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The Summer 2019 edition of The Buzzer is now on the system

Summer is coming and we’re kicking it off with the latest edition of The Buzzer!The Buzzer

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The April 2019 edition of The Buzzer is now on the system

April Print edition of The Buzzer

We’re welcoming spring with the latest edition of The Buzzer.

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The Buzzer illustrator interview: Amy Knill

The February special edition of The Buzzer, was special for many reasons. Not only did it feature The Buzzer itself helping two ladies find love on transit, it also contained a free Valentine’s Day card, a fun word search, and so much more.  Read more »

The February 2019 special edition issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

February Special Edition The Buzzer

We’re kicking of 2019 with a special edition issue of The Buzzer which you can find on the system now.

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The December 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Happy Holidays! 2018’s final edition of The Buzzer is now on the system.

In this issue, we’re welcoming the world – the World Juniors that is! That’s right, from December 26 – January 5 the World Junior Hockey Tournament will be taking place at Rogers Arena. Don’t have your tickets yet? Enter to win until January 2 at translink.ca/worldjuniors.

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The I Love Transit 2018 special edition issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

I Love Transit Week is just around the corner, which means you can now find the corresponding annual special edition of The Buzzer on the system!

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The Buzzer illustrator interview: Stacy Lee

If you’ve picked up the fall edition of The Buzzer, you would have noticed a familiar face on the cover — Vancouver actor and comedian, Seth Rogen!

It’s the creative work of artist Stacy Lee, a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, celebrating Seth as a guest voice on transit this fall.

We caught up with Stacy to learn more about her as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a freelance illustrator from Vancouver, but recently moved back to Taiwan — my home country! Last year, I graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration. During my spare time, I am either binge reading shoujo (romantic comedy) manga or watching gameplay commentaries on YouTube. What’s a social life anyway?

What do you usually illustrate?

I illustrate subject matter that spontaneously crosses my mind, which are usually inspired by everyday life. These ideas are then transformed into simple and light-hearted comics, usually told through 1-6 panels. I really enjoy telling stories to which others could relate, or to just simply put smiles on their faces!

What are your artist tools of choice?

For the past few years, I have really enjoyed illustrating digitally with my iPad, using Adobe Sketch. I usually create images with bold colours and simple lines, so it is a very convenient medium for me. However, doodling in my sketchbook with a Micron pen is always comforting!

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print edition of The Buzzer.

Since Seth Rogen is the special guest voice on transit this fall, my illustration features Seth enjoying his bus ride in Vancouver, amidst the joyous maple leaves.

Do you take transit? What’s your favourite – bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express?

Yes, I take transit daily to either run errands, meet friends or commute to work. My favourite mode of transit is definitely the SkyTrain; it is convenient and very punctual!

What’s keeping you busy these days?

I am currently still adjusting to my new life in Taiwan, but definitely feel excited to be here! I am also working on my second zine and a few other pieces. I plan on opening an online shop some time in the future as well. Feel free to stay tuned for updates through my website and Instagram!

The SkyTrain is indeed very punctual! Happy to report that through 2018, the on-time performance of the Expo and Millennium Lines has been around 96 per cent, which ranks well with our peers.

Thanks so much Stacy for taking the time to give us a glimpse into her life as an artist!

If you haven’t picked it up already, it’s your last chance to pickup this edition of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses. You can also download it here.

The next issue will be our special I Love Transit edition, featuring our annual colouring contest, which will be on the system starting on Friday, Sept. 28.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

The Fall 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Fall issue of The Buzzer is now on the system!

Hey Vancouver, summer is almost over, and so the Fall issue of The Buzzer is here to remind you that! This issue is dedicated to Fall Service Changes, which begin Sept 3.

Changes include improvements to more than 20 bus routes as part of the 10-Year Vision: 43, 100, 319, 321 and many others, as well as the implementation of the first improvements outlined in the Southwest Area Transport Plan.

P.S. Stay tuned to The Buzzer blog—we’ll have more on service changes next week!

We also take a look at the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus network, and Poetry in Transit, which returns for its 22nd year!

As always, we have our usual favourites – Contest Corner (enter for a chance to win a Monthly Pass!), Back Issues and Coming Events!

Snag your issue today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express, or download the PDF off the TransLink website.

The June 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Much of this issue is dedicated to Summer Service Changes, which begins on June 25.

Changes include seasonal service to popular summer attractions, improvements to the 319 Scott Road/Newton Exchange funded by the 10-Year Vision and new platforms for the Millennium Line at Lougheed Town Centre Station.

P.S. Stay tuned to The Buzzer blog—we’ll have more on service changes next week!

We also take a look at the new transit fares, which are effective July 1, and the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program.

As always, we have our usual favourites – Contest Corner (enter for a chance to win a Monthly Pass!), Back Issues and Coming Events!

Snag your issue today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express, or download the PDF off the TransLink website.

Author: Allen Tung

The Buzzer illustrator interview: Marc Ramos

Photo of The Buzzer Illustrator Marc Ramos

Pick up the latest print edition of The Buzzer and you’ll have seen the creative work of Marc Ramos a Filipino artist and graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s animation program. Marc’s illustration sets the stage for our Tap to Pay campaign, as well as packages up valuable information on Spring Service Changes and updates to Metrotown Station.

We asked Marc a few questions to learn a little more about him as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

Currently, I’m working in the animation industry as a 2D Layout Artist at Atomic Cartoons. I was fortunate to get a job in this industry right after graduation. I like playing basketball, playing the drums and guitar, photography and film making and drawing of course! And I also really like cats and dogs.

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

Whether I’m working on something or am thinking of working on something, music, especially ambient music, helps me visualize and feel inspired to create.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I really enjoy drawing funny characters, but lately I’ve been interested in illustrating through storyboards, as we call them, documenting some of the interesting things that happen in my daily life.

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

This illustration represents a first person view inside the SkyTrain with a number of passengers riding comfortably on it. If you’ve seen my Instagram profile, I do a lot of sketching inside the SkyTrain and that was the driving force for this illustration. I wanted it to look like it was drawn by me while on the SkyTrain.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I use my graphics tablet at home a lot these days, but whenever I get the chance to draw on the train, it’s either a fine tip pen, a broad tip pen, a ballpoint pen or a pencil.

What has been some of your favourite projects you’ve created?

The projects I am most proud of would be the animation projects I did when I was in my second year of animation school. Homework may not sound nice to some, but I really did enjoy doing those.

What are some of the fun projects you’re working on now?

Besides my daily life documentation through storyboards, I’m making video montages at the moment using my smartphone. Most of what I’ve captured so far has been the nice views on the skytrain between Edmonds and New Westminster station and on the Fraser River. Hopefully, I get good enough at making these videos so I can proudly post them on my Instagram later on.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

Hands down the Skytrain. You can’t really go wrong with the views.

Do you have any fun plans for Spring?

To be honest, I don’t really have definite “fun” plans for the Spring just yet. I plan on getting more fit. I guess we can call that a fun plan?

Thanks so much Marc for taking the time to give us a glimpse into your life as an artist! We look forward to seeing your video montages and all other creative work in the future!

Grab your copy of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses before they’re gone or download it here.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

The April 2018 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Welcome spring—and welcome to 2018’s first print edition of The BuzzerApril print edition of The Buzzer

This issue is dedicated in part to our annual Spring Service Changes, which include popular seasonal changes and a big change to community shuttle routes!

Stay tuned for upcoming Bus Route Buzz posts for a more in-depth look at everything Spring Service Changes.

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, April 23, 2018.

In this issue, we also go full steam ahead with a funding plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision, take a look at the all new Metrotown Station, and remind you to tap your card, not your wallet!

As always, catch our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick up your copy today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express, or download the PDF from our website.

Happy reading!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Buzzer illustrator interview: Jenny Hsieh

The December 2017 edition of the print Buzzer was illustrated by the talented Jenny Hsieh, who we originally discovered through her super fun Instagram account.

Jenny’s adorable winter clad creatures don the cover in promotion of winter service changes, all-door boarding, TransLink merchandise, and more!

We asked Jenny a few questions to learn a little more about her as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a freelance illustrator based in Vancouver. I recently graduated from Emily Carr University with a BFA in Illustration. When I’m not drawing I’m liking cute dog photos on Instagram.

(us too Jenny… us too!)

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

I get my inspiration from everyday life. I like to take seemingly banal moments and illustrate them in a way that makes them extraordinary.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I enjoy drawing people and dogs (especially shiba inus).

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

My illustration features three warmly dressed animals waiting for the bus. I wanted to illustrate something simple and fun to represent bus schedule changes in the winter season.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I like to switch between various mediums. I mainly use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator for my digital work, and watercolour, ink, or coloured pencils for my traditional stuff. I like exploring different mediums since each one can really lend to the mood of a work.

What has been some of your favourite projects you’ve created?

Recently, I made a zine consisting of ink drawings that I created in October. It’s basically cute girls in cute outfits – it was a lot of fun to draw!

What are some of the fun projects you’re working on now?

Right now, I am trying to put together another zine/comic. I am also working on opening an online store, which will probably be ready early next year. You can stay updated with me on my instagram and website!

What is your favourite mode of transit?

My favourite and most frequent mode of transit is definitely the SkyTrain. I’ve spent most of my time on the SkyTrain because of school. It just makes travelling downtown so convenient!

Do you have any fun plans for winter?

Yes! Winter vacation plans included spending Christmas and New Year’s in Taiwan.

A huge thanks to Jenny for creating such a great illustration for our print Buzzer! We wish you well in your future art projects!

Grab your copy of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses before they’re gone or download it here.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

The December 2017 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

Happy holidays! The December 2017 print Buzzer is now on the system.

This season’s issue is dedicated in part to Winter Service Changes as well as tips for winter transit travel to keep you on the go!

Make sure to watch out for our upcoming Bus Route Buzz posts for a more in-depth look at our seasonal service changes.

Remember! Service Changes begin Monday, December 18, 2017.

In this issue we introduce all-door boarding to the 95 and 96 B-Line buses and remind you how you can take transit home!

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

Happy reading!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

The I Love Transit 2017 issue of The Buzzer is now on the system

I Love Transit 2017

I Love Transit Week is here again, and so is the annual special edition of The Buzzer!

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Buzzer illustrator interview: Honeylyn Amaga

Illustration and illustrator, Honeylyn Amaga

This September edition of the print Buzzer illustration was done by Honeylyn Amaga.

Celebrating the largest bus service increase as part of the 10-Year Vision, Honelyn features a smiling happy bus eager to help move Metro Vancouver!

We asked Honeylyn a few questions to learn a little more about her as an illustrator!

Tell us about yourself?

I was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines where I worked as a Registered Nurse. I recently became a Licensed Practical Nurse in B.C., however my real love is art! I’ve been interested in art since high school, and competed in many art competitions. A few months ago, I rekindled my love of the arts through picking up my some canvas to craft portrait and landscape paintings.

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

As an artist, I’m inspired by many things. Internally, I’m driven by the emotions and passion that I feel towards a piece. Family in Cebu and Canada are also very inspirational to me. Lastly, I’m inspired by other famous artists such as French impressionist Claude Monet, and Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I really love nature and portraits. I typically work with traditional mediums like paint and canvas, however I love new challenges and am continually learning about illustrating in the digital and graphic space.

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer.

Fall Service Changes were the biggest in nearly a decade, so this illustration focused on the bus as the main subject. The smiling bus represents the staff at Translink who are happy to serve bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express passengers. The colourful lines underneath the bus depict “more moving, less waiting” as part of the 10 year Vision.

What are your artistic tools of choice?

Generally I prefer painting with acrylics, canvas boards and brushes, however when working digitally I love using Adobe Illustrator.

What have been some of your favourite projects you’ve created?

The print Buzzer of course! This has so far been the biggest leap of my career as an artist. I love painting portraits of people as it is very rewarding to see their satisfaction with the finished works I create.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

As you can probably tell from my illustration, I love taking the SkyTrain and the bus. When riding the SkyTrain I often find myself deep in thought especially if there’s an eye catching view of nature out the window!

What are some of the fun projects you’re working on now?

I’m currently working on some canvas portraits, and will be participating in the Vancouver Art Battle on September 21, 2017.

Do you have any fun plans this fall?

Aside from the upcoming Vancouver Art Battle, each September my husband, my son and I celebrate our wedding anniversary with a getaway to Tofino!

Thank you Honeylyn for creating such a great illustration for our print Buzzer! We wish you well in your future art projects, and of course, Happy Anniversary!

Grab your copy of the Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses before they’re gone or download it here.

Author: Sarah Kertcher