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.

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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.

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See you next year!

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Haiku-Comics (zine)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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

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You open each petal to reveal the poems.

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

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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)

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

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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). 

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

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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.