Here I am sittin’ (haiku by James Emanuel)



Here I am   sittin’

on this stump.  There’s a rabbit!

I bet he won’t jump.


Basho’s anniversary



Basho’s Death-Day–
what are you chattering
sparrows at my gate?

Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue.

Today, the 12th day of the tenth month, is the death anniversay of the “Old Man”, aka Basho. According to David G. Lanoue, this anniversary is also called “Winter Rain Anniversary” (shigure ki) and “Bashô’s Anniversary” (bashôki).

In my cartoon, I imagine that the sparrows are actually paying an hommage to Basho by reciting his poem “Matsushima, ah!” on his anniversary.

Basho’s Death-Day



Basho’s Death-Day–

the fence’s sparrows too

form a line

– Haiku by Kobayashi Issa translated by David G. Lanoue, illustrated in haiku-comic by Old Pond Comics

PS I meant to post this on Basho`s Death Day — which was October 12 I believe — but it looks like it was published a day too early.

Haiku-Comics (zine)


IMG_3894 This zine by Old Pond Comics features forty haiku-comics inspired by poems of famous Japanese poets Basho, Issa, Buson and more!

IMG_3887 Inside the booklet, the haiku-comics are separated by seasons.

IMG_3893The center-fold is a series of 4 haiku-comics on Kobayashi Issa’s snail haiku (my favorites).

It’s important to put good comics in the centre because that’s where the book naturally opens when people browse.

IMG_3886Some winter haiku-comics featuring haiku by Kobayashi Issa and Buson.

IMG_3876The cover features a print from Hokusai’s “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”.

IMG_3888The back cover features a little portrait of Kobayashi Issa (the main source of inspiration for my haiku-comics).

The zine will be for sale at Canzine this Nov.8 and on the Old Pond Comics online store .

From time to time The clouds give rest to the moon-beholders. Basho


op_basho_moon_clouds_pause_viewingThis week, I went moon-viewing (Otsukimi) for the first time in my life. I am putting together a zine detailing my experience. I’m hoping to post it within the next week. Stay tune!

From time to time

The clouds give rest

to the moon-beholders.


– Basho (Haiku, R. H. Blyth, p. 931), haiku-comic by Old Pond Comics