Neil DeGrasse Tyson: The Comic Strip

By David Wharton | Updated

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It’s no secret that many of us are huge fans of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson here at GFR. If he had a fan club, we would own the decoder ring. (Okay, he probably does have a fan club, but I’m sure my decoder ring just got lost in the mail.) With his passion and advocacy for science, he’s proven to be a true successor to Carl Sagan. If you want a beautiful distillation of Tyson’s eloquence at expressing why science is important, and just how wondrous the cosmos can be, you need look no further than this video that went viral earlier this year, wherein Tyson tells us “the most astounding fact about the universe.”

I still get goosebumps every time I watch that video, and I’ve watched it a lot in the last few months. Clearly I’m not the only one affected by Tyson’s cosmological poetry, because Zen Pencils has adapted Tyson’s “most astounding fact” monologue into a lovely comic strip. Here’s just a slice of it:

You can click over to Zen Pencils to read the full strip. What the hell is Zen Pencils? An excellent question, and one I asked myself a few hours ago when I first stumbled upon it. It’s the work of Australian illustrator Gavin Aung Than, who takes various inspiration quotes and turns them into comic strips. I recommend the Vonnegut and Bill Hicks entries.