papercut@riseup.net /// 617-871-ZINE

RSVP here!


Mail Art Zine Release and Maker Meetup

Written By: drawmedy Published: Dec 2nd, 2012

This December we’ll be celebrating the release of a new mail art zine by PZL friend Marissa Falco, and creating some radical postal creations of our own.

Originally conceived as a means for teaching young mail-art makers about the rules of the post office, the Parcel Ghost quickly took on an afterlife of his own. In the Parcel Ghost’s Guide to Post, the friendly spirit (who used to work for the post office when he was alive) shares his knowledge about mail practices and particulars, and tells some stories about his adventures and mail he’s sent and received.

Check out the new zine and join us for a mail art meetup — we will have inspiration, resources, and supplies on hand.  Here are some resources to get you thinking about mail art.

P.S.  Here’s the Facebook event.


Sara Marcus Reading this Friday, 11/23!

Written By: kimberly Published: Nov 20th, 2012

As part of the GIRLS ROCK CAMP ALLIANCE 50 SHOWS/50 STATES drive this November, GIRLS ROCK CAMPAIGN BOSTON is delighted to have SARA MARCUS, author of “Girls to the Front” for a GRCB reading/fundraiser event!

Friday, Nov. 23rd 4-6 p.m.
Lorem Ipsum Books/Papercut Zine Library
1299 Cambridge St., Cambridge Mass

Suggested Donation: $12

SARA MARCUS has written about music, books, and politics for numerous publications, including Bookforum, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Artforum.com, Slate, Salon, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out New York, The Forward, and Heeb magazine, where she was politics editor for five years. Her poetry has appeared in Death, Encyclopedia, EOAGH, Tantalum, and The Art of Touring. She’s taught at girls’ rock camps in Portland and New York, and played drums and keyboards “in a long string of relatively short-lived bands, and I continue to instigate communal, de-skilled music making whenever possible.” Website:http://www.girlstothefront.com/ Tumblr: http://saramarcus.tumblr.com/

If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to: http://www.girlsrockcampalliance.org/

To learn more about Girls Rock Camp Boston: http://girlsrockboston.org/

Papercut will be open with a number of our favorite Riot Grrrl and related zines on display to browse during the event, so be sure to check us out while you are there! We will also have a few copies of the zines made by Girls Rock Campers in 2010 and 2011 during Papercut’s workshops.

(Facebook event here)


New Membership Cards Are IN! Renew Today.

Written By: kimberly Published: Nov 12th, 2012

Thanks so much to Brian Connolly, who does the Nothing Mattress comic, for designing the new cards :)


November Zine Making Meetup: Harvest Time!

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Oct 30th, 2012

Friday, November 16th 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Time for another monthly zine meet up!  This fall we’ve collected lots of awesome recipes at local farmer’s markets – we’re going to put together a great zine but we want to give you a chance to put in your two lima beans first. Bring your recipes, food stories, harvest vibes, etc… we’ll have all the usual zine making stuff on hand. See you then!

RSVP to the facebook event here.


Closed today!

Written By: kimberly Published: Oct 29th, 2012

Due to hurricane Sandy, Lorem Ipsum and Papercut will both be closed today! Sorry for the inconvenience, see ya’ll Friday for our regular hours.


Recap of our benefit show last Friday

Written By: kimberly Published: Oct 15th, 2012

Photo by Larry Wentworth, http://www.larrywentworth.com/

I’d like to thank all the bands as well as everybody who attended our benefit show this past Friday! It was an amazing event — all of the bands sounded great and the turnout could not have been better. After helping the bands out with gas money, the show ended up raising over $500 for the Zine Library!

*For those who couldn’t attend, here’s where you can check out the bands:

Shook Ones, Tigers Jaw, Save Ends, Maura


PoC Zine Project, MICE, and Museums: An event roundup

Written By: drawmedy Published: Oct 14th, 2012

The past few weeks we’ve had the awesome opportunity to partner with several projects, institutions, and events.  Here is a quick roundup of what we’ve been up to.  We would love to hear what other partnerships you’d like to see us pursue!

First up:  On Sept. 15th we were psyched to partner with the PoC Zine Project and Alana Kumbier at Wellesley College for a fundraiser to support the Race Riot Tour. The PoCZP’s mission is to “make it easier for POC zine fans and their supporters to find a diverse selection of zines made by POC.”  We were able to raise gas money to support the tour, feature zines made by local zinesters of color, and will feature an exhibit of PoC zines at the end of the tour.  These folks are doing really important work – here’s how YOU can support the Race Riot tour RIGHT NOW.

Next, we partnered with the Boston Comics Roundtable to put on a panel discussion with local comics artists and zinesters in advance of this year’s Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE).  The theme of the panel was the intersections between indie comics and zines.  Brian Connolly, Alizeé de Pin, Chelsea Dirck, Lily Richeson, and Marissa Falco discussed zine aesthetics, the difference between zine fairs and comic fests, swapping culture and more.  

And last but not least, last week we partnered with the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum for a day-long drop in workshop putting zines in conversation with archival materials from the museum’s collection. Here were some of our prompts:

1.
Personal Zines are one of the largest category at the Papercut Zine Library.  They often include voices that are not present, and whose stories are not frequently told, in mainstream print media. This might include anyone from young people, differently abled individuals, anarchists, people of color, to urban substitute teachers.  Isabella Gardner’s diaries document the voice of an educated and influential woman at a time when women’s voices were not frequently recorded.  These forms of ephemeral print media (zines, diaries) become part of history when we recognize that they give us access to voices we might not find in books and newspapers.

If you were to create a personal zine, what would you share? What would you want visitors to the Gardner Museum in 100 years to know about you?  What could you fit onto one page?

2.
Isabella Gardner used words and image in her travel journals to document and share her experiences in parts of the world few of her peers would ever see.  These travel zines share experiences of hidden places, beloved parts of hometowns, and personal journeys.

How would you describe your trip to the Gardner Museum to someone in another part of the country?  Another part of the world?  What would you draw and what words would you use to describe it?  What would you share about Boston or your home town that your readers might not know?

3.
Isabella Gardner had an eclectic circle of acquaintances including artists, politicians, world travelers, and writers.  She corresponded with them frequently, and her letters provide us with a glimpse into her thoughts, dialogues, and exchanges of ideas.  Zines often use the mail, and mail art, as a way to foster connection and expression through pen pals, political letter writing campaigns, or communication to spaces that can’t easily be physically accessed (such as prisons).

Make a piece of mail art to include in a zine.  Isabella Gardner often wrote to great thinkers of her time, or those she met while traveling.  Make a piece of mail to send to an artist or writer who has inspired you, someone in a country you might never visit, or a place in America you might never go.

Stay tuned for more posts sharing the zine we made through out partnership with the Union Square Farmer’s Market.  Whew!  Who else should we hook up with??

Benefit Show this Friday! +New Merch

Written By: kimberly Published: Oct 8th, 2012

Special thanks to Dustin (Disposable America)!
He designed a great poster for our benefit show on Friday and also made some new buttons which will be available at the show.

(Facebook Event Page)

Aaaaand our new buttons:

*Buttons will also be available by mailorder for any non-local Papercut fans & friends in the next few weeks.

Hope to see you all this weekend!


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