Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks

    Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks  (Paperback)

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    • ISBN: 9781449457952, 1449457959
    • Edition: 2014
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    Discover the wisdom of ages with Gavin Aung Than’s comic renditions of popular quotes from the Zen Pencils webcomics.

    Summary of the Book

    Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks begins with a simple enough surmise. Gavin Aung Than, a cartoonist, began by drawing simple post-like artwork centred around inspirational quotes. He added flavour to his artwork by blending in his own storylines and interpretations, bringing readers an ensemble of characters they know and love. One of these characters, the Shaolin Monk, has become the very symbol of Zen Pencils and Gav’s heritage. This book is a valuable addition to the library of all fans of Gav’s work, and it will encourage them to pursue their own dreams and to find their purpose.

    Collector’s Note

    This book contains the following strips, redesigned to fit into the format:

    1. Always Be Prepared – Shaolin Monk
    2. Find a Job You Love – Confucius
    3. The Man in the Arena – Theodore Roosevelt
    4. No Regrets – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
    5. In Spite of Everything – Vincent Van Gogh
    6. A Question to the Buddhist
    7. There Are No Limits – Bruce Lee
    8. Never Give Up – Calvin Coolidge
    9. The Most Astounding Fact – Neil deGrasse Tyson
    10. Make Good Art – Neil Gaiman
    11. Welcome to Science – Phil Plait
    12. Who’s the Crazier Man? – Henry Rollins
    13. Our Deepest Fear – Marianne Williamson
    14. On Kindness – Roger Ebert
    15. Make Gifts for People – John Green
    16. Nature Loves Courage – Terence McKenna
    17. Ask Yourself – Howard Thurman
    18. Ultimate Self-Help Book – Stephen Fry
    19. Advice for Beginners – Ira Glass
    20. 11 Ways to Be Average – Chris Guillebeau
    21. Around the Corner – Charles Hanson Towne
    22. The Two Wolves
    23. What If Money Was No Object? – Alan Watts
    24. What Teachers Make – Taylor Mali
    25. You Aren’t Like Them – Timothy Leary
    26. To Love at All – C.S. Lewis
    27. An Astronaut’s Advice – Chris Hadfield
    28. Life Is Not Easy – Marie Curie
    29. The Fire Within – Sophie Scholl
    30. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others – Jiddu Krishnamurti
    31. The Woman in the Arena – Brené Brown
    32. I Would Rather Be Ashes than Dust – Jack London
    33. Ithaka – Constantine P. Cavafy
    34. Invictus – A Tribute to Nelson Mandela
    35. Graduation Speech – Erica Goldson
    36. On Happiness – Henry David Thoreau

    About Gavin Aung Than

    Gavin Aung Than is a freelance cartoonist and a former graphic designer based in Australia. He has been working on Zen Pencils since 2012, and his work has been featured on The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Slate, Mashable, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Gawker, The A.V. Club, Brain Pickings, News.com.au, ProBlogger and The Design Files.

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    The right amount of inspiration

    Gavin's website Zen Pencils has a unique quality of shaking you out of your misery and showing you the way to happiness. Do check it out before buying the book.

    Sravanthi Bhamidi

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    22 Nov, 2014

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    One of the Best of its kind!

    Have been a follower of this web series for a long time now. The book is really well made, though a bit costly for indian standards. Already a hit among my guests.

    Sunando Patra

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    16 Apr, 2015

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    Inspiration in Trying times!

    People familiar with Zen Pencils blog will know the comic strip taken out by Gav inspired by inspirational quotes of personalities from diverse background. This book is for all ages and is an inspiration and motivation to keep striving for our dreams and desires, come what may!

    Brilliant job Gav! Delivered on time by Flipkart as always!

    Gourav Choudhary

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    17 Apr, 2015

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    Bought this primarily to show appreciation for the author and I'm glad I did

    This is a collection of the comics on the Zen Pencils site and in this book form serves primarily as a token of appreciation of the tremendous effort that the author puts into his work.

    In terms of content, presentation and general experience, I personally felt the site is much better because the book lacks all the context (the little notes by Gav at the bottom of the online comics and the comments that follow). Also, I felt the comics built for the site do not transfer well on paper simply...


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