What Teachers Make: An Illustrated Take The popular web comic Zen Pencils takes inspirational quotes and illustrates them for powerful effect. This time, they took on the true significance of what it means to be a teacher. Heben Nigatu BuzzFeed Staff View this image › zenpencils.com 2. The comic is based on a spoken word poem by Taylor Mali. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=0xuFnP5N2uA. youtube.com The poem was inspired by an actual conversation that Mali, a teacher of nine years, had at a dinner party where he was asked “What do teachers make?” He has since gone on to write a book of the same name. 3. Check out more from Gavin Aung Than, the artist behind Zen Pencils, here. zenpencils.com Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com! More ▾ Facebook Conversations Can your pet compete? Find out now. Get BuzzFeed's Cute or Not app! Get the App!