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Copic FAQs

Depending on the surface, they will dry acid-free. The alcohol carrier solvent is slightly off-neutral pH, but once that evaporates they are neutral. However, certain papers retain the alcohol more than others.

No, we (Imagination International, Inc.) are the North American distributor of Copic markers. If you are outside of North America, you can consult our Global Distribution page.

Many people wonder what the difference is between the 100 and 110. The two blacks may look the same on some paper, but on others there is a noticeable difference. The 100 is a "true", deep blue black, while the 110 is a slightly neutral gray black -- it comes down to what pigments are used to make up each color. The 110 would be equivalent to a T11, if such a number existed on our color chart.


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The best markers to start with depend a great deal on what your budget is and what kind of art you want to make, but set of grays is always a good place to start. Another good place to start is with a blending group in each hue; that is a mid-tone, a highlight, and a shadow for each color (e.g. B24, B21, and B29 for blues, R24, R20, and R29 for reds, etc.)

No. The openings on the Classic and Sketch barrels are different sizes.

You can store your markers whichever way looks best on your desk :) Japan sells them stored either way, so it doesn't really matter.

No. We guarantee a 3-year shelf-life. These markers are airtight and will last for years, even if you never use them.

No. Because they are a dye they will fade unless they are protected from direct light.

Nothing. They are airtight and alcohol based so it will take a lot for them to freeze or boil due to extreme temperatures.

This can happen when the air pressure inside the marker is altered. Remember, these are airtight markers, so a pressure change from weather, elevation, or airplane travel can cause this effect. Just pull the cap off both ends and let it sit for a moment. This will even out the air pressure and the marker should be fine after that.

No. Both nibs share the same ink reservoir. So if one side is dry, chances are the other side is almost dry too. Just refill from the chisel end and you'll be fine.

Yes, we have seen instances of counterfeit Copic markers being circulated on the market. If you are unsure about the provenance of a marker or set of markers, send an email to

While Copics color just fine on all sorts of fabrics, they are not colorfast or UV resistant, so the color will bleed and fade with washing and sun exposure. Copics will work on canvas shoes and bags if they are properly sealed. Visit the “Inspire” page for tutorials on how to do this.

While in theory, you can do this, it is not advised. Removing nibs frequently can damage the wick and cause them to no longer work. Also, if the nib dries out, it will be ruined.

Yes. Markers can be taken in a carry on. Various Inks should be sealed in a plastic bag and placed in checked baggage. ABS systems should be in original packaging if at all possible and placed in checked baggage.

No, they are not defective. One of two things has likely happened - They are suffering from an air pressure change or they have been overfilled. If your marker is new, recently been traveled with (such as flying or other high elevation changes), or if the weather has drastically changed recently, there has been an air pressure change within the marker itself. If you have recently refilled the marker, you may have overfilled. To fix both issues, simply remove both caps and let the marker sit open for a few minutes. If you are still experiencing blobbing, scribble on a piece of scratch paper for a bit. Both methods will help eliminate excess ink and regulate air pressure in the markers.

Note: This is more common of darker colors than lighter, but it can happen to all markers. The best way to prevent work from being ruined from a blobbing of ink is to pay close attention to the amount of ink coming from the marker itself. If it starts to seem like more than normal, look at the tip. If it has become shiny, pull the marker away from your work and take the other cap off.

Multiliner inks are certified non-toxic, however, they are sometimes listed with a California Prop 65 warning. This is due to trace amounts of unbonded carbon black used in the pigment. Please refer to the Multiliner ink MSDS sheet for more information.