Don’t forget to pack these essential items for the Haiku North America conference

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Promote your poetry with a beautiful postcard

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Whether you’re a haiku poet, photographer or haiga artist, postcards are amazing promotional items to bring to a conference.

Format

The most common postcard sizes are:

  • 4 x 6 inches
  • 5.5 x 4.25 inches
  • 8.5 x 5.5 inches

Templates

You’ll find templates in many software like Word, Publisher, InDesign. Many printers offer templates on their website.

Cost

Postcards can be expensive to print.  However, the more you print, the less it costs per unit.

At my local print shop you can get 20 postcards for $15 or 100 postcards for $35. If you want something printed on the back, there’s an extra $10 fee. Shop around to find the best deals.

Make sure to order early as delivery can take some time.

Postcards

If you’re considering making postcards for your next conference, here are some examples to get you inspired.

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Postcard by Frank Carey (HNA 2015)

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Postcard by Joyce Clement (HNA 2015)

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Postcard by Bill Deegan (HNA 2015)

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Postcard by Stevie Strang

 

Art postcards

This beautiful reversible postcard, handmade by Julie Bloss Kelsey, is one of my favorite freebies of all time.

It has everything I like: great haiku, nice paper, good handwriting, 3D objects. Well done!

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Reversible postcard (front) by Julie Bloss Kelsey (HNA 2015)

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Reversible postcard (back) by Julie Bloss Kelsey (HNA 2015)

Book postcards

If you’ve published a book, a postcard is an excellent promotional tool. I like this simple postcard by Roberta Beary because it promotes her book The Unworn Necklace simply using a beautiful photo and haiku, instead of the usual book cover, making it a beautiful keepsake.

 

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Postcard by Roberta Beary (HNA 2015)

Photo postcards

These two postcards are actually 4×6 photographs printed via Shutterfly. On the back, photographer David Giacalone printed his contact information.

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Photo postcard by David Giacalone. (HNA 2015)

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Photo postcard by David Giacalone. (HNA 2015)

Souvenir postcards

At HNA 2015, Terry Ann Carter performed her beautiful Chiyo-ni tribute and distributed these postcards to commemorate her unforgettable performance.

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Do-it-yourself postcards

If you’re short on time, or are budget-conscious, you can also print postcards on cardstock at home. Just be prepared to spend lots of time cutting them. In this example, Claude Rodrigue also added a touch of color by hand.

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Whatever style you chose, make sure to order your postcards early if you want to receive them before the conference.

Did you ever a produce a postcard for a conference? Are you considering creating one? Share your tips.

Postcards not for you? Try a bookmark.

My next post will be about trifolds.

 

Choose your conference freebie carefully

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When creating a freebie for your next haiku conference, there are lots of things to consider, but mainly:

  • Cost: how much it will cost
  • Time: how much time it will take to create

You have to make a freebie for every attendee, so the cost and production time will depend on the size of the conference.

No matter what format you will chose, don’t wait till last minute!

See examples of promotional bookmarks.

 

Watch for. . .

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This Old Pond comic is inspired by a SHARP 2017 talk by Lisa Gitelman, New York University: “Emoji Dick, Prequels and Sequels”.

Did you know Amazon produced a translation of Moby Dick using emoji? The book is called Emoji Dick. It could have been a fun project. Unfortunately the book is gibberish, as most translations were produced randomly. Here are some pictures:

 

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Emoji Dick

 

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Lisa Gilteman presents Emoji Dick at SHARP 2017 conference.

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Haiku Festival Board Game

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This Old Pond Comic is inspired by a presentation “Serious Fun: Gaming the Book Festival” at SHARP 2017 by Beth Driscoll (University of Melbourne) and Claire Squires (University of Stirling) about the creation of a Book Festival board game.

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Book Festival-opoly board game by Beth Driscoll and Claire Squires

 

Haiku North America conference

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This comic is from my new zine The Fly which features 25 comics (including 9 comics inspired by Kobayashi Issa’s haiku).

The story: A haiku poet tries to get rid of a fly that lives in his house. When everything fails, the poet must learn to live in peace with the annoying insect (and its 500 children) until it decides to leave on its own.

The fly even follows the poet to the Haiku North America conference where it lands on his head during his presentation.

I look forward to seeing you at the Haiku North America conference in Schenectady from Oct 14-18, 2015

Old Pond Comics featured at a Haiku Festival in Slovakia

On June 8, I was pleased to receive an e-mail from Martina Grmanova (from Slovakia) requesting permission to translate my comics into Slovak for an upcoming haiku festival:

poster july 10 2015 slovaquie“The event is one of four events me and my friends are trying to prepare as the members of our civic association (nonprofit organization) called Poe3 (pronunciation and meaning is the same as poetry) (. …) The haiku evening should be in July (10th, July) (…) We invited some Slovak haiku writers. But we would like to show also the funny side of the literature – so people could realize, it’s not boring, that literature or creating literature is fun, creative and playful. And your comics are excellent to prove this.

Of course, I said yes and Martina sent me some translated comics like this one:

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But, that’s not all…

“And I made also some bookmarks – how to write a haiku – with help of your comics. (we’re planning a haiku competition during the event). “

The bookmarks are really nice:

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Big thanks to Martina and her team for sharing their love of haiku with the public during the festival!  So glad Old Pond Comics will be a part of the festival too!

What type of ball are you?

Stories from Seabeck Haiku Getaway, part 2.
At the Seabeck Conference Centre, the playground was filled with different balls.

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Each ball made me think about the various people who attend haiku conferences.

What kind of ball are you?

1. The Hardcore. The first person to arrive and the last person to leave the conference. Usually, the conference organizer.
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2. The Tetherball. Likes to collaborate. Usually the first person to propose to write a renku.  Will often ask you to read and comment on their haiku. Likes to bounce haiku back and forth.

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3. The Odd Ball. The person who comes up with unusual subjects for an activity or presentation. Becomes a huge success — often the highlight of the conference. Attendees will remember them many years later.

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4. The artist. Fills her sketchbook, takes photographs, or makes a crankie in a few hours… When you ask them if they’ve written a haiku during the conference, they blush. No, they didn’t have time.

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5. The Basketball.
Usually, an academic. Classic move: will hit you with a hard question during your presentation.
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6. The Hardball. Attends ten conferences a year. This “small conference” is a real treat for them since they don’t have to present. They can rest and enjoy themselves, but “Boy, Oh Boy!” are they tired.
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7. The Straight Ball.  This person wants to see everything, so she’s keeping a tight schedule. Always on the move. Usually, you’ll cross them in the hallway, but they don’t have time to talk, they have to go to the next session.

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8. The Ghost Ball. Comes to one session or two, then disappears for a nap.  Usually elderly. (We love them. We wished we could see more of them.)
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9. Black and White Ball: writes both haiku and tanka and excels in both. Not sure which one she likes best.

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10. The Long Lost Ball. Very quiet. Doesn’t go to conferences often. In fact, hasn’t written a haiku in years.  Came the conference to rekindle their romance with the genre. Leaves the conference more confused than when they arrived.

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11. The Ping-Pong Ball: you may be new to haiku, but during the conference, you will write a haiku that will blow us away — that’s guaranteed!

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12. Football. Most of us. You attend conference regularly to catch up with your friends. You absorb knowledge like a sponge.

At the end of the conference your head is filled with information. Once at home, you won’t remember a single thing that happened at the conference, just that you had a good time and that you look forward to next year.

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The next Seabeck Haiku Getaway will take place October 16-19, 2014.

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Come play ball with us!

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