Comics in Transit


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 info@cloudscapecomics.com.

 

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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 info@cloudscapecomics.com.

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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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The Other Press Talks About Cloudscape

Other Press

The Other Press, Douglas College’s student newspaper, chatted with Cloudscape board members Oliver McTavish-Wisden and Bevan Thomas about Comics in Transit, Epic Canadiana, and other Cloudscape projects.

“Comics in Transit should appeal to everyone, especially students, because they’re going to be the ones taking the bus and reading these things…. I thought they’d like a glimpse into what cities are like around the world,” McTavish-Wisden said. “Some of them might recognize their own cities that they’ve come from, or they might learn a bit about their neighbours, or learn about the kind of people they’re taking the bus with.”

For more on the article, read “Vancouver Group Immerses City in Comic Goodness.”

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People are talking about "Comics in Transit"

Comics in Transit

Waiting for the bus beside one of the comics.

Cloudscape’s “Comics in Transit” keeps on rolling! Comics have been popping-up in bus shelters all over Metro Vancouver,  one-page stories created by such prominent local creators as Nina Matsumoto, Johnnie Christmas, Steve Rolston, and many more. We’ve been getting a lot of attention, including more buzz in the Georgia Straight and an extensive article in UBC’s student magazine, the Ubyssey. In the Ubyssey article, Cloudscape president Oliver McTavish-Wisden talks about what inspired him to create “Comics in Transit”:

“What I wanted to do is — because so many of the artists I work with are from different parts of the world but have decided to call B.C. home — I challenged them…. I said to write a story about a city that you like or have had some experience with…. Hopefully when people read these at the bus stops they’ll maybe learn a little something from their neighbours, where they’re from… and maybe start to know about who they’re waiting for the bus with…. I was just looking and thinking of ways I could get comic panels or comic pages out of the book format…. I’m always thinking of ways to sort of shake up how people see comics and where they see them.”

Read the rest of the article at “Comics in Transit showing commuters where their neighbours are from.”

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