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. 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. Sphinx Magoo says:

    This post needs a Like button!

  3. I want to marry these resourceful and creative women now.

  4. Umm, “nib inking” – embarrassing typo.

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

  6. 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.

  7. Allen Rubinstein says:

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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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