Zen Pencils is amazing

This banner is like so Zen.

As far as inspirational webcomics go, Zen Pencils just takes the cake. With absolutely amazing art style and a great theme to go with it, I can go hours just going through the 100 or so comics present on the site. The premise of the site is that the guy finds a quote that he enjoys, or one that inspires him and he makes a comic with its own underlying story relating to the quote. Recently, the cartoonist, Gavin Aung Than, published one about Malala Yousafzai, the 15 year old Pakistani girl who got shot in the head and is one of the most famous figures currently. Seeing a fellow Pakistani’s quote turned into a rather amazing comic was the inspiration for this post and for me to make such terrific art myself. Wished to share a few of his comics with you guys Continue reading




A while ago I posted this. It was a lot of fun to make and, in my opinion, one of my better posts. Plus, I loved going through all those great photographs. So, going along the lines of Hollywood directors, I prepared a sequel for you guys.

This time I got the photos from a lot of different sources. Some of these are from TIME, some are from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture and some I found by Googling. I’ve tried to keep the photos relatively misery-free but I’ve seen a pattern: many of the photographs highlighted are usually of war, sorrow and death. While going through these photos I could feel the goosebumps when a particularly violent photograph showed up. Since many of them are natural photographs  you can actually feel the pain the person is going through. An example is this photograph. The man is embracing his family after frantically searching for his son after the shooting in Aurora. This photo really gets to me.

On a less serious note, here are the pictures I’ve made. Also, this time I did not write the details of the photos because, frankly, I lost the links of the descriptions myself. Click here to see the photos.

Quotes & Characters

Quotes and dialogues are one of the fundamental parts of any movie. Without it a movie would fail to function as a whole. Equally important are the actors who deliver it and the characters they play. A masterful delivery of a line can be the difference between a blockbuster and a lackluster film. So I decided to pay homage to a few memorable and iconic quotes, beautifully delivered by some very accomplished actors. All of these, save one, are present in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes. So without further ado and in no particular order, here they are:

Click to see the quotes:

The Study Cycle (Comic)

Currently stuck in the loop. So you could say this is a true story.


Previously, I had posted the trailer and some stills of the time travelling film Looper and ever since then I have been extremely excited for the film. I actually learned about this film quite some time ago, somewhere on the internet in an article of ‘Anticipated films of 2012’ or something like that, which had nothing but a few lines explaining the most basic gist of the film. But that small glimpse of the movie has stuck with me since then and with high expectations, I finally went to the cinema to watch Looper. And believe me, I was not disappointed.  Continue reading:

Iron Man 3 Teaser, Poster and Photos! (And Official Trailer too!)

Hollywood has perfected the art of creating hype. Its either that or I just get excited easily. I’d like to think it is the latter. Anyways, the first of all the upcoming scheduled Marvel movies has made an appearance and Iron Man 3 does appear pretty darn great. Check out the teaser poster:
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The Internetz (Comic)


The title is a bit misleading, since the comic isn’t about the internet itself per se,  but this was the only way I couldn’t spoil the joke.

An insanely thought provoking comic (by SMBC)

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) is one of the most famous webcomics on the internet right now. Many of their comics are really smart and well thought out but this one was really wonderful. Sort of puts a life into perspective, doesn’t it? I just wanted to share this with you guys.

Click to see the comic:


You know those black and white photographs with only a person or an object having colour in them? Well, I love them. And I recently discovered my obsession with making them. It really helps in bringing an object or person to the viewer’s attention. It ‘s almost as if you blurred out the rest of the picture. So I decided to take some photographs and apply the same effect to them. These photos are taken from 55 Famous Pictures of Time Magazine, some of them are really great photos and you should definitely check them out. The first one is of my sister, though. So for your viewing pleasure, 10 Photos with a little bit of colour in them:

Check out the photos:

5 Quotes from Duck Soup [Infograph]

Out of the few ‘old’ movies I have seen Duck Soup might be my favourite. It is one movie that makes me laugh so hard that tears are inevitable. Recently, I got to watch it again and I enjoyed it almost as much as my first time. I realized that apart from the slapstick humour, there is a lot of intelligent and funny dialogues present throughout the film. Most of which comes from the mouth of Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx). So I decided to create this infograph showing 5 hilarious quotes from the movie. Reading the dialogues is nowhere near as fun as watching the movie so I highly recommend you watch or re-watch the movie.  It is now my plan to go ahead and see every single movie the brothers ever made and laugh so hard until something in my body gets injured.
See the Inforgraph:

About TheRaftsman

The Raftsman is a Pakistani citizen who thinks too much of himself and likes to refer to himself in the third person. He decided to make a blog after he got an A in English. He enjoys reading and making comics, watching movies, fooling around on Photoshop and After Effects, playing games like a n00b on his Xbox 360 and cricket. He would like to be an actor or a film director as he likes to make films. His allocated name is Abdullah Shahid. This blog is basically what his mind churns out whenever it gets too bored. The WetPuddle will hope to contain his comics, stuff about movies and random blog posts explaining things he likes.

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