Over the objections of Abhay Khosla, ZEN PENCILS, the webcomic that turns famous essays and quotes into comics, is being turned into a book, artist Gavin Aung Than has announced:

Many of you have wanted this and I can now finally reveal that I’VE SIGNED A BOOK DEAL!!! Yes, I’m very excited to say there will be a Zen Pencils book collection out in 2014. It’s being published by Andrews McMeel, who specialise in comic collections, publishing iconic strips such as Calvin and Hobbes, Zits, Get Fuzzy and also other webcomics like The Oatmeal. It’s planned for release in the second half of 2014. The book will collect 40-50 of my best strips and will also include an exclusive fold-out poster. Pretty cool, right? It’s a dream come true for me and I still can’t quite believe it’s happening. We’re still in the early stages of putting it together, but expect many more updates in the new year.

While Zen Pencils’ semi-cutesy cartoon style is not for everyone, i can see this being a good self-help book once it’s all put together, and I’m guessing it will find an audience.


  1. Will there be royalties for all the people whose words make up this strip? Perhaps he will consult Shia LaBeouf on the matter.

  2. This guy…he takes other people’s words, words they worked really hard on, words communicating something specific, way out of context and puts them in some new context of his own.

    He’s either the worst and a creative parasite or a genius at capitalism. Either way, I wish he would make a few comics of his own so we could see what he’s capable of doing. His art style is cool, so maybe his writing would be, too?

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