Gavin Aung Than

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You get access to my Patreon-only feed. This will include a ton of behind-the-scenes process posts, tutorials and an in-depth look at my creative process you won't see anywhere else. I'll also share what other projects I'm working on and you can ask me any cartooning-related question you might have. Think of this as a members-only Zen Pencils fan club.
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SUPER V.I.P FAN! All of the above PLUS an original drawing.
I'll send you an original and signed one-of a-kind Zen Pencils character drawing every time I release a new comic. 5 spots available.




Hi, welcome to my Patreon page! I've been making Zen Pencils comics since 2012 and your support here will help cover the costs of maintaining the website as well as feed my family!

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a great way for fans to directly support their favorite online creators through micro donations. In my case, you pledge money each time I release a new comic on Zen Pencils. You can cancel or change your pledge level at any time.

Why do I need your help?
For the past six years I've been posting Zen Pencils comics for free, hoping that I'll eventually be able to make some money after the fact, through posters or a book collection. I've been able to (barely) survive this way, but it's not sustainable, especially since my daughter was born. It's also not healthy, as I live in a constant flux between mild anxiety to flat-out panic wondering whether or not I'll be able to pay my monthly bills (ironic for a guy who has a website called ZEN Pencils). Knowing in advance that I'll receive a certain amount of Patreon money for each comic I make will ease some of that stress.

I've also just launched a new ongoing, all-ages story, Little Warrior. It's spun out of my Zen Pencils comics, but this an original story written and illustrated by myself. Little Warrior combines everything I love - Kung-Fu, Miyazaki and Pixar movies, newspaper adventure strips and classic comic books - and I feel that all of my Zen Pencils work has been practice for this story. It's going to be exclusively online (and also be posted on for now). But here's the thing, this story will easily be over 200 pages and take me quite a long time to complete. I'll be releasing it in individual chapters (each chapter will be 10-20 pages) and I'm hoping to fund it using Patreon. Your support here will allow me to happily continue working on Little Warrior and Zen Pencils without having to pursue other commercial work.

The goal: 1000 PATRONS!
My goal is to have 1000 patrons be part of this VIP community. Why 1000? Well, according to this influential 2008 article by Kevin Kelly, the modern creator needs 1000 TRUE, engaged and loyal fans in order to make a decent living. Well, I'm putting that to the test. If I do reach that goal, then my next goal will be able to earn enough to pay someone to colour Little Warrior. That will free up time to get more pages done and means more frequent updates for you.

You will only be charged when I release a new Zen Pencils comic or Little Warrior chapter. Each one is penciled, inked, lettered and colored by myself. Sometimes they take 2 weeks, sometimes they take 5 weeks. Don't worry, I won't be posting short scribbles every week and charging you for them. I think I've proven over the past six years that I put everything I have into these comics and that I create with a quality over quantity rule. 

You can pledge $1 or $3 per comic. The $3 pledge will give you access to some cool behind-the-scenes material that you won't see anywhere else. (You will be charged on the 1st of every month depending if I have posted anything for the previous month. If that sounds confusing, here's a FAQ that will clarify.)

I know Zen Pencils has helped many readers over the years from all around the world and I'd love to continue making them for you. I'd also like to push myself further with the Little Warrior comic. So if you've ever been motivated, inspired or moved by my work then please consider becoming a Patron!

Thanks, from the team.
– Gav
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According to this influential article by Kevin Kelly, a modern creator needs 1000 TRUE fans to make a living. Well, I'm putting that to the test!
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