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May 7, 2013 - Posted by David to Pen Pals Interviews

An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we had the privilege of interviewing Brent Acuff, an educator from Hutto, TX. Along with directing his middle school band, he inspires students to write with his own passion for stories and pens.

Mr. Brent Acuff

Please tell us about yourself and what you do.

My name is Brent Acuff, and I am a middle school band director in Hutto, TX, a small town just outside of Austin. I teach music to students between the ages of 11 and 14, and also assist with the high school marching band. I have been a teacher for more than 13 years and an amateur writer for about five years.

For the last seven years, I have been a serious fan and collector of fountain pens, inks, pencils and journals. Lately, I have started encouraging my own students, and now my own daughter, to take an interest in writing and writing supplies. Over the past three years, I have sponsored a group of students in NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program and have had many students successfully complete the competition.



An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. Matt Vergotis is a talented Logo & Corporate Identity specialist and the founder of VERG, based on the Gold Coast, Australia. He has a simple philosophy on life and that’s to "do the things you love to do."

image courtesy of Matt Vergotis

Please tell us about yourself and what you do.

I'm Matt Vergotis from the Gold Coast of Australia. I specialize in corporate identity. A lot of the work I do focuses around logo design, but I'm always trying to educate clients that there's more at play than just their logo when acquiring a solid visual identity for their company. I have also found a new love in both lettering and typeface design. Outside of work I'm an ultra obsessed surf nerd and I'm married with two of the most adorable little girls.



An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. Kathy Zadrozny and Donovan Beeson are the dynamic duo behind 16 Sparrows. Their partnership led them to create the Letter Writers Alliance in 2007, out of their passion for the art of letter writing. Since then, their organization has been constantly expanding as they increase traffic to the post office.

image courtesy of Letter Writers Alliance

Please tell us about yourself and what you do.

We are a group for letter lovers, both new and old, with the mission to encourage mail art and letter writing. In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item and the Letter Writers Alliance is dedicated to preserving it. We offer membership to the L.W.A., which makes you privy to exclusive letter writing items and tools. We also host monthly letter socials that are open to all, which turns the solitary act of letter writing into a social event. By offering the use of typewriters and free stationery at these socials we hope we can get other people excited about letter writing. With this combination of online presence and in-person gatherings we strive to give people the tools to maintain the art of letter writing. At this moment we have over 3700 members and we continue to grow every day.


February 4, 2013 - Posted by David to Pen Pals Interviews

An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. Now a highly sought-after director and storyboard artist, Dan Fraga first entered into the scene honing his talents as a comic book artist. Join us as we take a look into his creative mind.

Please tell us about yourself and what you do.

My name is Dan Fraga. I am a director, sequence designer, doodler, and former comic book artist from Southern California. I write with pictures. I feel that everyday is an opportunity to better yourself and enrich other's lives around you.

The kind of work I do varies from project to project. In a nutshell, I'm hired for my imagination and ability to meet clients' needs. Those needs range from simple keyframe illustrations, sequence design all the way up to directing full seasons of television shows. The most recent show being The Ricky Gervais Show for HBO and sequence design for Hershey's commercials.

In my free time, (which is usually sitting on the couch with my wife, after the kids are in bed) I love to do what I call "couch doodles". They're sort of a combination of practice and mental unloading. It's a lot of fun and very gratifying.



An interview series featuring notable people within the pen, art, and design worlds. JetPens is pleased to invite Mark Frauenfelder into our segment. A jack of all trades, he is not only a highly esteemed editor and writer, but also a designer and illustrator, having designed Billy Idol's "Cyberpunk" CD cover. He lives in Los Angles with his wife, Carla Sinclair and his two DIY daughters, age 9 and 14.

Tell us about yourself and what you do.
My name is Mark Frauenfelder. I am the founder of Boing Boing, and the editor-in-chief of Make magazine. I am also a part-time illustrator, and I write books and articles for magazines.