For the last year or so, freelance cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has been using his talents to turn inspirational quotes from some of the world's greatest thinkers into inspirational comic strips.
Zen Pencils is a project borne out of Than's decision to quit his soul-sucking corporate graphic design gig and focus on the love of his life: Drawing cartoons.
For the latest installment in his ongoing series, Than decided to focus on reclusive Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson’s legendary 1990 speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College.
C&H has a special place in Than's heart, being what he and many others consider "the greatest comic strip of all time."
So, in recognition of the role Watterson played in inspired Than's own love of comics, the Melbourne-based artist decided to draw this week's submission in Watterson's eminently recognizable style.
As Comic Book Resources' Robot 6 blog notes, Than's Watterson homage "struck a particular chord within the comics community, as it’s been making the rounds on blogs and Twitter and in email."
Than has graciously allowed us to republish his powerful piece of art, but make sure to check out Zen Pencils for more on what Watterson personally means to Than.
[image via Zen Pencils]
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There are times when I wish someone would kidnap Gary Larson and Bill Watterson, put them in a beautiful room full of fine art and access to all the music in the world, lock them in and force them to return to their respective comic strips.
I cried. Seriously, this brought me to tears. I have every Calvin and Hobbes anthology. I am sobbing like a baby right now.