Shikishi Boards

With Anime Expo just around the corner, many first-time attendees might be deciding what to bring to get autographed.

I was in the same situation last year when I finally decided to bring art books specific to the works that each guest was known for. This year I didn’t really feel like shelling out cash for more art books and instead opted for shikishi boards.

The only autograph/sketch that I got on a shikishi board is shown above, which I got from last year’s AX.

As you can see, it is around as thick as a thin piece of cardboard.

Booths like Kinokuniya’s at AX sell these shikishi boards which I find ideal for autographs, but I want to purchase some before I head down to LA.

Washi Accents has them at a decent price with the following description:

9 1.2″ x 10 5/8″ Shikishi is made from fine handmade art paper laminated to hard board backing. They are edged with a strip of gold paper and are traditionally used for sumi painting, Haiku, and water color painting.

That’s the standard size, but does anyone know where to buy these boards besides at Kinokuniya?

They’re light and don’t really take up that much space while still providing more than enough space for guests to autograph/sketch on. Plus, you can frame and display them when you go home.

8 Comments to “Shikishi Boards”

  1. Fabrice says:

    Mhm nope i only know in Kinokuniya.
    I want to get my hand on this. anyway nice you got it signed.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, Kinokuniya is the only store I can think of. Thanks though.

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  2. Yi says:

    Shikishi boards look really nice. It’s like a tile specifically made for autographs.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, they work really well for autographs.

    I’ll try to increase my tile collection at this year’s AX. ^^

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  3. Kari says:

    What kind of pen did the person use on your board? Well, I guess a better question is what kind of pen would you recommend? I’ve just ordered some boards for autographs I’ll be getting next month, and I don’t know what kind of pen to bring. If a certain person is there I’ll ask for a sketch, too… fantasizing again, eheh. ^^’

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    Reltair Reply:

    Umm, for autographs I think it was mostly sharpies and pens similar to those. All the guests that I’ve gotten autographs from had their own pens or were supplied some by the staff. I never had to bring my own, although it doesn’t hurt to be safe.

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  4. Jasmine says:

    I saw your loot post for AX ’10. Did you buy these boards in a bundle or separately since it looked like they were individually wrapped. :O

    Secondly, ordering sketches from the artist? How did that work while you were there?

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    Reltair Reply:

    I bought the boards separately from Kinokuniya (they also have a booth every year at AX).

    As for the sketches, there were prices posted at the booth, so it was just like making any standard purchase. Then I chose which character I wanted a sketch of and showed my badge to the artist so they could personalize the sketch with my name.

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