What is Weirdo Poetry, and who are you?

Where I answer all your pressing questions and divulge far too much personal detail about my life.

Hi, I’m Jason McBride and I’m a poet and indie comic artist. For the past nine years, my “day job” has been as a freelance B2B copywriter. But, at night, and often during the day too, I write, draw, and create strange small stories, many of which are in the form of poetry comics.

I am the author of Pirate Haiku and Horror Haiku, and the monthly zine Surreal Haiku. I’m also working on an insane project to write 10,000 haiku. Many of those haiku will be in the newsletters and some will find their way into a few new books later on.

What’s the deal with this newsletter?

Each newsletter includes a brief introduction, some poetry comics, and a visual essay. I try and find the fantastical in the mundane and the mundane in the fantastical. One post might be devoted to the purchase of a new toaster oven and another might have 10 haiku about werewolves.

How often does your newsletter come out?

I send out a newsletter once a week on Tuesdays. Sometimes I mix it up and send out bonus issues. If you’re a paid subscriber you get free ebook versions of my work. But all the newsletter posts are free to everyone.

Do you want this to be your main job?

YES! I would love to work on creating stories and poetry comics all day long and inspiring readers to explore their own creativity. Thanks to readers like you, each week I’m a little closer to making this happen.

Do you have a family?

I am married to an incredible pediatric nurse and we have four incredible children and a mischievous dog named Loki.

Loki is not well trained, but he’s trying. He can sit and spin. Sometimes he will shake. He only stays if he thinks he will get cheese. He hates doing get help.

Did you steal this about page format from Edith Zimmerman of Drawing Links?

Also yes. You should check out her newsletter. It’s one of the highlights of my week.

What’s the deal with the 10,000 haiku project?

I set the goal to write 10,000 haiku. I know that poets are supposed to toil for hours over every word. But I want to see what happens when I push myself to create as much as I can as fast as I can. 10,000 seems like an impossibly large number of haiku.

I keep track of my haiku in a spreadsheet as any self-respecting poet does.

I have a few rules about the 10,000 haiku. First, I am writing haiku in the 5-7-5 format. the way they appear in the spreadsheet is not how they will appear when published. Second, I am not including any haiku commissions or poems submitted to journals in the total. Third, each haiku is a rough draft. I may edit the poems before posting or publishing them.

From time to time I update my subscribers on my progress towards 10,000 haiku.

You can visit the Weirdo Poetry website to learn more about me and to find links to my books, comics, and zines.

Thanks for reading! I love to hear from readers. Please feel free to send me a message.