The History of Copic

1969

Copic Speedry Marker
THE PRODUCTION OF SPEEDRY MARKER HAS STARTED

In the middle of 1960’s, Too Corporation (former name: Izumiya) introduced “Speedry Marker” in Japan. In 1969, Magic Marker Corporation of Japan launched as a joint venture with the US’s Magic Marker Corporation, and the domestic production of Speedry Marker started.

This was the first marker pen specifically developed for designers. There were 150 colors available.

 


 

1987

72 and 36 piece Copic Classic Marker sets from 1987
FIRST COPIC (CLASSIC) MARKER WAS INTRODUCED IN JAPAN

Copic marker was developed in response to designer’s need for photocopy-safe markers. Copic have come in many colors since their launching in 1987 with 71 colors.

 


 

1989

72 piece Copic Classic Marker set from 1989
71 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC (CLASSIC) LINE

The 71 colors (including Neutral Grays and Toner Grays) were introduced to serve a particular need of architectural design and figure painting.

 


 

1991

72 piece Copic Classic Marker set from 1991
72 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC (CLASSIC) LINE

The 72 new colors were introduced to meet demands of environmental design and fashion design.

 


 

1992

Too Corporation logo
THE COMPANY 
NAME OFFICIALLY CHANGED FROM IZUMIYA TO TOO CORPORATION
Also the company name of Magic Marker Corporation of Japan changed to TooMarker Products.

 

Copic Opaque White
COPIC OPAQUE WHITE WAS RELEASED

Thick white paint with good opacifying properties effectively adds the highlights and details to the artwork.

 


 

1993

72 Piece Copic Sketch Marker set from 1993
COPIC SKETCH WAS RELEASED

144 colors of Copic Sketch was introduced and revolutionized fine art markers. The Sketch marker comes with Super Brush Nib, a brush that never frays and lasts a long time.

 


 

1994

Copic Multiliners sitting in glass pen holder
COPIC MULTILINERS WERE RELEASED

Since its release, high quality and Copic-proof Multiliner pens are a must-have item for Copic users. It’s perfect for inking, as the ink will not bleed with Copic markers. Now Multiliners are available in many colors.

 


 

1995

Copic Airbrush System
COPIC AIRBRUSH SYSTEMS WERE LAUNCHED

These portable systems allow you to use your Classic/Sketch markers to create airbrushed art.

 


 

1998

72, 36, and 12 piece Copic Ciao Marker sets from 1998
COPIC CIAO MARKER WAS RELEASED

Ciao is the most affordable among Copic markers and it is an ideal choice for beginners. Started with the carefully selected 72 colors.

 


 

1999

72 piece Copic Sketch Marker set from 1999
36 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC SKETCH LINE

Purples, flesh colors and fluorescent colors were added in response to the expanding manga market.

 


 

2000

72 piece Copic Sketch Marker set from 2000
36 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC SKETCH LINE

Light colors (000 group) and some grayish-blues were added in response to requests from manga artists and Copic enthusiasts.

 


 

2001

12 piece Copic Sketch Marker set from 2001
12 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC SKETCH LINE

Light colors (000 group), mainly “wine-colors” were added to Sketch’s lineup.

 


 

2002

12 piece Copic Sketch Marker set from 2002
12 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC SKETCH LINE

A number of rich, vibrant colors were added to meet the needs of US market.

Copic Wide Markers
COPIC WIDE MARKER WAS RELEASED
Copic Wide markers released, starting with the 36 most popular colors.

 


 

2003

Copic Drawing Pens
COPIC DRAWING PENS WERE RELEASED

These pens are made for those who prefer the feel and line width of a fountain pen. Great for drawing manga.

 

Super-fine 0.03 width Multiliner
SUPER-FINE 0.03 WIDTH MULTILINER WAS RELEASED

Responding to the demands of specialists in various areas, this pen provides ultrafine, precision lines.


Copic Modeler Pens
COPIC MODELER PENS WERE RELEASED
Specifically designed to paint plastic models.

 


 

2004

Copic Multiliner SP
COPIC MULTILINER SP WAS INTRODUCED

In response to the increasing awareness of environmental issues, we designed the eco-friendly pens with replaceable ink cartridge/nibs.



Super-fine 0.02 width Copic Modeler Pen
SUPER-FINE 0.02 WIDTH COPIC MODELER PEN WAS RELEASED

Originally designed to paint the ultrafine grooves of plastic models.

 


 

2006

12 piece Copic Sketch Marker set from 2006
12 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC SKETCH LINE

Light colors (including very-light E0000 group) were added.



Copic Gasen-Fude Brush Pen
COPIC GASEN-FUDE BRUSH PEN WAS RELEASED

A unique brush nib of Gasen-Fude creates expressive drawing and calligraphy.

 


 

2009

12 piece Copic Sketch Marker set from 2009
12 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC SKETCH LINE

Very hypochromic 0000 colors have increased in various color groups. Also 00 colors were added to two grays. As the result, the level of gradation was increased to 12 shades.



Copic Shikishi Illustration Board
COPIC SHIKISHI ILLUSTRATION BOARD WAS RELEASED

High quality illustration board with smooth, bright white surface. Great for inking with pen. Pencil easily erases without damaging paper fibers.

 


 

2011

12 piece Copic Sketch Marker set from 2011
12 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC SKETCH LINE

Vivid natural colors were added to meet the needs of the craft market in the US. 

 


 

2012

12 piece Copic Sketch Marker set from 2012
12 NEW COLORS WERE ADDED TO COPIC SKETCH LINE

12 asian-inspired colors were added to meet the needs of craft market in the US.



Copic Plastic Color Chips
COPIC PLASTIC COLOR CHIPS WAS RELEASED
Copic Plastic Color Chip is an innovative product that facilitates color communication in a variety of settings. This is the perfect reference tool for designers, manufacturers and educators.



Copic Postcard
COPIC POSTCARD WAS RELEASED

Postcard with specially coated paper. The Copic ink will not bleed through to the other side.

 


 

2013

Copic Collection app shown on smart phone
COPIC COLLECTION APP

Copic Collection is the smartest way to manage your collection. You can check all the information of your collection with the tap of your fingers.

 

Copic Opaque White with Brush
COPIC OPAQUE WHITE WITH BRUSH WAS RELEASED

Attached fine liner brush provides sharp definition. Perfect for finishing effects.

 


 

2014

2014 Copic Multiliner Pink
COPIC MULTILINER PINK WAS RELEASED

In addition to existing colors, elegant pink was added to the lineup.

 

Copic Sketch “Manga Illustration 24 Colors Set”
COPIC SKETCH “MANGA ILLUSTRATION 24 COLORS SET” WERE RELEASED

From the full selection of 358 colors, 24 colors were selected for pursuing the blending technique in manga illustration. Highly recommended for beginners.

 


 

2015

Copic Marker special collaboration with Miffy
SPECIAL COLLABORATION WITH MIFFY

Special limited set of Ciao for celebrating the 60th anniversary of Miffy at “The 60 Years With Miffy” exhibition. The limited-edition set included 6 Dick Bruna colors.


 

COPIC MANIACS 1
“COPIC MANIACS 1” WAS PUBLISHED WORLDWIDE

A wide range of tips and tricks, from the basics to line drawings, for practicing coloring with Copic.

 


 

2016

Copic Multiliner lavender
COPIC MULTILINER LAVENDER WAS RELEASED

A refreshingly cool purple color of lavender. It looks great when paired with Multiliner Cobalt and BV or V color family of Copic markers.