Indigenous family histories in comics form will take over city bus shelters this October

Comics in Transit is an ongoing project that takes one-page comic stories, enlarges them, and installs them in bus shelters for people to read on their daily commute.

Each series features artwork based around a theme, often leaning towards education and social issues. In 2017, Comics in Transit featured stories told by refugees about their journeys to Canada. This year, the project focusses on Indigenous family histories. Throughout October, bus shelters will display the comics. But those who are interested can get a sneak peek on Sept. 26 at an exhibition of the work at Red Gate Arts Society (1965 Main St.). Find out more below.

The comics were written and drawn by Indigenous B.C. comic artists. Contributors include Alina Pete, Cole Pauls, Gord Hill, Michael Yahgulanaas, Chenoa Gao, Kyle Charles, Tim Linklater, Raven John, Stephen Gladue, Whess Harman, and Ocean Hyland.

Detail from Gord Hills The Story of TSekame, The First Ancestor, part of the 2019 Comics in Transit project from Cloudscape Comics.

The Red Gate show will feature food, drinks, and live music.

Cloudscape Comics Society is a charity dedicated to the comics community in B.C. Its members have produced anthologies with a rotating cast of local creators, taught comic-art classes, developed community art projects such as Comics in Transit, and run programs and events.

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