The Haiku North America conference took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from September 13-17 2017. It was an amazing conference. I was the cartoonist-in-residence during the event and captured the conference in cartoons.
Before heading to HNA, I read a lot of Santa Fe and New Mexico. One of the subjects that fascinated me was the roadrunner.
The roadrunner is the official bird of New Mexico. It can run up to 20mph and sometimes eats rattlesnakes.
When I arrived in Albuquerque airport, I took a hotel shuttle to Santa Fe. A few minutes after we left the airport, someone pointed the side of the road and said: “Hey, a roadrunner!” I turned my head, but it was too late. I had missed it.
I made it my objective to see a roadrunner during my trip. During excursions, I would scrutinize the side of the road, but it was not meant to be.
In Santa Fe, the only roadrunner I saw was the one on the RailRunner commuter train at the station.
I imagined Master Kawazu would hop on a real roadrunner to go to the conference. That would be a lot of fun.
So I didn’t see a roadrunner during my trip, but I did enjoy all the haiku talks at the conference.
View all HNA 2017 conference photos and comics.