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Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante: August Buzzer illustrator interview

Amancay and this illustration.

Have you read the latest Buzzer newsletter yet? If not, you can pick it up on almost all of our different modes of transit or simply download it as a .pdf. The cover illustration of the August Buzzer was done by Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante. We saw his work, Monsters on Georgia; dragons on Robson! posted on Illustrated Vancouver and knew he would make a great contribution to the Buzzer. Amancay took the time to answer a few questions we had about his work and the man himself:

Tell us about yourself and your art?

I was born here in Vancouver, but moved with my family to Chile when I was seven years old. I went to school and university there and finished with with a major in interior design. After spending years working in the design industry back in Chile and travelling here and there, I decided to return to Vancouver in 2009. In 2011 I moved to Spain for a year and came back again last June.

I usually identify my art with the comic art style. I’ve been making comics for a while and sequential black and white pages are my main field. That’s the style that I feel really represents me. That said, I still have a variety of styles that lets me take on other kinds of projects like this month’s Buzzer cover or even educational books.

You have a unique style. Are you influenced by anyone?

Mainly comic book artists, Greg Capullo, Eduardo Risso and Travis Charest to name a few. I also try to seek out different styles of art to improve mine.

Have you ever drawn transit before?

Never, this was the first time and I hope not the last. I really had a fun time working on this cover.

Are you a transit user? If so, what does summer on transit mean to you?

I use transit all the time. I only move around Vancouver with my bike and TransLink. My part-time job is by Broadway Station, so the 99 B-Line or Millennium or Expo lines are always part of my trip. My main route is between Nanaimo Station and Granville.

Summer on transit for me means getting on the bus or train and heading to all the outdoor activities and parks in the city to enjoy the sun.

What can we expect from Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante in the future?

Some projects in the comic industry. I’m working on a couple of graphic novels and series that hopefully will see the light soon. I’m also working on my graphic novel, CLANDESTINO. I started publishing a mini series through Graphicly called HIJOS DE P. I made it when I was back in Chile and It’s available now for free every week in English. You can find more info on both of these projects on my web site or by following me on Twitter @annbonline for updates on what I’m working on.


Thanks for the interview Amancya and thanks for the illustration!





  • By Eugene Wong, August 7, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    Transit is always portrayed in a delightful manner. It would be nice to see transit portrayed in an action packed image on The Buzzer. I’d love to see some chaos and destruction, while Mr. Buzzer saves the day! :^D

  • By Sheba, August 8, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I keep thinking “no shirt, no shoes, no service” when I see the picture :)

  • By Sheba, August 9, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    Is anyone else having trouble posting?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, August 10, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Sheba: I fished your comment out of spam now. I’m not sure what the trigger was but it seems our spam filter caught your comment. Perhaps the phrase you used was a common spam phrase elsewhere? Nonetheless: fixed!

  • By JKKT - Kyle, August 10, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Perhaps a “safe list” of legitimate commenters to ensure that Sheba’s comments are always approved may negate future problems?

  • By Sheba, August 10, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    It’s the first time it’s happened to me, and I don’t remember it happening to anyone else in the recent past – so it’s not exactly a big problem. Finding a readable captcha is more problematic.

  • By Eugene Wong, August 10, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    It happened to me, just a while ago.

    It got caught by the spam filters, because of the links. I didn’t know what the problem was at the time, so I tried submitting it in smaller chunks. That didn’t help. When Jhenifer brought it out of the spam folder, she ended up bringing the 2 comments. I asked her to delete the second comment, and she did.

    I guess that a lot happened without some people knowing. I kept quiet about it, to avoid any distraction.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, August 13, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Generally our spam filter is pretty good at knowing what’s spam and what isn’t. We check the spam filter every day or so and release anything that has been caught, but if you find you have a comment held and no one’s noticed yet, just send us an email and we’ll fix it, as Eugene indicated. Things that do tend to get caught in spam include swear words, lots of links, and phrases that are related to spam in some way. The filters are truly a godsend though: the blog used to get SO much spam before — 100+ comments in a day at the high end, which just destroys discussion and is super time-consuming to manage on our end.

  • By Dave 2, August 13, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    Illustration may not represent actual conditions, #22 in 30C heat on Aug 5 was much different :)

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