We're into Year 3 of the Volumes series. Palomino continued to do a few different things with the limited pencils this year, some cool, some not...along with a few head scratchers. Some thoughts on each Volumes series release, then we'll get into the rest of what they did with the line.Read More
From 1902 to 1908, Baltimorean Joe Gans was the World Lightweight Champion in boxing. He was the first African-American boxing champ (Canadian George Dixon was the first Black world title holder, 10 years prior to Gans) and a well-known student of the sport. In 1906, he fought Oscar "Battling" Nelson, the "Durable Dane" in Goldfield, Nevada, and beat him in 42 (!) rounds.Read More
Public Service Announcement: Plumbago Issue #3 is now available for pre-order!
This issue celebrates fiction and poetry about stationery — and, of course, comics, illustrations, art and more! You’ll find nearly a dozen short stories and novel excerpts, lots of poems, haikus and even limericks. Here are just a few of the features in this issue:
- Father Kyle Sanders writes a story from the perspective of an Eberhard Faber American Naturals pencil
- A collaboration between poet Judy Wilson and fine graphite artist Diane Wright
- Harky Jewett presents a type-written science-fiction story about the fate of mankind
- A big, bright graffiti-style portrait of some of our favorite pencils
- The 5 winners of the six-word story contest, illustrated by Becky Aiken
- Original artwork by Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk
- And lots, lots more
Caution, spoilers within!
Back Pocket Co. has been kicking around for a few years now, and while I've always admired the books, I never really had a chance to get my hands on them. So when they reached out and offered to send some for review, even though I nearly missed the email, I was more than happy to say yes. They sent a pack each of Kraft, SpaceX, and Guitar notebooks.Read More
For this week's Throwback Thursday post, I thought I'd revisit one of the most coveted modern pencil releases: the Blackwing 211. Original released as the second in the Blackwing Volumes series, the 211 has become something of a grail pencil for some people. Let's find out why.Read More
In collaboration with CW Pencil Enterprise, Story Supply Co. released the Pencil Pusher pocket notebooks earlier this year. I've had my set for a while, but just got around to using them. Long story short, they're really great, but have one weird thing that perplexes me that I'll get to later.Read More