Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

Zen Pencils

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  1. Zyreenesque

    Zyreenesque said, about 3 years ago


  2. mauimike6

    mauimike6 said, about 3 years ago

    Excellent quotation choice and a wonderfully vivid rendering of the dragon! BTW: One of Calvin’s campaign slogans was “Keep cool with Coolidge.”

  3. J2P2

    J2P2 said, about 3 years ago

    That’s great…A wonderful quote with art wonderfully rendered.

  4. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, about 3 years ago

    Isn’t the assumption that anyone can have persistence and determination, and that it wouldn’t be fair for only the talented, the geniuses, and the educated to be successful?

  5. mr_sherman

    mr_sherman GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Many people assume they are going to be successful because they are talented, highly intelligent or educated. I acknowledge the educated already put work into improving themselves yet like the others they haven’t begun applying themselves to the real world, and that’s where the persistance and determination need to be applied.

  6. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, about 3 years ago

    Yes, failure is an option if you make it one. Just because I am unsuccessful in one endeavor does not mean i will not be in another. I used to tell my students, never make the same mistake twice, always make a new one. sooner or later you will be successful.
    Two great examples come to mind, Edison & Lincoln.

  7. nazzofoggenmach

    nazzofoggenmach said, about 3 years ago

    are we trying to imply that purple dragons are poseurs and “shirky-duty” dilettantes?

  8. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @ Colonel Claus: This is a beautifully rendered strip and I don’t want to spoil it. I just have to observe, in relation to Edison and Lincoln and the implication there: They are similar in, among other things, having practically no formal education. Congress, on the other hand, is crammed full of people crammed full of the highest education. Point being, it’s not what goes INTO your head, it’s what GOES ON IN your head. ’kay; ’nuff rant.

  9. PublicDomain

    PublicDomain said, about 3 years ago

    Persistence usually doesn’t help when you’re tank and healer are killed off that quickly. Might be time to find another guild.

  10. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, about 3 years ago


    Ah, yes. From his days as a fan salesman.

  11. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Well done.
    There is an old Texas Ranger saying:
    “No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a coming.”
    Texas Ranger Bill McDonald 1852 to 1918
    Not only the motto of the Texas Rangers but all us DPS officers.
    Persistence and Determination.

  12. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Its part of a longer saying.
    “If you wilt or falter he will kill you but if you go straight at him and never give him time to get to cover, or to think, he will weaken 99 times in a hundred.”
    That is why us cops and first responders run to the danger when others think about it, talk about, or analyze it.
    Remember 9-11.

  13. caseyman

    caseyman said, about 3 years ago

    This strip is beginning to reek of testosterone poisoning. It started out as thought-provoking but now … I hope this bloody trend does not continue.

  14. benbrilling

    benbrilling GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    I see no hint in the quote of whether the persistence is for a good or a bad cause. (There are an alarming bunch of persistent congressmen currently throwing wrenches into the wheels of our government.)

    (I agree that the violence seems to be wearing away the wisdom in this series.)

  15. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Lets put it this way.
    In WWII would you take a German Tiger tank head on???? No you swarm it with numbers and hit in the ass. Took on the dragon head on, could have quit, could have gone home, but the mission of all was to defeat the dragon. Like the Ranger saying above “If you wilt or falter he will kill you.” You keep coming anyway possible.
    Backstabbing was not the intent. The intent was you keep coming on anyway you can to defeat the threat. Frontal nearly got him killed. When in doubt FLANK IT.
    Too much we read in more than what the story is about. Keep it simple. Just the facts.

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