Here it is! Our first post. When the idea of getting a blog winked into existence, I had a lot of enthusiasm; I love reading blogs, but also a lot of doubt. I wanted to make it look great, have incredible content, engage people within our club, district, and around the world! And, I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to these expectations. Today, I am making the leap and getting it started, one post at a time, one update at a time. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I am going to go with the platform our club currently has – this website, and if the time comes when it needs to expand, it will.
So, I hope you’ll join us as we start out on this journey. We are a new club and have a lot of planning, organizing, and implementing ahead of us. This blog exists as a platform for highlighting the work of those out there trying to make a difference in the world of Rotary and beyond. If you would like to join in, we would love to add your voice!
Highlighting the work of those out there trying to make the world a better place, we don’t only need to look within Rotary. There are tons of people out there inspiring others through their passions and service in their own way. Inspiration comes from many places, and today we are sharing Zen Pencils, a blog that inspires me on the regular.
It’s hard to choose a favorite, but this particular post came at a time when I needed to hear its message the most and helped me decide to get started on this blog.
FAQ: What is Zen Pencils?
It’s a website where inspirational quotes from famous people are adapted into cartoons.
It launched in February, 2012.
Who the hell are you, anyway?
My name’s Gavin Aung Than. I’m a cartoonist living in Melbourne, Australia (although I was born and raised in Perth).
Why did you create Zen Pencils?
I was working in the boring corporate graphic design industry for 8 years before finally quitting at the end of 2011 to pursue my passion for illustration and cartooning. At my old job, when my boss wasn’t looking, I would waste time reading Wikipedia pages, mainly biographies about people whose lives where a lot more interesting than mine. Their stories and quotes eventually inspired me to leave my job to focus on what I really wanted to do. The idea of taking these inspiring quotes, combining them with my love of drawing and sharing them with others led to the creation of Zen Pencils.
This is a pretty thorough article I wrote for GoComics describing my ‘journey’ from frustrated cartooning hobbyist and full-time graphic designer, to where I am now.
What type of quotes do you adapt?
Anything and everything. Poets to Presidents, comedians to colonels – anyone who inspires me, challenges my way of thinking, wakes me up or just makes me laugh.