Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

Zen Pencils

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  1. Chrystos

    Chrystos GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Way to go, CC / MA !! (And, Gavin!!)

  2. Dunestrider

    Dunestrider said, about 3 years ago

    That’s what this world needs, more arrogance and self-centeredness. Because there is not enough of it.

  3. Mister Will

    Mister Will said, about 3 years ago


    Just like negativity and cynicism

  4. Darwinskeeper

    Darwinskeeper said, about 3 years ago

    Say what you will about Ali, he generally lived up to his own hype in the ring. I think that’s called arrogance with teeth.

  5. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Ali was a great fighter.
    Joe Louis was a better one.

  6. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, about 3 years ago

    Veteran, I disagree, Ali was not able to fight during what many call his greatest years. Louis, Like Liston and Frasier, was a slugger. Ali was a fighter. there is a difference.
    I dont see the man as arrogant when he was able to back it up.
    Self confidence does look like arrogance, but there is a difference.

  7. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 3 years ago

    Ali’s (Clay’s) self-promoting style was not universally admired at the time. In the last panel, the expression on the faces of the sports writers was quite common among many of the general Public. But was it any worse than false, submissive humility in others?

  8. benbrilling

    benbrilling GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    How did “Zen” get into the title of this strip? Maybe it should be Violent Pencils. (I did think some of the earlier ones were good though.)

  9. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Colonel Claus

    I am not against Ali. He was a great fighter.
    I would not go against him.
    But read up on Joe Louis.
    When Ali stood up for himself.
    Joe Louis stood up for his people.
    Joe Louis was drafted in WWII. He went into a segregated Army when many blacks did not go. He stood against Hitler and helped encourage many to see that we are all Americans.
    Out of the list of all the greatest boxers in the world by rank. Joe Louis is number one. Ali is second.
    Sure it was a different war and time. But you do not defeat the system by standing out side and screaming at it. You enter it and work to adjust the inside and fix it.
    Ali was only out for a year. He was already world champion he had nothing else to prove but make money.
    Ali was a great fighter, just not the greatest.

  10. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Zen is both.
    Remember it is what it is.
    There is good and there is bad.
    There is light and there is darkness.
    You cannot have one without the other.
    For if there is only good how can you know when it is bad?
    So it must be good to be bad sometimes so the balance stays the same.
    The purpose of Zen is to become Enlightened.
    You cannot be Enlightened if you only see one side or just the side you want to see.

  11. bluegirl285

    bluegirl285 said, about 3 years ago

    I knew he was a great fighter, but I didn’t think he was such a poet, too…

  12. Tigerchik32

    Tigerchik32 said, about 3 years ago


    Very well said.

  13. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    No, he only stood up for himself. He did not want to be drafted. He felt shafted because he failed the basic entry tests. Reading and Writing scores were too low so he was reclassified to a non draft status. The military realigned the tests so his score passed. Made him 1A. They would have never sent him into combat. He would have been a recruiting tool like Elvis and a boxer named Joe Louis. Ali was too important to send to war. Ali flat plain did not want to go into the military. He tried CO status by his religion but they were still going to make him a soldier but he would never go to battle.
    That is what destroyed his popularity and is mostly glossed over today. Had he given just two years giving boxing exhibitions, speeches, meet and greets, he would have been the greatest of all time.
    That is why Joe Louis is number one on all the lists. He went in a segregated Armed forces and served with dignity and honor. He never went into combat either but later in life he said if they needed him that way he would have gone. He said (paraphrased) Hitler would not fix the problems in America. It is going to take us to do it.
    I will add one more. Black pilot shot down over Hanoi. Made a POW at the Hanoi Hilton. Read his story. He was offered the chance to leave because of Ali saying things. He refused to leave his fellow POWs. His statement to the NVA was he was an American soldier and would not leave his comrades.
    Now who is the greatest??

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