Enjoy this quick overview of the history of Copic, as well a glimpse into all the beautiful celebratory contributions from artists on our Japan-based partner's Copic website.
A glimpse into history.
In March 2017, Copic markers turned 30 years old. These markers weren't originally invented for all the creative uses of today, but for professionals in the field of graphic and industrial design. The main selling point was that the markers did not dissolve the toner from freshly printed black-and-white copies. In fact, that is how Copic got its name, from "copies". The markers were for coloring the output of copy machines.
Interestingly, the Copic connection with copy machines is because of its manufacturer, .Too Corporation (former name: Izumiya), based in Japan. It distributed copy machines to designers throughout Japan at the time. But the grand company's roots are actually in the arts, so it should come as no surprise that they had manufactured a marker long before Copic in 1987, called Speedry. That was in the 1960s. Copic has a rich history that you can review, along with photos, on the anniversary website.
Check out the entire timeline of Copic marker history, here!
30th Anniversary Illustrations & Artist Interviews
These illustrations by Japanese artists were commissioned by Copic in Japan. Click on these images below to see the work more closely on their website.
Eisaku Kubonouchi, Japanese manga artist / illustrator
The first is by Eisaku Kubonouchi, Japanese manga artist / illustrator born in Kochi, Japan. He is the most famous for his manga series such as "Tsurumoku Dokushin Ryo", "Watanabe" and "Chocolat", which are made into the film TV dramas. Mr. Kubonouchi's work attracts a wide range of people with his unique style.
Mr. Kubonouchi says of the illustration, "To celebrate the anniversary I was trying to make this illustration gorgeous by using as many colors as possible. I look forward to continue good relations with Copic, which turns 30 years old this year."
Read Mr. Kobonouchi's full interview here.
Mr. Tetsuo Fukuda, Industrial Designer
Mr. Fukuda started his career as an automotive designer at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Then he left the company to go independent and has been engaged in a wide range of design projects From accessories to Shinkansen bullet train for many years. Mr. Fukuda became highly regarded for various railway developments, has has numerous awards for designing the railway vehicles such as Shinkansen (including N700 Series "Nozomi"), other limited trains or sleepers. He Is now a professor emeritus of Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo and serve as a visiting professor at Kyoto Seika University.
He told our team in Japan, "Copic is a fine, unique artist's material - If I'm a salesperson I am not surprised Copic continues to be popular over many years due to its functions (a variety of colors, clarity of ink and fast response ). It deserves a high valuation and has been loved by many people. I wish Copic will have many more successful years."
Enjoy Mr. Fukuda's interview, here.