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

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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 he still prefers the black and white comic strip relying on wit while avoiding the written word.

Optimism isn't Always Easy

Optimism isn't always easy. There are road blocks and pessimistic forces ready to hold you back. Keep going! Never surrender! Never Give Up! It takes a special kind of motivation to follow your dreams where few dare to go. Believe in yourself and you will conquer mountains. Let nothing stop you. Push on. Nothing worth [...]

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Penman the Optimist Turns 30 This Year

Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams. Penman the Optimist Turns 30 this year. We're positively optimistic about the year ahead. What began as a cherished character drawing in the fifth grade of a one room school house near Aspen, Colorado in 1977 has become a positive and timely motivational inspiration to all those who refuse to [...]

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This is Optimism

Be positive and follow your dreams with the power of optimism and positive vibes. Gary Blehm, The Optimist, spreading optimism and positivity since 1989. 

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​Gary Blehm, The Optimist Since 1989, a Life of Optimism in His Own Words

Gary Blehm, The Optimist Since 1989, tells his story of spreading optimism in his own words. "Be positive and follow your dreams. Take what you love to do and make that your dream. Shoot for the moon, and only settle for top of the world.

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The Optimist, Gary Blehm Spreads Optimism and Positive Vibes from a Colorado Campsite

The Optimist, Gary Blehm Spreads Optimism and Positive Vibes from a Colorado Campsite after selling t-shirts at a local spring festival.

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When All You Have is a Glass Half Full Get a BIGGER GLASS! ...and a Grin Big!™ T-Shirt

When All You Have is a Glass Half Full Get a BIGGER GLASS! ...and a Grin Big!™ T-ShirtGary Blehm, The Optimist, has expressed the power of a positive mental attitude with a big half full glass on a poster published in 1990 and 1991. The message of spreading the power of optimism and positive vibes [...]

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Printing Grin Big!™ T-Shirts at PENMEN® Studios

PENMEN® Studios Prints Grin Big!™ T-Shirts in Colorado Springs, Colorado, home of the character, Penman, Since the 1980's. The Optimist, Gary Blehm has entered the 28th year of spreading optimism and positive vibes with the activities we love to do. Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams with a Grin Big!™ tee today.

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