I’m sad to say I’ve had to put down one of my oldest and most reliable of companions; my old pencil sharpener.
I’m a pencil nut. I love love LOVE really sharp pencils. And they have to be a very specific kind.
Anyway, before I had a permanent workspace, I used to create my cartoons at the coffee table in our old house’s living room, which meant pretty much everything for cartooning had to be small and mobile. Hence my battery powered pencil sharpener.
This thing was a workhorse and has been at my side for about as long as I’ve been cartooning professionally. But, sadly, something went kablooey the other day, and now I have to lay it to rest. Sniffle.
Goodbye old friend.
On an up note, after some recent browsing at Staples I’ve adopted a new sharpener (same breeder, BTW) and my pencils are sharp once more. And, thanks to shelving my gypsy ways, this one can stay plugged in and in one place.
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.