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Buzzer illustrator interview: Hazel Cheng

The December 2014 issue of the Buzzer's illustration done by Hazel Cheng!

The December 2014 issue of the Buzzer’s illustration done by Hazel Cheng!

Oh, look what do we have here – another Buzzer illustrator interview! We were lucky enough to have Emily Carr University of Art + Design student Hazel Cheng illustrate the December 2014 issue of the Buzzer.

‘Tis the season of giving and Hazel really captured that for us in her illustration. Throughout the month of December, our Reindeer Bus and Community Shuttle has been out and about spreading the holiday cheer. On December 18, the bus will be delivering toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau agencies as part of our annual Toys for Tots charity drive.

Hazel was nice enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about herself and her work:

Who is Hazel Cheng?
I am an illustrator living in Richmond. My website is hazelcheng.weebly.com.

Tell me about the work you do.
Right now, I am working through a children’s book that deals with some struggles of immigration. It’s something that has come to my attention recently after a trip I made this year.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?
A recurring subject in my art are animals, usually small and fuzzy ones.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite route or mode transit?
Yes, I enjoy taking buses that I’ve never taken before, and going to far away places. I like the routes on the highways, speeding past the farmland with the mountains in the background.

What’s next for you?
Graduating university, and then I’d like to keep on telling stories.

Thanks for your time Hazel! Pick up your copy of the December 2014 issue today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or download it here. The next issue of the Buzzer will be out February 2015 – that means the next illustrator interview will be then too!

The December 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

December 2014 BuzzerThe final issue of the Buzzer in 2014 of now on the system!

Much of it is dedicated to the winter service changes, which begin on Monday, December 15. Highlights include 10 new stops for the 116 to better serve Burnaby’s growing Big Bend industrial area, new trips and bigger vehicles on select routes to reduce overcrowding and serve more customers.

Winter is coming – December 21 to be exact! We’ve already had our first taste of snowfall and more could be on the way, so we have some tips on how you can stay up-to-date and navigate your winter commute.

What’s a sure sign of the holiday season in the Lower Mainland? Sightings of our Reindeer Bus and Community Shuttle! They are now out and about spreading the holiday cheer throughout Metro Vancouver. Tweet us your pictures and post them to Instagram using the hashtag #ReindeerBus!

On December 6 and 13, in exchange for a new unwrapped toy, you get a ticket to ride the West Coast Express Santa Train! The holiday season is also wonderful time for celebration and Transit Police has tips on how you can stay safe.

There’s also information about holiday transit service! Christmas Day and Boxing Day will operate on a modified Sunday/holiday schedule to better reflect demand. As always, rides will be free on New Year’s Eve from 5 pm until the end of service. New Year’s Day service will be a normal Sunday/holiday schedule.

Starting on December 6, Train2Main will no longer operate, which means you can take any train to Main! The Burrard Otter II made its maiden voyage on December 1. As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or download it here. The next issue of the Buzzer will be out in February 2015.

Buzzer illustrator interview: Julie Liu

Julie's Grey Cup illustration

Julie on the right and her “TravelSmart to the Game” illustration on the left!

One of the things that makes each issue of the Buzzer unique is the illustration on the front cover! Each month, we have a different artist illustrate it for us and for the November 2014 issue, we reached out to Julie Liu.

She illustrated a cover for us that really captured the theme of our issue with the football fans, BC Place Stadium and the SkyTrain! We had the opportunity to do a quick interview with Julie:

How did you get into illustration?
I doodle a lot, especially in class. So my friends encouraged me to build a website to showcase my artwork and that was how Jubes Comic Blog started. It was just for fun in the beginning, but I loved it so much I just kept doing it until now.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?
My characters, Ja and Ju. They represent my boyfriend (monkey) and I (rabbit), where we live out the ups and downs of life together. We try not to take life too seriously all the time.

What’s your favourite colour?
Pink! I was excited when I found out the November Buzzer’s color scheme was pink.

Have you ever drawn transit before this gig?
Yes, I have drawn a few weekly strips featuring Vancouver’s Transit system. You can see them on my website!

What’s next for you?
Other than working part time in the health field, I have recently started a custom mug business. I hand-draw and tailor your ideas as illustrations onto ceramic mugs for people. Be sure to visit my website for details! I hope to expand this business and pursue it for many years to come. Bringing everybody’s crazy ideas to life excites me.

Thanks Julie! Were you able to pick-up the November 2014 issue of the Buzzer yet? If not, you can download it here to check out Julie’s marvellous illustration!

Come find a snowman and celebrate winter service changes 2014

Find the Snowman for the chance to win 1 of 3 great prizes!

Find the Snowman for the chance to win 1 of 3 great prizes!

Swapping out your sunglasses for a scarf and mittens? TransLink’s transit services are making some changes too!

Beginning December 15, you can expect new travel options, increased trips and service to better match customer demand. Translation…there are 10 NEW stops and improved service on 8 routes this winter!

Service changes can affect many routes, so “know before you go” and use TransLink’s trip planner to check if your route’s changed.

Highlights

  • NEW trips on the 49, 410, 555 and C28 to reduce overcrowding. This is made possible by shifting service hours from routes with low customer demand.
  • Bigger vehicles on the 188 and C98 serve more customers; conventional buses replace community shuttles on these growing routes.
  • 10 NEW stops for the 116 to better serve Burnaby’s growing Big Bend industrial area.
  • The 404 now ends at Riverport Recreation Complex; passengers travelling to or from the Ladner Exchange can access multiple travel options for various destinations.

Buzzer readers, to help thaw the winter chill, we are hosting a contest with three transit prizes (make sure to check out the terms and conditions)! Visit our Facebook page weekday mornings, from December 1 until December 22, every day after 9 am for a clue to where the Snowman icon is hiding on the service changes page. Once you solve the clue, click on the Snowman to enter the contest. Happy Snowman spotting!

Learn about all the travel choices in your community by visiting TransLink’s TravelSmart program for information, resources and tips.

How else can you stay in touch? Sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts, visit translink.ca, follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

 

The November 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

November 2014 BuzzerWe have a jam packed issue for you this month!

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival is in Vancouver from November 26 to 30 and TravelSmart has tips on how to TravelSmart to the festivities and the championship game!

One way is to get the limited edition three-day, three-zone commemorative multi-day transit pass, giving you unlimited travel on the bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus from November 28 to 30. Transit Police shares a safety guide for the festival, ensuring a safe and secure trip on public transit.

Compass Card? We got an update! Post-secondary students at 10 schools will be next group to receive the Compass Card, starting in January 2015. GoCard? We also have an update! Cards from the 2013/14 school year are now valid until November 30 for eligible students.

The Canada Line will be carrying its 200 millionth passenger later this month and we’re serving up stories on the Buzzer blog leading up to the milestone! Also on the Canada Line, Blanket BC will be holding their annual “Drive on the Line” on November 21 and 22 between 8 am and 6 pm.

Volunteers will be collecting blankets and warm articles of clothing for local shelters and struggling families at the following stations: Richmond-Brighouse, Lansdowne, Bridgeport, Oakridge, Broadway-City Hall, Yaletown-Roundhouse, Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront.

West Vancouver customers can now expect real-time transit information and next stop announcements onboard the Blue Bus fleet. We also have the results to our poll question, “What do you read on transit?” 58 per cent of you said you read the news or newspaper on transit! Click here to read the full results.

Last, but not least, it’s not a Buzzer without our usual favourites – Coming Events, Back Issues and Contest Corner!

Pick yours up today onboard the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or download it here. Enjoy! Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Buzzer illustrator interview: Julian Lawrence

The October 2014 Buzzer illustration by Julian Lawrence

The illustration (left) by Julian (right)!

Each month we feature a different artist’s work on the front cover of the Buzzer. This month, we invited the award-winning Julian Lawrence to illustrate the cover of the October 2014 issue. If you ask me, what he came up with ranks up there among the very best Buzzer covers!

He took time out to do this quick interview with us:

Who is Julian Lawrence?
A Vancouver-based cartoonist and educator. You can find out more at julianlawrence.net.

Tell me about Drippytown.
It’s a project created by Robert Dayton and myself. You can find out more at drippytown.com.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?
Drippy the Newsboy. You can see him at drippytown.com.

Have you ever drawn a bus before this gig?
Yup. A few times. Please find attached one I drew based on a recent bus ride.

What’s next for you?
The Adventures of Drippy the Newsboy Volume I: Drippy’s Mama published by Conundrum Press is out in May, 2015.

Thank you to Julian! If you haven’t picked up the October issue, you can download it here and check out his illustration. Like his work? Consider taking one of Julian’s courses in contemporary comics at the  Emily Carr University of Art + Design!

The October 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

October 2014 BuzzerCan you believe it’s October already? Another month means another issue of your favourite newsletter!

In this issue – Transit Police has some fall safety tips for commuters as the days get shorter and chillier! Burrrr! Taking transit on Remembrance Day on Tuesday, November 11? Our services will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

Poetry in Transit is back for an 18th year and in partnership with the ABPBC, we are bringing you 20 poems over the next year. Many of you spend your time on transit by reading. We want to know in this Buzzer poll – what do you read on transit? Is it the Poetry in Transit poems?

TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis, TransLink executives Fred Cummings and Colleen Brennan, and Transit Police Chief Neil Dubord all braved the rain to support Raise-a-Reader on September 24. TransLink has also supported the United Way for over 40 years and this September, our Sapperton office employees helped raise over $70,000 for the organization!

And of course, we have the usual Buzzer favourites – the Contest Corner, Coming Events, and Back Issues.

We hope you enjoy this month’s issue! Pick yours up on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express or by downloading it here.

As always, let us know what you think of it. Good reading to you all!

Buzzer illustrator interview: Dino Pai

Here's Dino's illustration on the left and Dino on the right!

Here’s Dino’s illustration on the left and Dino on the right!

Yer! Yer! Time for another Buzzer illustrator interview!

The September issue of the Buzzer is now on the system and we had the pleasure of working with Dino to illustrate our cover this month. If you didn’t know, we feature a different illustration and artist on each issue of the print Buzzer and on the blog!

He was kind enough to take some time out to answer a few questions about the illustration and himself:

How did you come up with your illustration for the Buzzer?
The idea was fairly simple: I went on the bus and SkyTrain with a drawing pad and tried to capture the blissful, tranquil moments on transit with pen and paper.

Your illustration has a tiny bit of retro feel. Are you a fan or are you inspired by illustrators/artist of yesteryear?
Thanks, I take that as a compliment. I definitely look at a lot of illustrators and artists from the past. I suppose my preference for traditional mediums contributes to the retro feel too.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?
I take the SkyTrain quite often. I really enjoy observing the people and trying to make up stories of where they’re going to and coming from, what the couples are whispering to each other, or sometimes I make goofy faces at the children when their parents don’t notice.

Your illustration is in blue. Any chance that blue is your favourite colour? Why?
My favourite colour is blue indeed. I’m a boyish boy, what can I say?

What’s next for you?
Aside from freelance illustration gigs I am also working on my second graphic novel right now. That, and taking over the world!

Thanks Dino! If you want to check out more of his work, be sure to check out his website and follow him on Twitter at @diinnnoooo.

The September 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

September 2014 BuzzerI Love Transit Week was from August 25 to 29 this year and we have lots of highlights from our I Love Transit Camp and vintage bus event as well as your submissions and tweets to share with you!

We also hit 50,000 followers on Twitter! 50,000 high fives to our 50,000 followers. We love ya!

Transit Police has some advice for you when travelling with children on transit and we have information on Thanksgiving Day service. Transit will run on a Sunday/holiday schedule on October 13 and it will be a one-zone fare across all zones!

A reminder to students: GoCards from last school year are valid until October 31 and new ones will be issued to students once school is back in session. The card gets you concession fares on all TransLink services in Metro Vancouver. Just make sure you have it with you when travelling on the system.

And no Buzzer is complete without our usual favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues, and Coming Events!

Pick up your copy today on your favourite bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express route or by downloading it here.

Buzzer illustrator interview: Danielle Jette

Danielle with her future corgi on the right and her illustration on the left!

Danielle with her future corgi on the right and her illustration on the left!

Another issue of the Buzzer and another illustrator interview! Yay!

We were lucky enough to have Danielle Jette illustrate the cover for the August Buzzer, which was dedicated to the fall service changes. She was kind enough to take some time out to do a quick interview with us:

Who is Danielle Jette?
Hi, I am a Vancouver based illustrator and designer!

How did you come up with your illustration for the Buzzer?
I was inspired by Vancouver’s big busy skyline.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?
I take transit everyday! I like taking the Canada Line SkyTrain because it is fast, clean and close to home.

What’s your favourite colour and why?
My favourite colour is turquoise because it is bright.

Peer into your crystal ball, and tell us what you see for yourself in the future.
In the future I hope to work in publishing, live by the beach, and adopt a Pembroke Welsh corgi.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the Buzzer yet, be sure to do so or download it here to you check out Danielle’s illustration!

The August 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

August 2014 Buzzer CoverThe August 2014 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system and much of it is dedicated to the fall service changes, which will take into effect on Monday, September 1.

There’s a lot of changes round, so be sure to check your route before you go! Among them, new trips are being  introduced to the 135, 143, 319 and C92 to reduce overcrowding. Service on the 4 and 7 trolley bus routes also returns to Powell Street.

September 1 is also Labour Day – that means service will run on a Sunday/Holiday schedule.

It’s back to school time and Transit Police has some simple of advice for you, “If you want to keep it, secure it.”

We also have an update on the Burrard Otter II, which arrived on July 31 after a 24-day journey from Singapore to Vancouver. Its unload from the heavylift carrier was documented in this neat time lapse video!

And always, the Buzzer is complete with the usual favourites like Contest Corner, Back Issues, and Coming Events.

Pick up your copy today on board your favourite bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express route. You can also download it by clicking here.

Heading back to your regular routine? Fall service changes begin Sept 1.

Owl Aboard Contest photos

Find the Owl and enter to win each day of the contest.

 

Whoo…whoo is heading back to their regular school or work schedule in September? TransLink’s transit services are adjusting with you!

Beginning September 1, you can expect new services and increased trips, services that better matches customer demand during non-peak periods and the return of frequency to routes travelling to post-secondary institutions.

Highlights

  • To reduce overcrowding on the 135, 143, 319 and C92, NEW trips will be introduced to the schedule – this is made possible through the shifting of service hours from routes with low customer demand.
  • Services with low customer demand in non-peak periods will also be adjusted to better reflect ridership. Routes include, but are not limited to: 209, 214, 236, C9, C43, C44, C50, C51, C52, C70 and C93. The service hours in the balance make adding NEW trips on overcrowded routes possible.
  • Service on the 4 and 7 trolley bus routes returns to Powell Street.
  • Buses to post-secondary schools and summer-only services return to regular routes.

Buzzer readers, to help ring in the fall, we are hosting a contest* with three transit prizes! Visit our Facebook page each weekday morning from August 18 until September 15 after 9 am for a clue to where the Owl icon is hiding on the service change page. Once you solve the clue, click on the Owl to enter the contest. Happy Owl hunting!

Learn about all the travel choices in your community by visiting TransLink’s TravelSmart program for information, resources and tips.

Seasonal service changes occur four times each year in April, June, September and December to bring more service to more people with the resources available.

How else can you stay in touch? Sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts, visit m.translink.ca, follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

 

* Contest terms and conditions

 

Buzzer illustrator interview: Chloe Ezra

That's Chloe on the right and her illustration on the left!

That’s Chloe on the right and her illustration on the left!

If you’re new to the Buzzer scene, we feature a different illustration and artist on each issue of the print Buzzer and on the blog.

We reached out to Chloe Ezra to illustrate the cover of the July 2014 issue and she came up with this unique ilustration! She kindly took time out to do an interview with us:

Who is Chloe Ezra?
I’m a freelance illustrator who creates stories, animations and games in my spare time.

How did you come up with your illustration for the Buzzer?
The idea came to me surprisingly quick. I wanted to illustrate in a style not used before, so pixel art was the first option to come to me.

There’s an 8-bit feeling to your illustration. Are you a fan of video games and the 80s?
I am a huge fan of both, for sure! Video games back then have an unique aesthetic to them that has come back in recent years. What they were able to accomplish with the limitations in technology and design back then is very inspiring to me.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?
I do, and my favourite is probably the sky train, Canada Line. It’s especially nice to live close to the Brighouse station ’cause I almost always get a seat.

What’s your favourite colour and why?
It used to be lilac purple. Nowadays… pink, maybe? Black too, if it counts.

Peer into your crystal ball, and tell us what you see for yourself in the future.
I’ve been working hard towards a larger published book/comic of my work. To see that through would be a dream come true.

Fan of her work or fan of the Vancouver Canucks? Check out some of her other illustrations on her Tumblr and what she has done for the Canucks blog, Pass it to Bulis.

Thanks again to Chloe for her illustration and doing an interview with us!

The July 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

July 2014 BuzzerBig news from our July 2014 issue of the Buzzer – I Love Transit Week this year is August 25 to 29!

This year, we are introducing I Love Transit Camp where we’re inviting a small group of younger riders to tour our SkyTrain and SeaBus facilities and more. More details will be announced soon!

If you see something, say something. Transit Police has launched an iOS and Android app that lets you report and track crime and get all the latest information right from the palm of your hands on transit and everywhere else.

The 27th Annual Caribbean Days Festival is taking place on July 26 and 27. Summer season is also detour season, so a reminder to check out Transit Alerts before you go!

Phase 2 of the Downtown Bus Service is now complete and get involved in the Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan.

And #WhatsTheLink? We are the link! TransLink is the link to shaping communities, moving goods, and a connected transportation system – from the Major Road Network and five bridges to transit service and cycling infrastructure.

The Buzzer wouldn’t be complete without our usual favourites – the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

What are you waiting for?! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express or by downloading it here.

Buzzer illustrator interview: Katie So

Katie So's illustration for the June 2014 Buzzer!

Katie So’s illustration for the June 2014 Buzzer!

Each month we bring you a different illustration on the cover of the Buzzer and this time, we had the privilege of working with Katie So for the June 2014 issue! If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out the PDF or the Buzzer post.

She graciously took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us:

1. Who is Katie So? Katie is an illustrator and cartoonist from Vancouver.

2. How did you come up with your illustration for the Buzzer?
I was inspired by trips to the beach, and how everyone looks so nice in their summer outfits.

3. Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?
I like the Canada Line because it’s clean and efficient.

4. What’s your favourite colour and why?
Right now, I really like pinks and reds because roses and peonies are in bloom.

5. Peer into your crystal ball, and tell us what you see for yourself in the future.
I hope to be sitting on the beach, suntanning and reading a book.

Thanks for your time Katie and a wonderful illustration!