Sketchbook – stone still

FINAL-sniffing-frogI can’t draw to save my life. Lucky for me, there’s a computer program called Illustrator that helps me draw straight lines.

How do you become a cartoonist when you can’t draw? I learned not to freak out.

If I have to draw a horse, my first thoughts are  usually “How am I gonna draw a horse? I don’t know how to draw a horse!!!”, but then  I remember the works of French painter Rene Magritte who wrote, underneath the painting of a pipe,  “This is not a pipe” (“Ceci n’est pas une pipe”).  Of course it’s not a pipe… it’s a painting of a pipe!

Magritte's "La Trahison des Images" ("The Treachery of Images") (1928-9) or "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"). From: Image taken from a University of Alabama site, "Approaches to Modernism"

Rene Magritte’s “La Trahison des Images” (1928-9) From: University of Alabama site, “Approaches to Modernism”

Basically, it doesn’t have to “be” a horse, it just has to “look” like a horse.

So there you go. This is my representation of a horse for you…

Canzine 2014

I had so much fun at Canzine today. This was my first zine convention and I had a great time promoting haiku and Old Pond Comics.

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Some haiku friends stopped by!

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My table included Old Pond comics, cherry blossom zines, and interactive comics.

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My 2014 collection of forty haiku-comics (in black in white) was fresh off the press. I also reprinted three mini comics (in color).

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My cherry blossom haiku poems were printed in a fan book that looked like a cherry blossom while open. I also reprinted some copies of a my Cherry Blossoms 24 hour zine I made in July 2012.

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My two mini-zines How to Write a Haiku and The Seven Stages of Writing were some of the most popular items.

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My interactive zine featuring translations of Basho Frog Haiku was also very popular. People were intrigued by the format that allowed you to mix and match different translations.

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I would surely go back to Canzine. The audience was great and the camaraderie amongst vendors made this a very special event.

I was sharing a table with the very talented Heather Joan Tam and her beautiful Ballast Canting pamphlet-stitch zines.

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Our table was right next to Colin Upton’s and Kris Sayers’.

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Colin Upton set up a gallery on the wall behind his table.

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Kris Sayers (top left) invaded Colin Upton’s art gallery. Colin Upton had to take drastic measures (bottom drawing) to prevent an invasion from Sayers — using a cannon to protect his territory. It was all in good fun.

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See you next year!

Haiku-Comics (zine)

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IMG_3894 This zine by Old Pond Comics features forty haiku-comics inspired by poems of famous Japanese poets Basho, Issa, Buson and more!

IMG_3887 Inside the booklet, the haiku-comics are separated by seasons.

IMG_3893The center-fold is a series of 4 haiku-comics on Kobayashi Issa’s snail haiku (my favorites).

It’s important to put good comics in the centre because that’s where the book naturally opens when people browse.

IMG_3886Some winter haiku-comics featuring haiku by Kobayashi Issa and Buson.

IMG_3876The cover features a print from Hokusai’s “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”.

IMG_3888The back cover features a little portrait of Kobayashi Issa (the main source of inspiration for my haiku-comics).

The zine will be for sale at Canzine this Nov.8 and on the Old Pond Comis online store in 2015.