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Sunday, 20 March 2005
M?nen tur och retur, del 2 - On a marché
Topic: Comics
Månen tur och retur - del 2 - Tintin Book Number 17 - the new Swedish translation by Björn Wahlberg is available in the stores now. More about Tintin on my TINTIN PAGE

»Köp Månen tur och retur från Bokus Bokhandel (Swedish bookstore)
»Search eBay auctions for Tintin Books and Collectibles

posted by niblog at 11:01 CET
Fontleech - The Free Font Blog - One month old
Topic: Typography
Fontleech is a blog about the best free fonts on the web. (started 20.Feb.2005)

"If you're like me (and I'm counting on that), you've spent many a sleepless night scouring the web for free fonts that don't suck. Undoubtedly, you've discovered that finding quality, free typefaces requires sifting through a lot of crap. Wouldn't it be nice if someone did all that sifting for you?"

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 20 March 2005 00:34 CET
Saturday, 19 March 2005
A style of shading letters by John Downer
Topic: Hand Lettering: signs
"Here is an illustration to show how the Mock Block shading effect uses the background color as the underside shade color. This is possible when the underside shade is enclosed by the letter (yellow), a side shade (fire red), and a cast shade (purple)."
John Downer, 11.Nov.2004

»Read more in the thread 'John Downer Speedballs' at typographica

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posted by niblog at 07:50 CET
Updated: Sunday, 20 March 2005 10:57 CET
Friday, 18 March 2005
Noodler's Fountain Pen Ink - Permanent, Waterproof, Made in the USA
Topic: Pens, Pencils
"Noodler's Black Ink is waterproof and permanent on paper. It contains a cellulose reactive dye that remains water soluble in the bottle and in your pens, but becomes permanent on paper when dry." [View larger image]

»Some time ago I wrote about my new Muji fountain pen and posted a larger image and a closeup photo of the nib on flickr. I was quoted at journalisimo, and I have learned a lot from the comments at flickr. Gierszewski says Muji are discontinuing the fountain pens. Zxfiles told me about Noodler's ink and recommends Mike Shea's blog post 'Noodler's Ink - the Pilot G2 killer'. And Stompy writes about Noodler's ink in the favorite pen discussion at 'flickr : moleskinerie'. I think I must get a couple of spare Muji pens and order a bottle or two of Noodler's ink.

Noodlers Ink
Favorite pen discussion
Mike Shea's blog

Noodler's Ink in Stockholm, Sweden

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posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 22 March 2006 21:29 CET
Thursday, 17 March 2005
British road signs - Transport font
Topic: Typography
The download page for Nathaniel Porter's Transport fonts has moved from Allan-Online to Chris's British Road Directory

posted by niblog at 07:24 CET
Vintage Luggage Labels Gallery
Topic: Design
AB Aerotransport, Luftgodsexpeditionen, Malmö -- Vintage Swedish Airline Label from the image galleries at

"Vintage labels explores the history of the luggage label and the lost art of travel. The site catalogs and provides a history of luggage labels, picture galleries and collectors guide to this growing field of ephemera collectibles."

»More vintage Airline graphic design at

»Larger label image on my flickr

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Thursday, 17 March 2005 00:23 CET
Wednesday, 16 March 2005
Japanese Warning Signs - Juergen Specht
Topic: Signs
Japanese Warning Signs - Photos by Juergen Specht, a German photographer living in Tokyo, Japan. (via The Cartoonist)

posted by niblog at 07:00 CET
Updated: Thursday, 24 March 2005 02:04 CET
Tuesday, 15 March 2005
La Sheaffer - ?With HER I have written more than 5000 poems...?
Topic: Pens, Pencils
La Sheaffer -- Marta Celio from Padova in Italy wrote a poem about her Sheaffer fountain pen. "Adoperando il cuore per limare i versi sciolti di una penna in decomposizione ..."
»Read Marta's poem

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 15 March 2005 06:24 CET
Monday, 14 March 2005
This is Now ('ten by ten')
Topic: Photography
10x10 - 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time - "Each hour is presented as a picture postcard window, composed of 100 different frames, each of which holds the image of a single moment in time. Clicking on a single frame allows us to peer a bit deeper into the story that lies behind the image. In this way, we can dart in and out of the news, understanding both the individual stories and the ways in which they relate to each other." Go to

10x10 was designed and developed by Jonathan Harris of Number27, in conjunction with the Fabrica communication research center in Italy.

posted by niblog at 06:45 CET
Sunday, 13 March 2005
Victorian Bronze Pig Pen Nib Wipe
Topic: Nibs
Victorian Bronze Pig Pen Nib Wipe for sale on eBay. "This fine item being a bronze pig with it's back packed with bristle, for wiping excess ink from pen nibs, is in good condition, apart from some missing bristle, and has been lightly polished which has removed some of the patina." Auction ends 13.Mar.2005. View eBay item #6158770323. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for nibs

UPDATE: Winning bid was GBP 35.00 (Approx. US $67.19)

posted by niblog at 20:51 CET
Updated: Monday, 22 May 2006 09:52 MEST
Journalisimo - Back to Analog
Topic: Design
Journalisimo is a collaborative effort between graphic designer Mike Rohde and Armand Frasco of

"While we recognize the power of our digital existence, we long for the tactile feel of ink on paper. We celebrate the freedom from power supplies, batteries, wireless networks and fragile electronics. We seek to elevate the written word and the freehand sketch on fine paper. We celebrate the journal as the optimal analog device for expression and enjoyment."

Journalisimo | Back to Analog

posted by niblog at 02:34 CET
Saturday, 12 March 2005
Manga Cover Art Contest
Topic: Comics
Manga Cover Art Contest -- Introducing the Manga University Cover Art Contest, the competition that gives you the chance to have your illustration featured on the cover of an upcoming Manga University book. Contest begins on Jan.10.2005, and entries must be received no later than April.15.2005.

Recommended manga book
Cool manga links
Favorite manga nibs

posted by niblog at 09:55 CET
Updated: Saturday, 12 March 2005 18:06 CET
Friday, 11 March 2005
Full box of Indian Pen Nibs
Topic: Nibs
Nib Box from India sold on eBay. "Indian nib boxes are actually very difficult to find. This one contains one gross (144) of red-ink type nibs, smooth and bright, so called because they were originally designed to write on fabric with a special red ink. These were manufactured by the Mehra-Leonardt Company, established by Highley Pen Co. in 1950, and are marked 2000 - MASTER - RED INK PEN - INDIA." Auction ended 11.Mar.2005. View eBay item #6160057005. Winning bid was US $22.72. (I did not buy them.)

»Search eBay for nibs

posted by niblog at 21:41 CET
Updated: Friday, 11 March 2005 22:41 CET
Skatalites 40th Anniversary
Topic: Music
The Skatalites will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a show in NYC on March 13. 2005. (via

Listen to "The legendary Skatalites" recorded live in Reading, England. (from BBC online)
Now Available: MP3 of "Reggae In The Wind" from Lester Sterling's Sterling Silver CD release.

UPDATE: NYC show cancelled! "Greetings all, We apologize but both parties have agreed that the show at Crash Mansion on Sunday March 13 is now cancelled. A full refund is available to the people who bought tickets online. Please watch for a NYC date to be posted on the concert listings page. We soon come mon!"

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posted by niblog at 02:56 CET
Updated: Saturday, 12 March 2005 13:09 CET
Thursday, 10 March 2005
Giant Steps - John Coltraine - Michal Levy
Topic: Animation
"When I listen to music I see colors and shapes and when I watch visual art I hear sounds. I wanted to express my sensing of shapes colors and music in this short movie."

"I have chosen a short Jazz piece, which I have known for many years of my playing the saxophone: 'Giant Steps' by John Coltraine. Coltraine made a major break through with his album 'Giant Steps' in the year 1959. It was the first time in the history of Jazz music that someone based his music on symmetrical patterns, which stemmed from a mathematical division of the musical scale." Watch Michal Levy's animation at (Duration of film, 2:15 minutes) (via growabrain)

posted by niblog at 00:17 CET
Wednesday, 9 March 2005
Robert Crumb interview in the Guardian
Topic: Comics
Robert Crumb Interview "From 60s hippies to 90s film-makers and 21st-century art galleries, each generation has rediscovered the misanthropic, sex-obsessed cartoonist Robert Crumb. Now it is to happen again: in coming days he will be the subject of two retrospectives, a film season and a new biography. To celebrate, the Guardian this week will publish a selection of new and little-known Crumbs, along with some more familiar works. Simon Hattenstone introduces the series by interviewing him at his home in the south of France."
(via Thought Balloons 7.Mar.2005)

posted by niblog at 00:54 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 9 March 2005 00:59 CET
Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Amazone - Vintage Advertising
Topic: Design
Vintage Advertising -- Check out all the old ads posted in the LiveJournal community Vintage Ads' Journal

Image: Amazone, 6. March 2005.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 8 March 2005 06:23 CET
Monday, 7 March 2005
Vintage Complete F. Soennecken Nib Collection
Topic: Nibs
Vintage Complete F. Soennecken Nib Collection for sale on eBay. "...a rare complete set of nibs from the famed German F. Soennecken Company. Each is in original unused condition and in their original green folder with protective liner. There are a total of 142 perfect nibs." Auction ends 7.Mar.2005. View eBay item #6514966997. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for nibs

UPDATE: Winning bid, US $590.80

posted by niblog at 00:48 CET
Updated: Monday, 21 March 2005 21:04 CET
Sunday, 6 March 2005
Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway - Amateur Photographer
Topic: Photography
Scandinavia House in New York is exhibiting Contemporary Landscapes from the Collection of H.M. Queen Sonja of Norway. The Queen is also showing her own landscape photos. "Embarrassing" says Norwegian photographer Morten M. Løberg in the Norwegian photo magazine

»View the Queen's landscape photography in the Norwegian newspaper

(I first read the story in the Swedish newspaper SvD via

posted by niblog at 21:44 CET
Updated: Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:17 CET
MUJI pens in Stockholm
Topic: Pens, Pencils
MUJI Fountain Pen -- Yesterday I went to the new Muji store in Stockholm, located in the Åhléns City department store. They had some nice stationery products and I bought this cool Aluminium Barrell Fountain Pen, the perfect pen for my moleskine notebook. (price SEK 150 approx. $ 22 USD) The image is from the Japanese site at View a larger image on my flickr page and check out the Stationery Photo Gallery at Muji UK.

View a closeup photo showing the nib.
Read the favorite pen discussion at flickr : moleskinerie
My favorite calligraphy fountain pens
My blog post about Noodler's Ink (18.Mar.2005)

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posted by niblog at 00:08 CET
Updated: Sunday, 20 March 2005 23:33 CET

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