Comics in Transit


Comics in Transit contest

Our Comics in Transit comics are  currently appearing in bus shelters all over Vancouver, and we encourage you to check them out. Also, remember that we have a contest for the first people who post an image of each Comics in Transit location. So far we’ve received photos from people for five comic locations, but there are still numerous others with unknown artists that we’d like you to identify. Stop by one of the following locations, snap, a picture, and either send the image to [email protected] or tweet it with #comicsintransit. Good luck!
  • Broadway and Yew
  • Angus and West 61st
  • Maquinna and Stikine
  • Marine Drive and Cityedge
  • West Blvd and West 54th
  • West 10th and Discovery

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This year’s Comics in Transit is up in bus stops all over Vancouver!

In 2015, we at Cloudscape launched “Comics in Transit,” a series of one-page that appeared in bus shelters all over Metro Vancouver. The comics were by local prominent comic creators such as Colin Upton, Nina Matsumoto, and James Lloyd, and explored stories of numerous cities all over the world. Now a new version of Comics in Transit is appearing in bus shelters. This time we interviewed numerous refugees living in Vancouver and are telling their stories through comic form.
We encourage  you to visit as many of the bus shelters as you can and read these refugees’ tales of struggle and triumph. Furthermore, we are offering a draw for people who spot and photograph the comics. If people find one, take a photo of it, and send it to [email protected], they will be entered to win a prize, which will be given out in December. The posters are up from October 30 – December 3, 2017, and are located at:
  1. Granville 110M N/O Dunsmuir WS
  2. West Broadway 21m W/O Yew NS
  3. Angus 20m s/o W. 61st ES
  4. 8195 VANCO Commercial 20m N/O Findlay ES
  5. Maquinna 20m W/O Stikine SS
  6. Marine Drive 20m W/O Cityedge NS
  7. Nanaimo 20m N/O Turner WS
  8. Victoria 18m N/O E. 38th ES
  9. West Boulevard 20m N/O West 54th ES
  10. West 10th 26m E/O Discovery SS

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“Comics in Transit” featured on IVOH

Oliver McTavish-Wisden at work on a comic.

An article on Comics in Transit, our big public art project, is featured on IVOH, and includes an interview with Comics in Transit creator and Cloudscape executive director Oliver McTavish-Wisden:

Founded in 2015, Comics in Transit creates original, poster-sized comics for display in bus shelters and transit stops around Vancouver and its surrounding cities. For its second series, the project is offering a glimpse into the lives of Canada’s refugees, as illustrated by local comic-book artists. Oliver McTavish-Wisden is one of those artists. Long before he started interviewing Jay, he was a loyal customer, frequenting the salon Jay owns in the Vancouver area. That’s how he started to hear bits and pieces of Jay’s story — about how Jay faced police intimidation for simply giving haircuts in his native Tehran.

“He was always happy to talk about that kind of thing with me. And I’ve always been curious,” Wisden said. So the two collaborated to tell Jay’s story in comic form, so that his experiences could help educate Canadian citizens about the ongoing refugee crisis, the largest the world has seen since World War II.

“Everybody knows there are a ton of refugees coming in because of the crisis. But do they know them? Absolutely not. They’re just numbers. They’re just a statistic,” McTavish-Wisden said. “One of our goals is to try and humanize the things people are reading about in the news.”

To read more of the article, visit Cloudscape Comics Depicts Refugee Stories in Vancouver.

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Cloudscape still looking for refugee stories

Cloudscape is still looking for two refugee stories that could serve as comics in our upcoming Comics in Transit series. We wish to interview people who have left their home countries to seek a new life in Canada and adapt their stories into comics that will appear on various transit stops throughout Vancouver. If you would like to contribute your own experience to this unique take on the comic medium (or know someone who would), please contact Oliver McTavish-Wisden at [email protected].

 

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Cloudscape Seeking Stories from Refugees

johnny-christmas-cit-copyCloudscape is currently working on a new run of Comics in Transit, and the theme of this year is stories from refugees who have left their home countries to seek a new life in Canada. All artists for the project have been selected, but we would like to interview any refugees to Canada who would like to see their stories immortalized in comic art. If you would like to contribute your own experience to this unique take on the comic medium (or know someone who would), please contact Oliver McTavish-Wisden at [email protected].

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Second Batch of "Comics in Transit"

comic by Jordyn Bochon

comic by Jordyn Bochon

We hope you’ve already enjoyed in the first batch of our Comics in Transit comics appearing at Vancouver bus shelters. Now the first batch has been removed and the second one is starting to come up! All of the second batch comics should be up by tomorrow. Here is the list of the list of the various bus shelters that they’ll be appearing at until November 15th:

  • Dunsmuir 15m W/O Burrard NS
  • Alma 20m N/O Broadway ES
  • W. Broadway 21m W/O Yew NS
  • E. Broadway 20m E/O Main SS
  • Main St. 24m S/O 18th WS
  • King Edward 24m W/O Kingsway NS
  • Nanaimo 20m N/O Turner WS
  • W. 16th 33m E/O Highbury SS
  • E. 41st 22m E/O Kerr SS
  • E. 49th 20m E/O Victoria NS
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Vancouver Can't Stop Talking About "Comics in Transit"

Sam Logan

from Sam Logan’s Comic in Transit

People in Vancouver just keep talking about our Comics in Transit. There are articles about us in:

The Vancouver Courier: Comic Collective Takes Over Bus Shelters
“I was thinking about areas that you could take comics outside of the book format because people only read comics if they feel like going to buy one,” [Oliver McTavish-Wisden] explained. “It would be nice if they were able to read comics when they were out in the world like so much sculpture already is.”

Vancity Buzz: Vancouver Bus Shelters Turn Into Comic Book Art
“All the artists are excited to see their work in real life at full size,” [said Jeff Ellis.] “Whenever someone has tried to snap a picture of one, it is usually being blocked by someone engrossed in reading it.”

Visit the two articles to read more!

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One Last Week for this "Comics in Transit" Batch

Comics in Transit

The first batch of “Comics in Transit” comics will be removed on October 5, so you only have one more week to spot them! Here’s where they all are:

  • Powell 20m W/O Main NS – Phillip Barrett
  • Cambie 31m s/o W. 43rd WS – Steve Rolston
  • Commercial 20m N/O E. 6th ES – Steve Rolston
  • Fraser 20m N/O E. 28th ES – Sam Logan
  • E. Hastings 43m E/O Windermere SS – Jonathon Dalton
  • Kingsway 20m W/O Rupert NS – Johnnie Christmas
  • Nanaimo 27m S/O William WS – Jonathon Dalton
  • W. 10th 29m W/O Tolmie  – Jason Turner
  • W. 41st 11m W/O Dunbar SS – Nina Matsumoto
  • E. 49th 31m E/O Killarney SS – Sean Karemaker

After they come down, a new batch of comics will replace them, so keep your eyes peeled!

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