7th International Festival of French Haiku

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I attended the 7th International Festival of French Haiku that took place in Quebec city from October 13-16, 2016. There were 97 participants that came from all regions of Quebec, France and even Switzerland.

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There were many activities including haiku readings,  an origami-flower workshop, a butoh workshop, a panel, a presentation about the marriage of forms between haiku and other artistic expressions, a reading of haiku with jazz music, a dinner, and a stage presentation by three innu women that transformed the audience.conferenceafh2016qbi_amigurumibyadreeparizeau_mg_0769

Participants received many gifts including an amigurumi frog made by Andrée Paradis and a koma temari created by Diane Lemieux.

Visit the site Vieil Etang to see more photos, read  a  detailed description of the event (in French), and watch videos featuring my two performances: a 10 minute presentation about Vieil Etang (the French version of Old Pond Comics) and a 3 minute haiku reading (both in French).

The Festival International Francophone de Haïku takes place yearly in a French-speaking city (often in Europe).  For more information, visit the Association Francophone de Haïku website or subscribe to the French haiku journal Gong.

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Words: Haiku on Paper

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Did you know many haiku poets are also paper artists? Among them, Terry Ann Carter, Claudia Radmore, Steve Addiss, and more, will have artwork in the international exhibit Words: Haiku on paper in Whitehorse, Yukon. The exhibit coincide with the Haiku Canada conference in May 2016.

Support the Go Fund Me campaign to receive a catalogue featuring work by your favorite artists/haiku poets.  I just donated now and the process was really easy.

Thanks for sharing the campaign on Facebook and Twitter to help fellow haiku poets.

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I created some haiku-origami pieces for the exhibit. Not sure if they’ll be in the final exhibit or not. I mean, I was told they will be, but it seems unbelievable that my work would be exhibited next to international artists, so I’ll believe it when I see it.

I’m keeping the final artworks a secret, but you’ll find above an earlier version of “Childless” with the frog origami not yet mounted.

Any artwork not selected for the final show will be featured in store windows on Main street during the conference. It’s gonna be great to see haiku everywhere in Whitehorse during the Haiku Canada conference. Thanks to Helen O’Connor for curating the exhibit.

My Haiku Canada Weekend 2016 Freebie

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I spent Easter Sunday cutting, folding and sewing a small comic book.

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I will be giving them away at the Haiku Canada Weekend, May 20-22, 2016, in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Every year, I was always waiting to the last minute to prepare my freebie, but this time I decided to prepare them early so I could focus on my presentations: I will be the keynote speaker and cartoonist-in-residence at the next Haiku Canada Weekend in May. I hope you can join us!

Haiku Canada (Whitehorse, Yukon)

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I look forward to being cartoonist-in-residence at the next Haiku Canada conference. The conference will take place May 20-22 2016 in a town with a rich history : Whitehorse, Yukon.

I’ve been reading a lot of the history of the Yukon and the Gold Rush. I just finished Jack London’s The Call of the Wild and I’m currently reading a biography of poet Robert Service (nicknamed the “Canadian Kipling”).  I read tons of guidebooks to learn about the geography and history of the Yukon Territory. I’m really excited about the trip and the conference.

The title of the conference is A celebration of haiku – north of 60 – with frogs!  And I also have the immense honor of giving the keynote speech. I hope you can be there.

Haiku North America conference

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This comic is from my new zine The Fly which features 25 comics (including 9 comics inspired by Kobayashi Issa’s haiku).

The story: A haiku poet tries to get rid of a fly that lives in his house. When everything fails, the poet must learn to live in peace with the annoying insect (and its 500 children) until it decides to leave on its own.

The fly even follows the poet to the Haiku North America conference where it lands on his head during his presentation.

I look forward to seeing you at the Haiku North America conference in Schenectady from Oct 14-18, 2015

Old Pond Comics featured at a Haiku Festival in Slovakia

On June 8, I was pleased to receive an e-mail from Martina Grmanova (from Slovakia) requesting permission to translate my comics into Slovak for an upcoming haiku festival:

poster july 10 2015 slovaquie“The event is one of four events me and my friends are trying to prepare as the members of our civic association (nonprofit organization) called Poe3 (pronunciation and meaning is the same as poetry) (. …) The haiku evening should be in July (10th, July) (…) We invited some Slovak haiku writers. But we would like to show also the funny side of the literature – so people could realize, it’s not boring, that literature or creating literature is fun, creative and playful. And your comics are excellent to prove this.

Of course, I said yes and Martina sent me some translated comics like this one:

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But, that’s not all…

“And I made also some bookmarks – how to write a haiku – with help of your comics. (we’re planning a haiku competition during the event). “

The bookmarks are really nice:

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Big thanks to Martina and her team for sharing their love of haiku with the public during the festival!  So glad Old Pond Comics will be a part of the festival too!

VanCAF – Day 2

I had a great time at Vancouver Comics Arts Festival (VanCAF) again today.

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My first visitors were two members of the Vancouver Haiku Group. Then, for the next 6 hours, I talked about haiku to complete strangers (and had a lot of fun doing it!)

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I was “cartoonified” by the talented Samantha Leriche-Gionet from Boumeries comics. Check out her comics Boumeries. Sam will be at the Montreal Comics Art Festival May 29-31 2015.

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Jeff Chiba selling his awesome works created on post-its.

This year, VanCAF was bigger than ever, with two halls and hundreds of comic artists selling books, prints, t-shirts, doing comissions. It was awesome.

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Angela from Wasted Talent.

The VanCAF organization was awesome. There were lots of volunteers who could provide change, fill in your table during breaks, or get food and supplies. That’s VIP treatment!

It was a great week-end. Can’t wait till next year!

VanCAF – Day 1

I had a table at the Vancouver Comics Arts Festival (VanCAF) at the Roundhouse this week-end.

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It was my first time at VanCAF as a vendor. It’s a curated show (meaning they carefully review each submissions and decide who gets to go in) so I was super happy to be accepted as a fellow cartoonist.

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I had brought some of my haiku-comics:

  • Haiku-Comics (40 haiku-comics by famous Japanese masters, as seen on The Haiku Foundation blog)
  • There’s no white belt in haiku
  • Haiku: a short introduction (with cartoons)
  • How to write a haiku (mini)
  • The seven stages of writing (mini)

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I separated my table at VanCAF in two sections. This section is “Learn haiku through cartoons”. It featured my new zine “Haiku: a short introduction (with cartoons)”.

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The second section of my table was dedicated to haiku-comics. It featured my book of 40 haiku-comics, some mini-zines, and free haiku-comics samples people can take home.

Many people recognized the word “Haiku” from something they’ve learned in school, years ago and stopped by to chat and buy comics.

A few people recognized my comic strips from the monthly publication The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese Canadian Community, history + culture

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The show ran from 10am-6pm today and will run again from 11am-5pm tomorrow.  

Thanks to everybody who stopped by the table today! I hope you will try to write haiku.

Haiku Canada 2015 – Haiku and New Technologies

coasts_and_islandsI gave a talk at the Haiku Canada weekend on Sunday May 17 2015 in Victoria, B.C.

The title of my presentation was: Thousand Islands: Publishing Haiku using new technology, from Twitter Haiku to iPad Haiga

 Synopsis:

Come explore a real archipelago of publishing options for the web, social media, and beyond.  This presentation offers an overview of the most innovative haiku projects available on new platforms, such as blogs, Twitter haiku, iPad haiga, video poems, podcasts, guerrilla haiku, art installations, and other experiments in the public space.  Jessica Tremblay will show you the best of the best in this lightning speed presentation which aims to inspire you to try new technology for your own projects. Don’t be stuck in one place when there are so many islands to explore!

As promised, here are the links to the websites I talked about. Have fun exploring these new technologies and finding new ways to share your haiku!

If you have a haiku blog, website, twitter account, feel free to share the links with us in the comments section.

Blogs

Twitter Haiku

iPad haiga

  • Alexis Rotella (some ipad art postcards on her homepage but Alexis Rotella shares her work mainly on her private Facebook page and on Twitter)
  • Kris Kondo (AKA Kris Moon) – shares her work mainly on her private Facebook page

FlipBooks

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