I was first introduced to Zen Pencils by the Tiger, and the former’s comics have somehow served as an inkling of hope that I will still be able to build a world I could live in, despite my circumstances. When he first came to Singapore, we were thrilled – and we went to visit when he was at the Wheeler’s Yard for a fan meetup.
While we missed the second meeting, we were quite excited to head down to Kino during his latest visit to Singapore. (I also had to get a book signed, so yes.)
When we got there, there were already a good number of people. Sarah, the Tiger, and myself took a corner at the side of the event and watched. He spoke about how he came to Zen Pencils (started it after quitting his advertising job of 8 years) and his latest book, the one featured at the New York Comic con, before going into questions.
I asked if anyone has asked him for life advice before and what he usually answers with.
While his answer was pretty generic, there was something he said which hit me pretty well.
“Practice and work harder than you’ve ever imagined.”
It gave me the inspiration to push on, especially with my writing and trying to live up to the motto of “learning for the sake of learning”.
And as you may have guessed, the autograph line stretched to one of Kino’s alternate exits.
When it finally came to our turn, the Tiger gave him a name card, and I gave him Pulp Toast before he gave us his signature and this photograph:
Thank you for a great session, Gavin! Hope you’ll enjoy Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar as much as I enjoy your comics! Looking forward to your next visit.
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