Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

Zen Pencils

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  1. capndunzzl

    capndunzzl said, about 1 year ago

    …a man has got to know his limitations.

  2. MayKitten

    MayKitten GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    … and dare to take advantage of all his opportunities when they knock.

  3. unicornstar

    unicornstar said, about 1 year ago

    THIS IS SO SWEET. So much better than the last strip that one was terrible.

  4. Josh Lyons

    Josh Lyons said, about 1 year ago

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

  5. unicornstar

    unicornstar said, about 1 year ago

    Dear Veteren
    If you are reading this I have written an explination on my comment on the previous strip for you. PLEASE read it. Thank you.

  6. langchris70

    langchris70 said, about 1 year 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.

  7. langchris70

    langchris70 said, about 1 year ago

    unicornstar is just as bad as NightGaunt49.

  8. Scott23

    Scott23 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year 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…..

  9. mr_sherman

    mr_sherman GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

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

  10. Zen Pencils

    Zen Pencils GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

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

  11. Jeff H

    Jeff H said, about 1 year ago

    He’ll immediately be branded a stalker and arrested.

  12. sandflea

    sandflea said, about 1 year ago

    He’s just playing hard to get.

  13. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago


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

  14. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, about 1 year ago

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

  15. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year 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.

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