Plumbago Magazine

a zine companion to The Erasable Podcast


Zines are a perfect medium to express a love of pencils, pens and other analog tools of creation. Often overlooked, sometimes gritty and full of texture, zines are informal magazines, often laid out and printed on a photocopier. This is our attempt at expressing ourselves in a zine.

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Plumbago, Issue 3: the Fiction & Poetry Issue
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Issue 3: "The Fiction & Poetry Issue"

Our third release is shipping, and it’s better than ever! This issue celebrates fiction and poetry about stationery — and, of course, comics, illustrations, art and more! You’ll find nearly a dozen short stories and novel excerpts, lots of poems, haikus and even limericks. Here are just a few of the features in this issue:

  • Father Kyle Sanders writes a story from the perspective of an Eberhard Faber American Naturals pencil
  • A collaboration between poet Judy Wilson and fine graphite artist Diane Wright
  • Harky Jewett presents a type-written science-fiction story about the fate of mankind
  • A big, bright graffiti-style portrait of some of our favorite pencils
  • The 5 winners of the six-word story contest, illustrated by Becky Aiken
  • Original artwork by Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk
  • And lots, lots more

Issue 2: "The Hackwing Issue"

Paper issues have sold out!
Buy a digital copy here.

At 36 pages long, this issue is chock-full of writing and illustration. We’re celebrating the spirit of the hackwing; what we call a pencil modded from its original design to suit the user’s style and usage preferences.

Just a few features you’ll find here:

  • “What I’ve Learned from Field Notes”: A piece by urban sketcher Tina Koyama
  • “Rabbinic Musings in Graphite”: about how pencils aid in the intense study environs of rabbi school by Mordechai Lightstone
  • “How to Keep Score at a Baseball Game Using a Pencil”: A piece by Gregory Dresser
  • “Are You *Too* Obsessed with Stationery:” A quiz to help you measure your sickness
  • A comic by the Mad Penciler
  • An editorial by Dr. J. Frank, encouraging you to lovingly destroy your pencils
  • And lots, lots more.

Issue 1: "Pencil is Forever"

Update: We're sold out! Thank you, everyone, for contributing and buying.

The inaugural issue of Plumbago Magazine! This issue features 22 pages of art and writing by friends of The Erasable Podcast. Assembled and printed entirely by hand (Andy Welfle's hand, in fact), this was created as authentically as possible — with a photocopier in a mail room at Andy's workplace.


  • The cover features art by Luke Sinclair for his tattoo (and that art, freshly tattooed on his arm, inside

  • "Confessions of a Pencil Lady" written by Caroline Weaver from CW Pencils

  • A short review of the history of Mongol pencils by Caitlin Elgin from CW Pencils
  • Short fiction from author Harry C. Marks
  • A short essay by Toffer from Little Story Gallery
  • Stationery art by Ana Reinert from the Well-Appointed Desk
  • Calligraphy from Elaine Ku from Owl-Ink
  • A doodle by Jennifer Yin
  • A typewritten letter of musings from Tj Cosgrove from Wood & Graphite
  • Top 5 pencils from Andy, Tim and Johnny from The Erasable Podcast (and special guest Charlotte, age 6, Johnny's daughter)

Revenue from this zine go directly to printing, postage costs, and any leftover profits go to the Oakland Fire Department Relief Fund, for those affected by the Ghostship warehouse fire, and Girls to Women, an East Palo Alto-based nonprofit empowering girls and young women.

Note: A variety of colors were used for the cover of this zine. Your order will come with a random color.