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About Dharma Comics

Leah Pearlman drew her first comic in 2010 when her dad’s cancer went into remission. She drew a comic announcing the good news and posted it on Facebook.

A week later, after encouraging a friend to “follow his heart,” an image of someone literally following his heart popped into her mind. She laughed, and then put it on paper.

And so it goes. About once a week, ever since, she’s been moved by something or someone in her life. She illustrates the moment to celebrate it and the person who inspired her and posts the image online for anyone else it may touch. People often reflect that Dharma Comics have a deeply personal feel; that is because each one is deeply personal. They all have a story.

“Dharma” is a Sanskrit word, often used in Buddhism to refer to the teachings that offer us guidance in life. Dharma can also refer to one’s own purpose or path. Your “Dharma” is what you are meant to do.  Leah often says the name is twofold: Dharma Comics are comics about Dharma, but they have also proven to be her dharma, what she is meant to do.

Dharma Comics in the World

In recent years many people have asked to use Dharma Comics on their blog or website, to help illustrate a talk they are giving or an article they are writing, or to augment teaching materials about vulnerability, meditation, self-love, emotional literacy, and more. Several books have now been published featuring Dharma Comics illustrations.

We want to be crystal clear: WE LOVE THIS. Here’s what we offer:

  • We invite you  to email, text and print for personal use to your heart’s content.
  • If you’d like a print of any comic you see on the website, but don’t see it in our online store, email us, and we’ll get you what you need.
  • If you want to reuse a comic online, we invite you to go right ahead. All we ask is that you link back to
  • If you want to use comics for a public presentation, project, book or for-profit in any way, please contact us to discuss terms and/or create a licensing agreement.

About the Artist

Leah Pearlman started drawing comics as a way to connect with herself and those closest to her. When she discovered that others found them healing and endearing, she started gifting them. Slowly at first, now far and wide.