There are few things more annoying to an artist than running out of an art supply. For those designers and illustrators who use markers, that would be the unexpected moment you run out of ink and don't have a backup. What could be worse you ask? How about the marker drying out before it was ever used.
The fact is designer/illustrator makers aren't cheap. Most Prismacolor markers fall into the range of (rarely) $3.95 to around $8, averaging more in the neighborhood of around $4-5. COPICS are generally known as a premium marker and average about $8-$10, but can be found for the low, low, price of $5.45 at some art stores. COPICS are often a choice for marker users because after the initial purchase they're refillable, the nibs can be changed, and many models can be used in an airbrush system for small airbrushing needs. In other words, they're versatile.
The tragedy of my dead COPIC Wide marker is a short one; I put the marker in a bag and the cap came off. The sad (okay, frustrating) part was that it had never been used.
So the question is, what do you do with a dead, $7, gigantic marker? Well, you have two options: spend another $7 for a new marker, or buy one of COPICs Boosters (refills). I chose the refill route.
The refills hold 25cc's of whatever ink you choose. This is enough ink to refill typical COPIC Sketch markers around 12-15 times, or the Wide 5 times. As I stated before, the initial investment is more, but the ability to refill a marker at midnight when you're working on a project makes the investment worth the while.
So while I'm a little disappointed that my marker dried out, in the end it was my fault for storing it the wrong way. The design of the marker itself is pretty fantastic, and the ability to refill is worth the cash.