Gavin Aung Than, a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia, “takes inspirational quotes from famous people and adapts them into cartoons.” One of his latest, “Strange Like Me,” is based on a quote by Frida Kahlo, the legendary painter and feminist icon with whom Gavin was not that familiar until a friend suggested her.

It was only after doing a crash course in all-things-Frida that Gavin said, “I learned about her remarkable life, powerful paintings and totally unique personality.” So in doing this cartoon (see full piece below), he not only got an invaluable women’s history lesson, but delivered a beautiful message to the rest of us. Love that!

And Frida is just one of many extraordinary women whose quotes Gavin has cartoon-ized on his Zen Pencils blog. Other quotable subjects include Helen Keller, Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Marie Curie, J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Plath, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Amy Poehler, etc. There are lots of men featured, as well, from “poets to Presidents, comedians to colonels,” just about anyone, who Gavin says, “inspires me, challenges my way of thinking, wakes me up or just makes me laugh.”

Added bonus: Gavin includes a mini-biography with each of his cartoons so you can get to know the person behind the featured quote.


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