Check Out This Charming Roger Ebert Tribute Comic on Zen Pencils
While the film community is still mourning the loss of legenadry critic Roger Ebert, his legacy lives on in the website RogerEbert.com, which just relaunched with a redesign and update. It's also worth mentioning that fellow film-lover Matt Zoller Seitz has just taken over the job of Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com, announcing a new worth-bookmarking blog called MZS, which is where I first came across this comic strip. On the art blog Zen Pencils, cartoonist Gavin Aung Than posted a wonderful tribute to Ebert from one of his beloved quotes about "kindness." The comic strip tells a heartfelt and sweet story of one man's love for film.
I wanted to highlight my favorite frames from the strip. Click below to read the full comic from Zen Pencils:
Gavin explains that, "I can't possibly do justice to his legendary career in the movies," but it was discovering Ebert's blog and what he was writing that changed him. He continues: "That was until I found his blog. After Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002 he underwent several surgeries which left him without a lower jaw or the ability to speak. He found solace on the internet, where he applied his Pulitzer-prize writing skills to the world of blogging." I already miss his writing and hearing his take. The quote used in this comic strip comes from Ebert's autobiography Life Itself, which is being turned into a documentary produced by Martin Scorsese. The book itself is an inspiring read as well. "We must try to contribute joy to the world."