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Discussion: I’d rather lose my left (or right) hand if I had to give up using…
Back in the mid-90′s I was watching a video that Tribune Media Services distributed to newspapers to promote Jeff MacNelly. Half way through I noticed Jeff was using some kind of pen that made thin and narrow strokes like it was a brush – but it definitely was a pen. I did slow-mo several times trying to figure out what he was using. I finally emailed Chris Cassatt who was Jeff’s assistant at the time and asked him what he was using. He wrote back telling me it was a brush pen that could only be purchased from an art store in Canada and also gave me contact information on how to order one – which I immediately did. Since then, that brush pen (I still use the original) has been irreplaceable. I love the freedom of being able to work away from my desk and not have to carry around an ink bottle and cup of water to clean the brush. I showed the brush to other cartoonists – Mark Pett and Mark Ritter, both of whom have purchased and use it.
What specific tools and products do you use that are so indispensable or enjoyable that you without them, cartooning would be slightly less of an experience than it is now?