The frog who refused to jump in the pond

The comic where Basho meets a frog who refuses to jump in the pond is now available as a free e-book. Check it out and share it with your friends:

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When Basho needs inspiration to finish his haiku, he asks a frog to jump in the pond. But the frog just won’t do it. Will Basho be able to finish his Old Pond poem before sundown? Depends on the frog.

This hilarious story, created during 24 Hour Comics Day in 2010, was revised and is now available in e-book format thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

My haiku life video – The making of (part 2)

My voice is raw from recording Kaeru’s voice for my haiku live video, but the frog finally speaks!

The animation film tells the story of how Kaeru became the Haiku Apprentice. It will be launched on the Haiku Foundation website on April 17 2015 (National Haiku Day!).

Meanwhile, enjoy this “making of “video from Old Pond Comics.

Jumping aside

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This haiku-comic was published in The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture (February 2015 issue)

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the crow just laughs…

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– Haiku by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue, illustrated by Old Pond Comics.