autumn sumo tournament — from day one mountain clouds – Haiku by Kobayashi Issa



autumn sumo tournament —

from day one

mountain clouds

– Haiku by Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue), haiku-comic by Old Pond Comics


Haikuseum – haiku display by Michael Dylan Welch

At the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2014, there was a Haikuseum (prepared by Michael Dylan Welch) that was showcasing clever ways to display your haiku on bookmarks, artwork, business cards, origami, rock, interactive book, etc.

Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the inspiration!


Display of haiku by Michael Dylan Welch



Cherry blossom festival


Clever haiku design


More haiku museum pieces.


Michael Dylan Welch and the Haiku Northwest group has been using lots of creativity to bring haiku in the community, including during the recent Haiku on Sticks event.




At the recent Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2014, our conference package included a blank piece of kraft paper and instructions on how to make a weathergram.

A weathergram is a clever way to display your haiku outside.  The concept is simple: you write a haiku on a piece of kraft paper and hang it outside for people to enjoy until it biodegrades and returns to Earth.

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Night Ginko at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2014


From October 16-19,2014, I was cartoonist-in-residence at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway. I drew comics during the event and presented them on the last day of the conference.

The highlight of the conference was a night ginko with paper lanterns. A truly magical evening.Johnny_Baranski_lanterns_IMG_3199

Making the paper lanterns:

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Night ginko with paper lanterns:

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Haiku Canada Review October 2014 cover


haiku canada october 2014 cover

I’m happy to announce that there’s an Old Pond comic on the cover of the Haiku Canada Review (October 2014 issue)!

Haiku Canada is the third national haiku association to publish Old Pond Comics in their journal – after the Association Francophone de Haïku in France (since 2008) and Haiku Society of America in the U.S. (since 2010).

Thanks to Leroy Gorman (Haiku Canada Review editor).