Haiku North America takes place every two years and is the biggest conference in North America. In 2011, HNA took place in Seattle.
For the first time, I brought my laptop to the event and was able to make comics live during the event and post them up on my blog at night.
I also gave my first presentation about Old Pond Comics. People laughed.
"My son, Steven, loved his 15 minutes of fame via the Steven censored cartoons! What fun." -- Wanda Cook, letter, September 2012.
10. During the Haiku Bowl, two teams - appropriately named the Birds versus the Frogs (which I believe was an hommage to the famous haiku "On how to sing the skylark school and the frog school are arguing") - faced off to answer the hardest haiku quizz I've ever head!
Update: Oh-oh, I must have spaced out towards the end, Michael Dylan Welch e-mailed me recently to say that it's the Frog team (his team) that won the game, not the Birds. Anyway, a comic featuring birds pooping is always funny, even though I the score is wrong (sorry, frogs!)
Kaeru means "frog" in Japanese, so yes, technically, all these frogs were "Kaeru".
(Someone should have told the frogs that the party was inside!)
Cor Van Den Heuvel stood up, his charismatic presence filling the room, then with a powerful voice he blurted "TUNDRA!" His voice resonnated in the room with so much power, it was like the word exploding in the middle of a white page. We were all blown away.
Here's my (frog-version) hommage to Cor Van Den Heuvel reading his one-word poem:
Published in FrogPond volume 34:3, Fall 2011, p.114
I confess that I cut short on the gingko walk at the Museum of Art to visit the Experience Music Project where I realized one of my teenage dreams: to play the drums! Oh, my frog! It was so much fun! And the EMP building - shaped like a melted guitar - that was really something!
(In case you're wondering... no, I did not buy a hat there.)
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