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Zenspirational Words From Chris Hardwick In Comic Form

Zenspirational Words From Chris Hardwick In Comic Form



If you’re reading this article on Nerdist, I’d wager the chances are very high you’ve heard of The Nerdist Way. That’s the thing that added “author” to the rest of Chris Hardwick’s multi-hyphenate descriptors. And despite where the following words are appearing, if you haven’t read it, you should take some time to do so. I read it years ago — well before my time contributing here — and seeing a passage of it visualized is a super cool thing. Specifically, the passage from part one, page one, paragraph one. It sets the tone for the rest of the tome.

While a chunk of books found in the self-help section are guides on how to change yourself to “be a better you,” Chris’ philosophy isn’t to change who you are, it’s more like “hone what you’ve got.” We nerds are predisposed to take a thing and then level up that thing and then be super proud of that thing. The Nerdist Way aims to redirect that obsessive leveling back at the user for personal enrichment!

Gavin, the artist that posted this over at ZenPencils, beautifully captured the essence of that distilled message and created a moving story to accompany the words. He also posted an awesome sequence video to Instagram from his time working on panels from the piece above, illuminating a bit about his process:

CARTOONING TIP: I use Google SketchUp when I need to draw things I’m not good at drawing: cars, buildings, anything mechanical and in this week’s comic’s case … pirate ships! It’s really easy to use. I downloaded the ship from the massive 3D Warehouse library, opened it in SketchUp and used the rotate tool to get the angle I needed for the comic, then exported it as a 2D graphic into Photoshop. Then I turned the linework blue, printed it on paper then used it as the wireframe that I could draw over. SketchUp is free to download and has helped me a bunch. This is not a sponsored post or anything, I just would have loved to know stuff like this when I was a young cartoonist. Share the knowledge! #process

A video posted by Gavin Aung Than (@zenpencils) on

And below, a detail of the first panel:

New comic just posted! Featuring a quote from Chris Hardwick aka The Nerdist. Link in my profile. A photo posted by Gavin Aung Than (@zenpencils) on

Both The Nerdist Way (available now from all fine physical and digital booksellers) and ZenPencils are quality ways to make your life a little better, a few words at a time.

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  1. Brian says:

    Who ever said anyone was the prisoners of their own emotions? The entire premise, here, seems to be a projection of Hardwick’s own neuroses. Most people are not prisoners of their emotions–there just human. Not everyone can be a stoic realist who goes thru life unphased by events just to have the illusion of control. People just play the hand their dealt, and pretending to be holding an ace for a high card when all life gave you is a deuce is just playing a mugs game to lose. 

    • Gybtol says:

      You are more of a Cool Hand Luke fan (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch the movie, it’s entertaining.). I wish people would understand that not every piece of advice applies to every person. Those who never bask in the glow of the sun never need sunblock. People with money never need to know how to repair a grill.

      • Brian says:

        Advice was never meant for anyone to follow. It is just a rational someone used on you to justify their criticism of your lifestyle. If you agree with the criticism, then you might find yourself following it. If you don’t, then you’ll readily discard it. Regardless, either way, the person who offered up the advice rarely cares what you do, as they seldom follow their own advice. 

  2. Kingston says:

    Picked up Hardwick’s book a few years back, led me here and been a fan since.

  3. annoyed at annoyed says:

    Annoyed had a right to say whatever his/her dumbass wants to say. Too bad he’s wrong.

  4. Annoyed says:

    This is lame beyond words. So much effort into a weak uninspiring and unoriginal idea. 

  5. Beth says:

    I love The Nerdist Way, and I’ve read it a couple of times. But I really needed to see this comic and be reminded of this passage today. Yeah, it’s a thing that’s been said before, by a lot of people, but Chris’s way of speaking manages to tap into my weird-nerd brain and it sticks a lot easier. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Chris says:

    This concept is the primary message in the Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. It’s always cool to get this idea out there in whatever form, and this comic is great.