This is something I’m very excited about, folks.
A year ago when we started Plumbago Magazine, as a paper companion to The Erasable Podcast, we just wanted to get some of our friends to submit drawings, or written words, or something that we could photocopy together into a few pieces of paper, folded and stapled.
Then, last summer, Issue 2 came out, and we suddenly had 36 pages full of writing, illustrations, comics and more about pencils. We made 300 copies, which seemed like a lot, but — wow! — that quickly sold out. (You can still buy a PDF copy of that issue, though.
For Issue 3, due out in January, I really wanted a whole issue dedicated to poetry and fiction. About pencils. I figured it would be slim pickings compared to Issue 2. But was I wrong!
Folks, we have almost 70 pages filled with a dozen short stories, many poems, illustrations, comics, paintings, graphite art, and more!
And yes. Everything’s about pencils. (Or, at least, pencils play a part in the story.)
And we’re making many more copies, so I hope we can keep them in stock for a while.
Here’s just a quick list of some of the content within:
- A gorgeous cover by TJ Cosgrove of Wood & Graphite (and designer of the Erasable logo) inspired by a midcentury Eberhard Faber Van Dyke box
- A short story by Father Kyle Sanders about life from a pencil’s perspective
- A series of beautiful poems by Vivian Wagner about stationery, coffee and travel
- Graffiti art (in full color glory) of the Palomino Golden Bear by Jay Ruth from Sykotik Designs
- A short sci-fi story about ethereal beings using pencils and paper as a metaphor for human life by Harky Jewett (written on a manual typewriter and submitted, accepted and printed with the same)
- Multiple illustrations by Ana Reinert, our friend at the Well-Appointed Desk
- A hand-drawn literary word search by Kate Chapin, a 10 year-old pencil fan
- A short story by Harry C. Marks, host of the COVERED podcast (and guest poster at this very blog)
- And lots, lots more.
We’re trying to sell a bunch of copies, yes, but only because — okay, mostly me — am really excited to see this come to fruition. It’s been a labor of love for the last two or three months, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
(And any revenue above and beyond printing, assembly and mailing costs will be donated to Heart to Heart International, a nonprofit providing medical relief to the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Because we don’t make enough to pay contributors, I don’t want to make a profit myself.)
I’m afraid these won’t be available for Christmas, but my goal is to get orders out the first or second week of January. They’re being printed at a print shop, but the folding, stapling, trimming, and corner-rounding will be done right here in my one-bedroom apartment (Katie is thrilled, let me tell you).
So place your order today. This is your chance to see the creativity and passion that runs through the internet pencil community.