Penman first sold on t-shirts in 1990. The daily PENMEN comic strip and posters were printed in black and white. Only the Sunday comic strip ran in full color. PENMEN Classic Black and White T-Shirts return Penman the Optimist to the earliest of t-shirt designs by Gary Blehm, The Optimist.
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At PENMEN® Studios we’re in the business of spreading positive vibes with Grin Big!™ t-shirts that celebrate the great outdoors. The PENMEN comic strip celebrated the same positivity since 1989 that our apparel expresses today. Be positive and follow your dreams.
Grin Big!™ optimistic apparel by PENMEN®, a Colorado native company spreading optimism with positive outdoor vibes since 1989. Be positive and follow your dreams in our optimistic t-shirts printed right here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Gary Blehm, the Penman, created his optimistic cartoon character with a broad half moon shaped grin in a one room school house near Aspen, Colorado in 1977. Since then the character has seen poster, book, syndication, and animation success spreading his brand of optimism.
Blehm learned about optimism from his father who would often repeat, “life is about experiences and I’m here to see how many I can get”. His inspiring message was expressed through Gary’s drawings of a character that lived larger than life. He was a character beaming with genuine positivity and joy. When Gary caught a frisbee under his legs for the first time, he drew it. When his family bought a house with a claw footed bathtub, he drew it. When he went backpacking and made a walking stick, he drew it. When he learned how to play the guitar, he drew it. So while his father spoke of collecting experiences, Gary chose to draw a collection of his own.
Today Blehm’s character remains that symbol of optimism who, through it all, continues to Grin Big!™
Today was a day for creek-side branding for Grin Big!™ Apparel by Gary Blehm, The Optimist and brand creator at PENMEN® Studios. Visit GrinBig.com to see our t-shirts and spread optimism this fall and holiday season. Dreams come true in optimistic t-shirts from Grin Big!™, where we have spread the power of optimism and positive vibes since the 1980’s.