Our guest this week is Steve Denton, AKA Dr. Monkey. Steve is an internet scourge, sometime writer, full time smart aleck, and an unrepentant gadfly in the ointment of life.
David Ng and Ben Cohen performed acts of science (realistic ones) in order to determine, once and for all, a true and empirical understanding of which Halloween candies induce the most joy and despair. With more than 40,000 of your votes duly recorded, the results below are indisputably unassailable.
Here's a shout-out to our sponsors at Blackwing602, a website about the creative process and creative people. Blackwing602 has stories about notable Blackwing users, like Walt Disney and Moises Chiullan. As you might know, I love the Blackwing 602 pencil, and have used it for many years. If you'd like to experience Blackwing for yourself, buy a dozen right here. Read the rest
Mark caught up with two of his favorite cartoonists, Gabrielle Bell, who has a new autobiographical book out, called Truth is Fragmentary, and Ruben Bolling, who announced his upcoming series of illustrated kids' books, called Emu Club Adventures.
I like my new Blackwing Slate journal, which our friends at Pencils.com sent me to review. The paper has the perfect tooth for a Blackwing pencil, and comes lined or unlined. Best of all, it has a holster for the pencil, which solves the vexing problem of where to stash my pencil.
Read more about the Blackwing Slate at Pencils.com Read the rest
I'm happy that Pencils.com is a Boing Boing sponsor because I love their Blackwing pencils. They have a unique ferrule, a removable eraser, and high-quality graphite. Blackwings come in three models and you can select the model that's right for you at Pencils.com's Blackwing page.
Update: My friend Bob Knetzger just emailed me and attached this photo of Max from Mad Men holding a Blackwing. Read the rest
makes custom pencils that come in threesomes which spell out fannish messages, For example
: "He's dead Jim," "Beam me up Scotty" and "Live long and prosper." Or
: "Sedagive?" "What hump?" and "Put the candle back." Very nice: now, put 'em on rebooted Blackwings
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Welcome to this year's Boing Boing Gift Guide
, a piling-high of our most loved stuff from 2013 and beyond. There are books, gadgets, toys, music and much else besides: click the categories at the top to filter what you're most interested in—and offer your own suggestions and links!
I want to thank Pencils.com for sponsoring Boing Boing. You might be aware that I love their Blackwing 602 pencil. Recently Pencils.com introduced a new Blackwing model: the Pearl. I have to say this is my favorite Blackwing yet. The graphite is ever-so-slightly softer than the 602, making a rich dark line with very little pressure. It's perfect!
My daughters swiped the 12-pack of Pearls I ordered, and I had to get another. I'm asking my wife to buy me a gross for my birthday.
Support Boing Boing by supporting our sponsor - grab a box of Palomino Blackwing Pearls here. Read the rest
Here is the best website about pencils. The Atlantic's Rebecca J. Rosen sings its praises:
So, the obvious question is, why pencils? What is it about pencils that merit this sort of attention, this level of devotion? Johnny Gamber, the site's creator and leader, answered that for me over email. What draws him to pencils are "their relative simplicity." But, at that same time, that simplicity obscures an object that, as Gamber sees it, is "amazing," if you just look closely enough. "While mostly made of wood, graphite and clay, they are wonders of engineering," he writes. "Even terrible pencils are made with astounding precision.
Yes, of course, the author loves our house instrument, the Blackwing 602. Read the rest
Our first-ever stage event is going great today, bringing us into the material plane for the very first time. All day Sunday, we've got all sorts of fascinating presentations, astounding performances, and living curiosities on show at a former Masonic Lodge in San Francisco.