Every now and then, we need to recharge and today we’ve got the perfect thing for you. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years, Gavin Aung Than quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Since then, he has produced a lot of great strips, but one of them really stands out.
Titled “It couldn’t be done,” the piece was actually based on a poem by Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959). “I love taking old poems and adapting them for modern readers, so I thought using fitness and running was a good idea,” he told Bored Panda. “Plus, the character in the comic was used in one of my earlier Zen Pencils comics where he first decided to lose weight. So I wanted to bring him back and continue his story.”
Some readers have even e-mailed Gavin, telling him they were motivated to get into shape after reading the comic. “I guess the combination of the poem and my pictures really packs a punch. That’s the power of comics!” he said. “The poem is pretty motivational but I thought that by adding a new original story I could make it the message even stronger and I think I achieved that. Well, I hope I did.”
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