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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Shameless Plug Saturday: Zen Pencils

The year 2016 wasn't exactly the best, and 2017 isn't shaping up to be any better, especially with President Bad Spray Tan now in office. During such dark and foreboding times, it's easy to lose hope and fall prey to pessimism and cynicism, and it's times like these when we need uplifting artwork to give us hope when all seems hopeless. Zen Pencils is just the artwork we all need now.

If there was any proof that comics, especially web comics, could be considered fine art, Zen Pencils would be proof. This webcomic, created by artist Gavin Aung Than, is a series of motivational comic strips that puts pictures to words of poetry and prose. Using classic literature as a base, the comics provide creative short stories with very positive, uplifting messages about creativity, perseverance, and other virtues.

Most of the text for these comics are lifted from classic poems and essays written by great thinkers ranging from William Shakespeare to Percy Bysshe Shelley to more contemporary figures such as Issac Asimov and even Kevin Smith. Some comics tell very simple yet motivating stories, while other touch upon important social issues as censorship, racism, and feminism. Recently, the webcomic has been releasing a series of biographical comics of historical figures such as Albert Einstein, Ludwig Von Beethoven, and Leonardo Da Vinci.

If you're feeling down and looking for something to lift your spirits during these dark and uncertain times, I'd highly recommend reading one or even several dozen of these magnificently drawn comics. They're almost like those cheesy workplace motivational posters, only created with real effort and actual motivational messages. Check them out at the official website or on GoComics or Tumblr.

Since this week is Valentines Day, I'd recommend this love themed comic with words by C.S. Lewis. Feel free to read the rest of it here: