- Broadway and Yew
- Angus and West 61st
- Maquinna and Stikine
- Marine Drive and Cityedge
- West Blvd and West 54th
- West 10th and Discovery
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.
PBS Newshour interviews Mohammed Alsaleh, a Syrian refugee who is one of the many refugees having their story told in comic form through Cloudscape Comics’ Comics in Transit. The news segment also features Jonathon Dalton, the Cloudscape artist who is helping to tell Mr. Alsaleh’s story.
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].
Cloudscape 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].
The second batch of “Comics in Transit” comics have been spotted all over town. They’ll only be here until November 15th so make sure you get a good look at them before they’re gone. Here is a Google map of “Comics in Transit” comics to help. Go check them out!
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:
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!
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:
After they come down, a new batch of comics will replace them, so keep your eyes peeled!