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    Upon trying american bristol paper it all made sense, it's just so easy to ink compared to what I was using, so I want to get proper comic paper but I'm a bit at a loss on what brand to get.

    I'm more inclined to order Eon boards but they don't have any contact info, I don't know if they ship overseas or what type of finish the paper has, I hate plate (glossy) and vellum (grainy).

    Blueline is very cheap but they mention that the paper is tailored for brush inking, I imagine it's because it bleeds if the ink goes into the paper fibers which would happen if you would to use a crowquill.

    Strathmore also has a semi-smooth finish that is appealing to me, the price is $28 for 24 sheets.

    Canson Fanboy appears to be similar to Blueline from what I've read but don't have much info other than apparently it comes in packs of 12 sheets.

    I don't need ultra elite 3 ply paper, just good enough is more than enough!
    Last edited by Voider; 11-15-2013, 12:54 PM.

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    Paper that has a bristol kid finish is good for pencils as well as inking. That's what you want to look for.
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    • #3
      I haven't actually used the pre-ruled kind, but I can vouch for the Canson Fanboy, it works really well with crow quills and other dip pen nibs. It's probably about the texture you're looking for too, smooth but not glossy. It's the only paper I've really tried, though, so I can't offer comparisons, sorry! It was one of the more inexpensive options I had looked at, which is why I bought it.
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      • #4
        Canson Fanboy sounds perfect for me going by your description, I thought it was pre-ruled?

        http://www.dickblick.com/products/ca...papers/#photos
        http://cdn.dickblick.com/items/124/4...30-1-3ww-l.jpg

        It's not too important that it's pre-ruled since I can always lightbox the guides.

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        • #5
          Yeah, you can get either type, the blank ones are the "manga drawing pad" right down the bottom of the list. They used to stock the 9"x12" size in a more economical 50 sheet bulk pack, but apparently their supplier (or Canson themselves) changed the line up and now they only stock it in 18"x24". Similarly priced per square inch, but it's more of an up-front cost and I'll have to cut it myself from now on

          Here's the link tor the bulk packs: http://www.dickblick.com/products/ca...ng-bulk-packs/

          Edit: I just noticed the size difference between the ruled and the blank, but they're both the same weight so I would EXPECT them to be the same surface. Hopefully. haha ^_^;;
          Last edited by rmharris; 11-17-2013, 04:27 PM.
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          • #6
            I use canson Fanboy 11x17 pads, no problems..Works well with nibs and brush. I had bought a strathmore 500 smooth 11x17 paper and found it bled like a stuck pig when i used my nibs on it, so now i am gun shy about spending anymore money on it. The canson i can get local and when i use a coupon, i can get the 24 sheet pad for about 12 bucks.
            good luck,

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            • #7
              Looks like Canson Fanboy is the clear winner. For some reason in Europe they only sell in packs of 12 for €10, I'll try the ones in Europe and if I like it I'll bulk order from the US, thanks for the suggestions!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Voider View Post
                Looks like Canson Fanboy is the clear winner. For some reason in Europe they only sell in packs of 12 for €10, I'll try the ones in Europe and if I like it I'll bulk order from the US, thanks for the suggestions!
                if its the packs of 12 , make sure they are not the Cover sheets, they come in packs of 12 here.

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                • #9
                  Compiling a Christmas List and I think its time I *pause for dramatic effect* move away from printer paper xD is this what im looking for?

                  http://www.dickblick.com/items/12441-1030/#description there is no description on whether these have the guides on them and no picture of the sheets themselves so I wanna make sure I link the proper thing xD

                  My local shop has them but at the $20 price so I'd prefer to get em online xD

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Basilisk View Post
                    Compiling a Christmas List and I think its time I *pause for dramatic effect* move away from printer paper xD is this what im looking for?

                    http://www.dickblick.com/items/12441-1030/#description there is no description on whether these have the guides on them and no picture of the sheets themselves so I wanna make sure I link the proper thing xD

                    My local shop has them but at the $20 price so I'd prefer to get em online xD
                    There is a picture of that art board right there on the page you linked, click on the second thumbnail, it definitely has the blue guidelines There are of course other brands out there, this is just one I know for certain works well and doesn't bleed. Canson papers are pretty reliable overall for not bleeding; Strathmore is more hit-and-miss, unfortunately.... I actually bought two 9x12 pads of paper just the other day from Walmart, one Canson and one Strathmore. The Canson was a simple drawing pad, 114gsm, and it holds ink like a pro. The Strathmore was a Bristol, heavier stock, smoother, higher-priced for less sheets, and was even LABELED for use with pen and ink, but it just bled all over the place when I used my dip nibs.... useless. What's the point of making it heavier weight if the surface isn't even sized properly??

                    /end rant
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                    • #11
                      Ahhh for some reason that one isnt showing up for me! xD Must be my multitude of adblock/noscript type shit causes some problems sometimes xP Thanks rmharris!

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                      • #12
                        No probs Basilisk!
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