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:
Lisa Gilteman presents Emoji Dick at SHARP 2017 conference.
In the distant hills
A patch where sunlight touches
The withered meadows.
– haiku by Shiki (trans. by Donald Keene)
Published in Haidan journal, February 2016 (Japan)
my umbrella too
becomes a one-eyed monster
this moonlit night
- #haiku by #Buson, translated by Emiko Miyashita and Michael Dylan Welch, illustrated by Old Pond Comic
“This umbrella monster is well known in Japan, explained Emiko. It has one eye, and one leg wearing geta (wooden sandal). The author sees the moon through the hole in his umbrella and thinks he / umbrella too has become a one-eyed monster. Moonlit night is the night of Harvest Moon.”
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:
“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:
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:
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!