Pen Pals Interviews

Pen Pals Interviews


An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Becca Hillburn is an comic artist and illustrator who loves to use all kinds of media in her artworks.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Becca Hillburn, and I'm an illustrator, comic artist, and art supply blogger. I'm currently living in Nashville, Tennessee, but I'm from New Orleans, Louisiana. The majority of my paying work is freelance illustration for other studios, but I also participate in various collaborations such as comic anthologies and group art projects.

Currently, I'm working on a children's comic inspired by The Borrowers, as well as working with a writer on a children's book about an inventor granny. I also attend a handful of conventions centered around comics or cartoon art and offer my services as an illustrator for hire, as well as a variety of mini comics and knick-knacks. I specialize in creating comics for children and really enjoy creating work for this demographic. I also enjoy completing private commissions for individuals.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Bob Flynn is a cartoonist, art director, and character designer who loves to doodle!



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Kate is a handwriting repair expert who has made a career of helping individuals with poor penmanship improve and develop their own unique, legible script.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Kate Gladstone, and I am a professional handwriting repair expert.

I live in Albany, NY, with my husband, whom I have been married to for twenty years. I was born in Brooklyn in 1963, and have a brother and two sisters. Both of my parents spent most of their lives teaching English, but my father was also an inventor working mainly on energy systems for alternative fuels.

Although I am right-handed, I have taught myself to write left-handed well enough to demonstrate effectively with that hand for left-handed students (I can also write in mirror-writing — with either hand — but there is less practical use for that ability).



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Cole is an typeface designer who caters to a very niche audience: companies that provide deathcare and wellness services.

Cole Imperi
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Cole Imperi, I live in Cincinnati (where I'm from!) and I work a few months of the year out of New York City. I own a company called Doth Brands, a creative agency with a very specialized niche: we only work with deathcare and wellness (mostly yoga) clients.

I also own a design studio called Hello Cole, and that is where my typefaces, custom type, lettering work, and other projects live.

Victor is my husband and he works with me -- he has a unique specialization in pricing design! I also have two beagles, Ruby and Hairy. Ruby has dwarfism which makes her extra cute and Hairy is my shadow.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Arlen Dean is an artist from Sonoma County, California who takes pen perfection to the next level with his intricate artwork.


Arlen Dean
Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Arlen Dean, I am a 31-year old freelance artist and illustrator living in Sonoma County, California.

My work ranges from large canvas or poster board drawings, to exquisitely detailed ink works that I have to produce with the use of a microscope. Some of my other work involves hand drawing using a digital tablet, but in general I use traditional pen and ink more often.

I love creating detailed patterns and abstract line drawings, and I enjoy the process of careful design work.