Thanks for your interest and yes, the print-only aspect is quite reasonable to inquire about!
The decision to be print-only is multifaceted, nostalgia playing a significant role. Zines were a way for me to feed my nearly insatiable desire to learn more about obscure music back in the day and I always wanted to make one. I did have a tripod webzine at that time, which was entertaining. While I know there are many and better blog-type options today, the physical experience of touching the object, like playing an LP, 7", cassette, or CD, is an interaction that matters to me. A print zine has a thingness () that is pretty thrilling for me these days. Existentially, I am never going to get any younger and doing those “someday” things has become much more important to me, particularly after my father’s passing a few years ago.
There are obviously some downsides, such as potentially reduced readership, as was mentioned. The expense of the purchase and shipping could certainly be a burden for some readers; I have curtailed much of my own spending and haven’t been splurging on tapes or modules for awhile now, so this is often on my mind. I don’t plan on letting these go out of print, so hopefully if one has to wait to weather the expense I can accommodate that.
I do think, for me, print-only is an inspiring limitation. I don’t own any graphic design or layout software, but I like the results I have gotten just the same. Ola’s drawings and illustrations are key to this aspect. While they would also look great online, the limitations on what I am able to do in print don’t feel limiting because I’m learning along the way. Her paintings are very colorful, but I am not printing in color. Thankfully, she likes working in pen and ink. That and two free typefaces, used responsibly (I hope), together with my interest and enthusiasm for the interviewees as people seems to be a good starting point. We have to start somewhere and in all honesty this humble endeavor has been very satisfying and thrilling for me. It is also great to collaborate with my partner, particularly on something we can sell at shows, which lends a nice context and helps with the inevitable expense of traveling to reach new audiences.
Lastly, zines provide a chance to take a break from this lovely internet!
Hope this ramble makes sense, it’s been a long day