Published in Haidan journal, February 2016 (Japan)
my umbrella too
becomes a one-eyed monster
this moonlit night
- #haiku by #Buson, translated by Emiko Miyashita and Michael Dylan Welch, illustrated by Old Pond Comic
“This umbrella monster is well known in Japan, explained Emiko. It has one eye, and one leg wearing geta (wooden sandal). The author sees the moon through the hole in his umbrella and thinks he / umbrella too has become a one-eyed monster. Moonlit night is the night of Harvest Moon.”
black calligraphy of geese…
pale printed foothills…
for a seal, full moon
– Haiku by Buson, from The Four Seasons, illustrated in cartoon by Old Pond Comics.
This zine by Old Pond Comics features forty haiku-comics inspired by poems of famous Japanese poets Basho, Issa, Buson and more!
Inside the booklet, the haiku-comics are separated by seasons.
The 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.
Some winter haiku-comics featuring haiku by Kobayashi Issa and Buson.
The cover features a print from Hokusai’s “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”.
The 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 .
Sweeping leads to enlightment. Apparently. (Old Pond Comics)
The short night;
A broom thrown away
On the beach.
– Buson (From: Haiku, R.H. Blyth, p. 675)
Haiku-Comics by Old Pond Comics
“walking on dishes / the rat’s feet make the music / of shivering cold” (Buson)