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An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. Kathy Zadrozny and Donovan Beeson are the dynamic duo behind 16 Sparrows. Their partnership led them to create the Letter Writers Alliance in 2007, out of their passion for the art of letter writing. Since then, their organization has been constantly expanding as they increase traffic to the post office.

image courtesy of Letter Writers Alliance

Please tell us about yourself and what you do.

We are a group for letter lovers, both new and old, with the mission to encourage mail art and letter writing. In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item and the Letter Writers Alliance is dedicated to preserving it. We offer membership to the L.W.A., which makes you privy to exclusive letter writing items and tools. We also host monthly letter socials that are open to all, which turns the solitary act of letter writing into a social event. By offering the use of typewriters and free stationery at these socials we hope we can get other people excited about letter writing. With this combination of online presence and in-person gatherings we strive to give people the tools to maintain the art of letter writing. At this moment we have over 3700 members and we continue to grow every day.


February 4, 2013 - Posted by David to Pen Pals Interviews

An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. Now a highly sought-after director and storyboard artist, Dan Fraga first entered into the scene honing his talents as a comic book artist. Join us as we take a look into his creative mind.

Please tell us about yourself and what you do.

My name is Dan Fraga. I am a director, sequence designer, doodler, and former comic book artist from Southern California. I write with pictures. I feel that everyday is an opportunity to better yourself and enrich other's lives around you.

The kind of work I do varies from project to project. In a nutshell, I'm hired for my imagination and ability to meet clients' needs. Those needs range from simple keyframe illustrations, sequence design all the way up to directing full seasons of television shows. The most recent show being The Ricky Gervais Show for HBO and sequence design for Hershey's commercials.

In my free time, (which is usually sitting on the couch with my wife, after the kids are in bed) I love to do what I call "couch doodles". They're sort of a combination of practice and mental unloading. It's a lot of fun and very gratifying.



An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. JetPens is pleased to invite Mark Frauenfelder into our segment. A jack of all trades, he is not only a highly esteemed editor and writer, but also a designer and illustrator, having designed Billy Idol's "Cyberpunk" CD cover. He lives in Los Angles with his wife, Carla Sinclair and his two DIY daughters, age 9 and 14.

Tell us about yourself and what you do.
My name is Mark Frauenfelder. I am the founder of Boing Boing, and the editor-in-chief of Make magazine. I am also a part-time illustrator, and I write books and articles for magazines.


An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. JetPens is honored to work with CW&T, the duo designers behind the beautifully minimal Pen Type-A. We caught up with the pair a few months ago for some insights into their pen in Part 1 of our interview. Having added some new features since then, CW&T joins us again for Part 2.

For anyone who may be unfamiliar with you, please tell us about yourself and what you do.
October 8, 2012 - Posted by David to Pen Pals Interviews

An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. JetPens is pleased to introduce one of our own, Enetupe Lelevaga Jr. A faithful employee of JetPens, Enetupe shares his musical passions in this intersection between pens and music.

Tell us about yourself and what you do.



My name is Enetupe Lelevaga Jr., also known as "Jr." or by my stage name: "SHBX-Jun3." I was born and raised in Samoa. Growing up, I was always surrounded by music. My whole family is into music, ranging from island music to hip hop to R&B, and we each play instruments, sing, or do both! We were born with the rhythm in us. By the time I was 12 to 13 years old, I had taken up after my dad by starting to play the drums, then learning to play the bass.