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Thursday, 3 March 2005
The Ink and Quill
Topic: Quills
The Ink and Quill -- A Harry Potter Fanfiction Archive. (I don't read fanfiction - but the site's name is cool.)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 14:52 CET
Wednesday, 2 March 2005
Digital Webbing Forums - Comic Book Lettering
Topic: Comics
Digital Webbing has lots of interesting discussion forums for comics artists. I like the Lettering Showcase. And here is a hot thread about the new Todd Klein book.

»More about the book 'DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics' by Mark Chiarello and Todd Klein in my post here (tags: : )

»Looking for Comics fonts? - Check out this page

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 27 February 2005 14:34 CET
Tuesday, 1 March 2005
Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter
Topic: Music -- The unofficial site for Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter. Mott The Hoople recorded seven studio albums and one live album in the period 1969-1974. (via

I must remember to program my Nokia with the All The Young Dudes ringtone.
Search eBay for Mott The Hoople albums and collectibles.
Ian Hunter has his own website, with a regular column penned by Ian himself.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 27 February 2005 14:29 CET
Monday, 28 February 2005
S. Mordan & Co. Vintage Pencil Refills
Topic: Pens, Pencils
S. Mordan & Co. Cedar Pencil Refills in Original Box for sale on eBay. "Eight of the original dozen pencils remain in the box. These were made for use in The Mordan Co. pencil holders, and are in pristine, unused condition." Auction ends 28.Feb.2005. View eBay item #6513303352. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for nibs

UPDATE: Winning bid was US $ 90.99

posted by niblog at 13:35 CET
Updated: Monday, 21 March 2005 21:34 CET
CAP&Design - March 2005 - Swedish Magazine
Topic: Calligraphy
The Swedish magazine Cap&Design writes about my calligraphic book cover design in the latest issue, No.2, March 2005, page 59. (not online)

View samples of my calligraphy at

"CAP&Design is owned by IDG. The editorial focus is: Tips, tests and inspiration for graphic designers. The publication's readers include graphic and web designers, advertising agencies, printing houses and publishers."

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posted by niblog at 00:00 CET
Updated: Monday, 28 February 2005 00:04 CET
Collecting since he was very little...
Topic: Design
Tony collects and displays Magic Roundabout Cereal Toys, Decanters, Butterflies, Lanterns, McDonalds Mr Men, Model Buildings, Cork Pictures, Dr Who, Glass Animals, TV Sci Fi Toys, Kinder Handpainted Figures, Porcelain, Keyrings, Trains, Birds, Bottles, Brass, Annuals and the main collection - the Cartoon Figures Collection! (via Boing Boing)

UPDATE 28.Feb.2005 "This site was visited too many times in four days ... This caused a breach of the bandwidth allowance for the site by over 160 Gigabytes! My site was consequently suspended by my web-hosting company ... I will be back"

posted by niblog at 00:00 CET
Updated: Friday, 4 March 2005 13:11 CET
Sunday, 27 February 2005
The ORIGINAL Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products
Topic: Animation
ACME is a worldwide leader of many manufactured goods. From its humble beginnings providing corks and flypaper to bug collectors to its heyday in the American Southwest supplying a certain coyote, from Ultimatum Dispatchers to Batman outfits, ACME has set the standard for excellence. For the first time ever, information and pictures of all ACME products, specialty divisions, and services featured in Warner Bros. cartoons are gathered here, in one convenient catalog. (via newlinks)

posted by niblog at 14:31 CET
TROLLI Gummi Candy Road Kill - Get It While It Lasts!
Topic: Design
"US food giant Kraft has decided to halt production of sweets shaped like roadkill - animals run over by cars. Animal rights activists criticised the product, fruit-flavoured Trolli® Roadkill Gummi candy, saying it encouraged acts of cruelty." Read the news at BBC or MSNBC 26.Feb.2005. (via Boing Boing and SF Gate)

"New, cool shape from Trolli® Gummi! Trolli® brings back the fun of Gummi Candy with an off beat twist on animal shapes. Trolli® Road Kill is three animals; a Snake, a Chicken and a Squirrel, each with a tire track down the middle of the piece! It's not an adult's gummi candy, that's why teens/tweens love it!

Trolli® is a favorite gummi candy among teens/tweens and has a heritage of providing them the cool shapes and concepts they love.

Each 5.0oz peg bag of Trolli® Road Kill contains approximately 50 creatures in an assortment of gummi fruit flavors."

posted by niblog at 11:13 CET
Updated: Sunday, 27 February 2005 14:24 CET
Bitmap Fonts
Topic: Typography
I was searching for bitmap fonts for some new 80x15 link buttons. A few nice alternatives to Kottke's Silkscreen font are available free at, and Atomic Media has Susan Kare's bitmap fonts for sale. The new blog Fontleech is writing about free pixel fonts in 'Pixel Font Blowout Part 1'

Check out Susan Kare's site "My career in user interface graphic design began when I worked for Apple Computer between 1983 and 1986. My job: icon and font designer for a new computer, the Macintosh."

More about link buttons in this post 22.Dec.2004.

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posted by niblog at 00:04 CET
Mordan & Co Patent Portable Pens - Natural Quill Nibs
Topic: Quills
S. Mordan & Co. Natural Quill Nibs in Box sold on eBay. "Full box of natural quill nibs by the famous S Mordan Co. There are 24 nibs in the box and only one has been stained with ink. The box is in great condition with one wax drip on the top as shown in photos." Auction ended 27.Feb.2005. View eBay item #6155770597.
UPDATE: Winning bid was US $272.00

»Search eBay for quills

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 07:54 CET
Saturday, 26 February 2005
Hong Kong Comics Gallery
Topic: Comics
Old School Hong Kong comic covers -- Cover designs from old HK comic books. (via Moon Karma Zero)

posted by niblog at 12:44 CET
Updated: Saturday, 26 February 2005 12:46 CET
In Memory of Bill Yoshida, Archie Comics Letterer, 1922 - 2005
Topic: Comics
Bill Yoshida R.I.P. - "...Bill Yoshida, the longtime comic book letterer, passed away last week. He began lettering comics in the late sixties and became the main letterer for Archie Comics around 1980. Occasionally credited as 'Bill Yosh' or 'Saburo Yoshida,' his handiwork had a lot to do with the look and feel of that company's books ever since, appearing on almost every cover and something like 90% of the interior stories, plus the Archie newspaper strip..."
»Read more in Mark Evanier's newsfromme

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posted by niblog at 00:00 CET
Updated: Saturday, 26 February 2005 00:33 CET
Friday, 25 February 2005
50 years Gallery - World Press Photo
Topic: Photography
World Press Photo 50 years Gallery "In 2005 World Press Photo celebrates its 50th anniversary. The World Press Photo of the year winners can be viewed in our 50 years gallery." (via linkfilter)

»Read More and view the World Press Photo of the Year 2004

posted by niblog at 20:44 CET
Updated: Friday, 25 February 2005 23:11 CET
Topic: Blogging provides a free, easy to use commenting and trackback system for weblogs and websites...

posted by niblog at 06:20 CET
Ska for the Skeptical
Topic: Music
Ska for the Skeptical - a collection of songs that represents the music (via Boing Boing)

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posted by niblog at 06:19 CET
Updated: Friday, 25 February 2005 06:31 CET
Thursday, 24 February 2005
Parley's Magazine : Art of Pen Making (1834)
Topic: Quills
Art of Pen Making (reprinted from The Young Lady's Book; from Parley's Magazine, 13 September 1834, pp. 15-16)

"The complaint of having wretched pens, ink, and paper, as an excuse for careless or unintelligible writing, is a plea that ought never to be accepted from a young lady. She can rarely, if ever, be placed in situations where she cannot obtain paper and ink of proper quality. Quills are also easily obtained, and she ought to be able to make or mend a pen herself. If she have not already acquired the mode of performing this very useful operation, the following directions will, perhaps, be of considerable assistance. It is of course necessary that she should be furnished with a good pen-knife."

Read more at Pat Pflieger's and check out the Small Gallery of Magazine Covers (1815-1872).

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posted by niblog at 00:59 CET
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 14:57 CET
Wednesday, 23 February 2005
Topic: Typography
TYPEDRAWiNG - draw your own typographic image online. Created by (link via presurfer)

posted by niblog at 01:14 CET
Tuesday, 22 February 2005
Justin Howes died 22. February 2005
Topic: Typography
Justin Howes (1963-2005) passed away this morning. -- Read the news at microsoft typography

Typographer and aspirant printer Justin Howes created ITC Founders Caslon in 1998. Justin Howes used the resources of the St. Bride Printing Library in London to throroughly research William Caslon and his types... Read more in the Linotype Library

Check out the book Johnston's Underground Type by Justin Howes.

UPDATE:Justin Howe's obituary in the Times 1.March 2005

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posted by niblog at 20:37 CET
Updated: Friday, 4 March 2005 18:13 CET
The Rorschach Inkblots
Topic: Art
The Rorschach test -- This site shows black and white outlines of the Rorschach inkblots. "Most people have heard of the Rorschach test (pronounced 'ror-shock'), but few have ever seen a real Rorschach inkblot. The blots are kept secret. When you see an inkblot in a popular article on the test (as in the Encyclopaedia Britannica entry on the Rorschach test), it's a fake: it's an inkblot, but not one of the inkblots. There are only ten Rorschach inkblots." (via marchdesign)

Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922) was a Swiss psychiatrist and the son of a painter. He took a deep interest in psychoanalysis, and during the 1910's he published several psychoanalytic articles. He experimented with the interpretation of ink blots, as did Leonardo da Vinci and Justinus Kerner. In 1921 he published Psychodiagnostik, these 10 inkblots and a guide to analysis of how people interpreted them. This work is now regarded a classic of psychiatry and also, art. See the inkblots in color at the Hermann Rorschach Artist Page

You can buy the "secret" inkblots at, or search for the Rorschach color plates on eBay auctions

posted by niblog at 00:05 CET
Monday, 21 February 2005
Topic: Blogging
This is my new gravatar -- "A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an 80x80 pixel avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums, so why not on weblogs?" Learn more at

("Every gravatar submission is rated with an MPAA style rating before it is made publicly available. A G rated gravatar is suitable for display on all websites with any audience type. Nothing potentially offensive will be given this rating.")

posted by niblog at 02:54 CET
Updated: Monday, 21 February 2005 22:10 CET

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