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Transit comic fun from Angela Melick

Angela Melick's Commuterlympics comic, from her webcomic <a href=>Wasted Talent</a>!

Angela Melick's Commuterlympics comic, from her webcomic Wasted Talent!

Here’s a hilarious transit-related comic from Angela Melick‘s webcomic, Wasted Talent! She sent it along in a tweet the other day, and here’s what she says about it:

It’s the latest installment of my webcomic “Wasted Talent”. Webcomics are comics that publish online for free and can be about almost anything, but mine is silly true stories from my life. And since I live and work in Vancouver, that comic invariably features transit! I don’t own a car, so I take the train to get to work and I take the bus to get pretty much everywhere else. When I lived in North Van, I took the Seabus every day, and when I lived briefly in Mission, I took the WCE occasionally, so really there is not a single part of the system that hasn’t been a part of my life for at least awhile :) I even livetweeted my sneak-peak ride of the Canada Line (a bunch of us engineers got to ride it in June)!

This latest comic is based on the fact that the Olympic tourists are so easy to spot in train stations. The locals are ruthless about getting onto trains, but we are all a team. Everyone loves to see a successful sprint, right!?

Indeed we do! For more, do look at Wasted Talent‘s archives (it’s been around for four years now: well done!) Angela suggests three transit-related comics in particular: the Skytrain Halloween party, the Pirates on the Seabus, and the crowded B-Line, from her UBC days!


  • By Dan Udey, January 28, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    Awesome comic. +1 for the ‘Photoshop Hero’ shirt in the sneak-peek photo too!

  • By Brendan Read, January 28, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    Oh yes, please add a pane (pain?)for tourists leisurely walking down from the Bridgeport Canada Line station to catch the 351 in the evenings. Regular riders (like my wife, who works at YVR) hotfoots it, to beat the leadfooted CMBC drivers.

  • By Paul, January 29, 2010 @ 3:04 am

    Reminds me of the time I was on the Canada Line. Train is at Olympic Village and it gives the standard door closing chime. Suddenly there is a loud bang as woman literally jumps through the closing doors, her back pack goes flying and her change goes everywhere as she lands on her butt.

  • By zack, January 29, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    LOL, great work by Angela. Despite how funny the comic is especially the woman in the purple coat rushing to the doors, that technique has always been a reality. I’ve witnessed too many people rushing to the SkyTrain doors the last minute the chime rings.

    What most people don’t understand is that when you manage to catch train closing its doors you cause the train to delay its departure. And the more you struggle the more you delay, the more frustrated the passengers become.

    Luckily, I don’t mad dash to the train when the chime rings. But to anyone out there who uses this method, better wait for the next train (only 4-6 minutes).

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, January 29, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    Yes. During rush hour on Expo & Millennium Line, trains come every 108 seconds, so you don’t really need to run for the train — one will be along very shortly!

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