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Interview – Gavin Aung Than

An interview with the cartoonist Gavin Aung Than who is from Australia so one of my standard questions about a groundhog went over poorly.   I have been a big fan of Zen Pencils for a couple of years.  I absolutely fell in love with the concept from the moment I discovered it, quotes tied with cartoons.  I have collected quotes for years and if you even do a nominal look at aaforringer.com you will notice that about 95% of the site is quotes.

I have bought his poster, Make Good Art, for my friend Ken and My Spirit is a Roaring Sea on canvas for my daughter and for myself two of his four books.

 

   French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?  

      Curly – ketchup, but not too much

        How long have you been creating and why?

   Since I can remember, always drawing. as a full time cartoonist – 6 years

    What odor to you is the most pleasant?

    That new baby smell my daughter had.

       Favorite things to read?  What genre?

Comics and novels. crime fiction – Elmore Leonard,  James Ellroy

   A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

    I sat by and did nothing while the hole got bigger … and bigger.

   What is the best thing about creating?

   Having created something out of nothing, something that didn’t exist until i imagined it and then took action to complete it. it’s like being a god!

       How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

            uh….

     What is the worst thing about being a creative personality?

       Getting asked to do random interviews when I should be creating 🙂

        If you could force one famous person to consume your comic who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?

  Zen Pencils could change Trump couldn’t it …. nah you’re right, nothing can.

How far do you hope your creating takes you?     

   Being able to support my family is all I ask.

 

Eventually I will be buying some more of his posters and I will eventually be buying Creative Struggles.  And if Gavin ever makes it to the East Coast of the U.S. I will drive long hours, if possible,  to meet him and get him to sign his merchandise.

 

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Flame

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The human relationship to combustion is as mysterious as it is fraught with madness. From the candle flame to the nuclear blast, it has lit up the human imagination with fear and fascination.    Michael Leunig

Michael Leunig (born 2 June 1945), typically referred to as Leunig (his signature on his cartoons), is an Australian cartoonist, poet and cultural commentator. His best known works include The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999.

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Rejuvenating

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Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery – it recharges by running.  Bill Watterson

William BoydBillWatterson II (born July 5, 1958) is an American cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. Watterson stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes at the end of 1995 with a short statement to newspaper editors and his readers that he felt he had achieved all he could in the medium. Watterson is known for his negative views on licensing and comic syndication and his move back into private life after he was done drawing Calvin and Hobbes. Watterson was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, whose suburban Midwestern United Statessetting was part of the inspiration for Calvin and Hobbes.

 

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Worrying

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Stop worrying about the world ending today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.       Charles Schulz 

Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000), nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown, among others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited as a major influence by many later cartoonists. Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson wrote in 2007: “Peanuts pretty much defines the modern comic strip, so even now it’s hard to see it with fresh eyes. The clean, minimalist drawings, the sarcastic humor, the unflinching emotional honesty, the inner thoughts of a household pet, the serious treatment of children, the wild fantasies, the merchandising on an enormous scale—in countless ways, Schulz blazed the wide trail that most every cartoonist since has tried to follow.”

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Yourself

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Be yourself. No one can say you’re doing it wrong.   Charles M. Schulz  

Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000), nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown, among others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited as a major influence by many later cartoonists. Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson wrote in 2007: “Peanuts pretty much defines the modern comic strip, so even now it’s hard to see it with fresh eyes. The clean, minimalist drawings, the sarcastic humor, the unflinching emotional honesty, the inner thoughts of a household pet, the serious treatment of children, the wild fantasies, the merchandising on an enormous scale—in countless ways, Schulz blazed the wide trail that most every cartoonist since has tried to follow.

 

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Progeny

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Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.   Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel  (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children’s books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.

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