Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

Zen Pencils

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  1. Josh  Lyons

    Josh Lyons said, about 3 years ago

    Really? “Blood and Guts” Patton said that?!

  2. langchris70

    langchris70 said, about 3 years ago

    Oh, this is rich. First, you call soldiers murderers and then you expect the artist to respond to your comment. What a real piece of work you are.

  3. langchris70

    langchris70 said, about 3 years ago

    unicornstar is just as bad as NightGaunt49.

  4. Scott23

    Scott23 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    I am enjoying this strip. It makes me think. Yes, the last strip was jarring. The father’s hug of acceptance of his son was touching….the last frame illustrated a disturbing potentiality. The historical context of Patton’s quote, today, might be interesting. The romantic panes that were inked may have been to a quote where the fork in the road led to an action of the, perhaps necessary, carnage of war. I enjoy this strip. It inspires thought…..

  5. mr_sherman

    mr_sherman GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    You have mentioned your wife was a waitress when you met her. Does this bring back memories?

  6. Zen Pencils

    Zen Pencils GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Yeah a bit jarring after the last strip I know. Appreciate the feedback everyone.

  7. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Yes it does. It really does. And she still has those good looks.

  8. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, about 3 years ago

    I found this strip yesterday. I truly enjoyed reading the quotes under a new light. Thank You, Zen Pencils.

  9. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    I did read it. He needs help. That is in his mind and he needs to change. I did in mine.
    Peace and Love is good thing but there are things out there that need to be handled. Afghan War should be over. Our fight is with Al-Qaeda not the Afghan people. He kills a sniper who would have killed him and he feels bad?? He wallows in self pity because he got the bad end of roadside bomb. I personally executed an enemy soldier we had captured. We were twenty miles behind enemy lines. Could not let him go. Our mission was not to be found or seen. You think letting him go he would not tell. Leave him tied up and maybe they will not find us if they found him?
    Choices is what it is all about.
    I feel sorry for him and his family. He needs help. The war did not do this to him he has done it to himself.
    As the story that day said he needs to become the Captain of his Soul. Get the demons off of him and go forward. He would be more a murderer if he allowed the sniper to kill his buddies, his friends, his allies. The kid crying is an unfortunate part of war. How many families cried after 9-11, Boston, London, Spain, Embassies in Africa. If he was not a sniper I would see a problem. I see none here. I know I have ended men’s lives who had family and kids. Even met one here stateside way after the war. He described how his father was killed in Laos by a sniper known as the Rooster. That was my code name in the field at the time. He described the place, the time, even the shot placement. I told him it was me. The look was something I would never forget. What he did next I will never forget. He shook my hand and thanked me for at least being professional about it. The war is over he said lets leave it at that.
    The words in the story should resonate for your cousin.
    He needs to become his Captain. No one else can do it for him.
    I have dealt with my demons. I will probably have to answer for them when my time comes. I am ready and prepared to meet my fate one way or the other.
    Your cousin needs to face his now or crawl to handgun and free them all.
    One way or the other he needs to make a choice.

  10. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    then, of course, some bozos mistake a courteous, friendly waitress (mindful of a good tip) for someone attracted to them

  11. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Those work at Hooters, Red Neck Heaven, and the like. (it funny however and true)

  12. Chrystos

    Chrystos GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    What a good strip. Courage can take many forms, few of which are fighting monsters & vicious bullies. To think that your couragous act should set the bar for others’ “reaching beyond the comfort zone” is a form of narcisism. Veteran, I get a sense you need an audience, or at least one good listener to help you get underneath your proclamations. Whay not start your own strip, blog, or op-ed column? ….. Anyway, Gavin, bravo & kudos for addressing a seldom addressed area—that of taking risks in the name of love. For every one person who had to kill or fight someone in the name of duty, there are thousands of “lesser” interpersonal risks people take that are worthy of respect & compassion.

  13. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    So now it is a good strip. Not like Friday.
    I don’t need an audience just when you say something that is naive then you get a response. You say this is courage. It is.
    Courage takes many forms like Zen. Gavin is proof of that.
    You attack or turn away from that which made you uncomfortable. This makes you comfortable so this is a good one.
    You are proof of Zen. Two sides.

  14. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    I too wanted to follow up on my original comment. I was surprised when you pointed out that I used the word “revenge.” On looking back at the comment I realized it was because of the hammer. I too loathe bullies and have faced down some as both a youth and an adult. I agree (if I understand your point correctly) that bullies of all kinds prey on those they think they can to prove to themselves that they are not the cowards they fear themselves to be. If it had been a bat, as you used it, I wouldn’t have had a problem for the reasons you gave. Although I have been fortunate in not having had to wield either in this world, the hammer seems to me the deadlier weapon, an escalation rather than a “this stops, here and now.” To my mind, seeing that young man’s expression in the second panel, already wounded but unafraid of his tormentors, he was already captain of his soul. Courage has many nuances, and that young man had it without the hammer.

  15. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Josh Lyons

    Well, yeah, but I doubt he was talking about romance!

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