Comics: Zen Pencils on Bill Watterson

Published On September 7, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Comics

Saw this the other day and thought it worthy of flagging up. We’ve shown you some of Gavin Aung Than’s Zen Pencils before, as the blog where he’s adapting inspirational quotes into comic stories is full of really great work. Occasionally a little saccharin sure, but overall, lots to think on.

This latest takes inspiration from a graduation speech Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson gave at his alma mater, Kenyon College, in 1990. Like Than, I imagine the sentiment herein will resonate with many of the artists currently living the dream of freelance work (I can hear them spluttering into their xth cup of coffee at that!) or struggling through the job they hate just to get home and do what they love. But more than that, it applies to us all. Do what we love, do what we dream, make things better. Not a bad idea really.

It’s also worth looking at as Than deliberately mimics Watterson’s style, not perfectly of course, as he points out. But one place he does get it spot on is in a few panels where his colours immediately evoke glorious days reading those Calvin & Hobbes Sunday pages.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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