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Monday, 17 January 2005
Calligrapher Tom Gourdie died 6. January 2005
Topic: Calligraphy
Thomas Gourdie MBE; born May 18, 1913, died January 6, 2005. "If Tom Gourdie had a mission in life, it was to make the world write -- to produce writing styles that possessed clarity and fluidity, that were legible and a delight to the eye. In his 92nd year, he was Scotland's doyen of calligraphy and grand old man of handwriting..."

»Obituary by Gordon Casely in the Glasgow Herald 14.Jan.2005.
»Obituary by Alasdair Steven in The Scotsman 12.Jan.2005.

Recommended book:
Calligraphy for the Beginner, Tom Gourdie, Taplinger, 1981. ISBN 0800811887

posted by niblog at 00:02 CET
Updated: Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:37 CET
Sunday, 16 January 2005
Top 100 Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels 2004
Topic: Comics
2004 Industry Stats, Top 100 Comics and Graphic Novels, Top 50 Manga Diamond Comics Distributors has released industry statistics for the entirety of 2004 showing the top selling comics, graphic novels and manga, as well as which company had the largest market share in 2004. Read the list on CBR News 14.Jan.2005.

Top 100 Graphic Novels / Trade Paperbacks of 2004
The #1 Trade Paperback 2004 is Batman: Hush Vol.1 by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee. ISBN 1401200605

FROM THE PUBLISHER "From Jeph Loeb, the author of Batman: Dark Victory and Jim Lee, the founder of Wildstorm Comics. Old friends and enemies find themselves thrown together in a murderous plot hatched by Poison Ivy. What is she plotting? No one quite knows, but by manipulating both Batman and his enemies Killer Croc and Catwoman tensions are high and no one is to be trusted in Gotham City tonight!"

posted by niblog at 00:12 CET
Updated: Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:59 CET
Saturday, 15 January 2005
His Nibs - Bob Dylan
Topic: Music
His Nibs Bob Dylan, Santa Cruz, California, March 16. 2000. Album cover from the Bob Dylan artwork index at

»Search eBay auctions for nibs
»Search eBay for Bob Dylan

posted by niblog at 08:03 CET
His Nibs - Selected Vegetables
Topic: Design
His Nibs vintage vegetable crate label. There are lots of cool old advertising collectibles on eBay auctions. Here is an old label I found when I was searching for nibs.
»View item #7127137455 Auction ends 17.Jan.2005

Search for nibs at
Search eBay auctions for vintage crate labels
View a larger image on my flickr

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Thursday, 17 March 2005 00:35 CET
Friday, 14 January 2005
Oak Knoll Books & Oak Knoll Press - Digital Books
Topic: Typography
Digital Books About Books is a great resource. Find free Digital Books about Bibliography, Bookbinding, Book Collecting, Book Design, Book Illustration, Bookplates, Book Selling, Fine Printing, Private Press, Artist's Books, Forgery, History of Printing, Libraries, Literary Criticism, Publishing, Typography, Writing and Calligraphy.

Why don't you start with the American Type Founders Co. SPECIMEN BOOK AND CATALOGUE, 1923. Arguably the most famous of American type specimen catalogues. 1150 pages! Via Oak Knoll Books

posted by niblog at 07:45 CET
Updated: Saturday, 15 January 2005 20:44 CET
Topic: Blogging

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posted by niblog at 00:38 CET
Thursday, 13 January 2005
Topic: Art
Typogenerator is a random generator for 'typoPosters' - posters created from images and letters/text that doesn't have any sense, just looks good. Typogenerator is a student project by Kathi Nussbaumer, Austria, summer 2004.

posted by niblog at 06:22 CET
Papper för Konstnärer - Paper for Artists in Stockholm
Topic: Art
Papper för Konstnärer Stockholm's best supplier of paper for artists has new owners and a new website (in Swedish)

swedenMy page Calligraphy Material - Suppliers in Stockholm is updated.

posted by niblog at 06:22 CET
Tuesday, 11 January 2005
Ballograf is Swedish again
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Bic Sells Ballograf Activities "The French writing implement and lighter corporation Bic has sold the writing implement brand Ballograf after 45 years. The French bought the company in 1959 to gain access to the Scandinavian market. Now, the Ballograf management has bought back all shares from Bic. Ballograf produces propelling pencils and achieved sales of eight million euros with them in the business year 2003. Within the Bic Corporation, this only represented 4% of European sales and consequently was not a strategic order of magnitude. However, collaboration will be continued between Bic and Ballograf in the Scandinavian, Austrian and Swiss markets."
News via Ambiente 29.Dec.2004

»Ballograf AB, the Swedish pen manufacturer.
»BIC World
»Yahoo! Finance - France Bic: cède sa filiale suédoise Ballograf aux dirigeants. 6.déc.2004
»Search eBay for Ballograf

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 20 March 2005 21:56 CET
Monday, 10 January 2005
Brause Nibs - New Website
Topic: Nibs
BRAUSE GmbH - They have been making excellent steel pen nibs since 1850. Now they have a web site! Go to

>My page about Brause Nibs (in Swedish)

posted by niblog at 22:04 CET
Updated: Thursday, 10 March 2005 01:36 CET
Kassa Kontoret - New Swedish Cartoon
Topic: Comics
KASSA KONTORET Today I got my copy of the new magazine ds: Dagens Socialförsäkring featuring my new strip cartoon Kassa Kontoret, commissioned by Försäkringskassan, the National Social Insurance Office in Sweden.

(The cartoon is not online. Subscribe to the printed magazine via Försäkringskassan)

posted by niblog at 21:28 CET
Gervais writing Simpsons episode
Topic: Animation
The Office "The Office's Ricky Gervais is writing an episode of hit US cartoon The Simpsons, following an invitation from its creator Matt Groening. Gervais will also have a guest role in the cartoon. BBC News 23.Dec.2004.

»BBC Comedy - The Office homepage
»The Simpsons

posted by niblog at 00:18 CET
The Los Angeles Times dropped the daily version of Garfield, the most widely distributed comic in syndication.
Topic: Comics
Times Drops Garfield "Garfield has received mixed reviews in recent years, but the Times is one of the few papers to ever dare pull it." Read the article L.A. Times Drops Daily Garfield as the Comic Is Blasted and Praised by Dave Astor, in Editor & Publisher 5.Jan.2005.

»uComics featuring Garfield.
»Garfield and Friends official site.
»L.A. Times
»Search eBay for Garfield books and toys.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 10 January 2005 00:04 CET
Sunday, 9 January 2005
Calligraphy nibs for Copic markers
Topic: Nibs
Standard nibs for Copic markers can be replaced with calligraphy nibs. Check out the Copic Marker Nibs 3mm calligraphy pack of 10 nibs from

>Copic official homepage
>Copic USA
>Copic Multiliner

posted by niblog at 01:45 CET
Updated: Friday, 21 January 2005 13:49 CET
Old Soviet Nibs Box
Topic: Nibs
Nib Box from old Soviet for sale on eBay. "This is an old Soviet nibs box, made of thin wood, covered with paper. Opens like a matches box. Made by the 'Orgatechnika' plant at the town of Yaroslavl, USSR." Auction ended 9.Jan.2005. View eBay item #6502967981. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

UPDATE: Winning bid was US $21.50

»Search for nibs at

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 13 March 2005 19:58 CET
Saturday, 8 January 2005
Lord Nibs Party Crackers
Topic: Nibs
LORD NIBS Vintage Party Crackers for sale on eBay. "The Crackers were made and printed in Norwich England by Caley Crackers Ltd. Exact date of manufacture unknown. Believed to be circa 1950 before the take over of Caley Crackers by Tom Smith in 1953." Auction ended 8.Jan.2005. View eBay item #6502329110. (I did not bid on this auction and I don't know the seller.)
  »Search eBay auctions for Nibs
  »Search eBay for Party Crackers

UPDATE:Final bid was GBP 1.20 (approx. US $ 2.30) Reserve not met.

»What are crackers? Send a virtual cracker! Learn more about christmas crackers on

»Author Peter Kimpton, in his new book entitled TOM SMITH'S CHRISTMAS CRACKERS brings you an in-depth history of Tom Smith the man, his accepted invention of the Christmas cracker, his associated products, competitors, many re-discovered facts and images and much, much more in his wide ranging coverage of the subject. Go to

posted by niblog at 20:03 CET
Updated: Monday, 21 March 2005 21:22 CET
Herge - Tintin - Au pays de l'or noir
Topic: Comics
DET SVARTA GULDET - Tintin Book Number 15 - the new Swedish translation by Bjorn Wahlberg is available in the stores now. More about Tintin on my TINTIN PAGE

>Kop Det Svarta Guldet fr?n Bokus Bokhandel (Swedish bookstore)
>Search eBay auctions for Tintin Books and Collectibles

posted by niblog at 15:06 CET
Updated: Friday, 21 January 2005 13:55 CET
My Yahoo! RSS Syndication
Topic: Blogging
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"RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication.' It's a format that web sites and blogs use to syndicate content via news aggregation tools and services like My Yahoo!." Read more in My Yahoo! RSS-FAQ

posted by niblog at 00:55 CET
Updated: Saturday, 8 January 2005 01:21 CET
AIGA Typography Forum
Topic: Typography
AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts - Great articles and discussions in the Design Forum. Check out the Typography Forum, moderated by Allan Haley. "This forum is for the passionate. It's for those who are crazy in love with type, absolutely hate the problems fonts can cause, have an uncontrollable need to learn more about typography, or an irresistible desire to share typographic opinions and stories. This is not a place for the typographically indifferent." Read more...

posted by niblog at 00:04 CET
Updated: Saturday, 8 January 2005 13:51 CET
Friday, 7 January 2005
Will Eisner, RIP (1917-2005)
Topic: Comics
Will Eisner passed away on January 3rd, 2005 at the age of 87 following quadruple bypass heart surgery.
Click here to enter the Will site

posted by niblog at 02:39 CET

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