Jim Woodring's giant ink pen unveiled

woodring-demos-his-giant-pen.jpgOur pal and frequent guest blogger Glenn Fleishman attended the unveiling ceremony of Jim Woodring's 7 foot tall ink pen. Glenn provided this brief account of the event:
It was a hoot.The experiment was a mixed success. Jim was pretty game: he wanted to share the agony and ecstasy of the first time. Control is difficult, and he'll need to mess with ink formulations more. Over a couple hours, he clearly mastered it, but the pen body weighs 25 pounds -- it's a real load.

I drew with it! He was asking us to ask questions while he was working, and I asked him something and he offered the pen. I took it! Very fun. Jim seemed pretty relaxed despite saying how miserable he was to have put himself in such conditions! Very happy to answer questions from everyone.

Don't miss Glenn's other photographs of the Nibbus Maximus event, which Glenn posted on his Flickr stream.


  1. I hate to sound like a troll…but I am REALLY getting tired of seeing these articles in my RSS feed. This has got to rate amongst the silliest endeavors ever. It’s a novelty pen, big whoop. Will the news cover me if I decide to paint with my nose?

    1. It’s a technological and artistic endeavor by a really talented guy that has no real point. It was silly and fantastic and strange. Which has a relationship to Woodring’s art.

      When did BoingBoing readers get so serious?

    2. If you were half as talented an artists as Jim Woodring, maybe. Seeing as how you will never be half as talented as Jim Woodring because the man is actually a god, don’t get your hopes up.

  2. I hate to sound like a troll…but I am REALLY getting tired of seeing these articles in my RSS feed.

    Well just imagine the confusion of all Twitter users who wanted to know when the giant pen was coming. It turns out that #giantpeniscoming links to another subject entirely.

  3. Isn’t it curious how oversizing an ordinary object makes it comical or amusing through absurdity?

    And isn’t it even more curious that we never get tired of making things which are comically large?

    ~D. Walker

    1. I was one of the last people to get to use the pen before they packed it up, a very memorable experience. Personally I loved this event, it reminded me of the event we used to have when I was in art school. Small, very cozy community gatherings where people could come together and enjoy creating and talking about art without the pretentiousness found in most gallery showings, which are mostly for the benefit of people intending to buy or trying to make themselves feel more important or cultured by associating themselves with art.

      This event felt more like it was meant to be appreciated by artist, doodlers, and people who really cared about the art and the experience. Not to mention that it was just great fun using and seeing others try to wield a 7 foot pen.

      Here are the pictures that I managed to take:


    1. Which one is Scott Kurtz? I believe he and I were exchanging messages on a cartoonist’s forum (about my article on The Oatmeal). I had no idea he lived here. Small world.

      1. On the 14th image of the Flickr, he is the guy looking at his cell phone (possibly taking a photo). He is left to the guy with the shirt that says Oslo and the guy with the camera.

        He only recently moved, according to posts from his site. He is sharing an office with the Penny Arcade guys.

  4. How very cool. It’s a grand concept, well executed, and his technique with it is bound to grow quickly. It looks like he’s responding to a universal impulse, and he might want to look at this to see if a paradigm shift is in order as far as large scale inking goes.


    The Nibbus Maximus is gorgeous, though.

    1. I asked him about that. He was thinking about a sling or strap, and thought it would restrict his movement too much. But it might happen!

  5. I also suggested to him that he try using it over the shoulder ha! Here is a video I took of the event – Highlight, Audience- “Mr. Woodring is your pen hollow?” Jim – “What kind of question is that?”

  6. I would have missed this event (even though it took place at my daughter’s school), if BoingBoing had not pointed it out – Thanks!
    I took some photos (in 3D no less!) and posted them to my occasional blog, Euphonia: http://euphonia.us/wp/?p=200. A great time was had by all.

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