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November 8, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Box Brown creates the web and print comic Everything Dies. He's published two books and many mini comics. He's been making comics since 2005 and started drawing them with a ballpoint pen. See more of his work here:

Give us a little insight as to how you use our JetPens products in your illustrations.

I use the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I use it in kind of a weird way. I don't use the cartridges at first. I dip it in the ink and only clean it out once every few days. I just throw the cap on it when I'm not using it. Then when the brush starts to lose its shape I get a new one. Then I use the cartridges in the OLD one for when I need to fill in large areas of the page with black. It's a great system for my uses. I love it!

Thanks for sharing and for being a JetPens customer!

November 2, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

We just wanted to introduce our JetPens Dog Charlie. During his free time he works in Quality Control. The painting was done by our JetPens resident artist Shu with a sample pack of Pentel Oil Pastels from our friends at Pentel USA. Thanks Debbie for the samples, they worked beautifully!
October 27, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

A selection of this month's favorite drawings from our Facebook and Flickr page. Thanks to the following customers who used JetPens products mentioned below:

Picture 1 from Kathrin: Lamy Ball Pens (with splashes of wine!)
Picture 2: Left side photo from Justin: Zebra Sharbo X ST3 Pen Body Component - Black and Retractable gel pens
Right side photo from Joseph: Pilot Double Sided Brush Pen - Hard Tip - Black & Gray Ink
Picture 3 from Nikira: A Nomadic pen case and some water brushes

We hope you enjoy your gift certificates! We are excited to see what pictures are uploaded by customers next month!

October 16, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

KC is a JetPens customer who started drawing at a young age and didn't stop. He made a small business out of his comics on the web and has self published 2 books with more on the way. He has done commissions for Nickelodeon, Spongebob Squarepants and more. His home page is

Give us a little insight as to how you use our JetPens products in your illustrations.

I use brush pens to ink my comics. I use a lot of black and detail so I like to have a brush pen that can fulfill both. Or at least a lot of different pens that can help me with both. The Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Hair Brush Pen - Black Body has been a favorite since I got it. I've been using it non stop. And also the classic Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy. And this other Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen. All have been used quite regularly. But most of the art I showed you was done with the first brush pen I linked. That's a keeper.

Thanks KC!

September 30, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Guides, Gel Ink Pens

Here at JetPens, we import a majority of our pens and pencils directly from Japan. Because the Japanese written language uses complex and detailed characters, you can find some of the thinnest pens over in Japan, which are great for writing kanji. Even though our own Roman-based language alphabet is pretty simple in comparison, we sometimes find the need to write detailed notes in a small area. Some of us just prefer finer line width from our pens as well. The team at JetPens has compiled a list of our favorite fine point pens for your perusal.

Pilot G-1, G-2, & G-3 Gel Ink Pens
The G-2 is America's number one selling gel ink pen. Available in a 0.38 mm in 0.5 mm size. Features retractable and capped versions and has a sturdy tip. Comes only in standard colors such as black, blue, red and green. Also check out the slightly more inexpensive Pilot G-Knock.

Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Pens Available in a 0.28 mm, 0.38 mm and 0.5 mm size. This particular line tends to be very popular among medical professionals. It has a nice color range, strong conical tip, and smooth ink flow. Excellent all-around pen.

Uni-ball Signo RT UM-138 Gel Pens
Available in a 0.38 mm size. The Signo RT as a practical and affordable pen with a retractable strong tip. Many colors available.

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pens
Available in a 0.25 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm and 0.5 mm size. The Hi-Tec-C features a wide variety of colors and a needlepoint tip. Due to their popularity, they also have different series that are retractable, have different body textures, etc. These include the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Slim Knock Gel Ink Pens and the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Cavalier Executive Gel Pens.

Zebra Sarasa Gel Ink Pens Available in a 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, and broad 0.7 mm and 1.0 mm sizes. The Sarasa has a retractable and capped version.

Pentel Slicci Gel Pens Available in a 0.25 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm and 0.7 mm size. The Sliccis have a slimmer pen body, come in a variety of colors and have a more sturdy needlepoint tip capable of withstanding heavy pressure from writing.