Today, Vincent van Gogh is considered a world-renowned painter and artistic genius. This was not always the case.

Van Gogh lived in poverty and anonymity for most of his life.

He was born on March 30, 1853, one year to the day after his parents' first child (also named Vincent) arrived stillborn. He grew up poor and left school to help support his family. He worked in galleries and with art dealers but had a habit of falling in love with women who didn't love him back. After his first heartbreak, he became a teacher and religious evangelist. But when his contract at the church wasn't renewed, van Gogh turned to painting.

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Feel like you don't fit in? This delightful Frida Kahlo comic may help.

What makes you different is what makes you special.

Growing up, Rebecca Martin used to think of herself as the strangest person in the world.

She was inspired by renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (and her famous unibrow) and wrote a beautiful quote about feeling out of place:

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too.

Well, I hope that if you are out there you read this and know that yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

Eventually, awesome illustrator Zen Pencils brought Martin's words to life with this delightful comic on feeling like you don't fit in:

Illustrations by Zen Pencils, featured with permission.

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This comic nails the power of one.

Yes, one person can make a difference.

Making the world a better place isn’t impossible.

In fact, cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has figured out how we can do it. He believes that if we could just figure out how to remove apathy (a lack of interest, enthusiasm, and concern), improving the world would be a lot easier.

In Than’s comic, he addresses what he calls “the power of one” — something that happens when we remove apathy. In Than’s futuristic comic, we get an idea of what the power of one truly means, told through the words of anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall.

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