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Penman the Optimist featured in Comic Strip, PENMEN® Since 1989 and still grinning big!

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In the 1990's the comic strip PENMEN® ran in national newspaper syndication. It was a completely wordless feature and remains a silent webcomic today. PENMEN® first gained notoriety as a series of poster prints with various versions of the theme "Find Two Identical PENMEN". Visit PENMEN.com to see more art and products by Gary Blehm from the T-Shirt and Gallery Grin Big! store in Florence, Colorado.

PENMEN Comic Strip and Posters

The PENMEN comic strip ran in newspapers through the 1990's and will publish in a new book in the near future. The PENMEN feature never used any words. It was a pantomime comic strip using a unique form of visual metaphor and sometimes expressed deeper meanings than simple gags. There is often a hidden message [...]

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​PENMEN® The Wordless Comic Strip

PENMEN® The Wordless Comic Strip #comicstrip#wordless#pantomime#positivevibes#drawing#doodle#webcomic#webcomics#cartooning#cartoon#FridayFeeling#comics#windows#pens#ink#PENMEN#GaryBlehm#behappy#openup#smilemore#humor#posters#artistshttp://PENMEN.com 

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The PENMEN® Comic Strip, a Wordless, Sequential Art Curiosity

The PENMEN® Pantomime Comic Strip ran in a limited number of newspapers through the 1990's. There was never a single word used to tell stories in three frames or less. Creator, Gary Blehm tried to introduce something new into the comic pages and it did best in color Sunday comics reaching millions. To this day [...]

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The PENMEN Comic Strip with Penman the Optimist Since 1989

PENMEN ran in national newspaper syndication as a daily comic strip in black and white. The comic strip published in full color on Sundays in papers such as The Detroit Free Press, The Philadelphia Enquirer, and The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Even The Sun in Malaysia ran PENMEN.The T-Shirt brand, Grin Big! incorporates much of the [...]

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Penman Gary Blehm, The Optimist in 1996 Syndicated Comic Strip within 6 Years of First Publication

In 1989 Optimistic Cartoonist Gary Blehm, nicknamed "Penman" after his character with a broad half moon shaped smile or grin. The character was often shown wearing his round sunglasses in posters, books, and comic strips. In this promotional photograph Blehm is shown tied down to his drawing table symbolizing the commitment to producing a daily [...]

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The PENMEN Comic Strip Expressed Optimism and Positive Vibes

The PENMEN® Comic Strip first published in 1989 and never used a single word. It is sequential art expressed in pantomime with an over all message of optimism. No matter what happens to Penman he continues to smile with gratitude. 

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PENMEN Comics with Optimism and Positive Vibes

The PENMEN Wordless Comic Strip Published Since 1989. Optimism and Positive Vibes in the comics. An optimist goes fishing with his guitar and finds good karma.

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PENMEN® Comic Strip By Gary Blehm, in Papers 80's -90's

The PENMEN® Comic Strip was published in newspapers as early as the 1980's and ran in syndication through Creators Syndicate, Inc. from 1996 through 2001. Blehm's sequential comics never made use of a single word. It was pure pantomime and fueled by optimism and positive vibes through public speaking engagements encouraging people to be positive [...]

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