Man Friday: Things & Thoughts

Stationery Fetishism: Manzine enjoyed a visit to the Faber-Castell Pencil Factory in Stein near Nuremberg the other day. The Faber-Castell 9000 is a classic (its distinctive dark-green lacquer was chosen to honour the colour of company Alexadner Graf Von Faber-Castell’s cavalry regiment). Meanwhile, these Alligator pencils are manufactured by the company for sale in the Middle East.

If you ever wondered what a sheaf of pencil leads look like – surely you have? - here’s a picture.

The artist and cartographer Stephen Walter  enlarges on his repertoire of pencils on Manzine Issue IV, available now. Below is a fragment of his London map:

Detail from "The Hub" by Stephen Walter

Mutt of the Month: Trotzky from 032c

This beautiful lady lives with Joerg and Sandy who run 032c magazine in Berlin. Trotzky welcomes visitors to the office by tearing across the office floor like a cruise missile and barking loudly, then walking round in a circle and letting them pet her for a while before she goes back to her dog basket for a lie down. Isn’t she lovely?


Trend: Lavatory-Skyscraper  is the new Gutter-Stars paradigm
Design man @MichaelSurtees tweeted this picture from NYC while the second composition from an anonymous Manzine reader reflects an alternative but no less appropriate setting for enjoying the journal:

Read All About it:  Manzine in The Independent, at , (“I’ve sold a few magazines on the site, but none so fast as Manzine”, Jeremy Leslie said), on It’s Nice That, Creative Review and Style Bubble. Thanks to all for the coverage.

Ready-made repsonses to great philosophical works No. 1: Comments on “Comments on the Society Of The Spectacle” (Guy Debord, 1980). 
Choose one comment.

1. “I didn’t understand it.”
2. “I prefer Monocle Alpino.”
3. “The spectacle is not a collection of images; rather, it is a social relationship between people that is mediated by images.”
4. “I like shopping, but not with my girlfriend.”
(NB: there is no correct answer.)