Why trifolds are one of the best freebies to give away at haiku conferences


IMG_8756If you’re a Haiku Canada member you’re familiar with trifolds since there are usually one or two included with the Haiku Canada Review.

A few years back, Michael Dylan Welch started creating his own trifolds to share his haiku with attendees at conferences.

Today, trifolds are one of the most popular freebies at haiku conferences. They’re made of one sheet of paper printed double sided, and folded like a brochure.


Letting Go: haiku & haiga (interior), by Naia

When designing a trifold, pay attention to the cover since it’s the first thing people will see. Make sure the cover has an attractive picture, a title, your name.


Letting Go: haiku & haiga (cover), by Naia

The back of the trifold usually holds bio-bibliographical and contact information.


A Common Touch (back), by Michael Dylan Welch

You can create a trifold using the theme of the conference.


Autumn Haiku, by Barbara Hay ; Autumn Madness, by Beverly Acuff Momoi ( HNA 2015)

Since trifolds are one of the most popular format, you’ll have to make sure your trifold stands out. Here are some examples of creative trifolds.


Here’s a trifold (by Dianne Garcia) folded in a zigzag.  It’s printed on one side only. What’s great about the zigzag fold is that the trifold can stand on a table.


Trifold, by Dianne Garcia


Randy Brooks created a narrow four-folds brochure for HNA 2015.


Haiku with legs (cover), by Randy Brooks (HNA 2015)


Haiku with legs (interior), by Randy Brooks (HNA 2015)


Michael Dylan Welch always have amazing trifolds that he gives away at each haiku conference. On his website Graceguts, you’ll find the files available to download for personal use.

I especially enjoy A Common Touch with its original cut-out triangle.


A Common Touch (cover), by Michael Dylan Welch


A Common Touch (interior), by Michael Dylan Welch

If you haven’t decided what to bring at the next haiku conference, trifolds are an excellent choice since they can be done quickly, and printed at home.

You’ll find brochures templates in most software like Word, InDesign. Insert your haiku, and voilà.

HNA 2017 recently announced the number of registered attendees have reached 200.  Prepare to make at least 200 copies of your brochures (which could cost around $75). If you have them done at the print shop, they can even fold them for you.

Is your freebie ready for HNA and Seabeck? Are you bringing a bookmark, postcard, trifold, something else?




Night Ginko at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2014


From October 16-19,2014, I was cartoonist-in-residence at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway. I drew comics during the event and presented them on the last day of the conference.

The highlight of the conference was a night ginko with paper lanterns. A truly magical evening.Johnny_Baranski_lanterns_IMG_3199

Making the paper lanterns:

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Night ginko with paper lanterns:

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Haiku Hot Springs 2013


I was the official cartoonist-in-residence at Haiku Hot Springs (Hot Springs, Arkansas) that took place at the Arlington Hotel, November 1-2, 2013.

Before the conference, I asked participants to send me their bio and 5-10 haiku and I produced a personalized comic for everybody. Then, on the night of November 1 (10pm-1.30am), I produced comics on the conference.  The next day, I presented the comics and everybody received a printed copy of their personalized comic at the end of my presentation.

With a total of 22 comics, this was the most comics I’ve ever done for one conference!

 opTEMPLATEtransparentfrogsGuylan Gail Paul: “spring rain / new shoes ruined / wading in mud”

opTEMPLATEtransparentfrogsJune Rose Dowis: “sickle moon / letting the cat out / and the night in”

haikhotspringshowardleekilbyHoward Lee Kilby: “spring moon / where did it come from? / this small meow”

opTEMPLATEtransparentfrogsLiving Jewelry, by Susan Delphine Delaney


Dennise Aiello: “he heron waits / at water’s edge / a frog swims by”

comicJune Rose Dowis: “up periscope / past the fencepost / sunflowers”

comicNan Dozier: “ghost moon / in the morning sky / stale donuts”

comicDavid G. Lanoue: “power blackout / we meet / the neigbours”

comicWeb gallery, by Leta Leshe

comicRaffael de Gruttola: “lost in the lights / the high fly ball / that never comes down”

comicCrossword Puzzles, by Vic Fleming

comicPinterest, by Susan Delphine Delaney (who’s our haiku ambassador on Pintest)

comicLunch at McClard’s BBQ (“the restaurant that gave Bill Clinton a heart attack”)

comicLaughter from the heart, by Susan Julie Gonzales

comicLaughter from the heart, by Susan Julie Gonzales

comicLet’s do the twist, by Nan Dozier

comicRaffael de Gruttota: “contact lens / finding it / with one eye” (Raffael’s optometrist framed this haiku and displayed it in his office)

How to take a hot bath in Hot Springs

Step 1: shower.


Step 2: take a hot bath.


Step 3: relax.


Thank you to Howard Lee Kilby and the participants of the Haiku Hot Springs 2013 conference.


Visit Old Pond Comics website for more haiku comics. If you’d like a cartoonist-in-residence for your next haiku event, contact me.

Seabeck Haiku Getaway


I was the official Cartoonist-in-residence during the Seabeck Haiku Getaway (organized by the Haiku North West haiku group) at the Seabeck Conference Centre from October 10-13, 2013.

During the event, I created thirteen comics that were presented Sunday Oct 13, on the last day of the conference. One Old Pond vignette (featuring Kaeru playing in autumn leaves) was included in the printed program.

Read an interview about my experience of cartoonist-in-residence at Seabeck.

Watch a digital story about the ginko walk to the Historic Seabeck Cemetery.

Feel free to share these comics on your blogs, websites, Facebook pages and Twitter. Simply right-click and choose Save picture as (JPEG). Please include a link to http://www.oldpondcomics.com in your blog post or website.

Create your nametag

Before you go at Seabeck Haiku Getaway, you have to create your own nametag . People used lots of creativity to create a nametag that would represent them.

Making your own ID badge at Seabeck Haiku Getaway


At Seabeck Conference Centre, the rooms are in these giant houses. It’s like living in a frat house! It’s fantastic. You share your room with someone and a house with a dozen people. I was in the newer buidling, Huckleberry. I expected moldy cabin smell and instead it was the wonderful smell of new carpet that greeted me. Our room H5 was gigantic with a writing desk (where I spent all night doing comics until 4am) and a private bathroom. I heard two frogs were not as lucky and had to stay in a stinky mushroom…


The Bouncing Bridge

The Bouncing Bridge is a recent addition to the Seabeck Conference Centre and is quite an attraction in itself. It takes suspension bridge to a all new [sismic] level. Crossing alone, you can manage. Go with a friend, you’ll fight for your life. Cross the bridge with fifty people, right after the Seabeck Group photo, and fun is guaranteed. Seabeck boucing bridge

Drinking from a fire hydrant

At the beginning of the conference, Michael Dylan Welch warned participants to pace themselves. Going to a haiku conference, and attending session after session, can feel a bit like “drinking from a fire hydrant”, he said.


Freebie table

At every conference, you can bring a leaflet or something to give to the attendees so they remember you.



The food at the Seabeck Haiku Conference was excellent. Breakfast was from 8.00-8.45, lunch from 12.00-12.45 and dinner from 6.00-6.45 As you got in the dinning, you could smell the aroma of the food. As soon as you sat down, they would serve you hot meal in a plate big enough for the 8 people around the table, a hot sidedish and a cold sidedish. Dessert was already on the table. I’ve never eaten so well in my life!

The salad bar was self-served and was hugely popular. There were long lineups, but it went pretty fast… faster than if the waiter took your salad order, forgot about it and ate it himself…

The snack table

Not only were we fed very well at the Seabeck Conference Centre, but attendees were encouraged to bring snacks to share. The snack table was jammed pack full of goodies. You could have eaten a full meal there!


Marco Fraticelli (guest speaker)

I was really happy to have the chance to spend some time with Marco Fraticelli, a poet from Haiku Canada that I only get to see when I attend Haiku Canada weekend (it’s an annual conference, but I only get to go every two years or so). Marco Fraticelli was the first hadjin I met, totally by chance, while I was studying haiku at the National Library of Canada, in Ottawa.

Just like Marco, Kaeru the frog loves bringing his kids to the beach.

comic inspired by the great wave off kagawara by oldpondcomics

The Wordless Poem

The Wordless Poem (written by Eric Amann) is one of Marco Fraticelli’s favorite book about haiku. However, it is not a book for beginners and should not be used to teach haiku to young children…

comic about the Wordless Poem by Eric Amann (by Old Pond Comics)

The flock of crows

The guest speaker Marco Fraticelli told the story of a painter in ancient China or Japan who was commissioned to paint four panels representing a flock of crows. Instead of painting numerous crows, like you would expect, he left three panels blanck and, on the fourth one, he painted half a crow in flight, as if a flock of crow was just there and had just flown away.

Marco made the analogy with haiku: it’s often what’s not there that counts, what people imagine. Readers fill the gap in their imagination and complete the image. That was a great lesson.



One of our favorite activities at Seabeck was creating a labyrinth. Following instructions from the leader Margaret McGee, participants split into two teams. Each team had “builders” who built the labyrith, and “decorators” who decorated the labyrinth with leaves, feathers, branches, shells, and haiku.

The labyrinth stayed there during the whole conference and people were able to enter the labyrinth and do a walking meditation. As you entered the labyrinth, it’s good to recite a mantra, such as “I am a pilgrim seeking.”


A leaf falls loneliness (paper by Michael Dylan Welch)

E. E. Froggins ( E.E. Cummings’s cousin) is also a poet; he wrote this happier version of the leaf falls poem.

E. E. Froggins new poem inspired by EE Cummings leaf poem

The Sputnik

At Seabeck, a suspended card holder called “The Sputnik” hangs from the ceiling and holds haiku written on index cards. This year, the Sputnik held a dozen haiku written by the guest of honor Marco Fraticelli.


Seabeck Historic Cemetery

A digital story about a walk to the Historic Seabeck Cemetery and my encounter with an unknown mushroom that caused me to write a death haiku during the Seabeck haiku Getaway.

If you know the name of the last mushroom (wrapped in an orange leaf) at the end of this video, let me know. That’s the one that caused me such a fright.

Haiku North America 2013 comics

The comics created during Haiku North America 2013 conference are now up on my website Old Pond Comics.

I was the official HNA Cartoonist-in-Residencer, drafting comics during the day and staying up all night to make them.

The comics were presented at the HNA closing session on Sunday August 18, 2013. Enjoy!