Plumbago Issue #3

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


Sticker Update!

I can't say enough how floored I've been by the response to the stickers! To everyone who has chipped in to help out the site and gotten some stickers in return, THANK YOU!

That said, there are about 25 of the 3-packs left from the original run. If you wanted to get in on the Pencil Club sticker, now's the time! The Pencil Club sticker is only available in the 3-pack, and once it's gone, it's gone! The other stickers will be available for the foreseeable future.

Snag some stickers in the Shop!

Plumbago Issue #2

Just a quick announcement. If you haven't already heard, Andy over at Woodclinched is taking pre-orders for Plumbago Issue #2, the pencil zine he started. The last issue sold out like wildfire, so this time around he's making sure everyone who wants a copy gets one.

Pre-order now!

Just a few features you’ll find in this issue:

  • “What I’ve Learned from Field Notes”: A piece by urban sketcher Tina Koyama
  • “Rabbinic Musings in Graphite”: about how pencils aid in the intense study environs of rabbi school by Mordechai Lightstone
  • “How to Keep Score at a Baseball Game Using a Pencil”: A piece by Gregory Dresser
  • “Are You Too Obsessed with Stationery?:” A quiz to help you measure your sickness
  • A comic by the Mad Penciler
  • An editorial by Dr. J. Frank, encouraging you to lovingly destroy your pencils
  • And lots, lots more.

This issue will be $10 each, but during the pre-order period, it’s $8.

The other thing, this time around, revenue from this zine go directly to printing and mailing costs, and leftover revenue will be donated to Black Girls Code, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women of color in the technology industry by exposing them to computer science and technology at an early age. How fucking cool is that? You can't NOT pre-order after hearing that.

Erasable Podcast!

If anyone cares to have a listen, I was on the most recent episode of the Erasable Podcast, episode 75. They wanted to talk about the month of Indian pencil reviews I did a while back.

Thanks to Andy, Johnny, and Tim for having me! I had a blast!

Listen to the episode here. 

I Erase You

I spend a lot of time on this blog promoting other peoples' products. I don't really have anything to sell and I'm not quite interested in doing that anyway...


Cotton Bureau just launched one of my shirt designs and we have 2 weeks to sell 12 to get it into production! Help me out!

Buy one of each! 

Buy one of each! 

I call the shirt "I Erase You" and it's sort of an Anti-Valentine's Day shirt with a stationery bent. Who wouldn't love to just remove someone or something from their memory? A love long lost? An embarrassing moment? An election? 

There are three options for the shirts: Heather Red, Black, and Maroon (go Salukis!). Men's and Women's cuts. I own a few Cotton Bureau shirts and they are of awesome quality, similar to an American Apparel shirt without all the creepiness. 

Buy the shirt! Thanks!