Secrets of the comics: What the nib-holding industry doesn’t want you to know

Via Matt Madden, Hillary Allison reveals a money saving technique for ink-slingers who favor the nib.

Bonus: Elite Beat Intern Maggie Siegel-Berele stars as the ink-slinger in question.


  1. says

    Ha, ha, ha! that’s awesome.

    I think it was reading an interview with Jessica Abel when I learned that if I dipped a nib deep in the ink it would hold a lot of ink. I used to only dip it in like an eighth of an inch and it would only hold enough for like a two inch line. Once I realized it could hold more, it blew my mind.

    Anyway, this is a great video. And up with nip inking! it’s the best!

  2. Al™ says

    Cool idea. Just don’t try twirling them when there is ink in them, or you will have Kirby Krackle all over the place.

  3. Jen Vaughn says

    Cute video! I cannot wait to get home and do this! Looks like they just used G-nibs or something huge but if it can fit that AND crowquills, I’m gonna cry from happiness.

  4. Allen Rubinstein says

    Does this mean someone’s going to raise money to make a giant Pitt Pen?

  5. Jay says

    This is why I buy Japanese nibs and holders. The quality of the steel on their nibs are better and one Tachikawa holder fits all sizes.

    This is a neat trick tho.

  6. says

    Wow, this is awesome! one of my pens is about to die, so now I don’t have to throw it away.

  7. George Pratt says

    If you heat the tip of your nibs with a lighter they’ll hold LOTS more ink. Kaluta taught me that way, way back when I was just breaking in.

    I’ll have to try the Pitt trick.

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