GUSTS 10th anniversary – postcards wrapper


gustsforweb2coversIMG_2663To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the contemporary tanka journal GUSTS, editor Kozue Uzawa produced a series of five postcards featuring her favorite covers and asked me to design a wrapper for the postcards.


The front design shows a frog serenading another frog by reciting a  tanka.

gusts-mini-promo-front.largejpgThe back of the postcard wrapper shows a glimpse into the future (parents and kids are playing in the pond).

gusts-mini-promo-backLARGEMy goal was to feature some of the recurring in the tanka journal (love, relationships, family, children, aging, death), which was challenging to do in only two panels.

The concept is simple: two frogs fall in love, they have children, they age, meanwhile their children grow up, fall in love, have children, age, etc. The cycle repeats to infinity (from front to back).


The postcards were recently delivered with GUSTS No. 20 Fall/Winter 2014 (10th anniversary issue). Enjoy!

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Learning Japanese – my first class


I started Japanese  classes yesterday. As expected, I’m the worst student in class. It’s hard for me to be in a class that focuses primarily on conversation: I’m a visual learner so I need I need to see the words to memorize them. I only “get it” once I’m studying on my own afterwards. Humbling experience.

The day after the class, I started doing comics using the few words of Japanese I learned.

You’ll find below the first ever bilingual English-Japanese Old Pond comic!

As Basho and snail are climbing Mount Fuji, snail gets tired and…

op_language_shoe_sockIt’s fun to try to make “one word” comic. Kutsu=shoes, kutsushita=socks.