Canzine 2014

I had so much fun at Canzine today. This was my first zine convention and I had a great time promoting haiku and Old Pond Comics.

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Some haiku friends stopped by!

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My table included Old Pond comics, cherry blossom zines, and interactive comics.

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My 2014 collection of forty haiku-comics (in black in white) was fresh off the press. I also reprinted three mini comics (in color).

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My cherry blossom haiku poems were printed in a fan book that looked like a cherry blossom while open. I also reprinted some copies of a my Cherry Blossoms 24 hour zine I made in July 2012.

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My two mini-zines How to Write a Haiku and The Seven Stages of Writing were some of the most popular items.

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My interactive zine featuring translations of Basho Frog Haiku was also very popular. People were intrigued by the format that allowed you to mix and match different translations.

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I would surely go back to Canzine. The audience was great and the camaraderie amongst vendors made this a very special event.

I was sharing a table with the very talented Heather Joan Tam and her beautiful Ballast Canting pamphlet-stitch zines.


Our table was right next to Colin Upton’s and Kris Sayers’.

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Colin Upton set up a gallery on the wall behind his table.

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Kris Sayers (top left) invaded Colin Upton’s art gallery. Colin Upton had to take drastic measures (bottom drawing) to prevent an invasion from Sayers — using a cannon to protect his territory. It was all in good fun.


See you next year!


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 .

How to write a haiku (mini zine)


IMG_3845Here’s my second mini-zine, “How to Write a Haiku”, that will be launched at Canzine this November 8th.

IMG_3847The story is: a frog goes for a walk to get inspiration to write a haiku and things go wrong.

IMG_3851The frog gets a little bit too “hands-on” with a wasps’ nest.

IMG_3871And when she stops to take some notes… the nest falls.

IMG_3860Good news is she still manages to write haiku.

IMG_3861She shows it to her haiku master.

IMG_3863I guess she’ll have to write another one.

IMG_3867This zine will be available at Canzine and on the Old Pond Comics online store in 2015.

Cherry Blossom fan book (zine)



This fan book (featuring some of my cherry blossom haiku) will be available at Canzine this Sat. Nov. 8  and on my Old Pond Comics online store.


When the zine is closed, it’s a simple cherry petal.


You open each petal to reveal the poems.


The fan book features some of my cherry blossom poems from the VCBF Haiku Invitational contest.


I was inspired to make this zine after seeing other fan books. I thought, “It’s a technique I could use to make a cherry blossom zine!” It’s made with five petals reunited by a bracket. So simple, isn’t it?

Basho Frog Haiku (interactive zine)



Old Pond Comics will have a table at Canzine in Vancouver, B.C. this Saturday November 8. 


One of the items for sale will be this interactive flap book featuring translations of Basho’s poem “Old Pond / A frog jumps in / the sound of the water”  (from the website Matsuo Bashô: Frog Haiku (Thirty-one Translations and One Commentary). 


You can turn the flaps and change each line, for endless possibilities.


Check it out.

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Frog Haiku will be available for sale at Canzine this Saturday Nov. 8, as well as on my Old Pond Comics online store.