squatting on the head

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squatting on the head

of a sleeping cow…

a frog

#haiku by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue, Old Pond Comic by Jessica Tremblay

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sweat drops from cows

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sweat drops from cows

from horses…

blades of grass

#haiku by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue, Old Pond Comic by Jessica Tremblay

A good place for your bad haiku

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The Old Man Gloom is Zozobra, a giant puppet that people stuff with negativity – such as divorce papers. The puppet is burned during the the Santa Fe Fiesta that takes place on Labour day weekend. Wouldn’t it be great if you could stuff it with bad haiku?

HNA 2017: cartoonist-in-residence video

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In case you missed my cartoonist-in-residence presentation at Haiku North America 2017 (September 17, 2017), here’s a short edited version featuring comics only.

It includes:

0’00 A short introduction to Old Pond Comics

3’31 HNA 2017 conference comics

6’15: Kaleidoscope haiku-cartoons featuring haiku by Jim Kacian, Alexis Rotella, Tanya McDonald, Terry Ann Carter, Kala Ramesh, Brad Bennett.

Thanks to the wonderful audience at Haiku North America.

The RoadRunner

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The Haiku North America conference took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from September 13-17 2017.  It was an amazing conference. I was the cartoonist-in-residence during the event and captured the conference in cartoons.

Before heading to HNA, I read a lot of Santa Fe and New Mexico. One of the subjects that fascinated me was the roadrunner.

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The roadrunner is the official bird of New Mexico. It can run up to 20mph and sometimes eats rattlesnakes.

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When I arrived in Albuquerque airport, I took a hotel shuttle to Santa Fe. A few minutes after we left the airport, someone pointed the side of the road and said: “Hey, a roadrunner!” I turned my head, but it was too late. I had missed it.

I made it my objective to see a roadrunner during my trip.  During excursions, I would scrutinize the side of the road, but it was not meant to be.

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In Santa Fe, the only roadrunner I saw was the one on the RailRunner commuter train at the station.

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I imagined Master Kawazu would hop on a real roadrunner to go to the conference. That would be a lot of fun.

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So I didn’t see a roadrunner during my trip, but I did enjoy all the haiku talks at the conference.hna17_roadrunner_senryu

View all HNA 2017 conference photos and comics.