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!
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…
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.
Some haiku friends stopped by!
My table included Old Pond comics, cherry blossom zines, and interactive comics.
My 2014 collection of forty haiku-comics (in black in white) was fresh off the press. I also reprinted three mini comics (in color).
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.
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.
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.
Our table was right next to Colin Upton’s and Kris Sayers’.
Colin Upton set up a gallery on the wall behind his table.
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.
See you next year!
This zine by Old Pond Comics features forty haiku-comics inspired by poems of famous Japanese poets Basho, Issa, Buson and more!
It’s important to put good comics in the centre because that’s where the book naturally opens when people browse.
The zine will be for sale at Canzine this Nov.8 and on the Old Pond Comis online store in 2015.