Find here answers to some of the questions I’m frequently asked.

Q.  What is Monster Haiku?

A.  Monster Haiku is a comic strip in the tradition of Peanuts or Garfield  but every strip is a haiku and every strip features a cast of a dozen or so child-sized monsters.

Q.  What’s a haiku?

A.  It’s a kind of ancient Japanese poem with a super rigid structure.  There are three lines.  The first line has five syllables, the second has seven syllables, and the third has five again.  Generally, they’re written about nature.  

Q.  How long have you been doing this?

A.  I launched the comic July 1, 2011.  They’re all available here at www.monsterhaiku.com

Q.  Who is you audience?

A.  I don’t really write for any group in particular.  Generally, I just write strips that I find funny or interesting.  However, I never do any sexy stuff and never use swear words.  The violence is all very cartoon, Tom-and-Jerry style violence.  All in all, the jokes are good for kids. 

Q.  What is the size of your audience?

A.  I average just over 3,000 visitors a month on my website.  I don’t know how many people have my books.  I’m not very good at keeping track of inventory.

Q. How often do you do a new strip?

A. I post a new strip on www.monsterhaiku.com every weekday.

Q.  Isn’t it hard to make a comic strip written in haiku everyday?

A.  I only post on weekdays so it’s not really everyday.  And, yes, sometimes it’s difficult to come up with new ideas.  But I don’t consider it hard.  It’s a lot of fun.  It gives me a place to put my creative energies and a place to explore my own strange brand of humor. 

Q.  Where do you get all of your ideas?

A.  Usually, they come from something I hear.  Maybe something in the news, maybe something someone says to me, maybe the lyrics from a song.  Usually, I write down the snatches down on a big list.  Many of them flower into ideas for strips.  Others just languish or fade away.

Q.  Who is your favorite character?

A.  I kind of love them all but, if I had to pick a favorite, I guess it would be Gil the fishman.

Q.  Is this your full time job?

A.  Oh, heavens no.  I’m a middle school math teacher.

Q.  Do you have any artistic endeavors besides monster comic strips?

A.  I write and illustrate picture books too.

Q.  I like to draw and write too but have no idea how to get started.  Do you have any advice for me?

A.  Yes, give over to your creative impulses!  Draw whatever drawing or write whatever story you have in your head.  Don’t let get stuck up in your brain because it’s not perfect.  You’ll figure it all out as you go along.  Get a website, put it out there, and promote the heck out of it.  If there’s a place in this world for my inane monster-themed, haiku-based daily webcomic series, there’s probably a place for whatever crazy, half-baked idea you’ve got.  It can’t be any weirder than what I do.  You won’t regret it but I can almost guarantee you’ll regret not doing it. 

Q.  Can I ask you another question that’s not on this list?

A.  Of course!  I love getting mail.  Contact me by clicking here or leave a reply in the space below.