Monday, October 18, 2010

THE GIANT PEN PROTOTYPE




































1. The protonib with six of the seven brass reservoir plates.

2. The protonib with the plates installed.

3. The protonib with plate-ends wired in place.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! I hope to see more coverage of the project as it moves along.

Will you be casting a giant ink bottle?

8:33 PM  
Blogger Donovan S. Brain said...

I saw Protonib warming up for Hawkwind back in '84. Helluva show.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Chad Woody said...

Most impressive. Even if no great art flows from this, you will develop the intimidating upper-body parts of Conan the Calligrapher.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Donovan S. Brain said...

Maybe you can build a pantograph to operate it in synch with a normal-sized pen.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

JW: Regarding the ink bottle: hmmm, I can cast one for you usng my glass kiln - what color and shape specifically - how many feet/inches tall, circumference,details!!! and what for the stopper? When do you plan to unveil this?? I'll email you.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

JW: Regarding the ink bottle: hmmm, I can cast one for you usng my glass kiln - what color and shape specifically - how many feet/inches tall, circumference,details!!! and what for the stopper? When do you plan to unveil this?? I'll email you.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Bwanasonic said...

Are you doing anything to prepare yourself physically for wielding this mighty pen? Looking formidable. Sure can't wait to see what comes out.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Joshua Ray Stephens said...

We don’t understand. A regular sized quill pen operates using the surface tension of the fluid to keep from dripping. With a pen this size how is the ink not going to just spill everywhere?

11:13 PM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

The plates. A series of nesting plates spaced just far enough apart to hold the ink with sufficient tenacity that it will stay there until drawn out. You can see the prototype work here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKgVjd37XNQ

1:03 PM  
Blogger Joshua Ray Stephens said...

Ahhhhhhh… the plates! Of course. Thanks for clearing that one up.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Piktor Turic Oolong said...

I have a question regarding "Weathercraft", but I'll start it with a clarification...

The above poster, Joshua Ray Stephens, is my brother and a comic artist. I believe you two might have a mutual friend at Fantagraphics Books.

I was wondering if anyone had shared with you a copy of Joshua's self published book, "The Moth or The Flame"?

http://thursdaycitywares.blogspot.com/2008/04/moth-or-flame.html

There is a scene in your book, "Weathercraft" where Frank shoots dead a little worm-like creature who is gathered with his family on the banks of a lake and Frank uses the little "worm" as fishing bait.

There is an almost identical scene in my brother's book, "The Moth or the Flame". The creature looks almost identical as well. Joshua's "bait" is called a Lightening Lump.

I had a question, and Joshua did not put me up to this (he didn't even recognize that your scene was eerily similar to his scene).

The question:

Did you read "The Moth or the Flame", and amalgamate a piece of Joshua's story subconsciously, or did y'all happen to reach into the cosmos and tap into the same bit of emotional weirdness and put it in your book?

Either way, we both think it's pretty cool and it would be an honor if you've actually read his book.

Thanks!

p.s. We both love your work!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

I regret to state that I have not read The Moth or the Flame. I'll keep an eye out for it. Strange coincidence, that.

6:09 PM  
Blogger tiffannysketchbook said...

wow that's gunna be a big pen!!!!!!

9:28 AM  
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Anonymous Amy McCraken said...

Even if no great art flows from this, you will develop the intimidating upper-body parts of Conan the Calligrapher.

10:26 PM  

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