nib holders

Choosing a Nib Holder

There are many different kinds of nib holders out there, especially if you start to get into antique models. But which one you use mostly comes down to personal preference (the two on the right are the ones I use most often). Even so, there are a few things to keep in mind. (I am only considering straight pen holders here, …

Nibs: a comparison

When I got into regularly drawing with dip pens, nibs were easy to find at the local art store and I could get them for thirty cents a piece. So it wasn’t too hard to try out different kinds. These days, not all art stores carry nibs and they tend to be around one to three dollars each. They’re still …

Panther by Brecht Evens

A lot of children’s books are pretty creepy when you think about them. Many of them involve child abandonment or characters who seem whimsical on the surface, but reveal themselves to be agents of chaos. Think of The Cat in the Hat. He’s funny, but also incredibly destructive and unsafe. The new graphic novel by Brecht Evens takes the unsettling …

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update about my comics work

I haven’t been posting much new comics work. There are two reasons for that. One, I’m working on smaller pieces that I’m submitting to different on-line and literary journals. Most places want previously unpublished work, so that means I can’t post them here or on my tumblr. But sometimes I have a work that doesn’t seem like a good fit anywhere, …

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at the APE again

I put my first mini comics together in 1996 and decided to be an exhibitor at my first con in 1998. I took my little photocopied minis, full of enthusiasm and dreams of making money and gaining readers. I made $15. That con was the Alternative Press Expo in San Jose. Though my expectations met the cold, hard wall of …